Resource Review: Learning About God’s Letter to Me

My Sabbath School class is learning about the Bible as our theme program/lesson.  We are using a resource from My Bible First that would be a definite blessing for family worship, a Sabbath afternoon activity or for Sabbath School.   Learning About God’s Letter to Me is a two-part resource consisting of a spiral bound, 46 page booklet and a separate device booklet.  The 23 lessons in the booklet are 1 to 3 page stories that teach how we got the Bible, how to find things in your Bible, how the Bible is organized, etc.   The back of the booklet includes a brief summary of each book of the Bible as well as the music and lyrics for three complementary songs.   Don’t read music?  That’s okay, because you can go to the product page for God’s Letter to Me and download the MP3 music file for each song.   What a blessing!

The device folder is purchased separately.   The folded 17″ x 11″ full-color cardstock device includes two sheets of full-color illustrations to cut out and glue in the device as you read through the booklet.

My Sabbath School class is a unique group of children from ages 3 to 13, including a few with learning and developmental disabilities. A large portion of my class is new to attending Sabbath School.    I have found the language of the lesson booklet to be accessible for all of the ages in my class.  Having the device in their hands as we talk helps those who need a visual connection with what they are hearing.   I will cycle through this book again in a few years to make sure the youngest students have another chance to learn the material.


The price of the this resource is more than fair!  The spiral-bound lesson booklet is  $4.25, and the full-color device is just $1 each.   Very budget friendly for homes and Sabbath Schools.  My Bible First offers extra resources to expand on this theme, including additional question cards, illustrated Scripture songs and more.


There are several other topics available in the Learning About series. including the importance of the Sabbath, and the 10 Commandments.   You can be sure that my Sabbath School students will be going through those topics as theme lessons as well!

What Are You Reading Together?

Read-aloud time is an extra special blessing of homeschooling.    Having the ability to set aside extended time during the school day for reading a book together is not only a family bonding time, but a learning time.  If your schooling hours are jam-packed, then an evening read aloud time is a perfect way to unwind from a busy day.

We are currently reading the last volume of The Bible Story aloud together.   I read the set of ten books straight through to my older children when they were young.    When my youngest child came along, I started reading the series all over again, but this time interspersed with the Conflict of the Ages series by Ellen White.  As soon as we finish volume 10 of The Bible Story, we’ll finish the Conflict series with  Acts of the Apostles.

My 11yo loves to be read to, but what about the 18yo still at home?   You might think he’s too old to be read to(or read to us), but he has gained his own special blessings from our read aloud time.   When he was asked to prepare and present a sermon at church , he chose to research and expand upon one of the stories we had read together a week earlier.  There’s a blessing for everyone!

Our favorite book list is varied, and includes:  They Dared for God, by Glenna Barstad,  several of the Sam Campbell books, and The Seventh Day Ox by Bradley Booth.

What are you currently reading together with your family?   We’d love to hear what you are enjoying.   Leave a comment so we can add new books to our reading lists!



Sabbath Playlist : How to Study the Bible, Pt. 1 | Bible Talk | Amazing Facts

This broadcast looks at the importance of studying the Bible. It begins with opening up and reading it. But, is there are difference between reading the Bible…

Source: How to Study the Bible, Pt. 1 | Bible Talk | Amazing Facts

Looking for the Bible Reading Plans?

Looking for the young adult and children’s Bible reading plans that we post at the end of each year?  The links have all been added to our AHE Spiritual Guidance Board on Pinterest.  We are continuing to add more children’s Bible study resources as we find them.

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, here is a link to last year’s Bible reading plan post.

Reading Aloud is for All Ages!

Becoming a Nation of Readers (Anderson, Hiebert, Scott and Wilkinson, 1985) presented among its findings that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” This landmark  Commission on Reading report also indicated reading aloud in the home is an essential contributor to reading success, and that reading aloud… is “a practice that should continue throughout the grades.”

What powerful motivation to include reading aloud as part of a homeschooling schedule!  Most families however, see read-aloud time asMother_reading_to_child_1850 an activity for younger children only.  But as the report states, the practice should continue because the benefits of reading aloud don’t diminish as children grow older.


For the very young child, being read aloud to sends a multitude of important messages. The time spent with the reading parent is a vitally important bonding time. The young child gets the message that the act of reading is important, fun and desirable. Even though the child may not begin to read himself for several years, the underlying knowledge needed for reading success is being developed.


Emerging/Growing Readers

As a child enters his emerging reader years, the act of being read to still maintains a place of importance. Motivation becomes key factor in reading success, and being read aloud to keeps that motivation alive. It shows that reading is important and is a skill valued by the family. While the emerging reader listens, he takes note of the sounds of words, how punctuation is used, and begins to develop a personal vocabulary. As the books read aloud become longer, and the words become more difficult, a growing reader is able to gain access to new material with support.

Older Readers

One might think that reading to an older child is not a valuable exercise, but that is far from the truth.  It is one of the best ways to promote independent reading in older readers.  Because most children listen at a higher level than they read, reading aloud is an opportunity to present material they may have difficulty accessing on their own.   Reading aloud may motivate a reluctant reader to try material previously thought too difficult. Reading aloud to older readers also stimulates fluency and vocabulary growth. In addition, taking the time to discuss the reading material is excellent preparation for higher level critical thinking and writing.


Daily Learning for Secondary Students using the NYT

The newspaper is an excellent learning resource for secondary students , especially in the areas of current history/culture, journalism and reading comprehension.  Every weekday The New York Times  provides new  free educational resources based on the content published in the newspaper.  Click on the image below to browse The Learning Network’s teaching and learning resources. The Learning Network - Teaching and Learning With The New York Times