Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

Firm Foundations 4:1 August 31, 2010

Theme: God is everywhere
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7,8)

Scripture Memory: We’re memorizing Psalm 139:1-4 over the next 2 weeks. My parents had me memorize this entire Psalm when I was 10 or so, and it’s been such a blessing to have it hidden in my  heart. Knowing that God is always there, that He created me with purpose and that all my days have been ordained for me are truths that have shaped and continue to shape my life. That’s why I’m really excited about starting my children memorizing this Psalm as well. I’m going to use a mix of sign language and non sign language actions. Please feel free to modify however you think best.

  • “O Lord (ASL sign), You have searched me (ASL sign) and you know me (ASL sign);
  • “You know when I sit (sit down) and when I rise (stand up);”

Catechism Q&A: Q. Where is God? A. God is everywhere.

All Around Us: Read Psalm 139:5-12. God is everywhere! Look up. He’s there! Look behind the couch. He’s there! Look outside. He’s there! Though we can’t see Him or touch Him, we know God is there and sustains the whole earth by His power. To illustrate, talk about gravity. Grab a collection of items, then pull out a stepladder and let your children climb to the top. One by one, they can drop each object to the ground. Can any object stay in the air? Nope, ’cause gravity pulls it down! And even though you can’t see gravity, it is still there and working hard. Point out how God is also unseen, but He’s there and working to take care of us. And while gravity doesn’t affect us in space, God’s presence is with us everywhere, even in the Milky Way!

Gravity Play: Provide your children lots of bouncy balls, and have fun bouncing them everywhere! For further study, check out Gravity is a Mystery at your local library.

Notebook: Do a crayon rubbing of some of the items you dropped in the gravity experiment. Put them in day one’s square of the Notebook page as a reminder that God is everywhere!

 

Firm Foundations 3:4 August 26, 2010

Theme: Show God love by singing praises!
“How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!” (Psalm 147:1)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-3 by jumping! Jump up and down while you’re saying the verses together…the hope is that you’ll get out some wiggles before sitting down to read!

Catechism Review: Q. How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

Focus on Worship: Ask your children what the word “praise” means. If they don’t know, give them each a compliment (“Catelyn, you are so good at helping me in the kitchen! Elena, you have a beautiful smile.) Explain that the good things you just said about them is praise! When we praise God, we say or sing good things about Him. Then read Psalm 147:1-7 together and point out the good things the Psalmist sings about God.

Do your children have any favorite praise songs? As part of our Kindergarten curriculum, we’re learning a hymn each month. We’ll sing that, accompanying ourselves with instruments and then sing any other praise songs my kids happen to know.

Musical Study: Want to delve into music with your little ones? Check out these fun preschool music lessons for ideas, games and crafts. For read alouds, find these children’s books on musical themes at your local library.

 

Firm Foundations 3:3 August 25, 2010

Theme: Show God love by telling others about Him
I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them.” (Psalm 119:46-47)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-3

Catechism Review: Q.  How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

On Mission: Read Psalm 145:3-12. What kinds of things does the Psalmist say we should tell others about?

My goal for my children at this age (5 & 3) is not to necessarily be out witnessing! Instead, I want to give them a vision for talking about God and then model that for them. To help with the former goal, we’ll read a biography geared for young children about a Christian hero. I’d recommend the Heroes for Young Readers series published by YWAM or Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson. You can also download a pdf book, On African Roads from WMU.  Another fun resource is the Kids on Mission site from the Southern Baptist Mission Board. They’ve got great videos geared towards kids on mission related topics. Finally, check out Wycliffe’s Bright Ideas PreK and elementary curriculum to find some other fun ideas.

Once you’ve determined which resource to use, then read a book together or watch a video and discuss how the missionary’s love for God motivated them to tell their friends about Jesus and what He’s done for us.


 

Firm Foundations 3:2 August 24, 2010

Theme: We show love to God by obeying Him

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-2, then focus on memorizing verse 3a:

  • Know (Tap on your head with pointer finger)
  • that the LORD is God (Lift both hands upwards).

