The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach recommends creating a Bible portfolio for each student.
Bible portfolio is used 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.
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.
I highly recommend Mother having her own personal Bible portfolio too! 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 pos, rtfolios 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
- A variety of paper
- Card stock
- Top loading sheet protectors (for photos, brochures, maps, etc.)
- A three-hole punch
Bible Portfolio Division: 12 Eras of Bible History
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. To learn the Bible well, you need to understand its structure. 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, in my opinion, the secret to successful Bible teaching. If you want to build a building you begin with a blueprint.
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.
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
Your children and you will learn as you divide the notebook into the 12 eras of Biblical History. Thorough 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. Make a table similar to the one below to show the contents in each section.
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. Student design pages on the computer and print them out.Here are samples of digital scrapbook pages.
You can order digital scrapbook kits to create almost any Bible scene
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.
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.
- Creating Notebooks (19 Pages PDF)
- Worksheets for for 12 Eras (25p PDF)
- Old and New Testament Bible Eras (1op PDF)
- Digital Scrapbook Kit: Creation (over 100 images)