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I love it when I come across great resources that I just know you are going to love! When I was researching materials that I wanted to use this coming school year, I ran across this recently published book, The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith by Champ Thornton.
In our Morning Time learning, I always include Bible every day as the first thing we do. We then do an additional learning activity before we break for chores. (If you want to read more about how I am doing our Morning Time Learning, you can read all about it here!)
So when I found this book, I knew it was something that I wanted to add into our Morning Time learning!
On the back cover, this book is described as, “…a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for children 8 and up.”
Who is The Radical Book for Kids written for?
It is written for children ages 8-14 to be able to read this book on their own, but it would also make a great read-aloud that can be read together and discussed as a family. That is how I am planning on initially using it.
What topics are covered in The Radical Book for Kids?
The Radical Book for Kids has 67 chapters that cover topics like:
- How to Understand the Bible
- Names of God
- Men Who Gave Their Lives for Christ
- How to Make Your Own Sling
- How to Read the Bible Every Day
- Women Who Gave Their Lives for Christ
- Mind Your Manners
- What Is God Like
- How to Pray
- Money in the Bible
- Learn the Greek Alphabet
- Grasping the Gospels
- How Did You Get Your Bible
- and more!
As you can see, there is a wide variety of topics covered, from church history, to how to live out the Christian life, to practical life skills.
How can I use The Radical Book for Kids in my family?
I think first of all, the key here is that you actually read it and use it! It does no good to have a wonderful resource if you don’t find practical ways to use it. So, here are some ideas for you…
- Children can read it on their own. As I said before, this book is written so that children between the ages of 8-14 can read it on their own. Make this book a part of their reading time, where they read a chapter a day or a couple chapters a week.
- Read it together as a family. Choose a time that you are all together and read a chapter a day or a couple chapters a day together, then discuss. This is what I am planning on doing. We are going to be reading through it together as part of our Morning Time learning. One advantage of reading through the book together, is that it allows you to all discuss it, allows kids to ask questions, etc. You can learn and work through it together!
- Make it the spine for your homeschool Bible time. Not only could you read this book through together, but you could actually make it the spine for your Bible learning time. Many of the chapters include “More to Expore” ideas that give you additional books or topics to study. Pick a chapter a week and dive deep into that week’s topic!
I hope you have found this resource helpful. I know I am really excited to begin reading through it with the kids.
I would love to know if any of you are currently using this with your kids and what you think of it. Let me know in the comments!