For the first 1 1/2 years of homeschooling, I flitted around from blog to blog looking for a Bible curriculum that would be a good fit for us. My oldest wasn’t reading well yet and liked to write even less. I had an extremely hard time finding Bible curriculum that moved past the surface description of a Bible account with a cutesy picture to color. There’s a time and place for that kind of thing, but it’s not what I was looking for.
My search was finally over after finding Bible Study Guide for All Ages. Because I have children that are at different levels of learning, it is the perfect fit for our current homeschool dynamic.
My 7-year-old son uses the Intermediate Pages (I would have ordered Primary Pages but they weren’t available at the time) and my 5-year-old daughter uses the Beginner Pages. My 3-year-old and 21-month-old are just along for the ride.
Initial Steps in Organizing Bible Study Guide for All Ages
Bible Study Guide for All Ages is divided into 4 units, which cycle beautifully similar to a Classical model. Each unit is further divided into quarters. This year, we are working in Unit 3.
At the beginning of the school year, I order all of the quarters that make up the unit. Because I need to keep everything in one place, I use my comb-binder to bind each child’s Unit together. We’ve found this keeps the pages intact longer and it’s just neat to make your own book.
Now my little one can easily flip to the lesson that we’re working on for the day without pages falling out and trying to figure out which book we’re working in.
Why I Don’t Follow the Order of Lessons
Bible Study Guide for All Ages does not follow a chronological approach to studying the Bible. A group of Lessons study the Old Testament and then the next batch of Lessons might move on to the New Testament.
Likewise, we don’t follow the exact order of Lessons offered either. Because my son and I wanted to learn about Samuel and Saul, we jumped ahead to the Lessons in the 290’s instead of starting with the Lessons in the first quarter. We’ve learned an incredible amount of detail about this account in the Bible – and it’s so fun! We both love history and this section of the Bible is such a page turner! I love that my children have interest in particular parts of the Bible, so I try to schedule those in as much as I can.
We’ll get to each Lesson over the course of our school year, but I don’t make us feel bound by the order of Lessons. After we’re finished studying Samuel and Saul, we’ll probably jump backwards and study Jesus’ 2nd year of ministry for a fresh change of pace.
I love that we have the freedom to completely customize our study each week!
How I Plan Our Bible Study for Each Week
Because my kiddos are still little, we do cover one Lesson over the course of 2 days.
There are 2 reasons I cover one Lesson over 2 days:
- Some of the passages of Scripture are long, and I also have 2 other littles that are trying to sit still through the Scripture reading. Sometimes I break up the passage of Scripture over 2 days so there isn’t crying and chaos by the time we get to the end of the passage.
- We need 2 days for what we’ve read to really sink in.
Why We Chose Bible Study Guide For All Ages
There is no perfect curriculum out there, whether it’s Bible related or not. The key to getting the most out of any curriculum is taking a look at what it has to offer and then focusing on its best qualities.
Why did we choose Bible Study Guide for All Ages? It’s meaty. It goes chapter by chapter, verse by verse and gets to the heart of the passage that’s being studied.
It breaks down “tougher” Biblical concepts into bits and pieces that my 5 year old (and I!) can understand.