Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tips and Tricks Thursday: Bible Reading for "Babies"
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!!