Simple 5 Step Method for Kids Bible Study (+ Free Bookmark Printable)

Reading the Bible changes my imperfect heart. Time and time again, the pages of scripture bring me peace and purpose, slowly transforming me into the woman I really want to be.

And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also experienced the power of God’s Word too, right?

Oh, how we want to share that life-changing power with our kids!

We want them to learn how to study the Bible from a young age so that they can develop an unshakeable, intimate relationship with God that carries them through all kinds of life’s circumstances.

However, I’ve learned that children (like all of us!) need a bible study method–a systematic way to not only read scripture but to allow God’s word to change a heart.

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!

We need a Bible study method that is:

  • easy to understand
  • easy to memorize
  • transferrable to any Bible verse

and most of all…

  • effectively allows us to deeply understand and apply a Bible verse to our current life situations

Friends, I’ve developed a Bible study method that does all of those things… and more!

In fact, the kids and I rarely do “official” Bible studies anymore and just use this method to discover the riches found in scripture!

An added bonus–the study method consists of 5 words that start with the same letter, so it’s really easy for the youngest of kids to memorize!

And can I just add that this inductive study method isn’t just for kids?!

In fact, it’s the standard Bible study method that my husband and I use in our own personal Bible times, and it’s what I use when mentoring and teaching other women!

I’ve even created a free printable bookmark craft (that kids love to make!) with this method’s steps in order to make memorization fast and simple.

Simply click here to get the free bookmark and craft instructions!

But wait… first, let’s share more about what this “5 Letter Method” is.

How does it work? I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions and even give you an example.

You’ll want to use this Bible study method during family devotion time, personal Bible time or even to help friends and family understand and apply scripture in powerful ways!

I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ready? Click “next” and I’ll introduce you to this amazingly simple (and yet powerful!) bible study method!


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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Branson - September 15, 2015 Reply

I love how straightforward this approach is! Thanks for sharing!

    Alicia Michelle - September 16, 2015 Reply

    You’re welcome, Branson! Thank you for stopping by!

Dianne Thornton - September 18, 2015 Reply

Love this! My kiddos are teens now. I did intentional quiet times with them for many years as they grew up … and then began to let them do it on their own … These are great keys for every age! But I’m going to pass these along to my teens to encourage them to go deeper! Thanks so much! Visiting from Grace & Truth.

    Alicia Michelle - September 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi Dianne!

    Thank you so much for sharing! Yes, I love that idea of modeling it with them for many years and then beginning to let them do it on their own. Appreciate that you’re sharing this with your teens! I’ve found this is a simple, easy way that kids can grow deeper in their faith. Thank you again for stopping by!

Ginger Harrington - September 18, 2015 Reply

This is a great resource to pass along. I love having the kids color the bookmark. It’s always great to have fresh ideas and resources for engaging kids with Scripture. Linking with you at Grace and Truth today.

    Alicia Michelle - September 18, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Ginger! Yes, this method has been super helpful for our kids! And it was a fun craft to put together. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Trena Balakrishnan - September 22, 2015 Reply

What a great idea. When I started reading my Bible, I had a journal, but somewhere along the line I stopped doing the journaling. Love the 5R idea and craft. Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. Stop by again next week!

    Alicia Michelle - September 23, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Trena! Yes, we’ve found it very helpful for our kids and for our own personal Bible time as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Kaylene Yoder - September 24, 2015 Reply

I love that this gets them writing it out! Somehow that helps make it “stick” better. 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - September 24, 2015 Reply

    Yes, totally agree. My goal is to get my kids to not just read the word, but to engage with it. I don’t think that’s easy to do unless they’re writing it down somehow. 🙂

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Ifeoma Samuel - September 25, 2015 Reply

Hi Alicia, this is a beautiful resource.
Joining you from Grace and Truth linkup.
Sweet blessing to you

    Alicia Michelle - September 25, 2015 Reply

    Hi there! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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Diane - October 13, 2015 Reply

Hi Alicia!

Great idea; I just shared your bookmark on pinterest. 🙂

I love the way the 5 Rs method helps them engage the material several times so that it sinks in and becomes life-changing. Your readers might like this post I’ve written on when to start personal quiet time, reading Scripture in community, and which books to study (and at what age).

I’m so glad I found you through Kathy Gesson’s CornerstoneConfessions.

Looking forward to browsing your archives!


    Alicia Michelle - October 14, 2015 Reply

    Hi Diane, I’m glad you enjoyed the 5 Rs post! And thank you for sharing your resource! Blessings to you!

Forest Rose - February 12, 2016 Reply

We love this method and have recently begun using it. We used to use the S.O.A.P method which is similar, but I think this is a lot easier for little ones to understand!! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from the Homeschool Nook.

Amy - February 13, 2016 Reply

I LOVE this idea! I know that my boys would respond very well to it too:) Planning on adding to our Morning Gathering time. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy to have found this on The Homeschool Nook!

    Alicia Michelle - February 13, 2016 Reply

    YAY, Amy!! That makes me so happy to hear! It really have revolutionized how Bible time happens in our family. We’ve seen a hugs jump in how our kids not only understand the Word of God better, but they know where to go to find the answers they need. That is huge!

Nike Anderson - February 13, 2016 Reply

I love this idea. Thanks for sharing! Will see how this works for my family.

    Alicia Michelle - February 16, 2016 Reply

    Love, love, love to hear this, Nike! Please let me know how it goes. It’s been a super successful Bible study method for our family and for many others! Blessings to you as you seek to teach your children to love God’s word!

Leanne - February 16, 2016 Reply

It’s great to see kids reading their bible and learning how to read it effectively is a huge step from just churning through. The five R’s are a great idea. Thanks for sharing on our #OTM link up ~ Leanne

    Alicia Michelle - February 16, 2016 Reply

    Hello Leanne! Thank you! Yes, the goal is to get kids to savor, to cherish and to LOVE the Bible. We want them to also know where to go to find the answers they need in God’s Word. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay - February 16, 2016 Reply

what a great post and great ideas! thanks so much for sharing with us at #merrymonday !

Sarah - February 25, 2016 Reply

This is great! I think it would even be helpful for myself to slow down and really think about each reading. Thanks!

    Alicia Michelle - February 26, 2016 Reply

    I agree, Sarah! I use this method to study the Bible too now. I’ve noticed a huge increase in how much my kids are really gleaning from their daily time in the Word. They’re coming up with some really deep insights and it’s so awesome to see!

Kayla Reinert - February 27, 2016 Reply

Wow, this was a great post! It looks like your children enjoy making the bookmarks too! I love these ideas and can’t wait to do something like this when my son gets older. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - February 27, 2016 Reply

    Fantastic, Kayla! I’m so glad to hear this! Although it’s wonderful to share about God with our kids when they’re really little, once they get older, it’s so amazing to be able to teach them HOW to connect deeply with God. We get to help them make that transition from just hearing about Him to showing our kids how to apply God’s word in real and practical ways to their life, and this method helps them do that. Thank you for sharing!

Sherry - March 6, 2016 Reply

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

Christine - June 5, 2016 Reply

Love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I did add a 6th R at the beginning for my 2 kids- Request. Pray and ask God to show us His truth through the Holy Spirit.

    Alicia Michelle - June 8, 2016 Reply

    Love it! Yes, the fourth “R” is “relate” but it also is “reveal” where we can ask God to speak powerfully to us His truth about this situation. 🙂

Leslie - November 27, 2016 Reply

Wow! This is really good. I’ll be sharing this!

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