Catechism Review: Q.  How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

Love to Obey: Read John 14:15, 21. Before you read, tell your children to listen for what Jesus says we will do if we love Him. Illustrate the lesson by telling your children you’re going to draw a picture for them. My girls love princesses, so that’s what I’ll draw (or at least say that I’ll draw) for them. Ask for their input as you create the masterpiece, but DON’T follow their instructions. In fact, as much as possible, do the opposite of what they requested. When you finish, ask if they liked the way you drew for them. Talk about how following Christ’s instructions shows our love for Him.

Catechism Notebook: Glue your “disobedient masterpiece” on week 3’s notebook page. Give it the caption “Show God love by obeying Him”

 

Living a dual blog existence

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Have I mentioned how unhappy I am with my free WordPress account? And how I’m too cheap to actually pay to host elsewhere? I’d have up and moved a while ago, only I already wrote 50 lessons/posts that are residing here and there’s no easy way to port them to another platform.

And then it hit me! In a throwback to my sci-fi fan days, I decided to run a parallel blog, an online existence in another domain, one in which I could more easily mess around with the code under the hood. So, welcome to my new world: littlelessons4life.blogspot.com. As lessons are posted here, I will also post them there. Plus, with a new name, I’ll be free to post about our newly embarked upon homeschool journey as well without feeling as though I’m in violation of my blog name. Thanks to Michael Black, I’m also interested in Tumblr.com, but haven’t had time to check in to that fully.  Anyone else used Tumblr and liked it? I’m always open to having a 3rd online existence…

 

Firm Foundations 3:1 August 23, 2010

Theme: We show love to God by seeking to learn more about Him

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-2. Then begin memorizing verse 3: “Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
We’ll work on the first half of the verse today with the following actions:

  • Know (ASL Sign)
  • That the Lord is God (Pretend to put a crown on your head)
  • It is He who made us (Use hands to model imaginary clay)
  • And we are His. (Point at self, then point upwards)

Catechism Q&A: Q.  How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.
If you’re memorizing the Q&A, go over it. If not, just ask the question to your children. In this week’s lessons, I’m going to focus on teaching my kids what it means to love God, as least in small part! I’ll probably simplify the wording even more by asking “How do we love God?” The answer for today is “By getting to know Him.”

Getting to Know You: When we love somebody, we care about what they like and dislike. Using **this questionnaire**, I’m going to let my kids call up a favorite family member or friend and interview them. I’ll write down the answers as they dictate them to me, and we’ll use this interview sheet as part of our Week 3 Notebooking page.

When the interviews are over, I’ll read them Jeremiah 9:23-24. Getting to know God better is more important than being rich or having great strength or even being really smart! We want to know God better, and that’s why we have Bible time together every day. We want to know what God likes, what He dislikes, what’s important to Him and how He is at work in the world. It’s sort of like interviewing Him, just like they did with their friend on the phone. Pray and close out the lesson.

Lesson Add Along: Focus on phone ettiquete. Teach your kids how to properly answer the phone when it rings, what they should say (or not say!) and how to close out a conversation. Do some mock phone calls together. To memorize their phone number, draw it outside in chalk. Have them hop from number to number, saying each number out loud as they jump down the “path”.

 

Firm Foundations 2:4 August 19, 2010

Theme: Your purpose is to live for God
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matt. 22:37)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1 & 2

Catechism Q&A: Why did God make you and all things? For His glory.

A Purpose to Live By: Provide some fancy stickers, fun paper, glitter, etc. Let your children decorate a card or poster for someone special in their life. When they get done, talk about who their masterpiece was created for.

Next, read Colossians 1:16 together. Who are we created for? Read Matthew 22:34-40. What did Jesus say is the greatest thing we can do with our life? That is our purpose!

Notebooking: Glue two hearts and write “Love God, Love Others” as a reminder of our life purpose!