Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Beginner's Bible: A Zonderkidz Review

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
One of the most important parenting tasks Mr. Butler and I have is to teach our children the Bible and start out their lives with the habit of consuming it daily.  While I know that the word of God is so powerful, if it isn't in the stores of my mind and made available to use when needed, it can be made ineffective, to say the least.  As many of us are diving into reading the Bible (or parts of it) in a year, why not encourage our kids to do the same!  Our kids need these habits set in place as soon as possible for maximum benefit!  Last month, as part of the Homeschool Review Crew, we received The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz to review and it has certainly supported the family goal of studying the Bible more regularly.  Since J was born we have been exposed to a few different kinds of children's Bibles, but I had never taken a look at any version of this one.  It widened my children's Bibles experience!

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
This hardback book includes over 90 Bible stories that my 6 year old was able to read just fine, but comprehensive enough to read aloud with everyone. My husband started including it in the kids nightly reading time and noted with disappointment that the story of Cain and Abel was not included. Biblical accuracy is really important in our household, but as we explored the book further we were surprised to see instances of baptism and Paul's missionary journeys were included in the New Testament that often are omitted.. So, you can't have everything, but there were some nice details included. 
Though it has been around for a while, the Beginner's Bible has recently been updated with new 3D artwork and some great resources to complement the book's use.  At first, I just gave the book to J to read during quiet time and he seem to take ownership of it pretty quickly.  Later, while exploring the website, I discovered a wealth of activities that accentuated the Bible study perfectly and for a range of ages!  Whether you have a large classroom setting or just trying to enrich your kid's Bible involvement, there is probably a resource for you.  On the website you have access to the following:
  • coloring sheets (using artwork straight from the Bible)
  • word searches 
  • mazes 
  • trivia cards 
  • placemats 
  • sticker sheets
  • posters
  • snack ideas
  • reading suggestions
  • games (paint, puzzles, matching, etc.)
  • videos
  • bookmarks
  • and even more!

With all of the resources that Zonderkids has provided, you could easily develop a Bible curriculum for your students - for the year, for a few months or whatever your needs are!  Adults and kids alike, the most important foundation for a relationship with God is knowing what He teaches.  In my experience, one of the best ways to learn is to receive information and reinforcement from multiple directions and this resource website makes learning about the Bible almost as easy as osmosis with the variety of options available!  All in all, we found this Beginner's Bible to be a great place to start your kids

If you have younger kids or have different needs, Zonderkidz also sells a version for little ones, a deluxe version (that includes audible CDs) and a collector's edition.

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The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
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