Scripture Lessons for Kids: Best Bible Stories to Teach Little Kids
Reading is one of the most valuable skills you can teach your children at an early age. No matter what kids like or do in the future, they all have to go through the reading phase. And, as per experts, the earlier your child learns to read, the easier it’ll be for them to keep up with their lessons at the preschool level and higher ones.
Since I always like to include something personal, let me share my story with you.
I began to read when I was six years old. Back then, my mother heard somewhere that age six is a key year to teach your child reading. At this age, children begin to sound out simple words by using context clues (such as, pictures) and letter sounds. They are able to identify more words and hence, strategies like reading can help them to understand the meaning of these words. However, my mom used a different method compared to other parents. She didn’t make me sit up on her lap, use a funny, soft voice and point at pictures and say, “Look! This is a red cow, mooo! And the red cow is saying he wants a chocolate-flavored ice- cream.” No, sir, instead she read them aloud to me twice and I had to learn by repetition. Pronounce the words correctly, repeat, repeat, repeatttt!
It was a nightmare for the 6-year-old, but today I’m so glad she did that. But, I think another main reason why I became strong in reading was that I was learning through Biblical stories.
When you are raised by Christian parents and you need to be taught reading, trust me, they won’t take stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” or “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Most Biblical stories are appropriate for children. In fact, I’d say they are even better than those fairytale books, because these scriptures are all God-breathed. So, if you want to know what kind of Bible stories you should tell your children, follow my lead. Oh, and the Biblical stories I’m going to share aren’t listed in any particular order and so you can start with whichever looks best for you.
Noah and the Ark
The story of Noah and the flood is among the best-known stories of the Bible, even among non-believers. The story appears in Genesis chapters 6-9.
Noah, the son of Lamech, was a righteous man and very faithful to God. Among the people of his day, he was the only one who “found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6: 8).
When God saw how completely evil people on earth had become, he decided to send a flood and destroy and erase all the corruption of the earth. He said, “I will destroy from the earth the people I have created. And with them, the animals, birds, and creeping things” (Genesis 6:5–7). However, because of Noah’s faithfulness, God decided to save him and his family. He warned Noah of the impending disaster and asked him to build an ark. Once the ark is built, he’ll have to take in male and female specimens of all the world’s species of animals.
In Genesis 6: 18, we read, “I will establish My covenant with you; you will go into the ark with your wife, your sons, and their wives.”
And, in Genesis 7: 2-3, we can read, “Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.”
Noah acted in accordance with all of God’s instructions. And, when the flood came and covered the earth, Noah, his family and the animals were safe inside the ark.
Afer one hundred and fifty days, the waters receded and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat (as per Genesis 8: 1-5).