Daily Bible Reading

Since the most important part of homeschooling, in our home is training our children in the discipline and instruction of the LORD, one of their daily assignments, once they are able to read, is reading the Bible. The first year they read through the New Testament and each subsequent year they read through the whole Bible.

Edited to add: A year and a half ago all we began reading through the Bible four times a year rather than once a year. We use this schedule.

We have been asked why we make Bible reading an assignment. After all, the argument goes, we want our children to read the Bible because they want to know God, not merely because we require it. True, just as we wish for our children to brush their teeth in the morning because they desire to be clean and have good grooming habits. However, in our house we do not give our children the option of brushing their teeth, we require it and we trust that through the habit of brushing their teeth every single morning they will appreciate the benefits and acquire the habit.

So how do enable all of our children read the Bible daily?

  • We have time set aside first thing each morning for Bible reading.
  • We give each independent reader their own dated Bible reading schedule.
  • Mark and I also read from this schedule, so that all of us are reading the same passages. This works for us because we are able to ask our younger children questions about their reading, in order to see how much they are comprehending. We are also able to better field questions from the older children . All of us reading the same passages each day also encourages discussions between the children about topics or stories that they have read.

Reading through the Bible each year has given our children more biblical fluency than I had hoped. It has equipped them to think more biblically because they know more of what the Bible says and has helped them to realize that the Bible speaks to all areas of life. It has also lead to several interesting conversations. After all the Bible is not exactly G rated.

There are many Bible reading schedules available online, this is the one we use. Another one that is already dated and goes through the Bible chronologically in one year is here.

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29 Responses to Daily Bible Reading
  1. Kelli
    February 27, 2009 | 6:38 pm

    Kim, I’m so blessed by reading your blog. I’m so glad you’re doing this. Kandice and I have already had some good conversation and you’ve given us some good ideas!


  2. Raising Olives
    February 27, 2009 | 10:24 pm

    Kelli, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I’m so thankful that this has been a blessing for you and it encourages me to know it.



  3. Kimarie
    March 30, 2009 | 1:08 pm

    Kimberly, thanks for posting this! I used the Balancing the Sword “design your own” Bible schedule and it just isn’t as easily arranged as the one you posted. I like the fact that it deals with whole chapters – not odd chapter and verse combinations. I’m going to scrap the one I printed and use this one – so much easier for the children to follow!


  4. Becky
    April 1, 2009 | 10:11 pm

    This is a very helpful post for me as a young mom of a 2yo and 10mo! I hope (as my children grow up) to incorporate this idea into their training as well!
    How many years have you been reading through the Bible together? I imagine over your entire childhood that the Bible would become so much more familiar, understood as a whole, and so very precious!


    Kimberly Reply:

    Thank you Becky.
    We have been reading through the Bible with our children since our oldest was 5 so for nearly 7 years. I am amazed at how familiar our children are with the scriptures as a whole. This was one of those things that we started doing early and it has proven to be an amazing blessing to our family.



  5. marla nutbrown
    November 18, 2009 | 10:51 am

    I have just started my own blog .Trying to get the hang of this.I am trying to learn how,to interact with other bloogers.How to get my blog out so people know it is available.Do you have any suggestions?


    Raising Olives Reply:

    When I began blogging I used blog carnivals to help gain exposure. “Works for Me Wednesday” “Wordless Wednesday” and “Not Me Mondays” are ones that I still participate in as I have time.

    Other than that, just beginning to build relationships with others in the online community.


  6. Debra
    December 23, 2009 | 8:01 am

    Oh, I LOVE this!! I had never, ever thought of using this plan (this is very close to one I used myself a couple years ago) and having my beginning readers only do the New Testament portion. Duh!!! Love, love, love it. And this is SO happening starting Jan 1.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’m so glad you like the idea. It’s super having the little ones reading the New Testament portions while you’re reading the whole thing, it makes it easy to check up on how they are doing. This also leads to a lot of good discussions around the dinner table each evening.


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  12. Kori
    September 6, 2010 | 12:57 am

    Thank you so much for using your talents and passion for families to share your insights. I am in the midst of getting a “spiritual growth plan” together and would like to know if you give your kids any kind of study or question guide for their daily Bible reading. I have a 9 and 7 year old that i’d like to get started on the new testament reading in a year. my oldest is use to following a yearly reading plan and is wired to think and process information on his own. However, I’m trying to figure out how to make it a more useful time for my 7 year old other than, “I read my assignment.” Do you teach your kids to follow a study system of any kind while they read the Bible or do you just let them at it and try to incorprate what they are reading at other times so you know they are “getting” what they are reading?

    Your site has been a blessing!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Kori.

    We usually just discuss what we’ve been reading, however we have used Balancing the Sword for discussion or comprehension questions during family worship and it would work well for the kids daily Bible reading as well. Both volumes cover the whole Bible and all of the questions are completely different. It even comes with Bible reading software so that you can design your own Bible reading plan.


  13. LaVonne
    October 13, 2010 | 12:08 am

    We read the Toddler Bible each morning together (she can’t read at 2 years old) and she likes it.

    I cannot wait until she can read the Bible for herself.


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    October 13, 2010 | 8:02 am

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  15. Becky Perry
    October 13, 2010 | 10:22 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! Especially the reading schedule.


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    October 13, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    My 9 year old son was reading Leviticus last week when he asked what it meant that two meant couldn’t lie together. THAT was a fun conversation, much of which we had to save until later because my son’s 3 younger siblings were there!

    Great post! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  21. Crystal Rains
    January 16, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    This is amazing to me! I have a few questions if you have a second to answer… I have four 5 and under and will be doing this soon I imagine… so do your children enjoy doing this much Bible reading? (I see you do 4 times in a year now). When they complain about it, how do you address that? I agree this is a habit of holiness we want to instill. But I would fear that forcing them to read this much every day would take away their finding joy from God’s word… I would fear pushing them might remove the delighting if it became a long checklist. I would love to hear your thoughts of experience!!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Crystal,

    Basically, yes, they enjoy it. We don’t get any complaints, I think that the heart of what your asking may be answered in my series of posts on your child’s heart.

    God has blessed us with children who love the Lord and love us. Bible reading is something that we do every day, it’s a normal part of our life and our children don’t question it or complain about it any more than they question or complain about making their bed or brushing their teeth.

    I understand your concerns and Mark and I had those initially, but we believed that God would bless faithfulness and we believe that part of faithfulness is reading His Word. In our situation, we have not seen their joy in reading God’s Word vanish.

    May God bless you in this busy season of life.


  22. Mary Kate
    April 15, 2012 | 10:22 am

    I have posted to facebook.


  23. Mary Kate
    April 15, 2012 | 10:26 am

    We are homeschoolers and this would help us tremendously in our studies. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with others to help us on our own journey. It is a Blessing to read your Blog and how you implement things. We are new to homeschooling and this has helped us to grow together as a family as well!


  24. Brady
    September 28, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Hi there! I enjoy your blog very much! Would you mind sharing where you got your reading plan or one that is able to be edited to change the dates. I like how yours is set up, but can’t seem to find anything else like it.


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