The first textbook to be used for the education of our children is the Bible. Daily we are to use the Bible to lead our children to Christ. We are to begin with short, simple, easy to understand lessons.
“In these simple stories may be made plain the great principles of the law of God.” Education, 185.
Our goal is to direct to our children the commandments of God as standard for living, and to teach them to use the Bible as a guide for life. As we use the Bible to introduce our children to God, they will be introduced to His character and their own characters will be influenced as a result.
How should we teach our children? There is no reason for Bible study time to be dull and boring. The pen of inspiration gives us guidance in creative ways to teach Bible lessons to our children.
“ The use of object lessons, blackboards, maps, and pictures, will be an aid in explaining these lessons, and fixing them in the memory. Parents and teachers should constantly seek for improved methods. The teaching of the Bible should have our freshest thought, our best methods, and our most earnest effort.” Education, 186.
That means that we should take some time to really think about teaching the Bible to our children. Put some serious lesson planning effort into it! What resources do you already have? What could you do to make Bible study time more productive and interesting for your family?
Let us renew our commitment to consistently present to our children the most important lessons they will ever learn.
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Ps. 34:11