Mindy from Child Training Bible send me this wonderful resource to use in our homeschool and to review.
First of all, the Child Training Bible is a tool or a supplement that you can use along with your bible curriculum to do an in depth study with the little ones on various topics related to training their hearts. If you ever sat with a group of toddlers for any amount of time, you must have come across them tattling. To handle tattling in our house we had the 3 b and 2 d policy. 3b-Bleeding, Broken, Barfing/ 2 d- Danger, Destruction.
That worked for a while until one of my daughters would come up saying she has a “B” to report.
Mom: Which B is it ?
Mom: What is broken?
Daughter: My heart is broken when brother did not share.
When I found this bible resource, my heart went directly to the section, um…you guessed it, tattling.
How it works
This resource is made with the put off- put on method. There is a visual index chart that is provided, that goes in the front of the bible that shows the scriptures related to certain heart issues and why we have to put off that behavior and what to put on instead.
These are the heart issues addressed.
Some of the topics included are Anger, Fear, Disobedience, Fighting, Lying, Wrong Friendships etc…(20 total). You can access these topics through the ready to use tabs that you would place on the bible.
The visual index goes inside the bible on the front page.
I like that it is focusing not only on the sin but what the Lord would want to cultivate in us also. In addition to the heart issues, there is also a gospel section that explains and walks us through the scriptures related to salvation in Jesus Christ.
What is Provided
You are send 5 charts sized 8.75 x 5.75. One of them is a visual index chart that has to be placed in the inside front page of the bible. The rest of them contains scriptures used for each of the heart issues addressed. It serves as a visual guide to where the tabs are to be placed on one side, and on the other side it has 3 columns with questions that address the heart; How did Jesus act or what did Jesus do; and a prayer for your child.
What you need to buy
You need to buy a bible that is sized 9″ by 6″ . Click here to check it out on amazon. I used a women’s study bible that I had which was not being used. You also need-
Post- it flags.
How to make it
It took me close to three weeks to highlight the scriptures and flag them on my bible. You can finish in a day or two if you are really motivated to do so. You go by first highlighting the scriptures and then tabbing the page using the same colored flag as the highlighter and the visual index chart.
The Pinterest site here shows you step by step how to start and finish this project.
How to use it
We use it in our bible time to discuss and learn about what God wants us to put off and what God wants us to put on. There are some scriptures I found personally would be more applicable in certain heart issues because the Lord trained me through those. In those cases I always had the opportunity to add that extra tab and highlight those scriptures too. So if you find any of your favorite for a particular area is not covered, you can freely add them too.
Over all it is good to have in your home because the next time you don’t know how to address your child’s or your own heart issue and you want to think biblically, there is a resource right there that won’t take more than a few seconds to find. And, if used properly I am training myself and my children to think biblically and use the scripture as a means to go to, in times of wanting to anchor my wayward heart. With over 200 scripture references, heart and gospel questions it sure is a keeper in our home.
When we were doing the section on complaining, I made these cute pocket hearts ( not included) for each of my children and taught them the scripture that was given, that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. They had a blast pulling out the complaining strip through the mouth and later thankfulness as they filled their heart with it.
So with a little creativity, you can use this tool as a supplement to your bible curriculum.
Mindy also has a virtue training bible that is available on her site as tool to go to pages of the scripture for instruction in 42 virtues.
We would love to send you the CTB charts free to one of you who will be randomly picked. All you have to do is to leave a comment on how you think the CTB could benefit you. This give away will end on Nov 15th. The winner will be announced and emailed.