Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

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Are YOU watching your words? April 27, 2010

Filed under: Character Building,Parenting Thoughts,What About Mom? — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am

“A woman of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a woman of understanding is even-tempered.” (Prov. 17:27)

I was unhappy about a decision my husband had made. Lost my cool and said some words I regretted. Later, I came into the living room to find one daughter standing in a puddle of pee, while the other daughter ran through it and slipped and fell on her face, knocking over the high chair in the process. My words in response to this? Well, no one would accuse me of being even tempered.

As I was working on this series of lessons, life made me come face to face with James’ statement: “No man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Why is it so hard to tame our tongue? I don’t really have any great answers, and after my failures last week, I feel quite unqualified to write this post. Yet, I know we as mothers desperately DO need to watch our words.  We can do much damage to our children in an unguarded moment of anger. Instead of pontificating about it, I’m going to just share three verses that I need to hear and remember. I hope they encourage you too:

  • “…a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.” (19:13)
  • “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” (14:29)
  • “An offended brother (or child) is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.” (18:19)
 

Listening Lesson #5 March 29, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:14 am

“He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.” (Prov. 13:13)
Theme: What’s the Most Valuable?

  • Bible: Read Proverbs 13:13 together. Ask your children which action God rewards: listening or doing your own thing?
  • Value Collage: Beforehand, dilute some glue with water in a small bowl and get your hands on some toy catalogs, Sunday paper ad inserts, parenting magazines, etc – you  need pictures of toys and/or activities that your children would find quite appealing! Have the kids cut out or tear out their favorite pictures. Then let them paint a paper plate or construction paper with the glue mixture. Finally, they can create a collage of their “favorite things” by putting their chosen pictures on top of the glue covered plate/paper. Talk about the pictures. Great time to find out a little bit more about your child by discussing the pictures and what they like about each one. Finally, point to your ear. Ask, “Would you rather have (item from picture) or an ear?” Talk with them about how God says that listening to wisdom is more important than anything else in the world.
  • Practical: Whenever a “listening moment” arises in your home, reinforce this lesson by reminding them that the listening they are doing is more important than the best toy they could ever imagine! Also, praise them for listening. Our children love to be praised, so undergird their character by encouraging words!
 

Listening Lesson #3 March 24, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am

Theme: Listen and Learn
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” (Prov. 4:13)

  • Memory: Review Proverbs 22:13
  • Bible: Read Proverbs 2:1-15 together. Why does the father say it is important for the son to listen? What benefits does the son gain from listening?
  • Listen and Learn: Talk to your children they can learn exciting things by listening. Pick a craft activity from activitytv.com. We’re going to do the Tic Tac Toe Board. Begin watching the clip with the sound off. When your children protest, tell them to learn without listening. Let them watch for a minute or two, then turn the sound back on. Was it easier to learn when the sound was off or on? Listening is important! It helps us learn much  more than we could by just observation alone. If there is a subject your child has been curious about, get some books from the library on that subject and read aloud. This is the age to give them a love of learning!A personal note on this lesson – I learned that failing to prepare the materials BEFORE we start the craft kind of, um, dooms it to failure. My girls are too little to sew, so instead I’d planned on using the glue gun. I didn’t realize it was a misplaced glue gun, gone MIA. We started watching the craft video, then when we got to the sewing part, I left to go find the glue gun. And looked. And looked. And looked. Long story short, we never finished our tic tac toe board and it sort of the took the steam out of the lesson. Oh well. At least my girls enjoyed watching the video!
 

Listening Lessons, #2 March 17, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am

Theme: Listen Closely!
“Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.”
(Prov. 8:33-35)

  • Memory: Review Proverbs 23:19. To reinforce today’s lesson, you can say a line of the verse and have your children repeat it back to you. Test their listening skills by throwing in a silly word to see if they repeat it back as well!
  • Bible: Read Proverbs 8 together. Have your children listen for the word “listen”, and when they hear it they can hold up their hand. Emphasize the importance of listening carefully!
  • Literature: Read Don’t Forget the Bacon together. Did the boy listen carefully? What happened when he didn’t remember what his mother said?
  • Listening Test: Tell your children one item to find. After they successfully bring it to you, give them two objects to find. See how many objects they can remember to find at once. This game motivates them to listen very carefully!
  • Life Practice: To underscore our focus on listening, I’ve begun to have my children repeat back my instructions. When they know they’ve got to say it back, they  listen better!
 

