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I am looking for free resources online for Biblical teaching to children, biblical character development, teaching kids about Jesus and how important He is in our lives, things like that. (I know living by example is the best way to teach!) I have found a few sites online that have free sunday school curriculums and I thought I could probably change it to suit my needs, but it's not looking that way (or I'm just not that creative, or they just aren't what i'm looking for). Coloring sheets would be fine so I can explain the story behind it as my dd colors, activities, crafts, things of that nature.<br><br>
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Sarah, Im so sorry I cant be of any help. Ive looked for things like this for years now and not found <i>anything</i> that is really that great. NOTHING I would use. I almost feel like they are false. Im happy that my children go to sunday school. We <i>live</i> our faith and read bible stories and talk about how they apply to our lives. We talk about nature and they learn about creation that way. Honestly, maybe its the unschooler in me, but the <i>best</i> way, Ive found, is to let the Holy Spirit lead me in teaching my children about our faith in Christ. They are naturally spiritual. They pray and see God answer. Worksheets, colouring pages, etc are no match for real life, imho.
 

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I haven't been able to find much either (that was free anyway). I think we're going to just have to cough up the money to buy the A Beka stuff. My plan is to read Bible stories to her and pray for teachable moments. I'm also planning on visiting our church's preschool and see what resources they know about.<br><br>
A Beka is having a display in our town this summer so after I see their stuff IRL I'll make a decision.<br><br>
About the coloring pages, you wouldn't expect coloring pages on birds to teach your children about birds, but it is nice to have activities like coloring pages that relate to your topic, in this case the Bible. I see nothing wrong with including them, especially if your child enjoys coloring.<br><br>
Here are a few links (some are about learning verses which I think is very important)<br><br><a href="http://msssbible.com/memoryverses/" target="_blank">http://msssbible.com/memoryverses/</a><br><a href="http://www.child-bible-lessons.com/childbibleverses.html" target="_blank">http://www.child-bible-lessons.com/c...bleverses.html</a><br><a href="http://www.child-bible-lessons.com/" target="_blank">http://www.child-bible-lessons.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.dltk-bible.com/coloring.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dltk-bible.com/coloring.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.coloringpages.net/bible.html" target="_blank">http://www.coloringpages.net/bible.html</a><br><a href="http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/clr-indx.html" target="_blank">http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/clr-indx.html</a>
 

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how old are your kids?<br><br>
we have been reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTrial-Triumph-Stories-Church-History%2Fdp%2F1885767544%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F002-4769125-7546420%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1177356178%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Trial and Triumph</a> for chruch history. It is part of my 6 year olds curiculum. She gets it but we have to go slow. It is very protastant so we only read what is applicable to us. but if you are protastant it is truely a great resource, well written, covers a lot of church history form the very beginning (although leaves out a lot -most the important stuff- between the early church and reformation), some good pitures and takes you right up through modern times.<br><br>
just read Bible storeis ect to reinforce order of events etc We really like <a href="http://www.cph.org/cphstore/Category.asp?find_category=79843&find_description=Arch%20Books" target="_blank">Arch books</a> for this (we are partial - Grandpa is a best selling author for them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)<br><br>
of course read and memorize scripture<br><br>
We also use <a href="http://www.antiochian.org/1448" target="_blank">this</a> which includes an icon coloring sheet, a short story and some questions. it follows the liturgical calandar. this is obviously not protastant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> but I think it ican be used with people who are with a little tweaking.
 

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Just found this!!!!<br><br><a href="http://www.first-school.ws/theme/bible.htm" target="_blank">http://www.first-school.ws/theme/bible.htm</a><br><br>
This one looks good. It's not free but she does have a lot of free samples. Might be a good starting point.<br><br><a href="http://lbbl.homestead.com/" target="_blank">http://lbbl.homestead.com/</a><br><br>
This one has a lot of links<br><br><a href="http://www.teacherhelp.org/lesson.htm" target="_blank">http://www.teacherhelp.org/lesson.htm</a><br><br>
Only the first four are free but this looks really really good. It might give you some ideas on how to do it yourself or it might end up being worth it.<br><br><a href="http://www.daniellesplace.com/homeschool/index.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.daniellesplace.com/homeschool/index.cfm</a><br><br>
Blog wirh links<br><br><a href="http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ClassicalEducation4Me/10517/" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Cla...tion4Me/10517/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.biblekidsfunzone.com/devotions/00sundayschoollessons.html" target="_blank">http://www.biblekidsfunzone.com/devo...ollessons.html</a><br><br>
TONS of links<br><br><a href="http://www.religiousresources.org/directory/cat.php?cat_id=146" target="_blank">http://www.religiousresources.org/di...php?cat_id=146</a>
 

