The Psalms are significant and relevant, so when Concordia Publishing House released Engaging the Psalms: A Guide for Reflection and Prayer, I asked for it for Christmas. This is a great book, very suitable to junior high, high schoolers, or family use. Therefore, I made lesson plans before using it as part of our homeschooling.
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Engaging the Psalms combines a discipline of Scripture with prayer that is very suitable as a devotional supplement to Christian homeschooling. It has been lovely to read one psalm a day and make time to digest it.
Engaging the Psalms contains introductory material, 150 psalms with an accompanying page or two, excursus, and several Bible studies. The lesson plans below contain all of them. Taking at least one day per psalm, these lessons portion the book into 168 lessons, daily work for just under a 34-week school year. If you prefer to have exactly 34 weeks, you can split both of the assigned readings for Psalm 119 into two; however, there is something to be said for reading each psalm in its entirety, even the longest one. In general, assignments are two pages long. The longest two are both for Psalm 119 and they are eleven and twelve pages, which includes reading the psalm once each day.
I recommend reading each psalm before the accompanying commentary (as it is printed) and then rereading the psalm prior to filling in the remaining sections. Although I sometimes read each psalm once or twice to understand how the psalm applies to me, I have also found it incredibly helpful to read it specifically as Jesus prayed it, that is, from His perspective.
My final recommendation is to allow your students to have personal copies of the book. Then do not read your students’ answers. Let those be between them and God. However, I think it is reasonable to ask them to wave the completed page in front of you so that you can see they have added ink.
Do you NEED lesson plans to utilize this book? Certainly not! Read a psalm a day and absorb excursus opportunities as they come. Still, some of us like lesson plans, especially since you can print the PDF and use it as a helpful bookmark. 🙂
Additional psalm resources on LutheranHomeschool.com include “Memorizing Psalms” and “The Psalter and the Lord’s Prayer,” which are both free.
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