Diligence: Doing your very best at every job!
- Memory Verse: “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4)
This verse might be a bit long for your preschooler, so feel free to break it into two parts or to just learn the last half.
There are soooo many ways to help your children memorize. Sometime I’ll do a post just on different preschool memorization games. Until that time, I’ll give you my ideas and you can just adapt with what works best for you.
Because I want to focus on the “hands” aspect of this verse, we’re going to learn it by clapping a rhythm. If you’re interested, you can read this article for more info about rhythmic clapping patterns.
- Finish the Job: Have a pile of toys dumped out in the middle of the floor with some sort of surprise hidden underneath. Ask your children if they know what diligence means. Then tell them to clean up the toy pile and tell you when the job is finished. When they come to you, evaluate their work. If they picked up all the toys on the floor, great! Explain the definition of diligence and praise them for showing it. If your children weren’t quite so thorough, then still explain the definition of diligence, and work with them to pick up EVERY toy off the ground. When the surprise is located, refer back to the memory verse. Diligent hands get a reward, just as the verse says.
When I told my children we had to clean up the pile of princess clothes in the living room, Happiness jumped off the bed and ran to do it right away. Sweetness, my 3yo, wasn’t quite as excited. In fact, she began to cry. I tried to reason with her and encourage her to go clean, but she kept shaking her head vehemently. When I told her she didn’t have to pick up the dresses, she cheered up considerably…until Happiness discovered the box of chocolates that had been hidden under the pile of dresses. THEN Sweetness was all about cleaning up. The only problem was that the job was already done! It was hard not to give in, but I told Sweetness that by refusing to work, she missed out on the reward. And yes, I did give her a chance later in the day to do some clean-up work and earn her own reward.
- Chore Chart: If you want your children to begin doing chores as a part of diligence training, make it more fun by allowing them to customize their chart at DTLK’s Chore Chart Creator. Create and decorate with crayons and stickers!
The chore chart is a HUGE hit with my children. We are starting on our second week of chores, and both of them really like putting stickers on squares. Having the chore chart on the fridge has helped me remember that chores need to be done. It’s been a win-win situation! Gotta love those…