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my dd is is in k, and we use a catechism approach. here's what i currently use & it's free ( i use grade k - i've never looked at the other chapter downloads). I use a couple of other things too, but this is the main curriculum. we do "bible" as a subject twice a week. hope this helps you.<br><br><a href="http://www.faithfirst.com/html/catechist/downloads/downloads.html" target="_blank">http://www.faithfirst.com/html/catec...downloads.html</a>
 

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To the poster who is considering the A Beka stuff: Careful - I use that in my private school kindergarten class, and there have been so many times that I've needed to do a quick edit on what is said. There are a few instances where the story along with the flashcards (if you do the Flash-A-Card series) says something along the lines of, "The Bible doesn't really say, but we think..."<br><br>
I also had to remove some of the flashcards and heavily edit the Crucifixion story. They go into too much detail for five year olds, and one of the flash cards was extremely (think: Passion of the Christ-style) graphic. My students were having a hard enough time with the nails through the wrists and feet part.<br><br>
OP, I'm about two weeks away from running out of A Beka material and school is still in session for six weeks. I was thinking for the last four weeks just doing short Bible stories from an illustrated Children's Bible, singing songs with them that they love, and continuing some doctrinal drills (catechism type stuff- "Who are the three persons of God," that sort of thing) and memorizing verses (We've memorized the Lord's prayer and Psalms 100 as well as shorter, one sentence verses).<br><br>
Hope that helps! If you want any suggestions for songs to look up, let me know. I'm not sure what denomination you are, or what you want your kids to get from it, so it's hard to say more. I agree that if you are doing daily devotionals with thm, and always talking about how Christianity plays into your family life to them, they'll be doing well!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">To the poster who is considering the A Beka stuff: Careful - I use that in my private school kindergarten class, and there have been so many times that I've needed to do a quick edit on what is said. There are a few instances where the story along with the flashcards (if you do the Flash-A-Card series) says something along the lines of, "The Bible doesn't really say, but we think..."<br><br>
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Well that doesn't sound good. I will have to look into them more before I make a purchase. Thanks for sharing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">just read Bible storeis ect to reinforce order of events etc We really like <a href="http://www.cph.org/cphstore/Category.asp?find_category=79843&find_description=Arch%20Books" target="_blank">Arch books</a> for this (we are partial - Grandpa is a best selling author for them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)</div>
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No way!! That's very cool! We LOVE Arch books here! I had a ton of them when I was a kid, and my mom started buying them for my DD a few years ago. They are seriously some of her absolute favorites. I think they do an excellent job of teaching/reinforcing Bible stories and concepts in ways that young kids can understand.
 

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Do you have Sampson and Delilah? thats the one grandpa has won so many awards for. He also wrote Bartamaous (seriously, he found a word that rhymes with Bartemaous he should have gotten a prize for that), Zachious and something else or two. i think he is the best writer they ever had. not all of them flow so well.<br><br>
(and yes I am aware I spelled those names wrong . . . .)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you have Sampson and Delilah? thats the one grandpa has won so many awards for. He also wrote Bartamaous (seriously, he found a word that rhymes with Bartemaous he should have gotten a prize for that), Zachious and something else or two. i think he is the best writer they ever had. not all of them flow so well.<br><br>
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Shoot, y'know, I don't think we actually have any of those ones, but my mom asks every so often which ones we'd like next, so I'll ask for those ones -- thanks!
 

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<a href="http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/index.htm" target="_blank">http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/index.htm</a>. They have Old and New Testament stories and activities.<br><br>
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