Needing some ideas on what other mummies do with their preschool aged kids to encourage them in beginning their walk with the Lord. Any conversation starters or activities to get things progressing?

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Melissa - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have inroduced my kids to Bible songs & praise musci since birth. I have also prayed with them since birth. Even before my daughter has her bottle or I feed her baby food I say a little prayer with her. My son is 3 & I homeschool him. One of our daily activities in school is Bible time. I bought him a Bible for preschoolers which divides it up into actual stories that they can comprehend on their level(The Creation, Adam & Eve, Cain & Able & so on). We are talking about Creation right now. I am doing each of the 7 days in a seperate lesson each day. This is something that works for us & my son is learning so much. I listen to hm playing by himself & he talks bout God & it is funny to hear how they comprehend things.

Veronica - posted on 02/12/2009

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Use faith words constistently... God, Faith, Love, Jesus, Church, Sunday School, Bible, etc. We sing Jesus loves me, but we change the word "me" to his name. I hope that helps

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter is 3, she is too cute and is soo excited about God. She loves to go to church and Sunday school. She goes to Bible study with me during the week, we always listen to praise and worship music and she loves to sing and dance to it. She loves to pray and tell God about all kinds of stuff like her bear or things about her day or if she is scared at night I always direct her attention to the Lord to calm her and ask her to pray. During the week she counts down her days to Church or Bible study, she has a little kids Bible she "reads" or ask us to read and she plays church with. I know these are little things but I think its great that its just on her mind or asking questions. Sometimes she is even the one reminding us to pray.

Christie - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a devotional book for 2-5yr olds there is one called God and me and another one called more God and me, there is one for girls and one for boys, it tells a little story and then there is some kind of craft to do, my 21/2 year old really enjoys it.

Roxanne - posted on 02/11/2009

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Kids learn by example so if your kids see you praying, spending time reading the Bible, they will follow suit. Put on some praise and worship music and sing along. Take every opportunity that arises to pray with them. My kids and I always pray for safety whenever we get in the car. We always pray for sick family members, pray over our meals. As these things come up just simply explain why we pray, why we worship, etc. You provide the example to follow and encourage them to have their own relationship with God as they grow all the while understanding that it may not "look" like your relationship or be quite what you expected. Just trust in the Lord!

Claudia - posted on 02/11/2009

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I love all these suggestions.  We are Christian and there was never any particular "starting point" to my son being exposed to God.  He has always heard us pray in the morning, for meals, at bedtime, during the day we thank God for the weather, the birds, the trees/flowers, we pray for passing ambulances, etc.  It's just part of our life.  The most wonderful thing has been to see his prayers advancing to more of a normal discussion with God.  He used to pray "Thank you God for this day, for mommy-n-daddy, for my toys and for this food, in Jesus' name, Amen."  Now his prayers are more detailed and have to do with what is going on around him like, " Dear Father God, thank you for Jesus, help me to listen and obey mommy and daddy, please help daddy to get home safely, help me to get better and heal me so that I can go play with my friends at the park, etc... in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.    I absolutely see how our lives are reflected in his actions.  While all the suggestions on here are great, Awanas, Veggietales, bible stories, etc... the biggest contributor to your child's beginning thier walk with the Lord is achieved by your day-in/day-out activities that they see in you and your family. 






Blessings to you,






Claudia~

Claudia - posted on 02/11/2009

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I love all these suggestions.  We are Christian and there was never any particular "starting point" to my son being exposed to God.  He has always heard us pray in the morning, for meals, at bedtime, during the day we thank God for the weather, the birds, the trees/flowers, we pray for passing ambulances, etc.  It's just part of our life.  The most wonderful thing has been to see his prayers advancing to more of a normal discussion with God.  He used to pray "Thank you God for this day, for mommy-n-daddy, for my toys and for this food, in Jesus' name, Amen."  Now his prayers are more detailed and have to do with what is going on around him like, " Dear Father God, thank you for Jesus, help me to listen and obey mommy and daddy, please help daddy to get home safely, help me to get better and heal me so that I can go play with my friends at the park, etc... in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.    I absolutely see how our lives are reflected in his actions.  While all the suggestions on here are great, Awanas, Veggietales, bible stories, etc... the biggest contributor to your child's beginning thier walk with the Lord is achieved by your day-in/day-out activities that they see in you and your family. 



