From early on, I start teaching our kids to read their Bibles independently. I want them to see that God can speak to them, and they can understand it. Too much spoon-feeding helps our kids to feel they need to be reliant upon us in order to have a walk with God.
So, from the time they are small, we listen to Keys for Kids every day (you can also get it free in booklet form). We talk about the main idea of each broadcast. I copy and paste the verse for the day into a free handwriting worksheet maker for daily copy work.
When the kids were tiny, we used these little flashcards to learn a verse by heart for every letter of the alphabet.
I’ve also used a children’s Bible like this one, so they can begin reading passages on their own.
In addition, I also love this brand new children’s topical Bible, compiled by my friend, Michelle Brock.
I’ve used free printable Bible curricula like this and this (for older children).
I also enjoy including missionary biographies. Currently we are using this book, and we are really enjoying it. I’ve tried to encourage our youngest to write a little biography of her own using this free printable.
For my high schoolers, I’ve done some different things. I’ve used the New Answers Book (from Answers in Genesis), which is available free online (as well as a free study guide) for apologetics/creation science. I’ve used this free material to create a “Life of Christ” course (here is a free commentary also). I put together a Biblical Counseling course using the free resources at Debi Pryde’s site in conjunction with this book by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
Finally, I’ve found plenty of videos recently addressing the idea of why the Bible is trustworthy. Here are the videos my 10th grader has watched thus far:
Science Confirms the Bible is True Part 1
Science Confirms the Bible is True Part 2
How Do We Know the Bible is True? (Josh McDowell)
40 Archaeology Facts Which Prove the Bible is True
A little more advanced is this series, “From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man” (free mp3s) by Mark Minnick, which addresses questions about inspiration, translations, and why the Bible we have is reliable.
A great initial discipleship tool is “Basics for Believers” by Dr. Jim Berg (not free, but very reasonable). A more fully developed, free discipleship series called Foundations can be found here.
Here is a screen shot of all the topics covered:
For the Love of Learning,