Having time to do daily Bible devotions is easily one of the best things that has come out of our choice to homeschool.
When my oldest was in public school, it seemed like there wasn’t time to do anything!
Our days were a constant parade of trying to get to school on time, pick up on time, get homework done, and get to bed on time.
I tried really hard to remember to pray with my daughter in the car before dropping her off at school…but I often forgot.
Even if I had the energy and drive to be consistent with doing devotions with my child, I doubt there would have been a time during the day that she would have been receptive.
Mornings were so rushed, and by the evening she was fried from a long school day and homework.
Pulling out another book would have seemed like “extra work” and not have gone over well.
Once we started homeschooling, I found I suddenly had so much more time to spend reading the Bible, talking about spiritual things with my kids, praying with them, and connecting with them.
It was awesome!
Of course, it helped a lot that I had a box curriculum that included a fantastic Bible curriculum that was woven through everything we did.
I have since moved away from box curriculums, so how do I keep the devotional/Biblical momentum going in our homeschool?
It became very easy every morning to feel pressed for time if we had co-op, an appointment, a playdate, errands to run, or we got a late start to the day.
I would sometimes have my kids start out on core subjects of math, reading, etc. and I would intend to pick up their enrichment subjects (including Bible) in the afternoon.
I knew it was a bad example to my kids to show them that Bible comes AFTER core subjects…if we have time – what was a I thinking?!
How I Got Consistent Again with Bible and Prayer in Our Homeschool
Several months ago, we started “Morning Time” in our homeschool and that has been a game changer!
You can read more about our Morning Time routine (also called Morning Basket by some), but it is essentially how we kick off our homeschool day now.
We all pile on the couch and I read a devotional to my kids, we talk about it, and we pray.
I am held accountable by my kids because they expect Morning Time and start asking questions (that I don’t want to answer) if I feel we are too rushed and need to skip it.
If you also struggle with being consistent with doing devotions in your homeschool – morning time is the key!
Tell your kids that you are starting the day out together with God’s Word (as well as any other subjects you want to do together), and it takes the guesswork out of the morning routine.
Morning Time adds structure, accountability, and a feeling of togetherness that is the perfect way to get in your homeschool groove for the day.
****Again, you can read more about Morning Time Here.
I love starting our day out this way and building God’s Word into my kids’ lives!
What a privilege it is to be able to homeschool them and make Bible and prayer the foundation of their day!
Below are my 10 favorite resources and top recommendations to add Bible into YOUR homeschool!
****Don’t miss the video resource at the bottom of the post!
10 Ideas to Add Bible to Your Homeschool
1. Action Bible Anywhere Devotional
My daughter is definitely outgrowing the devotionals that appeal to my younger kids. She is ready for something more advanced, and I think this will be a perfect fit for where she is at.
As today’s kids face a culture of comparison, temptation, and bullying, they need to know God is with them and for them, and He has already proven His power to help them overcome. The Action Bible Anytime Devotions invites kids ages 8–12 to connect with God by exploring Bible truth and applying it to their real-world struggles—anytime, anywhere, and as often as they need encouragement.
All-new original illustrations engage kids in vivid scenes from Bible stories, while each of the 90 devotions tackles a relevant topic such as anger, honesty, and identity. Every action verse, practical question, life application, and simple prayer helps build their faith in God and strengthen their character. So when they’re confronted with confusing issues or challenging choices, kids can count on God’s promises to hold true for them no matter what.”
2. How to Study Your Bible For Kids
How to Study Your Bible For Kids comes highly recommended from a friend, and I am excited to start using it when my kids are old enough (9-12 age range).
It is a fantastic resource to give kids the confidence to read the Bible and understand it for themselves.
Based on Kay Arthur’s bestselling How to Study Your Bible (390,000 copies sold), this easy–to–use Bible study combines a serious commitment to God’s Word with fun illustrations, games, puzzles, and activities that reinforce biblical truth. How to Study Your Bible for Kids introduces the basics of inductive Bible study―observation, interpretation, and application―to children ages 9 to 12. As they learn about the people in the Bible, the way things were done in biblical times, the amazing miracles performed, and numerous terrific adventures found in the Bible, young people will discover that God’s Word speaks to them right where they’re at. They’ll come away from this study with a deeper understanding of God’s love and care for them.
3. Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science
Indescribable is a 2-for-1 for your homeschool!
Every devotion is packed with interesting science facts that your kids will love.
We have loved learning so much about space, animals, and the human body among other things from this devotional book. We always seem to end up googling things and watching YouTube videos to find out more!
Discover the Wonders of the Universe with the Creator
It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator.
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce what his hands have made.”
Indescribable displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations. These 100 devotions encourage awe at God’s creativity with an in-depth look at
• Space, Galaxies, Planets, and Stars
• Earth, Geology, Oceans, and Weather
• Animals—from Hummingbirds to Dinosaurs
• Our Minds, Bodies, and Imaginations
Each devotion features a “Be Amazed” section with fascinating facts, hands-on activities, and a closing prayer. Based on Louie Giglio’s popular messages “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God,” Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science will help kids discover the incredible creation of our indescribable God.
4. How Great is Our God
How Great is Our God is a follow-up to Indescribable (mentioned above).
I am excited to add it to our library of Bible devotionals!
Show the children in your life the awe-inspiring connection between the natural world and the God who created it.
The bestselling children’s devotional Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science resonated with more than 200,000 kids, parents, and teachers. Now Louie Giglio offers 100 more devotions about God and science that will expand the curiosity of your 6- to 10-year-olds. Including amazing scientific facts, beautiful photography, fun illustrations, and simple activities, How Great Is Our God covers topics like
- Space and time
- Earth and weather
- The human body
- And more!
