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In order to study the Bible, I believe it is important to teach children the order of the Books of the Bible.  This activity in part of the 4 Year Curriculum (New Testament) and 5 Year Curriculum (Old Testament) and with a little help most preschool children can master this task. 

Songs

  ABCJLM Old Testament Song

  ABCJLM New Testament Song

Piggyback Song

Old Testament Song (Original Source Unknown)
Tune:  10 Little Indians

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers,  (1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians)
Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Judges, (4 little, 5 little, 6 little Indians)
Ruth, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, (7 little, 8 little, 9 little Indians)
First and Second Chronicles (10 little Indian boys)

Oh - Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Lamentations,

Oh - Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

Additional Song Ideas

30 Bible Songs and Stories 30 Bible Songs and Bible Stories - This CD contains both "The Books of the Old Testament" and "The Books of the New Testament songs.

The Bigsby Show - Bible Books on You Tube  

Go Fish - Bible Book Bop Song

Seeds of Character Seeds of Character (Vol. 6) - #12 - The Only Way (New Testament)

 

Tips

1.  Work on the list in the car, in the bathtub, while swinging, at the dinner table, or during family time.  Our kiddos learned the list while riding in the car.

2.  Create Books of the Bible Flashcards

3.  Use Hand Motions (Reprinted by Permission)
Although most of the meanings behind the hand motions are above a preschooler's understanding, using hand motions is one more way to learn the books of the Bible.  The hand motions are created using the major themes of each book.  This would also make a neat program with a whole group of kids doing these together. 

Old Testament Hand Motions              New Testament Hand Motions

4.  Break each testament into small groups focusing on a small group at a time.  

Old Testament Books

The Old Testament begins with Creation and ends with the world waiting for the coming King.

New Testament Books

The New Testament begins with the life of Christ and the First Church and concludes with the teachings of the apostles.

The Pentateuch or Law - The first five books of the Bible, all written by Moses
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

Historical Books - Follow the story of Israel.
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther

Poetry
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Salomon

Teachings of the Major Prophets
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel

Teachings of the Minor Prophets
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

Gospels - Four different men write about the life of Christ.
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

History - Explains how the church began and grew and how the Good News of Jesus Christ spread across the world.
Acts

Letters by Paul - These are letters written to different people and churches to explain what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

Letters by Others
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude

Prophecy - A book explaining what is going to happen at the end times.
Revelation

 

 

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