When we first began our journey through Tell Me About The Catholic Faith, the first 2 page spread was about the Bible in general. I love this! Scripture time in Catholic ABC’s begins with a little introduction to the Bible for preschoolers each week, so it felt good to take that to the next level for my older kids.
My Thoughts On Pages 10-11:
I was really pleased with the way the introduction to the Bible went, although big typo alert- there are 73 books in the Bible! I like how it starts with a little background on the actual Bible, and even gives a little History, like that people didn’t used to have paper.
Ya’ll know I love being Catholic, and I love teaching my kids all about the Saints and the Liturgical year, but I took this book opening for a major wake up call: Catholic children need to be more familiar with the actual Bible. There are 3 ways I decided for this to happen in our home:
- Read The Bible!!! Like, daily. You don’t need a complicated plan, or a “study”. You can actually just read a few sentences at breakfast every morning, which is what we started doing. I started right at the beginning of Matthew. We just read for a few minutes, then the kids ask questions. Stop over-thinking this and just do it.
- Memorize Scripture!!! I had a killer memory as a kid, and although I never memorized Scripture references, what I do know can be accessed and pop into my head at exactly the right time. The memorization is valuable, and life long. Check out my post on how to get started with Scripture memory, and my printable cards with Scripture from Catholic prayers and the Mass.
- Memorize Books Of The Bible!!! Yes, if we want our kids to be proficient in using a Bible, we should give them the tools for navigating it. When I started looking for resources for teaching all 73 books of the Catholic Bible for kids, the internet came up pretty dry. So I created some stuff for you. Read on. 🙂
First off, I made a printable study list with all 73 Catholic books of the Bible in order for kids. This way, kids can easily study the books of the Bible in order. It can clip into their notebook for future daily studying. It has phonetic pronunciations beside each book name, and I color coded them by genera of the Bible.
I also made some Catholic books of the Bible flash cards that are free to print. You can cut them out, and your kids can practice putting them in order. If you want them to hold up, you can laminate them. I have a friend that put magnetic strips on the back of their laminated cards so they could practice on the refrigerator. They’re color coded by Old and New Testaments.
This Books of the Bible bookmark is a handy tool for your kids to keep in their Bible, and easy to make. It has a list of all of the books on the back divided by Old and New Testament. You can decorate the front how you desire, but it includes directions on how to draw a Bible. It’s also free to print. Find the whole post about this here.
Catholic Books of the Bible Song:
We all know things are easier to remember when put to song, and I got a lot of requests for a Catholic song with all of the Old Testament books in order when I came out with the bookmark. So I started sniffing around. It turns out Catholic Schoolhouse has a CD coming out soon with an Old Testament song on it, and it’s already been recorded. I wrote and asked if she would be willing to share the song online, and she said yes! The song is posted on the homepage for you guys so you and your kids can start learning it now! 🙂
Keep this in mind for any resources you find online: Catholics have more books in our Old Testament than the protestants do, so you can’t use their resources for these books. However, our New Testaments are just the same, so feel free to use their songs, worksheets, etc for these books. I like this You Tube song for the New Testament books. If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream the New Testament song from Wee Sing Bible Songs for free. 🙂
- Sing the B-I-B-L-E song, tune of B-I-N-G-O. God gave us his special book, the Bible is it’s name-o. B-I-B-L-E (repeat 3 times) the Bible is it’s name-o! This is from Catholic ABC’s, and is a nice touch to include your younger kids. If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream a similar B-I-B-L-E song for free from Wee Sing Bible Songs.
- My favorite Bible for Catholic kids– if your kids don’t have a Bible, you should get them one. We got this one for Lydia for her First Reconciliation and love it. It’s a full Bible.
- Bible fig newton “cookies”
- Bible bookmark craft for preschoolers
- 4 Gospels handprint craft
- How to get started with Scripture memory
- Catholic Scripture memory cards from prayers and the Mass
- Catholic ABC Scripture memory cards for littles– free to print!
- Start reading the Bible together as a family- here are 5 steps for getting started!
You can find all the links to this series here.