Today, Becky shares with us how the Dig has helped her children grow.
What is the greatest investment you can and should make in your child’s life? There are numerous answers to this question based on what you believe. What do I believe? I believe, wholeheartedly, that the single greatest investment in my child’s life is to introduce them to Jesus and to teach them how to develop a relationship with Him. There are lots of other important things in life; education, financial responsibility, healthy living, the list can (and does) go on and on. But none of that matters, if at the end of life, our children don’t know Jesus personally. That is why taking the time to teach our children how to know Jesus, to understand the Word and to understand our Christian faith is vital.
This is our first year homeschooling, we have three children ages 11, 9 and 3 and as I was planning our curriculum I knew that I wanted to incorporate Bible teaching. I really wanted to go deeper than just reading a few verses each day, I wanted to teach my children how to dig in to the Word for themselves.
When The Dig was released I was excited to find something that would help us develop this skill of going deeper into the Word without overwhelming my kids. I think many kids feel that the bible is just something that you should bring to church on Sunday because you get a prize and one day, when they’re a grown up, they’ll read it for themselves. To them, reading and understanding the bible doesn’t seem possible. That’s where I’m finding The Dig is changing their mindset.
Each day is different, some days we may do The Dig first thing or maybe over lunch or just before bed, it’s flexible. My boys take turn reading portions of scripture (something that has come down to a very exact science of making sure they each get the same amount of verses to read, they love reading it that much).
Once we read the scripture portion for the day and discuss anything that they didn’t understand (thus forcing mama to learn as well) we ‘dig’ in to the provided questions. Once we get through those questions I like to try and incorporate another activity to wrap the lesson up. This day we learned about why Jesus came (Luke 5:31-32) so we wrote names of friends and families that don’t know Jesus on index cards and have committed to praying for these people.
The Dig is a great way to introduce your kids to studying the bible in a way that is fun and doable. I believe that when we teach our kids to read deeper into God’s Word, teach them to ask questions, think about what they’ve read and heard, show them that they can understand and learn, then they are well on their way to naturally developing a deep and rich relationship with their Savior.
Becky Van Volkinburg is a work from home/stay at home homeschooling mom of three beautiful kiddos. She is passionately in love with Jesus and is learning how to “walk on water” as she daily follows Him. You can find her at her blog Walking on Water 1429