We want to help our children grow in their understanding of God, so we take them to church, right?
But what about at home? What are some ways that we can be intentionally parenting our children and not just leave the Bible stories and verses at church?
Here are some ideas that Angie, Rachel and myself have tried or would like to see ourselves implementing in our day to day parenting.
Children watch and learn from their parents, so modeling the priority of spending time in the Word has the potential of significantly impacting children to do the same.
Don’t Underestimate Their Abilities
Children do not have to have high school English in order to read and understand the Bible for themselves: If your child can read on his own, encourage him to read a portion of Scripture each day. Perhaps you could even present him with a sizable goal to work towards, such as reading through a book of the Bible, the New Testament, or some other, age-appropriate, reading goal.
Have “Bible Lesson Time”
Particularly with young children, having a specific time where Mom or Dad recount or read a particular Bible lesson can be a lot of fun. You could use a children’s Bible with pictures, Bible lesson visuals, or get creative and make your own visuals or props for an interactive lesson time! The Jesus Storybook Bible is a good children’s Bible.
Intentionally Teach Them Music
Currently my (Chrystal’s) children really love songs like “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” but there’s nothing I love more than to hear them belting out the words and melodies to songs like “My God is so Big”, “How Great Thou Art” or “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.” These songs will stay with them long into their adulthood and have the power to change their hearts (and mine!) with the truths they hold about our great God.
Memorize Catechisms Together
While never replacing Scripture, teaching our children foundational truths about God can be an extremely helpful way to establish doctrinal truths in their hearts and minds. I (Chrystal) have found following catechisms to be detailed and yet simple enough to be memorized by our three year old. My husband has been incorporating hand motions as well to help their children learn as they continue to work their way through these.
Create Bible Verse Visuals
Find/cut/paste pictures and insert them into a verse that you then write out onto card stock. You get to do a craft with them and end up with a visual to aid in Scripture memory! Win win!
Read Them Books about God, His Word and Prayer
I (Rachel) appreciate the simple truths about prayer in the book What Happens When I Talk To God.This book also teaches children the concepts of God’s omniscience and omnipresence as it relates to prayer.
We would love to hear of ways that have helped you be more intentional about teaching your kids more about God and His Word!