Archive | August 2014

Teaching the Bible to Children

Hey y’all Jennifer here with a post that is about something that is so important…..teaching children about God.

I know we all have different methods and all children are different, but I wanted to share what has/is working well with my little girl.

We have tried different things, but she is really enjoying what we do now and is retaining it very good.

My lessons are based off a curriculum written by a preacher named Mike Glenn and his wife called the Joshua Generation. The study is set up on a month schedule and each month covers a different characteristic. There is a slogan for each month, memory verses, and four bible stories (one for each week). We do the same story for a week. I also added a hymn from a hymn book that goes along with each characteristic.

We start by reviewing:
How many books are in the bible, how many in each testament, and other things like how many apostles, who were the first people, how they were made, little things like that.

This month is characteristic is self control. So we review the slogan and what it means. The slogan is self control is my goal.

Then we practice her memory verse and what it means, you will be amazed at how quickly they can remember this! The curriculum provides four memory verses, but we usually focus on one or two. Sometimes I pick a different verse, depending on length and her ability to understand it.

Then we move on to our story for the week. This week we are studying Adam and Eve and how they didn’t practice self control and what happened. This story is in most children’s bible story books so you can use that, or you can read straight from the bible. We have been blessed to be able to borrow a felt board set so that is what we use, and my daughter loves it. For this story I have been reading straight from the bible, it helps her to remember little details that aren’t always in regular bible story books. So I read the story and use the felt board to illustrate what is happening. I move the pieces and review the story for the beginning of the week then as the week progresses I let her tell the story and move the felt pieces. It always amazes me how much she remembers. I know not everyone will have access to a felt board, but you can find different things to illustrate the story like bible story books or even picture cards.

After the story we discuss how they didn’t practice self control, and how they could have better handled the situation.

Our hymn for this month is Trust and Obey so after the story we sing the hymn and talk about the song.

Then we sing other songs like the books of the bible, the apostles song, and other favorites of hers.

Then we close with a prayer. We usually use our prayer pail, it’s a wonderful tool that my sister in law blogged about in a previous post. My daughter picks out three sticks and prays for who ever is listed on the sticks, then I draw out three and pray for them.

Then we are done. It’s that simple!

I have really enjoyed using this curriculum with with my daughter. I like it because it already gives you everything you need. I have adjusted it some to make it on my daughter’s level, but that’s one of the beautiful things about! You can do it repeatedly and change it for them as they grow and mature.

If you are interested in getting curriculum you can email Mike Glenn at mglenn1023@gmail.com

If you are interested in the other things we use they are these:

*Betty Lukins felt board set- click here
*Books of the bible song from you tube-I couldn’t paste the link, but search book of the bible song and it is the one with blue back ground with white clouds by bigsbyshow
*Children’s bible story book-click here to see the book I like
*Prayer pail-click here

An added bonus is as the parent/teacher you are reading and researching the stories and you learn along with you child!

Well I hope this helps you in some way, and if you have any suggestions or things you use to study the bible with your child please share it in the comments.

Until next time,
Jennifer!!

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Page-Turning Mondays: The Kissing Hand

While this post is almost a year old in date, I believe it’s a good read and reminder as many of our children prepare begin a new school year, some for very first time. Make special memories and enjoy this season. Have a great school year, y’all! ~ Jess

Hey, y’all! Jess here with a new Page-Turning Monday post that’s sure to warm your heart!

It’s been a flurry of excitement at our house the past few weeks. We returned home from a much-needed, uplifting and wonderful family vacation and conference of the Lord’s church, college football season has begun (Roll Tide, y’all!!), we are 6 weeks away from the birth of our third son, and our oldest son reached a new milestone-starting Kindergarten. It is so hard to believe that my oldest baby is 5 and already in school! It’s like I just blinked my eyes and my firstborn was crawling, then walking, then talking, and now he’s a Kindergartener! It is bittersweet to think he’s already this big, but I am so thankful and blessed to be on this journey and adventure in Kindergarten with him as his teacher! We have prayerfully made the decision as a family to educate our boys at home, and it has been a tremendous joy and opportunity filled with blessings thus far. Like most mamas, I did get teary-eyed on my son’s first official day of school, and took many pictures of him. Here’s one of my handsome boy getting ready to head in to school:

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I promise I’m getting to the book…just bear with me!

A few nights before my son’s first day of Kindergarten, I pulled out a book from our home library that I felt was fitting of the new beginning of starting school. It’s The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

It’s a sweet story of little Chester Raccoon who is soon to be starting school, and is faced with some anxieties about being away from home for the first time. His mother, Mrs. Raccoon, has a special secret to share with him that makes his nights at school special, and forms a special bond between mother and son that not even being apart for a time can break. I thought this would be a special book to share with my boys, and even though my oldest did not leave home as he began Kindergarten, it’s still special to help them realize and remember that as they grow, change, and begin to spread their wings that Mommy will always love them. Both of my boys loved this book, and we have been reading it the past few nights, and, of course, there have been lots of kisses!

I have seen a lot of activities to go with this book just by searching Google and Pinterest, so I would go to either one or both of these resources if you would like to make a craft to accompany this book. There were so many cute ideas that I saw!

But above all, make sure that your child knows that you love him/her. Make sure you hug and kiss your child often, tell them you love them, show them that you love them, and just spend quality time with them as often as you can. It’s true that my oldest boy has grown so fast in 5 years, and it makes my mother’s heart a little sad to know that time will only pick up speed now that school has started for him and as he gets older. Cherish each day, for they will only be this little for this day only. Tomorrow, they will be older, learn something new, and will be one step closer to leaving the nest and flying out on their own. Instill within them God’s love first of all, and your love for them as well. Kiss those little hands, mamas and daddies! Make each day special, and each day count! Enjoy your children!!

Until next time!