Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tips and Tricks Thursday: Bible Reading for "Babies"

I've been wanting to start some Bible reading with Logan and Tyson. I try to incorporate our faith by singing songs to them like "Jesus Loves Me" or Bible verse songs (Joyful learning curriculum has some great bible verses set to traditional children's tunes).  We have a few Bible story books. We pray before meals. But I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate reading God's word with them. I know they are very, very young but the Bible has many verses that make it clear that God wants us to introduce our children to His word at a very young age.  (Luke 18:16)
The other day, Logan picked up my Bible. He was so excited to have "momma Bible". He wanted to turn all of the pages-- and even though he has good book handling skills, he was a little too rough for my liking. However, as I watched my precious 2 year old turning the pages in God's Word, I couldn't just yell, "STOP IT!"
This got me thinking about a way that I could incorporate my 2 year old child's "I-do-it" attitude with a little daily Bible reading. (And by little, I mean short, short, short amounts). So, here's what I came up with:
I cut 5 different colors of construction paper into bookmark size strips.
I wrote 5 verses. (Very short parts of verses to be exact on each strip).
"Be patient." Ephesians 4:2
"Love One Another." John 13:34
"Honor God and Obey His commands." Ecclessiastes 12:13
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth." Genesis 1:1
"Use every chance you have for doing good." Ephesians 5:16
I placed each strip in my Bible.
Each day, I pick a color.
I tell Logan, "Can you find the blue one?" Then he helps me carefully open the Bible to that verse.
I let him read the verse. What?
Ok, I actually tell him the verse one-two words at a time and he repeats the words, sometimes.
Then I say, "Thank you Logan for reading our Bible verse today!!" And we jump up and down and cheer at what an amazing "reader" he is!
I have a confession to make.... we usually read all 5 verses every day, at Logan's request!
We're going to keep the same verses for a while because preschoolers don't seem to ever grow tired of repetition.

Giving credit where credit is due: If you grew up in my hometown of Festus and went to my church, I know, I know, you're thinking, "Jackie, you stole that idea from Mrs. Sherrie." Ummmm, yep. You're right. "Mrs. Sherrie" is the best preschool worker I have ever met. She taught when I was a preschooler/kindergartener. She taught preschool when I was in high school and I got to be her helper. I already knew I was going to be a teacher at that point so I tried to pay attention and learn from her. And guess what? She is teaching my nephew's Sunday School class right now!!


  1. Love it, Jackie! I have taught William a few verses, but not always like this. I knew when I was teaching him full verses that it would probably take him a really long time to get them, but we do sing them sometimes, and he remembers a lot of them now! I need to try this, too. A friend also recommended the Jesus Storybook Bible, which, while not teaching Bible verses, is a neat way of reading the Bible to them (although for little boys, I've found, especially when we get to David and Goliath, I have to change the wording. William starts walking around telling me, "I'm going to cut your head off and eat you on toast!" like Goliath says.) We also found a "Bible" with short passages that teaches phonics. He likes that one, too! It was at Wal-Mart!

  2. Hi there! I really want to thank you for this great idea. My children are two and a half and one, and I have also been looking for a way to get them more involved in reading the 'real' Bible with me, as opposed to illustrated children's versions. This is going to be a hit with my daughter and I so appreciate you publishing this post. I am off now to go write some verses for our Bible reading time for tomorrow. Blessings to you and yours!

  3. Love this idea! And I've been meaning to ask you about the beginning reader Bible you had shown me a few years ago.

  4. Love this post, it's never too early to teach out children to "keep God's word in our hearts". I am a new follower from Friday Blog Hop, stopping by from 2 little Boys.

    God Bless

  5. What a wonderful idea! I have been trying to figure out the best way to do this as well. Sammy does not have anything memorized so I was struggling with how to approach this! I am going to have to steal this idea from Mrs. Sherrie ;-) Thanks for passing it along :-)