When I sensed the Lord leading me to homeschool three of our kids this year, I thought through what He might want to accomplish in this undertaking.
Because let’s face it, there can be many hopes and expectations in homeschooling (and parenting), but I needed a clear, overarching goal.
While the goals differ per child, one major, common goal I knew we needed this year is for my kids to taste and see that God is good.
Beyond the academics and training, I want to help my kids develop a hunger for God.
I want them to be driven … addicted, even… to the Glory and goodness and beauty of God.
I want my kids to cultivate a sense of wonder.
I want them to know deep down that nothing this world offers can compare to the sweet presence and awesome power of God.
And I want them to know how to connect and commune with our great God through His word.
With this in mind, I sat down and wrote a simple Bible study method for my kids to follow. This method focuses on discovering His goodness in the word and connecting with Him. It is based on Psalm 34:8a, which says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!”
Our spiritual senses of sight, sound and taste need developing and constant practice. This method is intended to help children and adults alike develop those spiritual senses.
There are many great Bible study methods out there. I don’t claim this one is the best nor is it the only way to study God’s word. In fact, it is not necessary at all! It is simply a tool that serves a specific purpose, that of tasting and seeing that God is good.
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The TASTE method can be done together as a family or individually after a child has gone through the process with an adult a few times.
One other tip: I’ve learned it’s necessary to change Bible reading up with my kids. They get bored and on the brink of resentful if we do the same thing Every. Single. Day. So keeping it mixed up is really important. I never want my kids to feel meeting with God is a drudgery!
So here are some ideas we use in addition to the TASTE Bible study method:
>> On or around their 8th birthday, we give our children their own bible. It is so important for them to have their own and my kids really look forward to this rite of passage. I like the Discoverer’s Bible for it’s simplicity. Other study Bibles for kids can be found here.
>> Our “rinse and repeat” approach is to read from the Daily Light on the Daily Path around the breakfast table. This is simple and the one thing that doesn’t get old. The fact that it is paired with eating keeps it from getting obligatory. :)
>> Daily Audio Bible. I love this because we can practice listening! The kids version of this is a hit as well :)
>> This printable for doing a word study with your child is great! Just choose a verse to focus on and have your children look up the words for deeper study. (Appropriate for older children).
I hope these tools get you fired up to help your child with Bible study and teach them how to have their own quiet time.
Don’t forget to grab your copy of the TASTE Bible study method here!