As Christian parents, how can we help our kids grow spiritually?
Many of us take our kids to Sunday school lessons every week and vacation Bible school every summer as a way to help our kids learn about God.
But is that enough?
I’d argue that, just like we need to study scripture daily, daily Bible study lessons for children are a must if we want to show them the beautiful joy of a strong relationship with God.
Teaching kids how to study the Bible is an important aspect of raising godly, confident kids who change the world.
But wait! Don’t let the thought of daily kids Bible lessons stress you out!
I’m a busy mom of four kids too, and I get how Bible lessons for kids can sound totally intimidating (especially when life is already crazy!).
That’s why I developed the 5Rs Bible Study Method™–a way to study scripture that makes daily Bible study for kids easy. And did I mention that it’s a great way to give kids free Bible study lessons?
How Does the Free 5Rs Bible Study Method™ Work for Kids?
The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ makes kids Bible lessons incredibly simple.
I call this kids Bible study tool the “5 Rs” because it consists of five steps that all start with an “R”:
- Relate/Reveal, and
It’s a simple, step-by-step Bible study method that works. And all you need is a Bible, a notebook and a pen or pencil.
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!
Why Is the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ Ideal for Daily Kids Bible Study Lessons?
I created the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ because I want a practical, powerful Bible study tool for my own kids to do their daily Bible lessons.
While there are other kids Bible lessons out there, I don’t like that other Bible study tools require that I continually purchase a new set of children’s Bible lessons.
I want my kids to learn how to study the Bible on their own. I want them to be able to open their Bible to any verse and have a specific way to glean deep spiritual insight from God.
And honestly, I want free Bible lessons for my kids! (Ha, ha! That’s the frugal side of me talking).
Here’s why your family will love the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ for your kids children’s Bible lessons too:
- The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ is easy for kids to understand (I found other Bible study methods too complex for young kids);
- The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ is easy for kids to remember and memorize;
- Children can use the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ for any Bible verse; and
- The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ allows any parent to create free Bible study lessons for their children.
and best of all…
- The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ allows kids to deeply understand biblical truths and to apply them to their current life situation.
In fact, the kids and I rarely do “official” Bible studies anymore and just use the 5Rs Bible Study method to discover the riches found in scripture!
You’ll want to use this Bible study method during family devotion time, your personal Bible time or even to help friends and family understand and apply scripture in powerful ways!
Let’s take a closer look at each step in the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ so that you can see for yourself how awesome it is for daily children’s Bible study lessons.
First, children pick a Bible verse or group of verses (or parents can choose a scripture for the child). Let’s say we choose one of my favorites, Psalm 34:4-6.
Next, kids write the words “Read”, “Rewrite,” “Restate,” “Relate,” and “Respond” down the left-side margin of a lined piece of paper. Be sure to tell kids to leave lots of lines between each of the words.
Then, kids begin working through the 5Rs for that set of Bible verses, writing a response next to each of the “Rs”.
P.S. Want a free printable bookmark with a brief explanation of each step?
Yep, it can really come in handy (especially when teaching kids how to use this for daily Bible lessons).
It’s also the perfect tool to mark the section of scripture you’re reading!
Step-By-Step Explanation of the 5Rs Bible Study Method™
Let’s walk through each of the 5Rs steps so you can see for yourself how the 5Rs makes it easy to give Bible study lessons to children.
Step 1: Read
Read the passage (Psalm 34:4-6 in our example).
Step 2: Rewrite
Copy the entire verse (as its written in that translation) onto the lined paper.
Here’s what a child would write if used Psalm 34:4-6 as the theme verse from the New Living Translation:
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
Step 3: Restate
Write down the verse again, but this time, encourage the child to write it in his own words. Going word-by-word (and without interpretation), ask him to decide how he would state the action/truth in this passage.
Here’s my example:
“I cried out to God and he heard my cry and responded. He took all my fears away. Everyone who calls on him for help with their troubles will have spirits that are full of joy; they will not be weighed down by shame or guilt. In my greatest hour of need I prayed to God and he listened; he carried me through and helped me solve my troubles.”
NOTE: I’d suggest trying to use different-yet-equivalent words from the Bible translation when walking through this step. By substituting new words in, kids can understand each word in the Bible verse on a deeper level. Of course it’s important to teach kids to not choose words that would change the meaning of the verse.
Step 4: Relate
For this step of the Bible lesson, encourage your child to take a few moments to quiet his heart and listen to God’s voice. As your child is processing the biblical truths and listening to God, have him consider these type of questions:
- What is God trying to communicate through this scripture?
- What other stories/scriptures does this Bible verse remind me of?
- What circumstances in my life (or in the lives of others that I know) does this remind me of?
Here’s my example from Psalm 34:4-6:
I can see so many times when I’ve cried out to God and he’s rescued me! I love that when He rescues us it’s always done in a way that’s best for us and may not necessarily be comfortable for us. He loves us so much that He is willing to walk us through any hard situation, and within that situation, give us the strength to endure and the wisdom to get through it. This truth also reminds me of the story of Joseph in the Bible.
Step 5: Respond
For this final step of the Bible lesson, I’d encourage you to ask your kids this question:
Now that you know this truth, how will you live differently today? Here’s what I wrote for our Psalm 34:4-6 example:
Knowing that God is with me brings great clarity and comfort. Sometimes in the midst of a trial, it’s easy to think that God hasn’t heard our cries or doesn’t care. And yet, today, as I think about those things that are challenging me, I feel peace because I know that he has heard my cry and is “working all things for my good.” I can continue to persevere and to be strong!
FAQ About How to Use This Bible Study Method to Help Kids Grow Spiritually
Question: What’s the ideal age range for kids to use the 5Rs Bible Study Method™?
Answer: It depends on the child’s maturity and learning ability overall. I’ve seen kids as young as 6 or 7 use the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ for daily Bible lessons. For younger children (or those who don’t like to do a lot of writing), you could have them verbally answer the questions and then you write it down for them.
Question: Can kids do the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ on their own or should I do it with them?
Answer: That depends. At first, I would suggest that you go through the 5Rs Bible Study Method with your children as part of daily Bible lessons. As kids become older, more independent (and more comfortable with doing Bible study lessons on their own), I’ve found that my children can complete their daily Bible lessons on their own using the 5Rs Bible Study Method.
Question: How do I find Bible verses for my child to study?
Answer: There are a few ways. You could come up with a list of character traits to study (for example, here’s a list of Bible verses about wisdom and have kids go through them one at a time. Or, sometimes I’ve had my kids focus on specific biblical attributes I want them to learn (such as understanding more about God’s love) and chosen verses that go along with that theme. A concordance and/or good study Bible are especially helpful.
Question: Can I use the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ for my own Bible study lessons (or for family Bible time)?
Answer: Absolutely! I recommend it to women all the time for either personal or family study. However, because the 5Rs is a trademarked Bible study method, it cannot be used in other paid or free Bible studies outside of those you’d find from Your Vibrant Family.
The Easiest Way to Teach the 5Rs Bible Study Method™
All those “R” words can get mixed up in a little person’s brain (alright, even in a big person’s brain!) pretty easily.
I’ve found that this simple bookmark makes it super easy for kids to easily reference (and quickly memorize) the Bible study method.
Make this bookmark as a fun project with your kids!
The 5Rs Bible Study Method™ bookmark printable is fairly generic so that everyone can make their own version and decorate it how they’d like.
Here’s how my bookmark (and my kids’ bookmarks) turned out.
Other Resources for Helping Kids Grow Spiritually
And of course don’t forget to download your own free 5Rs Bible Study Method™ Bookmark Craft printable!