I’ll go ahead and admit it. Janie and I really aren’t fully prepared for this post. We birthed the Reading Challenge idea roughly two weeks ago, when it popped into my head while I was doing housework one day. My youngest daughter had been begging me to make her own picture Bible, and I thought, why not try it? Janie immediately latched on to the idea and made it her own, and since then we’ve been scrambling to prepare. And though we’ve worked VERY hard to make it work, we still have a lot of catching up to do. For instance, we still haven’t found an illustrator to help with the story Bible illustrations and coloring page.
The good news, though, is that any time spent with your kids in God’s Word is profitable. Whether Janie and I have our ducks adequately in a row or not, God promises that “wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there will I be also.” So, with that in mind, we’re forging ahead. We hope you’ll find some benefit in the reading selections and extras we’ve provided–and we definitely hope they will improve over the next few weeks. (We’re very open to feedback, too, by the way! We have no editors or publishers on staff….) But most of all, we’re praying that God would meet you and your children through His Word through this reading challenge. And if He does, to Him be all the glory.
Reading Challenge .pdf DOWNLOAD: Ages 4-8, Week One
Reading Challenge .pdf DOWNLOAD: Ages 9-12, Week One
I’m not sure if you guys would use this or not, but a while back my girls and I recorded this memory verse. So, I’ve attached it below in case you’d prefer to sing it instead of say it.
To sign up to receive weekly emails pertaining to this year-long Bible study for parents and kids, just leave a note either in the comments below or in our original post. For Janie’s introduction to the reading challenge, see here.
For more ways to bring Christian truth off the printed page, see our Pilgrim’s Progress Mission Adventure, which includes our recommendation of a kids book and a reading guide with games, memory verses, etc. to help you make the most of it. (We’ll be finishing that and putting it in a download asap!)