Bible Flashcards, God, and Life Learning

by Joanne
(Far North Queensland)

We have used the Abeka Bible story flashcards for these and other activities, but having your children create their own - to be used at home or in your Sunday School class would be a very worthwhile Art unit.

Once I have read a particular passage to the children from the Bible, they like to use the flashcards as a visual prompt for retelling (or narrating)the story. I have found that being able to use the flashcards really helps in recall and confidence of the details, especially in the up to 10 age group. Since communicating God's Word to others is one of our primary focuses in learning, an assessment activity for our older children has been for them to give the Bible lesson(using the flashcards) to the younger ones in a way that is accurate, convincing and keeps their attention. Sometimes this has overflowed into being given the privelage of presenting that lesson to a young Sunday School class.

The cards can also be used as a sequencing activity for the pre-readers of the family, and sometimes they like to draw their own pictures to add to the sequence where the set of flashcards might be missing a scene they deem important.

For older children ready to consider some of the deeper issues in our Bible stories, I often ask them to think about how the story may have ended differently if people had made different choices.

Asking them to create their own flashcards, or story cards with a different ending to the one in the Bible, based on what they think might have happened if for example someone had chosen disobedience over obedience, or one of many other choices that occurs in the stories of God's Word. Letting them think carefully along these lines can be opening a can of worms, it has presented me with questions I don't know how to answer and some very deep discussions between myself and my eldest child in particular - who is at an age to question many things and think with insight into why we as humans do the things that we do. I wouldn't trade this sort of learning and discussion for anything though.

I want my kids to know that the Bible is not just stories but multi-layered lessons on living.

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