Blessings to you,



Claudia~

Tikatia - posted on 02/11/2009

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there is a devotional out there that is a preK type version of My Utmost for His Highest. It's called Jesus Wants All of Me. We read that with our almost 3 year old and our 4 year old. Also, as for us, our christian walk isn't just about church on sunday and a 20 minute am devotional. Its a walking with Christ daily in everything we do, I would encourage you to take it that way to your children too. When you're cleaning, put on some christian praise and worship music. When things happen during the day, good or bad, use it as an opportunity to talk about God, his love for us, his blessing, his discipline, and his will for his people. My girls love to watch veggie tales and 321 Penguins, Cherub and several other christian shows and videos. We also have several other christian books besides their bibles. The Gigi books are great for little girls, it talks about being God's princess.

My 4 year old loves to sing and her favorite songs are not just the children's bible songs (though she loves those too) she loves singing I Am Free, and Days of Elijah, Change My Heart, and Amazing Grace are some of her favorite songs. Incorporating Jesus into every aspect of our lives, also demonstrates to our children how real God is and how much he cares about the details of our lives. Pray over your shopping list, when you pass an ambulance ask if he/she wants to pray for whomever it's going for, if a friend is sick they can make a get well card and talk to Jesus about healing. reading the parables that fit with whatever may be going on in their lives is also a great way to tie in our lives with our walk in simple practical manners for our kids.

Katie - posted on 02/11/2009

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These are all such great suggestions; most of which I plan to incorporate into our daily routine. I also think that consistancy is key in all areas; but most importantly our path leading our children to God as well.

Suzette - posted on 02/11/2009

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My husband and I do two things with our 2 year old and 10 month old. First, we just don't plop them into nursery when we get to church. We take them into praise and worship time. This way they see us worshipping God and others. Also we have a devotional as a family every night with our toddler's bible. Its amazing how interested they are (except maybe the 10 month old...but he will grow into it). I also listen to just praise and worship in the car when I am driving. I also explain to my daughter when I am wrong and what I should do about it...for example: Sometimes when I am driving I will get frustrated with other drivers and maybe call the person an idiot (I know, I know, but most of us do it!) When I do this I have a conversation with my 2 year old that goes like this..."Hey Honey, what Mama said was wrong just now. I am frustrated with the other drivers, but it isn't right for me to call names. Mommy needs to ask Jesus for help with patience and forgiveness for being mean and calling names. " We pray a short prayer then to ask Jesus' help. I really think it shows my daughter how WE NEED Christ, and also how I am not perfect. God bless!

Christie - posted on 02/10/2009

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It's so great to see moms introducing God to children! I have a 2 year old and recently bought a book aimed at preschoolers full of godly bedtime prayers. I read one with him as he bows his head and closes his eyes (so cute!). I also have a lullaby worship CD called "Sing Over Me" that has beautiful praise and worship music. I enjoy just listening to it myself.

Carissa - posted on 02/09/2009

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I teach at a Christian pre-school. Kids are so open to hearing about God. They ask great questions that also make you think about your walk. I think bringing God into everyday conversation, telling your child to rely on Him for help when you're scared etc. We pray and read the Bible together as well. Lastly, I think making sure what you watch or DON'T watch on TV is a biggie. I hope this helps!

Lexi - posted on 02/09/2009

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You could do little devotions. My son is 16 months and I read him The Goodnight Storybook. And it's filled with little devotions for young children. Also, there are dvds out there for building christian character in young kids. Awana is always great, if your church doesn't have it then look at some other churches that have Awana on Wednesday nights. They learn bible versus and are taught Christian values.

Valerie - posted on 02/09/2009

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I taught my little ones this simple prayer for mealtime:



"Thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the food we eat. Thank for the birds that sing. Thank you God for everything."



Even my five year old can remember it and my two boys take turns saying it. We hold hands when we pray and makes us feel more connected to each other.



I give myself an hour for my boys bedtime routine. (This way we don't rush around.) I have several of the "Gotta Have God" books. One of the last things we do is read a chapter. I try to choose a theme that pertains to the day. If they had trouble with stubborness or forgiveness there are chapters on that. If we had a nature hike or crazy weather. There are chapters for that, etc. The books start for ages 2-5 and go all the way to age 12. They contain a simple story that they can undertand and scenario that pertains to their everyday life. There are discussion questions, a Bible verse and a prayer to ask for help and forgiveness. My boys really look forward to it.



They also like Veggie Tales, 3-2-1 Penguins and Bible Man.



Mostly they are watching us. I let them see me giving, serving, praising. Sometimes I pray with them holding their hand and asking God to help them overcome the problem and help me know how to help them. I let them know early on that I am not perfect, no one is and that I need Jesus to help me too.

Anita - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Kellie:



Before bed I say we're going to talk to God.  I say do you want to ask God for anything?  Then I'll say, do you want to thank God for anything?  I'll also see if he wants to ask for forgiveness for anything.  I usually help him with what to say.  For example, do you want to ask God's forgiveness for taking away toys.  Then I'll say the Lord's prayer, sing Jesus Loves me and we'll blow kisses to the ceiling.  I'm not too consistent with everything but I feel it's a start.  My son is 2 1/2.





