This morning while reading today's key Bible verses from the Holy Bible app to my sons, I saw a learning moment beyond the scriptural text. The text revealed an entire English Language Arts lesson for us to reinforce skills they are learning in school. The Bible verses were from 1 Peter 5:8-9:
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
I asked the boys to identify and answer the following questions from verses 8 through 10. Their answers are in the parentheses. Feel free to ask your child these questions or create your own.
1. What type of sentence is 'Stay alert! (command/imperative sentence)
2. What type of punctuation is at the end of command sentence and why? (exclamation point because it emphasizes the importance of staying alert)
3. What does 'great' mean in the second sentence in reference to the devil? (biggest threat of all)
4. Who is the pronoun 'he' referring to in the third sentence? (the devil)
5. What part of speech is 'prowls'? What does it mean? (verb and it means that he is creeping or crawling around in a sneaky way)
6. What is the simile in the third sentence? (like a roaring lion)
7. What parts of speech are 'roaring' and 'lion'? (adjective and noun)
8. What does 'devour' mean? (to eat)
9. What type of sentence is the first sentence in verse 9: compound or complex? (compound)
10. What are the action commands we are to follow? (Stand firm and be strong)
11. What is the assurance in verse 10? (Jesus will restore, support, and strengthen us)
This is a great way to start your day by teaching your children about God's Word and practicing grammar skills. Maybe you have a way you integrate the Bible in your child's academic subjects at home. I'd love to hear your methods. Comment below and share!