Starting a scripture journal with kids is not as complicated as it seems, and it can be done almost entirely independently.
What you need to start a scripture journal with kids:
- A journal notebook with a space at the top to draw a picture, and a place underneath to write out the Bible verses. Ours came from Staples. You can order them online, or print out your own paper and keep it in a binder.
- A pencil.
- Kid-friendly Scripture verses.
That’s it. We started with the scripture verses from Catholic ABC’s, but there are endless places to find good scripture verses for kids.
Give your kids the journal, along with the printed out Bible verses, and explain to them how to copy. Tell them they can draw a picture at the top of the page that has something to do with the verse.
Sometimes I am really surprised at some of the stuff Lydia comes up with!
All the pages of Lydia’s scripture journal I shared today were done during 1st grade, and it was all completely independent. She has certainly used some of the pages to write things that aren’t scripture, but that’s ok. It’s her journal, so she can write what she wants in it.
She also seems to jump all over the book rather than just using the next page, and I’m ok with that as well. I don’t want to micro-manage this because I want it to be something she continues on her own.
She also doesn’t color her pictures, but again, she’s doing a good thing so I’m letting her do it her own way.
This year, we are incorporating scripture journaling into our First Communion journal, so we are picking verses that coincide with our lessons.
Do your kids have a scripture journal? What do you do differently?