Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

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Listening Lesson, #6 April 9, 2010

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


“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Prov. 8:10-11)
Theme: What’s Most Important?

  • Review: Go over memory verse. If your children enjoy moving, hop, skip or jump as you sing the verse together.
  • Bible: Read Prov. 3:13-15, 8:10-11, 25:12 together. Every time they hear the words “gold” or “silver”, have them raise their hand. Give them a coin each time to be used later in the bidding game!
  • Bidding Wars: Assemble 3-4 containers with prizes inside. Make the containers various sizes and put the least valuable prize in the largest jar (or sack or box) and the most valuable prize in the smallest container. Make sure your children don’t know what’s inside! Using their coins from the Bible reading time, let your children bid on the containers. (If your children are like mine, they probably don’t have a clue what bidding is or even what the value of the various coins are! Today might be a good time to do a lesson on money…) As they open the containers, point out how the container’s size isn’t any indicator of value. The small container didn’t look as important, but it held the best prize of all. Refer back to Listening Lesson #5, and remind them of how listening might not look as fun as Disneyworld or a new toy, but it’s way more valuable to their lives!
  • Prayer: Ask God to give each of you listening ears!
 

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!
 

How are you teaching? March 19, 2010

Filed under: Parenting Thoughts,Proverbs,What About Mom? — preschooljoy @ 8:14 am

Proverbs has great advice for us moms on teaching our kids: make it fun! Okay, well it doesn’t exactly say “fun”, but it does say “pleasant” or “sweetness of speech” which I take as words that are enjoyable to our kids. Here are some of the Proverbs I’ve found on this subject:

  • “The wise are known for their understanding,and pleasant words are persuasive.” (16:21)
  • “From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.” (16:23)
  • “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (16:24)

Discipline and instruction is so incredibly important that we need to be careful how it comes across to our kids. I know it’s not always going to be fun, but I think it’s much easier to lecture and nag than it is to take the time to speak pleasant, constructive, persuasive words. That takes some thinking…it’s not easy to instruct in this way.

Think too of how you respond to reproof and advice from others. It’s much more palatable when the advice is given in a humble, “I’ve been there too” approach than with a “You’ve got it all wrong and I’m going to straighten you out” attitude.  My husband is good at giving advice and sharing life lessons this way. Talk to your children the way you would want to be talked to. Don’t be demeaning or condescending. As I write this, I’m thinking about what a challenge it will be…I’ll have to report back on how it’s going!

 

Proverbs – A Mini Guide to Life March 18, 2010

Filed under: Proverbs,What About Mom? — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am


A friend passed on this post Proverbs: A Mini Guide to Life from Tim Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. It’s a good summary of what the book of Proverbs is all about. I’d encourage you to use it as a prayer guide for yourself and your children.

 

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!
 

Listening Lessons, #1 March 9, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Parenting Thoughts,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am
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Theme: Learning to Listen
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Prov. 12:15)

  • Memory: For this series of lessons, I’ve chosen Proverbs 23:19: “Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” Throughout these Proverbs lessons, I’ve been emphasizing the importance of wisdom to my children, so I think this verse will have particular meaning to them. Here are some other options you could choose from:
    “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.”
    (Prov. 19:20)
    “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Prov. 12:15)
    We’re going to sing this memory verse to the tune of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”, while pointing at our ear, doing sign language for “wise” and drawing a heart with our fingers.
  • Bible: Read the story of the Passover from Exodus 12. Talk about how important it was for Moses to listen carefully to the Lord’s instructions. And then the Israelites had to listen carefully to Moses’ instructions. Pharaoh didn’t listen…what were the consequences?
  • Sack of Stuff: (Again, I’m indebted to the exceptional Character First! Elementary curriculum for this idea.) Have a sack full of items that will make noise when dropped on the ground. Have your children cover their eyes, then drop an item on the ground. Can they guess what the item was by the sound it made? Point out how they are “listening hard”! God wants them to listen hard just like that to you.
  • Snap to Attention: I don’t think my children choose not to listen to me. They’re just so busy playing that they don’t pay attention to the sound of my voice. To underscore the importance of listening this week, we’re going to do a listening drill. When I snap my fingers, they must drop everything they’re doing and point those little noses in my direction. We’ll see how this works!
 

Treasures of Truth, Lesson 8 (needs help!) March 8, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am
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When I did this lesson with my children, somehow the “point” of it all just seemed really lame. I had a hard time explaining it to them…any thoughts or ideas to make it more cogent would be greatly appreciated!Theme: Tell the truth in the small things & you’ll tell the truth in the big things as well
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” (Luke 16:10)

  • Review Proverbs 12:22
  • Bible: Read the following proverbs about truthfulness: 6:17, 12:19, 14:25, 15:4, 17:20, 24:26, 26:28. Read one proverb, then ask your child what the verse says about truthful people or about liars. Emphasize the consequences depicted by the verses.
  • Track that Animal! This activity is time-intensive in preparation, but very fun! Cut out four to six sets of these animal tracks. I chose 5 of the animals, and cut out just their tracks. I also colored them in so my children could differentiate between them based on color. Next find some pictures of those particular animals. You’ll need two of each creature. Shut your children in the bedroom as you make track paths leading from the outside of their room to various locations around the house where the animal’s picture is posted. Then open the door, give your children a picture of one of the animals and show them which footprints to follow. I made the prints slightly difficult to find, ie, partly obscured by a sock or taped to the side of a bookcase. Let them track and find all the animals. Send them back to their room while you prepare the game again, but this time switch up the pictures at the end of the trail. For example, put the raccoon at the end of the deer trail or the squirrel at the end of the moose trail. Let your children follow the markings again. When they find the wrong animal at the end of the line, ask, “Can a moose change into a skunk?” Point out that if they tell lies when they’re young, they’ll likely end up telling lies as they get older too. Talk again about the consequences you read about in the selection of proverbs. Which ones do they want? They must learn to be honest now so they can get the rewards at the end!
  • Pray: Just as you’ve prayed on other days, again ask God for His help in making you and your children truthful.
 

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.
 

 
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