March 9th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Jesús fue al templo
English Preschool: Jesus Healed a Blind Man
School Age: Jesus Healed a Blind Man
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Caleb Bergman showed good teamwork.
-Jayce Kiddoe was able to answer questions about the Bible story.
-Christine Orsoa showed good teamwork.
-Levi Parsard has a birthday on March 12.
-Sammy Pino has a birthday on March 15.
-Carley Jean Sullivan has a birthday on March 14.
-Albert Paul Valdes showed good teamwork.
-Dayleen Valdes showed good teamwork.
-The 3rd-5th grade class was very engaged in their learning.
Mark Your Calendar
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3rd - 5th Grade Picnic
K-2nd Grade Picnic
One of the most frequent questions I hear is, “What Bible should I give my kids?”. It’s a great question, because giving your children the wrong Bible can discourage them from wanting to read it independently. Or it can be printed in such a way that perhaps it doesn’t ground your kids as well in scripture as other Bibles might.
There are three factors you need to consider when buying a Bible for a child:
Is it a translation or paraphrase? Translations tend to be more accurate as they are making a concerted effort to accurately translate from the original languages to English. Paraphrase versions on the other hand try to gather an idea and give you the gist of it rather than attempting to carefully match word for word what was written. Personally, I don’t like paraphrase versions as I have seen author bias change the meaning of scripture if you were to read it side by side with a translation. It’s not every verse, but enough to make me uncomfortable.
What is the reading level of the translation? This is where we have lost generations of kids and now adults as regular Bible readers. In many places, the King James version was the preferred version. Ironically, it is not the most accurate. Even worse for young people, it is written on a 12th grade reading level. This means it is far too difficult for the reader who then becomes frustrated even attempting to read it. The young person soon learns to hate reading the Bible, not because of what is in it, but because for years he or she has associated feelings of frustration with reading the Bible. It’s not just the KJV though. The NIV is written on about the 7th or 8th grade level – once again a frustration text for children and teens who struggle with reading. I have found the NIrV version is highly transformative for people. Written on a 3rd grade reading level, it’s a translation even most early readers can easily understand.
What “extras” does the child or teen need or want in his or her Bible? A few years ago, the NIrV Bible had few options. It was considered a children’s Bible and you couldn’t even find it in more adult covers very often. Now there are adult covers and even a few with study aids in them.
There are a lot of things when raising a kid that are optional. If you can at all afford it though, each of your kids should have their own Bible. If funds are tight, ask your church if they can help. I am sure in most places someone will help make sure your kids have Bibles to read and use to develop strong spiritual foundations in their lives.
Condensed from "What Bible Should Your Kids Own?" by Thereasa Winnett from parentinglikehannah.com