A Bible portfolio is a chronological Bible timeline book to store the student’s work as you read through the Bible each year. It will include writing assignments, coloring pages, artwork, small collections, letters, photos, brochures, maps, etc.
The contents of your student’s Bible portfolio will vary depending on the age of each student. Younger children’s portfolio swill contain more drawings, coloring page or pictures of crafts. Older students portfolios will contain more writing assignments. Mother can use her portfolio to keep a journal of the Bible stories read and reactions of each child to particular stories.
You will need:
- A three-ring notebook with the clear plastic pocket cover
- Bible worksheets (download below)
- A variety of paper
- Card stock
- Top loading sheet protectors (for photos, brochures, maps, etc.)
- A three-hole punch
- Color pencils or markers
- Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines
- Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines and Illustrations
- 30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 Minutes a Day by Max E. Anders.
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines
My favorite Bible study tool is Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines. I totally agree with Dr. Ed Hindson who said, “If I could give only two books to a new Christian, one would be the Bible and the other would be this book.” I totally agree with Dr. Ed Hindson who said, “If I could give only two books to a new Christian, one would be the Bible and the other would be this book.” I use this book for homeschool Bible time and Sunday school regularly. It is sprial bound and completely reproducible making a perfect resource for Bible note booking or lap booking.
Another book I use a lot is Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines and Illustrations
This is a wonderful book to supplement any read through the Bible plan. Includes charts and timelines and summaries, I’ve used my copy over and over for homeschool and church for 15 years.It helps you see the “BIG PICTURE” of the Bible.
When you try to read through the Bible as one story—or even just the Old or New Testament—it can be overwhelming. Teaching the structure of the Bible is the secret to getting a comprehensive overview of the Bible. If you want to build a building you begin with a blueprint. 30 Days to Understanding by Max Anders gives you the blueprint pieces. and the structure to help you set up your notebook in note size.
Keep this book by your side to get an introduction to key Bible characters, places, and events in chronological order so that you can “think your way through” the entire Word of God. Through interesting, memory-enhancing exercises, Understand the Bible in 30 Days acquaints readers with the core teachings of Scripture in just 15 minutes a day!
Setting Up the Notebook
Begin with a 3-ring vinyl notebook that has clear pockets on the outside so the children can design their own covers. Each child should have his or her own Bible portfolio. Students should create artwork for their covers (a collage, pictures from the Internet, their own drawings, etc.) If your student experiences a block regarding creating a cover design, leave the cover blank until he or she is inspired.
Notebook Division: 12 Eras of Bible History
Utilise setting up the notebook with your children as part of the teaching to get the big picture. Divide the note book into 12 Historical ears from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max E. Anders. Each era will focus on main events, main people, and geography. Divide sections with index dividers or colored paper dividers, and make a title page for each section.
12 Eras of Biblical History
- Creation Era
- Patriarch Era
- Exodus Era
- Conquest Era
- Judges Era
- Kingdom Era
- Exile Era
- Return Era
- Silence Era
- Gospel Era
- Church Era
- Missions Era
In Anders book you’ll find helpful icons that will give inspiration for title page illustrations. It helps you learn to position key Bible characters, places, and events in chronological order so that you can “think your way through” the entire Word of God.
Make a table similar to the one below to show the contents in each section referring to the resources.
As you read through the BIble chronologically students will document what they learn by filling in one of the Bible worksheets or a coloring page, outline (sample included in the download) or other writing assignment. Once you finish the reading you’ll be able to tell which worksheet will work best to document the lesson:
- Bible Character Worksheet
- Bible Event Worksheet
- Bible Passage Worksheet
- Bible Notes Worksheet
Filling in the worksheets will help your child (and you) extract pertinent materials from the Bible reading, analyze it, categorize it, and produce a reference sheet for his or her Bible portfolio. This is not busywork- its writing to learn.
Writing to Learn
Students must comprehend the material, restructure the new information, and then share their new understanding. Writing to learn is much more than an accumulation of report writing; it helps students think and learn carefully and completely.
Writing assignments are about creating both ideas and learning. During writing assignments, students learn how to assess information and determine its appropriateness, to evaluate and compare, analyze and discern, add their own feelings, organize information, and communicate conclusions.
These can be used for all ages even non readers! Mom can fill in the pages for younger students using Charlotte Mason narration principles (child tells mom what happened, mom fills in worksheet).
- Do not give them a worksheet and walk away. Motivate students by asking questions. Help them use Bible study tools if needed.
- Allow students more than one worksheet, tell them to plan on writing and rewriting information so that they can condense, arrange, and write the summary in the best fashion.
- As they rewrite and reread, they select, eliminate, and add information with your prompts. The student is conveying in his own words (paraphrasing) the meaning of what was read, using the fewest number of words and sentences.
- Don’t underestimate the filling in process. Students develop excellence in achievement by completing the worksheets ; they develop diligence by continually practicing clarity, accuracy, relevance, prioritizing, consistency, depth, and breadth through writing activities.
- Use the worksheets as a way of testing. You will find out what students already know and encourage them to learn.
You can get very creative with your Bible Portfolios. Some students thrive on creativity. For them we suggest scrapbook supplies (memory albums, stickers, die cuts, paper, cardstock, scissors, pens, punches, templates, rulers, idea books, etc.). Students can decorate papers with illustrations, stickers, frames, etc. If you are not a scissors and glue person look into digital scrapbooking.
The student will include essays, reports, stories, poems, songs, Bible verses, journal entries, book reviews, dictation lessons, worksheets, outlines, photographs of projects, computer-produced graphics, memorabilia, recipes, maps, Internet printouts, illustrations, etc.
Include the Best Work
Some writing should be accepted in its first draft. (See the “Writing Process.”) Only completed work (rewritten and corrected) should be included in the portfolio. The use of the term “portfolio” in this context is not an accidental choice. Think of it as the portfolio of an artist or photographer, as a collection of the best work.
Students should demonstrate correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary usage in all writing. All corrections, rewrites, and improvements should be completed.
Creating the portfolio will be a reflexive process as well as reflective. Papers may be corrected and rewritten a number of times. As the papers will define (to an extent) what has been learned, compiling it will also cause rethinking, reflecting, and sometimes reevaluating.
Include a section titled Vocabulary. Insert 26 sheets of paper, one for each letter of the alphabet. When you run across an unfamiliar or doctrinally significant word or term record the word under the proper letter. Use a Bible dictionary or Bible Handbook to look up and define the word.
You don’t want this work misplaced or lost. Neatly label the student’s name, age, address, and telephone number on the inside of each portfolio.
Start a new Bible Portfolio each year. Comparing the portfolios year-to-year will allow you to view your student’s spiritual and academic growth.
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- Creating Notebooks (19 Pages PDF)
- Worksheets for for 12 Eras (25p PDF)
- Old and New Testament Bible Eras (1op PDF)
- Bible Worksheets (12 page PDF)
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