If you’ve never tried encouraging your children to keep a Bible journal, I’d like to strongly encourage you to do so. In fact, I developed a FREE journal to help you - My Bible Notes. My Bible Notes is broken into two sections: a Bible journal section and church journal section. While this journal is most effective with children who are reading fairly independently and for whom writing would not be a laborious chore, I would encourage using this journal with children of all ages to encourage note taking at the earliest age possible. Children who are too young to write can draw or dictate their thoughts to an adult.
The Bible journal pages are based on the B.U.M.P. acronym:
This is what I UNDERSTOOD
This is why it is important to ME
First, encourage the child to read a passage of scripture or Bible based book. Then instruct the child to pick out a particular verse—or group of verses—that was especially meaningful to them. Write the verse under the Bible section of the journal.
Next, ask the child to write what they understood about the passage (think summary or answering the usual who, what, where, when, why, and how questions).
Then have the child think and write about why/what he/she read is important to him/her. Specifically, how he/she can put it into practice in his/her life. Finally, have the child create a prayer based on what he/she learned. Again, for children who are not proficient at writing they can draw a picture or dictate their ideas to an adult. (Please feel free to share your child’s completed pages by emailing them to me at booksbycorine at gmail or sharing them on my facebook page www.facebook.com/booksbycorine).
The church note journal page includes four sections: What I Learned; Questions I Have; What I am Praying For and Free Space.
Well that is all for now, continue to pray for me and know I am praying for you.
P.S., there are a few different versions of the church note pages in the members’ only section.
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