Recently I heard a mentor mom say, “don’t just brush on Sundays”. This in reference to biblical lessons. She was explaining that faith is just as important (obviously more really) than dental care. We are responsible for teaching our children, not their Sunday school teachers. Those amazing people are there to assist us on this journey but it’s truly a God-given responsibility. Easiest reminder for this is that Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Another good reminder is Deuteronomy 6:7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
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So how are we teaching our kids? This is a rolling list of things. Sort of trial and error depending on their level of understanding and how they learn.
- Prayer // Seeking wisdom from the Lord as to how our children learn and what works best for our family.
- Example // Can’t teach what you don’t have, right? That’s a little hypocritical. So it’s important for us to set an example. To see us learning and growing in our faith walk. To see us loving and serving others. That’s important! With kids that are 4 & 2 it’s not always easy to have this picture perfect “quiet time”. But there’s a teachable moment in every detail of our lives!
- Music // How easy it is to learn scripture with a tune? I cannot say enough good things about Seeds Family Worship. The songs are beautiful and easy to remember. When you are having a meltdown in your car and your 3.5 year old starts singing scripture to you….I’ll take it!
Books // Of course the Bible. The kids both have the Jesus Storybook Bible and we’ve probably read through it 5-8 times total over the last 4 years. My kids both love books (they take after their mama) so we try to read as much as possible. My list for books is seriously ever growing. I try to get most of them through the library but some books are worth purchasing and having for years to come! There are so many resources for books and it’s easy to have books that are repeats. Trying to diversify the choices but them all still being pointing to truth about God is important.
- The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid’s Guide to Life in the First Century // Honestly this book was more for me. But it’s soooo interesting.
- Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home
- The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New
- The Biggest Story ABC // I don’t think we have enough alphabet books but this one is a great one! It’s easy to read, colorful, and biblical!
- The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden // The art work that went into this book is truly remarkable. It’s gorgeous.
- The Donkey Who Carried a King // It’s Sproul, so you know it’s good.
- The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross
- Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About Got and Science // This is going in N’s Easter basket. He loves to ask questions about why is the sky blue or why is your eye green and mine are blue. Well this gives us some direction and in depth way to answer. More than “that’s the way God made us”
- My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts // This book is probably for ages 3-4+. But it gives you a memory verse based on a letter and then a simple story to explain the point to your kid.
- I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
- The Jesus Storybook Bible // Great bible for kids. There’s even an advent reading plan!