Child Training Bible Review

The Bible is the tool for life. The resource for parenting. The Child Training Bible (CTB) makes it easy to use as just that.

I received the Child Training Bible to review right before we went on our family vacation. What a great vacation project it was! Each time I got out the rainbow of highlighters and sticky tabs, they drew a crowd. Highlighting verses in the Bible prompted questions.

Putting the Child Training Bible together provided some one-on-one time with my children. It also opened up some wonderful discussion.

“This is really fun. I’m glad you got this.” ~ nine-year-old

How do you put together a Child Training Bible?

Instructions are included in the kit. While they are thorough, I found it helpful to watch the Video Tutorial and Instructions on the Child Training Bible site. (You also will get to see the family behind this tool. A fellow homeschooling family! They share more of the background behind the CTB and how it came to be.)

Plus, the boards on the CTB Pinterest account will help you visualize the how tos of putting your Bible together, especially this visual. You can also click on reviews by other families on their review board.

A Tour of the Child Training Bible:

1. The CTB topical key: taped right in the front, inside cover, the key helps you easily find the topic you are addressing. Topics include: anger, complaining, defiance, discouraged, disobedience, fear, fighting, gospel, impatience, jealousy, laziness, lying, making excuses, not listening, pride, quarreling, selfishness, stealing, tattling, unforgiveness and wrong friendships.

2. The colored Post-It flags: correspond with the topical key. Tabs on anger are yellow to match the topic marked in yellow. Just go to the marked pages on anger.

3. Double-Sided Tabbers (laminated question cards):  These durable cards list the scripture references for the topic on the light blue side of the card. On the opposite side are three columns offering suggested:

  • Heart issue questions (e.g., for Anger: Did you have a godly response to this situation? How can you show love right now instead of anger?)
  • Jesus questions (e.g., for Anger: Did Jesus have reason to be angry? What was His response? 1 Peter 2:21-23))
  • Prayer to pray with your child using scripture (e.g., for Anger: Lord, help my child to control his desires so that he loves you more than himself and help him to ask you for things that are pleasing to you (James 4:1-3). Thank you Jesus for never having sinful anger and for always entrusting yourself to the Father (1 Peter 2:21-23))

Benefits of Using Child Training Bible:

  • Go to resource by topic. The whole family is going to the Bible for answers!
  • Perfect for all ages – use for a shorter amount of time with younger children, judging attention span.
  • A sturdy, standard pew Bible.
  • English Standard version is easily understandable in today’s language.
  • My children feel comfortable picking it up and browsing.
  • Verses at the ready!

Questions answered. More information:

When I shared a photo of the CTB on the Hodgepodge Facebook page, Christan and Amber wanted to know: I’m interested in knowing if the verses they include talk about the opposite of the sin being addressed? i.e. when looking up a verse marked for selfishness, is there another that addresses selflessness or giving?

The answer: Yes. Anytime you are using the Bible, you will be encouraged in Godly living. Let me give you an example for the very first verse on Anger. The first yellow post-it marked verse is Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (this is a verse we’ve learned with our Sing the Word cds! I’m singing it in my head as I type it). Not only does God’s Word cut to the issue each time, the question cards point the child to Jesus and gets to the heart issue.

Also, marked on the same page in Proverbs 14:29: Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

In Summary: Pray for wisdom in using this tool best in your home. Using the CTB, you are shepherding a child’s heart. And I venture to say that the practice of using the CTB will certainly minister to your parent heart as well. We have long been using Doorposts Biblical and parenting tools in our home. The Child Training Bible falls right into that category for us. Tools for use in Biblical character training for everyone.

A marked up and tabbed Bible is the mark of a well-used Bible.

Could we take some time and just study each topic? ~nine-year-old

Why, yes. The Child Training Bible is a wonderful tool for helping us all – the whole family – continue to turn to God’s word for answers. And, we’ve already seen that become more of a habit in our home by using CTB.

The kit includes an English Standard Version pew Bible, laminated cards, Post-it tabs, highlighter pens and instructions – all that you need to put together your own CTB. Valued at approximately $31.11

In addition to entering to win a CTB kit here at Hodgepodge, Dawn is also sharing a review. So be sure to click over to Child Training Bible kit at Curriculum Choice as well!
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  1. 1

    Wendi S says

    This is the first that I’ve heard of The Child Training Bible. It looks like a wonderful tool that my husband and I could use with our family :)

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    Mindi C. says

    This is a great tool for child training and a great tool for moms to check their own character, too. I’d love to win this giveaway!

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    Teri says

    I have been wanting one of these for a while, I hope I win! I’d really like to do this with my Sunday School class.

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    Beth says

    Just saw this at a homeschool convention a few weeks ag and LOVED it! I think this would benefit my family greatly!

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    Andrea H says

    I have wanted one of these for a while! I saw if first on another site a couple months ago and fell in love with the whole concept.

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    i’ve heard so many wonderful things about CTB. i’ve never won a give a way before. I really would like to win this one and use it for the new school year.

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    sdmomof5 says

    I heard about the CTB awhile back and it has been on my wish list. We use the Doorposts materials This would be a great addition!

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    Kimberly says

    I heard about this product on a few Homeschool blogs. It sounds like a wonderful tool for my childrens’ bible study!

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    What a fabulous tool! This is the first time I’ve heard of it but I would love to give it a try. We are a homeschooling pastor’s family & always looking for good tools to teach our kids the Word & also to recommend to our church family. This would be great for us as one of our goals for the coming school year is to teach our 6 yo how to navigate his Bible. Pick me! 😉

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    Amylynn H says

    I have just only recently found this product. I think it is so clever! It would be very useful for our home, especially with homeschooling.

