The search starts with knowing what your purpose is. When the kids were little I wanted to use this time in our calendar to focus on the truths that Jesus did indeed come to earth, was without sin, and he then died on the cross and rose from the dead in order to restore our ongoing relationship with God. There are so many resources and ideas available to teach young kids these important truths. And it works repeating it year after year, maybe with a slight twist or expansion because the kids are being grounded in Bible knowledge and understanding.
But what about when they get older? I’m not saying my kids know it all, but when you’ve studied the same things for many many years, it is hard to stay focused and really ‘learn’ anything. What is my purpose for doing “Easter” studies with my older kids? Some years I’ve not been able to articulate a purpose and our studies have flundered. This year I have a purpose – want to make the knowledge of the story – the history – personal, to make it about ‘me’ (for each of my children and for Peter and myself as well.)
Here are the resources that I’ve chosen to use this year:
Based on knowledge of ancient Jewish holidays and customs, this DVD probes the true depth of the Easter story as it begins 2,000 years earlier with a simple promise between a man called Abraham and Almighty God. God’s keeping of that promise reveals a beautifully intricate masterpiece of love for human kind–love fully realized centuries later in Jesus’ resurrection and his gift of eternal life.
We will read “He Chose You” after dinner most nights. With the DVDs and CD we will watch/listen to a segment each of our study days and discuss what we learn and record it in someway – probably a notebook page or blog post. We may well not get through all these resources before Resurrection Sunday– but that doesn’t matter – we are simply using the corporate celebration and time of worship as a reminder to focus on the foundations of our faith – we will continue with this study until we’re done.
Over to you:
Do you have a resource that’s worked well for Easter and a highschool student? Love to hear from you in the comments.
Celebrating Easter is all about Jesus: Regardless of how others celebrate Easter Christian parents can make it all about Jesus. Take the opportunity of this celebration to teach your kids Biblical truth. Includes a bonus Download (Jelly Beans tell the Gospel Story)
Easter Lessons for your Highschool Student (or older teen) Find age appropriate lessons to teach your highschool kids Biblical truth at Easter.
Why am I still Teaching Bible in my Homeschool Highschool? Studying the Bible is more than a school subject; it is a book that shapes our hearts which is why I’m still teaching it to my highschool students – family discipleship.