Treasures of Truth, Lesson 7 March 5, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am

Theme: Truth (and Lies) Have Consequences
“…he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.” (Prov. 17:20)

  • Review: Review Proverbs 12:22 in a new way! Sit with your children and pass a ball “Hot Potato” style. As each person receives the ball, they say one word of the verse and then pass it on.
  • Consequences: It’s a law of Physics and a law of life: “Every action has a reaction” or in the case of the truth, a consequence. There is so much you could do to illustrate this truth. Here are some ideas:
    * Make a domino track, setting them up in a careful line around the house. Talk about how knocking over the first domino affects every other domino in the chain. If you or your children have a tendency to be clumsy, this may not be the one you want to do though!

    * Watch this amazing Rube Goldberg style Honda commercial. Almost the whole thing is live-action. It took them 600 plus tries to film it.


    * Make a volcano! It’s a great cause and effect example.

  • Bible: Now that you’ve talked about consequences, read the following list of Proverbs and discuss the consequence mentioned in each verse: 10:19, 12:18-19, 14:25, 15:4, 16:21, 25:15
  • Pray: It’s a blessing that God disciplines us and allows consequences for our sins. Thank God for His mercy and grace to you and your children!
 

Treasures of Truth, Lesson 6 March 3, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 11:00 am
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Theme: We must speak truth ALL the time!

“He who speaks truth tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit.” (Proverbs 12:17)

  • Review: Review Proverbs 12: 22 in different location in your house. Say it in one room, then run to another room and say it again. If your house is small like ours, you might be able to say it in every room!
  • Witnessess: Talk about witnesses and their job of accurately reporting the facts that they observed. Then let your children take on the role of a faithful witness by playing an active version of Memory. In room #1, put one set of Memory tiles. In room #2, put only 2-4 tiles. If you have two PreK children like I do, then let the children play together. If  not, you’ll have to be the second player. Here’s how the game works. Player A will run to room #2 and see the tiles that are there. They must leave those tiles, run back to room #1, and describe the tiles to Player B. Player B will then attempt to find the matching ones in his or her set. This game is fun and expends energy (always a plus)!  Join in the play one time and be a false witness. Use the situation as a springboard to discuss deceit versus truth.
  • History: Read the famous legend of Washington and the Cherry Tree. Discuss how Washington was a faithful witness, even in a difficult situation.

  • Pray: Ask God to help you and your children be faithful witnesses in every situation.
 

Treasures of Truth, Lesson 5

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am
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Theme: God hates lies, but loves the truth!
“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)

  • Review: As you review Proverbs 12:22 today, vary your voice volume. Say it in whispers. Say it at the top of your voice. Have fun!
  • Good Sounds, Bad Sounds: Beforehand, prepare a wide array of sounds to listen to, maybe from YouTube clips or something similar. Opera, heavy metal, animals, a baby screaming, construction, etc. I used various sound effects from a1freesoundeffects.com. As you listen to each one, ask, “Did you like it or not?” Talk about what sounds your children enjoy and what sounds they dislike.
  • Bible: What sounds does God dislike? Read Proverbs 6:16-19 and Ephesians 4:29-32. Discuss which kinds of “sounds” should not come out of our mouth and which kinds should!
  • Practical: Throughout the day, make it a point to comment on the words you and your children speak. Is someone (including you) being whiny? Say, “That’s not a good sound!” If you hear one of your children saying something kind or helpful or polite, praise them and let them know that good sounds are coming out of their mouth!
 

Intentional Parenting: Training in Truth February 22, 2010

Filed under: Character Building,Intentional Parenting — preschooljoy @ 3:27 pm

I remember the feeling of dismay the first time I caught Happiness in a lie. “What? You mean my child is a <gulp> liar?” It was disconcerting to say the least. Lying was a big stumbling block during my teenage years, and got me into lots of trouble. To see my precious preschooler lying this early in her life was almost unthinkable. She was disciplined for the lie, but that didn’t seem to solve the problem. It wasn’t long before another lying incident reared its ugly head. Again, discipline. I wasn’t sure if my approach was effective, but couldn’t think of anything else to do other than pray.

