You may have discovered that Explore the Bible Kids utilizes a different way of introducing boys and girls to the world of the Bible. You might have used this learning method yourself and not even known what it was called. The special technique employed by Explore the Bible Kids is called object-based learning. You might be wondering, what is object-based learning?
Object-based learning, in its simplest form, is taking an object and learning something about that object. If you have ever been in a museum, you are familiar with object-based learning. The museum is full of objects and placards that teach you about each object. In Explore the Bible Kids, we do the exact same thing.
Each week, our Explorer Guides highlight an object of the week that helps to connect girls and boys to the Bible in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:
- Historical connection: Sometimes ancient objects are used that coincide with the timeframe of the biblical content being taught. For example, a boat that came from the Sea of Galilee that dated back to the time of Jesus was used to show what kind of boats Jesus might have used to cross the Sea.
- Artistic inspiration: Art pieces are often used as objects to show how the stories from the Bible inspired artists to use their God-given skills to remember things God has done throughout history.
- Modern-day connection: Some objects are more modern and serve to connect the stories from God’s Word to modern-day events that are familiar to kids.
Together, these approaches help kids connect with God’s Word and learn that the stories in the Bible are true. God wants people to remember the stories from the Bible and choose to follow Him. Object-based learning helps kids remember the stories of the Bible and use those stories to grow closer to God.