10 Ways to Use Notebooking: #1 Bible

One of the first notebooks we implemented in our homeschool was a Bible notebook for each student.

Each day we would read a Bible story together.  Afterward, each child would illustrate the lesson and, depending on his age, narrate the story in his notebook or write a caption or one-sentence summary.

  • The best place to start is at the beginning! Read through the stories of the Old Testament, straight into the New Testament.  Depending on the age of your child, you may want to start with a sound children’s Bible storybook.  Ask your child to draw a picture of what was read and help him write a few words for a caption.
  • Then begin in your family’s Bible version reading through the Bible.  Reading through the Old Testament can be tricky, especially with young children.  There are several Bible reading plans geared specifically for children that go through select passages from the Old Testament.  Your child can illustrate the passage and write a brief narration.
  • When your children are old enough to write on their own, they can keep a Bible journal, noting passages that have particular meaning to them as they read each day.
  • Young men, especially, can read through the book of Proverbs, one thought at a time — just a verse or two a day, copying the verse(s) into a Proverbs notebook under suitable topical headings they devise.
  • Have your child do a Bible word study using a concordance to look up verses pertaining to what he wants to know, and then copying those verses in a Bible notebook.  Sometimes a student will already know what he wants to look up.  Otherwise, give him a few ideas to get him started: faith, heart, righteousness, wise, etc.

Additional Resources

Bible Study Tools
Wide variety of devotionals, lessons, and other Bible study tools.

Highlights from the Old Testament
Good choice for younger children at PennyGardner.com.

Highlights from the New Testament
Same as above, only New Testament books.

Books (in order of increasing difficulty)
Leading Little Ones to God

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book by Elsie E. Egermeier
A classic and family favorite for little ones.

Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M. Schoolland
This one is more devotional than Bible story book, covering the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.  (As always, you’ll want to preview for suitability.)

Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Some prefer these stories originally published in 1905 for all denominations.  Now published by Yesterday’s Classics. Also check out the free Hurlbut’s Bible Story Lessons for Children.

The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos
Another classic originally published in 1935.

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Bible-Based Preschool Unit Studies {Free}
Wonderful for preschoolers!

Free 325-Lesson Bible Curriculum
Selected passages with go-along activities you can use in addition to notebooking, or not!

Bible Story Lessons for Children {Free}
Free Bible study notes from Jesse Lyman Hurlbut.

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
Family favorite with room at the top to illustrate and lines below for copywork or narrations.

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