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Creating a Bible Portfolio

The contents of your student’s Bible portfolio will vary depending on the age of the student. Younger children’s portfolios will contain more drawings or pictures of crafts. Older student’s portfolios will contain more writing assignments. Most of the pages will come as a result of activities discussed in Step 3.

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Bible Activity Pack

Basic Supplies

You will need:

  • A three-ring notebook with the clear plastic pocket cover
  • A variety of paper
  • Cardstock
  • Top loading sheet protectors (for photos, brochures, maps, etc.)
  • A three-hole punch

Bible Portfolio Division: 12 Eras of Bible History

Your children can really get a good overview of Bible by creating a title page for each chronological era of the Bible! 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. To learn the Bible you need to understand the structure.

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.

Era

Figure

Location

Storyline Summary

Creation

Adam

Mesopotamia

Adam created by God, but sins and destroys God’s original plan for man.

Patriarch

Abraham

Ur to Canaan

Abraham is chosen by God to “father” a people to represent God to the world.

Exodus

Moses

Egypt

Moses delivers the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt, then gives them the law.

Etc.

Etc.

Etc.

Etc.

If you like this organization and want to study the bible this way these 12 Historical 30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 Minutes a Day by Max E. Anders. In Anders book you’ll find helpful icons that will give inspiration for title page illustrations.

Era

Figure

Location

Events

Creation

Adam

Mesopotamia

Creation
Fall
Flood
Tower

Patriarch

Abraham

Ur to Canaan

Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
Joseph

Exodus

Moses

Egypt

Deliverance
Law
Kadesh Barnea
ing

Etc.

Etc.

Etc.

Etc.

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. See Scrapbooking to Learn.

Cover

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.

Division

Divide the portfolio by time divisions. Use the Bible Timeline for reference. Use index dividers or color paper dividers. Make a title page for each section.

Contents

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.

Each Year

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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