memorizing scripture with preschoolers
Memorizing Bible verses is a great way to introduce young children to the teachings of the Bible and help them develop a strong foundation of faith. However, for preschoolers, the process of memorization can be challenging. Here are some tips to help your preschooler memorize Bible verses:
1. Choose Age-Appropriate Verses: Preschoolers have limited attention spans and may struggle to understand complex ideas. Choose simple verses that are easy for them to comprehend and memorize. You can start with shorter verses like Psalm 136:1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good," or John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.
2. Use Repetition: Repetition is key to memorization. Repeat the verse often, especially before bedtime, during mealtime, and other daily routines. Consider using visual aids like posters or flashcards to help your preschooler visualize the words.
Repetition is something you can integrate into the way you communicate with your child from birth! We repeat to our kids often specific phrases that we've said to them even while in the womb and we say it often. Here are some examples:
We also have a series of family values we've established with our kids, I'll write another post on that, but these have become repetitious and things we say daily, especially when we need a reminder of who we are as a family. It most often comes when we pray together... something like, Lord I thank you for Elsie, and Eli, and Ezren, I pray that you would help them:
If you were to ask our 3 year old and 2 year old to fill in the blanks to any of these or to tell you what it means to be an Andrion, they would recite this to you. Even now, we pray this and say this repeatedly to our 9 month old. You can come up with famlily values and get your preschooler reciting them too!
This was a coloring page we gave to all of Eli's friends at his 2 year old birthday party. (Another one of our family traditions is to sing the Doxology in Hawaiian, so that's why that's there).
3. Incorporate Songs: Preschoolers love music, and singing Bible verses can be a fun way to help them memorize. You can find many Bible verse songs on YouTube or create your own tune. Sing the verse together and encourage your child to sing along.
â4. Play Games: Games are a great way to engage preschoolers and make learning fun. You can create a matching game using pictures and verses, or play a game of "fill in the blank" where your child fills in missing words from the verse.
5. Make it Personal: Help your child connect with the verse on a personal level. Talk about how the verse relates to their life and encourage them to think about ways they can apply it to their daily routines. This will help them understand the meaning of the verse and make it more meaningful to them.
In conclusion, helping your preschooler memorize Bible verses requires patience, repetition, and creativity. By choosing age-appropriate verses, using repetition, incorporating songs, playing games, and making it personal, you can make the process of memorization fun and enjoyable for your child while instilling important values and principles that will last a lifetime.
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Roles & Responsiblities
Category: Family Coaching
As parents, it is important to establish clear roles and responsibilities within the family. This not only helps to ensure that everyone is contributing to the household, but it also teaches children important life skills and values.
Look at the example set by Jesus himself. In John 13, we see Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. This act of service was not only humbling, but it also showed his disciples the importance of serving others. As parents, we too can lead by example and teach our children to serve others through the responsibilities we give them within the home.
Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." By assigning responsibilities to our children, we are helping to train them in the way they should go. When they are given tasks to complete, they learn the importance of diligence, responsibility, and accountability.
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An overarching responsibility that we instill in our kids is their duty to love and care for one another. During a family staycay we started something that we can see is really defining the culture of our family and who we are. We make a statement to one another that says who we are (this has helped our preschoolers understand the difference between parent and child, sibling and so on)... and our promise to one another. So, Elsie will say to Eli, "Eli, I am your sister, I love you, and I promise to always take care of you." Then she'll say to me or Rachel, "Mom/Dad, I'm your daughter, I love you, and I promise to always take care of you." We'll repeat this with every member and to every member of the family, even baby Ezzy. Sometimes it's while we're driving, sometimes it's at dinner, or even at Target... anywhere and everywhere.
These simple statements are easy for our kids to understand and carry so much power with it. It goes without saying that this goes hand in hand with teaching our kids that our words matter. When we say we will do something, we do it!