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The Foundation for Firsts

Learning God’s Word is a lifelong journey, and the first steps of this road are best taken in the home. Arch® Books are a great start for parents and children studying Scripture together. The back of each book puts the story in context and comments on important themes, helping families spark valuable faith conversations.

The Family Arch Book Club

Sign up for our two-year Family Arch Book Club as a wonderful way to start a collection and save money. Four times per year, we’ll send you 10 of the newest and best-selling Arch Books for 25% less than you’d pay for individual purchases. Organize your new library on a free wooden bookshelf that comes with the first shipment!

This subscription makes a great gift for grandchildren, godchildren, or any family with younger children.

Projects for Parent & Child

Arch Books are excellent for any time of day—keep them by the kitchen table, on the playroom bookshelf, or in the car. Read and discuss in just minutes when time is short, but put these activities in your pocket for extra fun!

Use this key as a suggestion for the average age range that works well with each activity below.

Age Key

Making Music with Arch Books   Age 2-5 Age 5-9 Age 9-12

Down through the Roof You can sing the text of most Arch Books if the story is written in a rhyming meter that matches the syllable count of a hymn tune. Usually, the number of syllables in each Arch Book stanza will work with *common meter (8 6 8 6) or *long meter (8 8 8 8) tunes.

Here’s an example—
The Arch Book Down Through the Roof is in long meter, meaning there’s eight syllables in each line.

Straight to his home away from home,/Our dear Lord Je-sus once did roam./And peo-ple came from miles a-round/To see Him in Ca-per-naum town.

Use the metrical index in the back of a church hymnal (Pg. 1007 in the Lutheran Service Book) to find tunes that will work for your Arch Book music. The above stanza can be sung to the tune Duke Street, or "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." Your child will love turning favorite stories into songs!

*Below are popular hymns in common and long meter:
Common meter: Hark the Glad Sound; Joy to the World
Long meter: Just as I Am, Without One Plea; Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Build Your Own Book   Age 5-9 Age 9-12

Reading an Arch Book can inspire your young author or artist to write and illustrate his or her own rhyming Bible book.

Select a story from Scripture together and let your children draw what they hear. Then, retell the story in a really simple rhyme written on the bottom of each paper.

The final product can be in print or digital form! You can bind the book using staples, yarn, or another material of choice. Make a digital book by taking pictures of your child’s work with your camera or phone and placing them in a PowerPoint or other movie-making program.

Storyboarding   Age 2-5 Age 5-9 Age 9-12

Arch Book illustrations are great for storyboarding—using pictures to show a story’s progression—in many different formats. Here’s one way you might enjoy:

You’ll need…

  • Three of the same Arch Book
  • Glue
  • 8"X12" poster board sheets
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Dry erase markers (optional)
  1. Cut two of the books in half along the gutter, and use your third book as a reference.
  2. Hide the story’s text under a piece of paper or use scissors to cut it out.
  3. Put the story in order and mount the pages on your poster board.
  4. If you choose, laminate the posters.
  5. Help your children retell the story using original words, writing the story at the bottom of the poster board pages. To brainstorm, review the Bible account by rereading the Arch Book or speaking the words straight from Scripture.
  6. Display your new story for the family to see!

*For younger children, the pictures on poster board become a “puzzle” that they can put in story order.

**Arch Book illustrations are to be used for this activity only. You may not use these illustrations for any other purpose.

Stories that Take the Stage  Age 2-5 Age 5-9 Age 9-12

Acting out an Arch Book is a great way to get the whole family involved in Bible learning! You or your older children can narrate a story while younger children act out various characters with their facial expressions, tone of voice, and delivery of simple sentences from the book.

Make sure you have a video camera nearby!

*Activity ideas courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey E. Burkart, Emeritus Professor of Educational Media/Communications & Artist in Residence, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

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