Thank you so much Kellie.  I am going to try this approach with my 4 year old sons.  God Bless

Anita - posted on 02/09/2009

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I love your approach. I can really see that benefiting my 4 year old twins. We try and pray every night but sometimes life just gets in the way. Going to take this on board and try to be more consistent.... Thanks and God Bless.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2009

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My daughter's (4) favorite song is called "I am a Child of God"  We put on 'Jesus' music every night when we put our kids down to sleep. My son (2) ask me to sing him "Jesus songs" every night and as long as he hears Jesus it makes him happy. I also ask him if Jesus loves him, of course he ALWAYS says yes. Then we talk about who else Jesus loves, he mentions his sisters & his friends & the rest of our family.



We have pictures of Jesus around our house that he loves to look at. Anywhere we go that he sees a picture of Christ he knows exactly who He is.



We also do Family Night once a week where we sing and have a lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We keep it pretty simple, but now that our girls are getting older they sometimes help prepare the lessons, and the lessons are getting a little more complicated.



We have Family prayer every day. We all kneel down & pray together as a family. We pray at every meal, and we say personal prayers at bedtime.



I am not saying that we do all these things every day, all the time, but we try to. My 2 yo even reminds me that we haven't said prayers sometimes before bed.



HTH

Corrie - posted on 02/07/2009

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I always wondered about the same thing.  But children really follow the footsteps of their parents.  They will mimic everything that you do (whether you like it or not).  In the begining they will not fully understand, but that comes with time and simple education from you.   Just as you are teaching your child to tie their shoes you can begin to teach them little things that will start a foundation in faith.  My youngest is only nine months old.  I noticed the other day that he is quiet during our dinner blessing.  He will chatter through the whole meal, but he will just sit quiet and watch us intently during the prayer.  If your child is old enough for preschool you can look for a Christian based pre school.  You can't really depend on it to teach them everything they will need.  But it is nice for them to be hearing the same message at school that they hear at home.



 



I use to work with little children at my church and I was completely amazed by their spiritual abilities and perception.  You know it wasn't that long ago that they were with God.  They probably remember a lot more than we do.

Andrea - posted on 02/07/2009

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You could look into an AWANA group near you.  It's a great way for your child to socialize in a Chritian environment where little by little they learn about the Lord in creative ways.  My son is three years old and he loves it!  I also have a five year old daughter who hates to miss.  But I also agree with a lot of the other mother's suggestions on here.  Simple songs like Jesus loves me, This Little Light of Mine and other fun songs like that tell about Jesus.  I also think that Veggie Tales is also a good way to introduce Jesus stories in a simple way with lessons along the way (regarding "beginning their walk with the Lord").



I hope this was helpful.

Kellie - posted on 02/07/2009

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Before bed I say we're going to talk to God.  I say do you want to ask God for anything?  Then I'll say, do you want to thank God for anything?  I'll also see if he wants to ask for forgiveness for anything.  I usually help him with what to say.  For example, do you want to ask God's forgiveness for taking away toys.  Then I'll say the Lord's prayer, sing Jesus Loves me and we'll blow kisses to the ceiling.  I'm not too consistent with everything but I feel it's a start.  My son is 2 1/2.

Vanessa - posted on 02/07/2009

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I hope this doesn't sound cliche, but they have really cute, illustrated bibles out there now. My son is only 15 mo, but I bought him one, keep it w/ his other books, and he actually brings it to me to read to him sometimes. I think choice is a big thing for kids - and if he/she is in control of the decision to learn/not to learn ab God, it will be more authentic. That's my humble opinion. :)

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2009

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I taught at a christian preschool for many years and there is great curriculum out there that you could pull from. Aside from always praying, singing and talking about Jesus in daily activities you can get fun crafts, games, stories and do these things with your children. You can get this curriculum at any christian book store. Plus if you let your kids watch TV the BOZ DVDs are great.

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I have a dvd set called Character Builders. My daughter is only a month old but when she's old enough she will begin watching it. It's came to us highly recommended. You could also read them stories from a Children's Bible (one that hasn't altered the stories too much) and have discussions with them from that.

Sharelle - posted on 02/07/2009

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you could do some praise and worship with them ..jesus loves the little children is a good song to sing.

you could also make up short story about jesus or get christian books an dvds

the more they here the lords name the better they will get to know of him.x

Sharelle - posted on 02/07/2009

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you could do some praise and worship with them ..jesus loves the little children is a good song to sing.

you could also make up short story about jesus or get christian books an dvds

the more they here the lords name the better they will get to know of him.x

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