5 Days of Homeschool Essentials – The Child Training Bible!

Homeschool Essentials CTB

I often get asked by potential homeschooling families what you REALLY need to get started homeschooling.  They are asking about STUFF.  Many see grand dollar signs in their eyes thinking homeschooling will set them back a pretty penny.  You know what, it CAN!  But it doesn’t have to.  This week I’m going to talk about a few great things that you can invest in to make your homeschool a success.  Most are low cost to no cost, others simply make sense because they will save you money, a few you most likely already own.

Let’s get started with the single most important item in our family’s homeschool arsenal.  We are a Christian family so it should be of no surprise to anyone that the most important thing we own is our  Bible.  We use an NIV Bible that I’ve doctored up with the help of the people who created the Child Training Bible (CTB).

The Child Training Bible helps me quickly find scriptures that address the most typical heart and character issues all children (an even adults) struggle with most.  Every day we begin with a family prayer to God.  We ask Him to help us in our day, to show us places where we can grow to be more like Jesus, and to open our hearts to His teaching in His word.  Then we crack open our CTB.

Back in the spring of 2012 when I first got our CTB materials I spent some time assembling our Bible.  I wrote all about how do that and just what you need to get it all done HERE.  As you can see from that old blog post I loved this resource then and I think I love it even more now.

Each day we choose a new topic to study for the day.  Sometimes Mommy has noticed some heart issues in our home and I’ll choose our topic.  Other times the children let me know there is something they really want to hear about.  We just go with whatever we are feeling lead to at the time.  Once the topic is chosen we use the tabs to find the appropriate scriptures and work through 4 or 5.  We read them, discuss them, break them down, recall times when we (including Mommy) have struggled with what that verse is teaching us, we use the verse to discuss what God thinks is the best ways for us to handle problems, and finally we pray together.  Some of our favorite topics include Anger, Complaining, Fear, Jealousy, Lying, Making Excuses, Quarreling, Selfishness, and Tattling.

God’s word works miracles! It never fails, after studying a topic I always noticed the issue at hand decreases greatly or is eliminated altogether… at least until we need to study that one again.  My six year old in particular adores our CTB time.  Sometimes after a long day he’ll even tell me that our reading really helped him that day.  Praise God for that!

There just aren’t enough words for me to tell you how vital our CTB is to our homeschool.  It is our most important Homeschooling Essential.

Come read what other Schoolhouse Crew Team Members think are essential in their homeschools.  Here are a few to get you started.  Click on the image below to read even more

Lisa @ A Rup Life
Jordyn @ Almost Supermom
Jenn @ Teaching Two Stinkers
Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy
Brandi @ Brandi Raae
Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness
Jodi @ Insane in the Mombrain
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials


  1. That looks like an awesome resource! thanks for sharing!!

  2. What a great way to study the Bible together and address character training. I think this is a neat resource – wish I’d had it when my kids were little!

  3. What a great way to use the CTB! I too have found it important to read the Bible with my kids each morning, but I hadn’t thought of using our CTB for that time. Great idea!

  4. I’ve heard of this program before. So glad you shared it. The bible is such an important part of homeschooling. I would love to implement more time in the word with my children.. It’s so vital to today, more than ever.. Looking forward to reading your posts this week..

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