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Creating A Bible Portfolio

Creating A Bible Portfolio

bible_portfolioThe 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.

Basic Supplies

You will need:

Optional Supplies

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.

We use the 12 Historical ears to divide the notebook from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 Minutes a Day by Max E. Anders.

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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

  1. Creation Era
  2. Patriarch Era
  3. Exodus Era
  4. Conquest Era
  5. Judges Era
  6. Kingdom Era
  7. Exile Era
  8. Return Era
  9. Silence Era
  10. Gospel Era
  11. Church Era
  12. 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.

Scrapbook Supplies

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


Free Bible Worksheets


Sample of Bible Character Worksheet

Sample of Bible Event Worksheet

Download the Bible Worksheets free from Heart of Wisdom
hese downloads are for personal use. Y0u can share the link but lease do not upload to your blog.


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.

Vocabulary Section

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.

Label It

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.

Free Downloads

  1. Creating Notebooks (19 Pages PDF)
  2. Worksheets for for 12 Eras (25p PDF)
  3. Old and New Testament Bible Eras (1op PDF)


  1. lena

    This is an awesome web site. I never heard of a Bible Portfolio but seems like it would be really fun to make, and will be very useful when studying the Bible. Thanks a lot for all the ideas!

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