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    I first heard about it when MamaJenn reviewed it and quickly found that most of my other favorite homeschool blogs were doing reviews. Would love to win it to help my children (and myself!) remember verses for just the right moments!

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    I have heard of the CTB on many of blogs! It looks amazing and like a huge blessing to any family. Integrating the Word of God in our hearts and minds is what needs to happen and the CTB can be a huge tool in doing that! My husband and I have an 8 month old and a baby on the way and want to get a jumpstart on memorizing or training ourselves first! Then let the blessings flow down to the kiddos :)

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    Heather McMurphy says

    God’s Word is precious, it is our job and duty to teach our children. I will be excited to win.!

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    Sarah says

    I am the mama of 6, and I have many moments in my day where I wish I had just the right thing to say to my kids. This is it! This would be such a huge blessing in our home. :)

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    I heard about this from a family member & have seen it on a few blogs. So excited! Hope to win one & feature it on my blog as well.

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    Jenna D. says

    I have heard about the child training bible before on Confessions of a Homeschooler. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Stephanie H says

    I have heard of the CTB before, from another blog but I can’t remember now which one because I’ve seen it on several since then. The Child Training Bible looks FANTASTIC – it has been on my “wishlist” since I first saw it. I can never remember where to find a verse when I need it, so to have a reference like this would be so great.

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    Crystal says

    I would love to have one of these for my family. It would make biblical correction so much easier to do rather than seartching and searching for the verses I need.

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    Chellie says

    I’ve read about this before, but not with so much information. Thanks for the review and the giveaway

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    Kara says

    Thanks for posting about this. I can’t wait to order one! It will fit perfectly with our character studies this school year.

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    Nancy says

    This looks like a fun way to share my love of Scripture with my children. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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    Daphne says

    I’ve heard of CTB on Facebook, and have just received ours, and can’t wait to get it put together and show our children what God says on the topics outlined!!

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    Rhoda says

    I had not heard of the Child Training Bible before, but I do have some of Doorsteps items and love them. I agree that this would fit right in. Thank you for the possibilities.

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    Rhoda says

    I had not heard of the Child Training Bible before, but I do have some of Doorposts items and love them. I agree that this would fit right in. Thank you for the possibilities.

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    Krystal says

    I would love to win one of these. I have loved this training tool for awhile just haven’t had the extra money in the budget to purchase it yet.

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    Shelley says

    I have not heard of CTB before but what an awesome way to help my children learn to study the Word as well as help incorporate them in memorization and growing! I would to have one to implement in our home! :)

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    Connie says

    I had not heard of it before seeing it on your blog! This looks like a wonderful tool that can make a major impact in our family. The word says it will accomplish God’s purpose and this will certainly make it more accessible. Thanks to the put person who engineered this idea and for the opportunity to win one :)

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    This is great! We have “For Instruction in Righteousness,” but this is something that the kids could actually use themselves! I love that!

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    Amanda says

    This is the first fime I’ve heard of the Child Training Bible. It looks like it would be so helpful! I have two boys and can see myself using this often :)

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    Brooke says

    I heard about the CTB from a FB friend and ‘liked’ the Page. The more I’ve learned about it the more I think it would be an enormous blessing in our family.

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    Pam K says

    I have never heard of the CTB. I have been looking, for quite some time, for a solid and consistent way to study the bible with my children during our morning devotion. This approach seems like it would serve us well as a well used guide in life period.

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    amyk says

    I’ve never heard of this but have have been trying to do something similar on my own. This would cross a project off of my list!

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    Lisa says

    This is the first I have heard of this product. What a great way to practice, teach, and model turning to the Bible for all of our answers!

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    Desiree says

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this. Looks like a great tool for everyone. Quick reference.

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    Starr Covey says

    I keep hearing about this from other homeschool parents and really think this will help me and the kids with getting the bible into the curriculum

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    Kendra says

    I’ve seen these on facebook and other blogs. I know I would learn as much from the Child Training Bible as my 4 children will!!

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    Megan H says

    I have heard of the CTB before on other blogs I read. Very interesting and would love to win one! Thanks!

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    Anna K. says

    We would put this to use right away with our 6 yr. , 4 and 3 yr. olds. Thank you for the opportunity :)

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    Paula Ann says

    I have been wanting to try this! My seven year old has been asking a lot more questions and I just want to teach him correct not what the world says is right.

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    Hi!!! I’ve read about the CTB on several homeschool blogs, and on Facebook! :) I can’t wait to either win it or eventually buy it and get started. I truly feel like this is something that would be used a lot versus bought and placed on the shelf to collect dust like other things have. Thank you!

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    Michelle S says

    I have heard about the CTB from many different blogs now and would love to have one to use at home. I think it would be a great tool to keep us in the Word when training!

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    Hi there!

    I saw this reviewed by Sam’s Noggin and immediately fell in love with this! What a wonderful way to pour God’s word into our children’s heart… and the best part is that it is ready at your fingertips! We, too, use Doorposts but often find a delay in instruction in order to prep and find the verses. If I win, I’d use both! I love that they are already marked to be able to go to a specific topic quickly!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Elizabeth B says

    I found CTB on FB! I really hope this will help our family in training our little ones, helping them see what’s in God’s Word directly. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    i just wanted to thank you for featuring this product. i finished making mine (it took about 3 hours) and am amazed. i look forward to using it. thanks.

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