13 “Back-to-School” Scriptures for Kids


If your family is like ours, right now you’re scrambling to fill out a gazillion back-to-school forms—just as you realize that every kid’s shoes are too tight and their jeans are too short—plus you need to buy $978 worth of pencils and glue sticks. In between fears that you’ll need a second mortgage to help you pay for it all, and wondering why oh why we can’t just fill out the forms online one time for the whole family, you’re scratching your head and wondering what happened to summer.

But our kids need more than just glue sticks and non-holey jeans to get them prepared for the new year. Our children need confidence, peace, and a sense of God’s love and guiding hand as they start this new year in their life. Kids have so many questions and worries as school starts: Will I get the teacher I wanted? Will this year be really hard? Will my friends still be my friends? 

Here are 13 Back-to-School Scriptures for Kids and Teens to help our families get spiritually prepared for school. I’m planning to read one or two of these scriptures every morning with my kids over the next few weeks. Armed with glue sticks, new jeans, and these back-to-school Bible verses, our kids are sure to have a great start to the year!


When you’re afraid, or lonely, or wondering if God is with you at school

1. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” –Proverbs 15:3

2. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

3. “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7

4. “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” –Matthew 6:25–34, HCSB

back to school Bible verses to read with kids and teens

5. “The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” –Psalm 121:5–8

6. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you.” –Isaiah 43:1–2, 4

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Remembering to do the right thing at school

7. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.” –Proverbs 1:8–10

8. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” –Proverbs 3:1–4

9. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” –Proverbs 1:5–8

10. “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” –2 Timothy 2:22–24

How to interact with your friends

11. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12

12. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” –Proverbs 15:1

13. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” –Colossians 4:5–6

The Thompson Crazies wish you and your family a great start to the school year!

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  • Chris Carter August 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

    LOVE these!! Sharing! And I will surely be using these with my kids. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 20, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Thanks so much, Christine! These are definitely the things my kids (and I!) need to hear right now!

  • andi August 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    i meditate on Joshua 1:9 (and Joshua 1:8, too 😀 )

  • Janella Van Zee August 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth! These are all really inspiring verses for my daughter to hear before school each day. You even chose two of my all-time personal faves–Psa 121 and Isa 43. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 22, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      They’re some of my favorites too! I couldn’t have made it through high school without Isaiah 43! Hope your daughter has a great time at school.

  • Paule Yvette dasse August 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Really helpful i Will teach my kids with thank you do much and god bless

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      I’m so glad they will be useful for your family!

  • Noelle Chin August 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for the scriptures. I have three teens and one going off to college for the first time. To say the least I am in over my head but God is faithful. I feel new hope to share these and open up discussions about returning to school. I will share this on Fb as I am certain others would love the direction.

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Oh, wow, what a whirlwind at your house! I know we will be there—high school and college—in the blink of an eye! Thanks for sharing–I hope these scriptures encourage your friends and their kids!

  • Marquitta Bell August 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I will definitely do this in the mornings with my boys. My four year old is understanding that praying is talking to God. Arming him with scriptures seems ti be the next step.

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 28, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Yes, four is a great age to start learning some simple scriptures! Hope these are helpful.

  • Lisa Herman August 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    These are fantastic, and we will use them in our next devotional. A Scripture that helped us in our last devotional was Ecc 3, helping our daughter remember that there’s a time for everything under the sun, including a time to talk, laugh and play and a time to focus on what’s happening in the classroom. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Oh, I love that scripture! What a perfect way to apply it to a kid’s life!

  • Glenn Petruzzi August 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you Elizabeth. Got my family devotionals planned for the next couple of weeks! 🙂 With three boys we need all the help we can get!!!! Thanks for taking the time to give to those around you.

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson August 31, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Great—glad these can help! I bet those boys have grown like crazy since we last saw them! Give them our love.

  • Tricia September 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I’m back in school teaching and these scriptures are my go to scriptures everyday!

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson September 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Oh, have so much fun teaching, Tricia! I hope it’s a great adventure!

  • Florence Pentil November 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I thank God for your life; you give me hope. Now my child can live with this Words of God.

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