One of my goals for this year is to be more diligent about my children’s Christian education. Partly it’s because I’ve been a bit too lax about it in the past (mostly using Jonas’s age as a primary excuse). But I also feel hypocritical recommending that the parents of my little Sunday-schoolers go over the week’s lesson and memory work with them during the week when I rarely do it myself.
In preparation for teaching the toddler class this year, I purchased a book called Snip-and-Tell Bible Stories. The gist is that you use paper cutouts to help you teach. I used it for Jonas’s class to tell the creation story two weeks ago and decided to reuse the papers today.
I wrote numbers on 7 pieces of recycled card stock, and then I let the kids place the appropriate cutouts by each day. We did it first while I read the Bible story, and then I had Linnea retell the story and instruct Jonas and me on where to place the cutouts. It was a lot of fun. (At least, it was until I tried to get them to show Jon what they learned when he got home, and they suddenly started acting like rabid animals.) Here’s a photo of what it looked like, complete with Jonas refusing to help me out by resting near the day 7 card. (Also absent: the Silly Bandz that had earlier infiltrated the lesson.)
This fall, I’m also working with them (well, mostly Linnea) on learning the Lord’s Prayer. The children’s version of the Westminster Catechism has been a great resource for explaining each petition.