My cousin Joan and her husband select a Bible verse or passage for their family each summer. One year they studied the 10 Commandments, and before heading to a mission field, they learned verses on evangelism.
When school let out, a teacher friend of mine headed for the ocean with a beach study she created for her two elementary-aged children. They began by memorizing, “The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:5) followed by making sand mosaics. Each of the six holidays was another fun Bible beach lesson.
What can your family do this summer with results that could last a lifetime? Studying the nine “blesseds” of Matthew 5:3-11 could be a perfect match for nine weeks and a summer of blessings. Or consider a treasure hunt; kids love clues and treasures. Hide verses or clues throughout the house. The ending treasure is a promise from the Word and perhaps a prize. What an exciting not-so-quiet time! Then put a large heart on your wall to collect promises from God’s Treasure Book. Keeping time in the Word active and fun brings variety to the study, and makes it something your kids will look forward to.
The summer of 2007 we studied the Gospel of John, looking for the 7 miracles, and the 7 “I AMs.” We watched the John Visual Bible series to reinforce what we were studying. We also looked at the “FUN-damentals” and reviewed important sections of the Bible such as the Ten Commandments, Psalm 23, and the Lord’s Prayer.
Pick a section of verses or book from the Bible, and let God speak to your family this summer.