In answer to my “9-1-1″ prayer, God sent my way the following advice for Susannah Wesley:

“It had been observed that cowardice and fear of punishment often led children into lying till they get a custom of it which they cannot leave. To prevent this, a law was made that whoever was charged with a fault of which they were guilty, if they would ingenuously confess it and promise to amend, should not be beaten. This rule prevented a great deal of lying and would have done more if one in the family would have observed it. But he could not be prevailed on and therefore was often imposed on by false colors and equivocations; which none would have used (except one), had they been kindly dealt with.”

Susannah’s advice completely changed my approach. I realized that I had been punishing honesty by giving the same level of discipline to Happiness when she confessed her disobedience as when I caught her in the act. Thus she was afraid to tell me the truth because she knew she’d get in trouble. She didn’t have the maturity to think long term. I’m quite confident that even if she wanted to, she is too young to think, “If I tell the truth now and get in trouble, at least I know God will reward me some day.” Too abstract for that small mind.

I sat down with Happiness and had a talk about honesty. The next time she disobeyed, I encourage her strongly to tell the truth. She finally confessed, and instead of the punishment she was dreading, I praised her. I gave her a hug and told her how proud I was of her for being honest even when it was hard. And it worked! She began to consistently tell me the truth. There have been a few times where I’ve still lectured her for a disobedient attitude or foolish choice, but I’ve tried to do it gently and in a way that won’t make her feel stupid or embarassed for being truthful. It’s now an unspoken rule of discipline in our home: if the child is honest about whatever the subject is, they will be treated very gently. Lying, on the other hand, will be punished more severely. Seems to be working so far!

How about you? How have you dealt with issues on honesty in your family? I’d love to hear other thoughts on this issue.

 

Diligence: Lesson 4 February 18, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 11:42 am

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings. He will not stand before common men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

  • Review Proverbs 10:6
  • Bible: Read Proverbs 22:29 and Proverbs 20:11.
  • What’s Your Name?: Play Animal Charades with your children. You can use the bingo cards here to help your kids get ideas of what to act out. Talk about how the animal’s name can be guessed by the way it acts. Emphasize to your preschooler that people will call him either “lazy” or “diligent” by the way he acts – he gets to determine what title he will wear!

  • Pray: Ask God to help you and your children be known as diligent people that are a blessing to others. This might be a good week to invite someone over to your house and let your kids be a part of the preparations, so they can see how hard work blesses others.
 

Diligence: Lesson 3 February 15, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 11:40 am

Theme: “He who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys.” (Prov. 18:9)

  • Review Proverbs 10:6
  • Bible: Read today’s theme verse together. Do your children know what “destroy” means? Let them destroy something – rip paper, knock down a block tower, smash some cans, etc. When they aren’t thorough in completing their jobs, they are like destroyers. Is that what they want to be?
  • Make a Snack: If you don’t do a job completely, it can cause trouble down the line! The first way to illustrate this is by making Bat Chips (though for us, they’ll be star chips). Work with your kids to create the chips, put them in the oven, set the timer, pull them out when the timer is done and, oh no! Mommy didn’t turn the oven on! Talk to your children about how you were “slack in your work” and what the consequences were. And then, of course, turn the oven on and get those snacks a’baking!I was hoping my girls wouldn’t notice that the oven was off when we put the tortillas in. This was a great object lesson…when the timer went off and we all went to check on our chips, Happiness said, “Oh no!” as she discovered they weren’t baked.  Wonderful springboard into reminding them of the importance of diligence.
  • Make a track: There are two ways to do this one. Either you use a pre-made marble track or you build one out of cardboard tubes and duct tape!   Build a track, but leave out an integral part so that the marbles fall to the ground before reaching the bottom. Have your children diagnose the problem, and then tell you how some “due diligence” can fix it!
  • Pray: Pray for a person or request in your family prayer journal
 

 
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