It might seem like a large task, yet when talking about teaching your little one basics through bible stories, the secret is to not bite off more than you can chew. Take simple little steps and start with simple little stories. Don’t beat yourself up and enjoy the journey. And you know what, as YOU are teaching, I bet you will LEARN yourself! God is so cool like that!
You don’t have to be a trained teacher to help your little ones learn about God. You teach them through your actions and soft spoken words. You became a teacher of sorts the moment you became a parent. You don’t have to be the only one that is teaching them though. Our kids start learning Bible stories around 2 years old in their toddler Sunday school class at church. We are very thankful for the people that teach our children outside of our home. We make church a priority each Sunday because we know this is a valuable time of learning for little ones.
Reading to your children is something we all should be doing as much as we can. It teaches them at a young age to sit still for a little bit, while filling their minds with fun stories about sharing, caring, or obeying. Bible stories are really fun! We have a well-loved popup book about Jonah and the whale. Add sound effects like “petooooie” when the great fish spits out Jonah. Make it memorable and exciting, while teaching them why Jonah should have obeyed God the first time.
Music is another great avenue to teach Bible concepts to your children. “Sharing, caring, that’s what Christians do…” is a song we sing. Sometimes we have to sing that little diddy to remind them when they aren’t remembering to share. “I will obey the first time I’m told, I will obey right away.” is another song. Their brains are tiny sponges, let them suck up as much music with lyrics that teach them to be little people that love God. Philippians 4:8 is a great verse to consider when you present content to your kids.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Concepts to start with:
The basic concepts that kids can learn at a very young age (as young as possible) are obeying, sharing, being gentle, and showing kindness. That’s been a good starting place in our home. Are we perfect parents with all the answers? Oh my, no! However, I thank God for each and every day He has given me with our little blessings and I want to raise them in ways that please God. Our little ones are so impressionable. They see everything, good and bad. My heart swells with pride when they do the right things. I know it’s not anything we have done as parents, other then try our best to teach basic concepts from the Bible from a very young age. I pray it continues and I pray these small concepts can help you in a big way too!
I want to hear from you. What ideas do you have for me as you have taught your children through the years? I am always looking for more ideas, ones that resonate with me. What do you do?