I remember the day in 5th grade when—after weeks of the whole class pleading—our teacher gave in to our wishes. She set aside every other subject and taught Bible class for the entire day. It was fabulous!
Why did we beg for that full day of Bible class? Because Mrs. Shadwick was an amazing Bible teacher. She loved God’s Word and knew how to convey it. Her personal enthusiasm for God and His ways was so strong—we caught it from her.
She wasn’t my only amazing Bible teacher. Two other teachers stand out because they could keep a room full of children, teens, and adults on the edge of their seats. Each would put on a costume and tell a Bible story in first person.
One would dress as the prophet Elijah and tell the story of what happened on Mt Carmel. The other would come out with a platter she was drying and talk about Jesus from her point of view as Martha. Or she would wear the same Bible-time costume, but tie a red cord as her belt with extra cord for her to hold as she told what happened to her as Rahab.
Watching the Bible taught like that makes the people of Scripture real people in a real world, not disconnected cartoons or remote storybook characters.
From birth on, my parents put me in places—Church, Christian school, VBS, and Christian Camps—where I had God’s Word poured into me almost every day. Even with all of that, one of the things that made the biggest impression on me was that my parents had us sit down as a family every day to read God’s Word and pray together. Even though the reading part was painful for me as a struggling reader—my parents made it clear that connecting with God is worth scheduling and doing together every day.
I have talked to hundreds of parents who homeschool. Many work hard to teach a Biblical worldview through every school subject. I love that! However, many never actually teach Bible. Maybe they think their church will cover that base. Perhaps they tried Bible approaches that were dull and impersonal. If they had a child who doesn’t read well, they may have found Bible class to be just one more painful, time-consuming struggle.
I’ve talked to Christian school teachers who do have a Bible teaching time, but they don’t know how to communicate the lesson in a way that deeply connects with their students.
What would it do for your family or school if God’s Word could be the vital core of your day?
Imagine if you had an approach that helped you
—Present God’s Word in a way that is personal and understandable—even for nonstandard learners.
—Teach for deep learning so children and teens become doers of the word, not surface hearers.
—Make the Bible come to life—with props and participation.
—Unify multiple ages and ability levels around God’s Word at the same time.
—Show your students Jesus by keeping every lesson in the context of God’s big story.
It was imagining those very things that led the Learning Lifeguard team to write Basic Bible—a non-typical Bible curriculum. We’ve completed a year-long pilot program with over 600 participants. Now, September 2018, we are delighted to release Basic Bible to the public for the first time.
Basic Bible is a unifying approach—designed for multiple ages and ability levels to be taught the same part of God’s Word a the same time. You don’t want to miss a single week of this program. Our introductory rate is set to make this program accessible for your family or Christian school. I long for you and those you teach to experience God’s Word together.
For details and sign up information that will help you love teaching Bible, click here.