(Grades 1 & 2, this year) We start our Bible lesson by reading a Bible verse. (I have done this for years, and it works for me.) I used to buy different things to hold the Bible verses with each change of study. For instance, I would have a wood box for Life of Jesus, then when I change to Acts, I would use metal mailboxes, or whatever I could find enough of. With the cost of things now, and double the kids to buy for (it's a great thing!), I have them use the same container for the whole year they are in my class. This is what we are using this year. You can print the lunchbox cover here.
We look up and read the scripture (NKJV). It is hard for some of the first graders, since they can't read, or just starting to, but they can understand looking for the numbers and reading the books across the top of the pages.
They also need to learn, and understand, what Book, Chapter, & Verse means. By the time they leave the class, they can look up their own scriptures. Here is one that is coming up in Acts:
They all have some sort of 'clue' picture and the Bible scripture all written directly from the NKJV Bible they are going to read it from. I usually fit 6 to one sheet of paper.
After the year, they will take home all their Bible verses.
Kids love routine, to a point. And I say that because things can be such a routine, it can get boring. But, I leave everything set up for them, and they come to Bible class, see their names on everything and they can find their seats easy. Pretty much the same seats, unless I need the visual aid space, or we are acting it out, etc.
I make their workbooks and lapbook (or whatever) and they take that home also.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.