Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

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!

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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!
 

What about mom: Listening Skills March 15, 2010

Filed under: Intentional Parenting,What About Mom? — preschooljoy @ 7:08 am
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My three year old repeats for the fourth time, “MOM! Can I have some milk?” The sound of her voice finally pierces my concentration and I turn to focus on her. “What did you say?” I ask. She repeats her request, probably wondering  how I could not have heard it. I tear myself from the computer, and go to fetch her long overdue glass of milk. No wonder I have to ask her five times to get her socks on…she’s just imitating my listening!

I’m a terrible listener when I’m doing two (or three) things at once. As I’ve been working on these listening lessons for my children, I’ve been ashamed to realize what a bad role model I am of this quality. How am I supposed to teach them to listen to me when I don’t listen to them? That’s got to change!

I have to have practical steps of action planned out. Otherwise I just have good intentions that never go anywhere. So, for developing my listening skills, here’s what I plan to do:

  • When my children talk to me, stop whatever I’m doing and turn to look at them. While there are a few instances that I can’t stop what I’m doing (like in the middle of a delicate cooking operation), most of the time I can spare a minute to focus on their requests or needs.
  • Don’t mindlessly respond. I hope I’m not the only one that does this! “Yes. That’s good. Wow! Is that true? Oh my,” is a running commentary that I keep up in response to them telling me about, oh, the latest adventure of their My Little Ponies or the conversation they had with another kid at Bible study.  I’m missing so much by not taking the time to focus on them!

I feel like such a bad mom right now as I write this! I’m glad I’m working on this project…it’s really good for my character, even if they don’t get anything out of it! If you have any suggestions or stories about your own listening struggles, I’d love to hear them.

 

How’s It Going? March 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — preschooljoy @ 7:21 am

I’m working on putting more Proverbs lessons together, but realized today that I need to take some time to evaluate my children’s growth in the qualities we’ve already covered. It’s easy for me to fall into the trap of simply relying on these lessons to take care of their character training. It’s much harder to make sure I’m actively training throughout the day.

Diligence: My oldest has embraced her chores, and loves putting stickers on her chore chart. My 2nd isn’t so crazy about it, and needs to be prodded to accomplish her work. We’ve also started making clean-up time more of an integral part of the daily routine. I’m trying to do less of the toy clean-up by myself, and more of it with them. I still lean towards not wanting them to do too much work – after all, it’s not fun! But I know that isn’t good for their character. How many chores do you think preschool age children should be doing?

Honesty: The lesson about being a faithful witness has been great for us. Just the whole concept of “telling it like it happened” has been an effective one. At this point, it seems like both Happiness and Sweetness are choosing honesty consistently.

Quarreling: Ahhh, the fights over toys, space and books that are beginning to go on here. Right now I’m studying what the Bible says about fights and disputes. Any practical advice would be much appreciated.

And You? How is the character training of your children going? What are their strong points? What are their weak points? I’d love to hear how it’s going!

 

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.