With this science devotional, which is based on Giglio’s well-known “How Great Is Our God” and “Indescribable” messages, children will embark on a journey to discover more about God and His incredible creation. From the pink lake in Senegal to the earth’s trip around the sun to the water-holding frog that can live up to five years without a drink, the wonders of the universe will deepen your kids’ appreciation for God’s wild imagination.
5. Jesus Storybook Bible
We just bought another Jesus Storybook Bible for my middle daughter because our old one (which was 6 years old) had finally fallen apart.
We love the bright, detailed pictures, and that every story ends with a tie to Jesus.
There is much discussion of the “Great Rescue Plan” that is playing out – a really neat way to explain salvation to younger ones!
While other Kids’ Bibles contain stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Jesus Storybook Bibletells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too.
6. The Gospel Story Bible
The Gospel Story Bible was what we used last year in our homeschool and I loved it!
Each story is one page long and includes a great picture to go with it. My favorite feature is “Let’s Talk About It!” at the end.
There are three questions that really help the kids to engage and talk about the story.
This easy-to-read storybook introduces your family to many captivating people, places, and events in Christian History from both the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, showing how each one ultimately points to Jesus Christ. As you share these Bible Stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of recognizing Jesus Christ as the hero of every story.
Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions, and biblical Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead your family in exploring the Bible. You will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the newly converted Christian.
7.Veggie Tales Devotional Books
Veggie Tales has A LOT of devotional books.
They have ones for girls, boys, little ones, bedtime, morning time – you can definitely find something to fit your homeschool!
What I love about these is that they are short, sweet, and offer application of God’s Word in a kid’s life.
Kids may understand a lot of Bible stories, but they may not understand how that applies to how they should act.
Short, targeted devotionals for kids that apply to adults as well! One devotional per day with a Bible verse and quote to think about as well.
8. Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids
I have Jesus Calling for adults and I think that this kids version is a great idea!
Definitely a fresh take on devotions and an interesting way to bring scripture to life for kids.
Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child’s heart.
Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives.
After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
9. Our Daily Bread for Kids: 365 Meaningful Moments with God
If you’re looking for ways to help your child or grandchild learn and grow spiritually without being too preachy, too boring, or too demanding, look no further. Inside this devotional you’ll find the life-changing wisdom of the Bible expressed in a kid-friendly format paired with fun illustrations. Bestselling children’s author Crystal Bowman and her daughter, Teri McKinley, present short and engaging devotions, easy-to-remember Bible verses, and exciting facts that encourage children to spend time with God and apply the truths of His Word to their everyday lives. Continuing the legacy of the well-loved Our Daily Bread devotional, this simplified, kid-friendly version is perfect for children ages 6–10.
10. Answers Bible Curriculum for Kids
Answers Bible Curriculum for Kids is one of the main books I have lined up for our next year.
It is definitely a much more in depth curriculum – as opposed to a devotional.
The Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum combines three popular illustrated kits (Beginnings, Seven C s of History, and Questions) into an all-in-one 30-lesson course designed to greatly strengthen the biblical foundations of children s lives. Perfect for Sunday school, homeschool, Bible clubs, Christian school, or family devotions, this dynamic curriculum gives children a solid understanding of biblical history and helps them to boldly share and defend the truth of the gospel. This book contains the entire curriculum kit: A huge 213-page teacher s section providing Scripture readings, student objectives, memory verses, links to online articles activity ideas, and detailed teacher instructions. The teacher s section also includes unit study ideas that allow you to expand the lessons for more in-depth instruction. * One set of thirty easy-to-remove Student Handouts that reinforce the lessons, while providing fun activities for children. *Four colorful information charts that reinforce the major teaching points. *A Teacher Resource DVD-ROM with exciting PowerPoint illustrations and printable worksheets that enhance the lessons. *A fun Song CD with 10 songs by real-life adventurer/singer, Buddy Davis.”
And One More Bible Resource for Your Homeschool…
Check with your church and see if they have a Right Now Media account.
Right Now Media is like Netflix for Bible studies.
You can stream an incredible amount of amazing content for kids and adults!
The kids programs are fantastic and would be a great option for any age to do video bible study in your homeschool.
The only catch is that you have to get access through your church – there are no options for individual accounts.
On the bright side, if your church has an account – it will be free for your family to use this awesome resource!
We have already started reading the above book from the Hidden Heroes series for Bible this year.
We have been doing the same style of devotional for so long, that I really wanted to make a change – give my kids something unexpected.
So, we are focusing on missionaries and the amazing stories they have reported over the years of God working!
It has been so fun to read to my kids about the Gospel being spread to people – one person at a time – since the time of the disciples.
Fantastic read to get kids excited about their faith and remind them about the Big God who still works today!
This is one of the resources we used last year and I really enjoyed it. It was a short read of scripture + a devotional reading to go along with it.
Then there were three or four discussion quesions (my favorite!) to go over with the kids.
I also liked to fit in snippets of The Chosen along with this too. My kids really enjoyed seeing the scenes come to life!
Highly recommend this for a meaty, deep dive into the New Testament.
Adding Bible to Your Homeschool Recap
As I said, it is an incredible privilege to be able to homeschool my kids and teach them God’s Word every day as part of their school work.
As you review the above list, I would highly recommend picking out more than one resource. I have found that my kids grow bored of seeing the same book every morning.
Most devotional books have 365 lessons…but kids can grow tired of a book long before they get to the last devotional.
I have had the best success with using a variety of books – they don’t know which one I’m going to grab!
Did I miss anything?
Please share your favorite Bible resource that you use in your homeschool – I’d love to check it out too!
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