Our kids have had to adapt to new ways of education this year. And yet, new challenges often present fertile ground for growth. With our children spending more time at home, we can grasp those windows of opportunity to consistently share God’s Word together. Here are five creative ideas for including biblical teaching in your homeschool or virtual school routine:
Beginning your mornings on a peaceful note can determine the pace for the whole day. Set the cadence in your child’s heart by listening together to a Scripture Lullabies song. When the song ends, you can simply close in prayer, or ask your child to share something they gleaned from the lyrics. Here are some powerful songs to begin your day with:
This current season has opened opportunities for more families to have lunch together. For some families, this idea will work as they gather at the table mid-day. For others, dinnertime might work better. This is also a great opportunity while carpooling to appointments or activities. Listen to an audio lesson together, whether it be a Bible reading app or a Bible story audiobook. The Truth Seekers podcast by Sherilyn R. Grant is a great resource for bringing the Bible into your child’s daily routine. Sherilyn shares appropriately sized Bible lessons with stories straight from God’s Word along with powerful application and prayers.
Setting a soundtrack to your days can be very powerful. Playing music inspired by God’s Word can help you and your child meditate on His truths and promises morning and night — as well as in all the messy middle ground! This is a foundational way of memorizing Scripture and hiding God’s Word in our hearts. We have created a “Scripture Music” playlist on Spotify to help you in this endeavor. The playlist includes our own music alongside songs from other artists sharing Biblical truth through beautiful melodies.
Stories have incredible power for anchoring intangible ideas to tangible imagery. Through compelling narration, stories can communicate values, morals, and deeper concepts our children can more readily digest than through lecture. Here are some of our favorite children’s books to help tether your child’s imagination and understanding to biblical truth:
The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan
When we think of bedtime, we often define it as an ending or close to our day. And yet, in an important way, bedtime is a beginning. Great days begin with restful, peaceful sleep. Following “amen” after bedtime prayers, press play on a “Hidden In My Heart” album, or on one of our Spotify playlists, like “Baby Sleep Time” for little ones or “No More Nightmares” for those struggling with disrupted sleep, bad dreams, or anxiety. Set your child up for a solid day tomorrow by filling their minds and hearts with God’s Word tonight. Here are four peaceful songs to play as your child drifts to sleep …
In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 we read, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Creatively incorporating Scripture into our school days is a beautiful way to set a regular rhythm of truth in our children’s minds and hearts. We pray these ideas will equip you as you seek to train your child up to love, follow, and serve the Lord.