Bible Study with Kids: Esther

We’ve been studying the book of Esther with our children for the past six months as part of getting ready for Bible Bowl at Lads to Leaders convention this year. We have read through and discussed the book three times. Each of my children could tell you the story with all of its gory details, but we were still getting confused with all of the names and dates. This weekend we decided to come up with a visual way to review the book that you might find helpful as well.

WHEN-WHAT-WHO BOARDS

We decided it would help to be able to see everything at once. Each child picked out a piece of poster board. (Their favorite colors, of course!) We made three headings across the top: WHEN – WHAT – WHO. For each chapter, we would identify when the chapter took place, what happened in that chapter, and who the main characters were. Esther has only 10 chapters, so they drew 10 rows under the headings, one for each chapter. You may notice in the pictures some rows were drawn more precisely than others!

Each child had the choice to draw or write out what happened. (This led to some interesting pictures.) Under the “WHO” section, they
could add character details as needed. So, each child’s poster board was as unique as the child who created it.

Creating these was fun. It was interesting to see all of the names on the same page, and to notice that sometimes years passed from one chapter to the next. We found it to be a great way to get a better picture of the book of Esther. If you’re looking for a different way to study the book of Esther, I recommend giving this a try.
It’s good for us grown-ups, too!

 

 

 


Bible study with kids: Job

The book of Job? You have got to be kidding me.

That’s what I thought when I heard our Bible Bowl topics for Lads to Leaders convention this upcoming year.  We will be studying the books of Ruth, Esther, and Job with our children – from now until April 15.

The book of Job would not have been my first choice of study topics with my children, but that’s one of the great things about Lads to Leaders. It makes me dive in, study, and think about something that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. So, since we would be studying these books, I wanted to make the most of it. I don’t want us to just read and memorize. I want us to understand what we’re reading.

I believe that we do better, especially the kids, when we can put a picture with what we’re studying. I could find study material that did that for the books of Ruth and Esther, but not for Job. For Job, all of the kids’ study material I found covered the beginning and end of Job’s story, but skipped all the chapters in the middle. So, we decided to create our own.

Here it is: Job for Kids by Kids.pdf

It’s a PDF file with a one-page worksheet for each chapter.

Chapter 18 page

Chapter 18 page

Making this workbook was a summer project for my family. I’m so proud of my kids for sticking with this. We  sat down and looked at one chapter each day, talked about what was being said in that chapter, and came up with a worksheet to help other kids gain an understanding.

Chapter 9 page

Chapter 9 page

My oldest daughter even created the image of Job that you see because we couldn’t find anything that was Biblically accurate to use (you know – shaved head, wearing sackcloth!).

So, if you’re in the same boat that we’re in, studying the book of Job, feel free to use these worksheets to help you study. If I could have found something like this, I wouldn’t have felt the need to create one myself!

However, like any challenge, my family all grew and learned so much from tackling this. I’m thankful for my kids and their enthusiasm for our summer project.

Kids summer 2016I pray that you and your family will enjoy it and grow together as well.

 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11


Comic book parables

Comics. My kids love them. (They get this completely from their father, by the way.)

So, why not use comics to help my kids learn the parables of Jesus?

We reached the point in our Matthew study where we would be looking at the parables of Jesus that are found in that gospel. After debating how to best do this, here’s what we came up with:

Each morning on the way to school the kids get their Bibles out and look for parables in Matthew. The first one they found was the parable of the wise man building his house on the rock in Matthew 7.  Each day after that, they look ahead and have to agree on which parable comes next. Once they have agreed, then we read it out loud and discuss what it means.

That night at home is where it gets interesting.

Each kid has a piece of printable comic paper. (You can print yours here.)laura anne comic

They then draw that day’s parable like it would look in a comic book. Even though it’s the same parable, each of my three children will come up with something that is all their own.

autumn comic

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Logan telling the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18.

The fun part of the evening comes when each kid gets up and tells about his or her comic. I’m telling you, they get so wound up and excited doing this! They each try to outdo the others in their creativity. I usually end up in tears from laughing, while my husband is across the room giving me that look that tells me I am not helping the kids calm down for bed!

 

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We do have to settle them back down eventually and bring the evening back to the true meaning of the parable, but what has resulted is that we have all had a good night together, and we all know the parables of Jesus a little bit better. The kids love it, and I love feeding their souls with a little bit of goodness before they go to bed.  Try it – it’s a great way to build your own family on that rock.

 

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.   Matthew 7:24-25