Teaching Toddlers about God

Allison - posted on 10/27/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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How do you start teaching your child about God? All my work with teaching children Biblical truths has been with older kids, so I'm clueless with how to start.

I sing Jesus Loves Me, I tell her God make ___ (everything). We pray before meals and at night...

What else can I do?

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Jamie - posted on 10/29/2008

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Sounds like you are doing it. I never sat down with my kids and said, "This is how you eat. First, open your mouth..." But they know how to do it. In the same way, just talking about Jesus, letting her see her see you read your Bible, praying for her (ask her what she'd like you to pray for, and if she prays that she gets a new toy, it's a great time to talk to her about how sometimes Jesus answers our prayers with "yes" and sometimes his answer is "no." She may not get it yet, but you can guide her to things she might like to pray for, like a good night's sleep, or that the cut on her finger heals properly, or that Grandma in Michigan can come for a visit soon.), and pointing out ways God has blessed you are great ways for her to develop a long time understanding of him. A couple of months ago my 8 year old son got lost at the beach, and his dad and I were worried sick about him. Once we found him and got over the crying, I asked him if he'd prayed that he would find us. (he said no, he forgot.) I told him that I prayed and prayed and prayed that he would be found and that he wouldn't be hurt. I think it takes us saying it over and over again for them to get it...hey, I can't even get him to remember to brush his teeth yet. :) Keep up the great work!

Winnie - posted on 10/28/2008

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If look on Amazon, or ebay maybe...there is a great curriculm for toddlers called the Pray and Play Bible. Amazon may have them for way cheap. They give very illustrated stories, to start the lesson, then they have sections for songs and easy games and crafts. It is pretty fun, and very simple!!! I use it like once a week. Another idea is while you are teaching her her letters, pick a word that starts with the letter you are working on for the week, and put her name in it to speak godly idenity....for example Carson, (my son,) you are Mighty Man of God using the M for the week. i picked out an adjective reguarding godliness for every letter. Hope this helps you

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Jean - posted on 11/02/2008

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It sounds like you are on the right tract.

We have 2 kids, almost 4 and 2 years old. I started reading bible stories to them when they were first born and continue to read to them every night at bedtime. They love them. We pray at bedtime, meal time and even snack time(if i remember). I have just started asking my daughter if there is anything or anyone she wants to pray for. I have explained to her that when we pray to God that we are talking to him and that God loves to hear us talk with him. We sing songs. Basically God is part of our everyday life.

There are devotional books for little girls( toddlers) check out your local christian bookstore for help or a great place is christianbook.com (CBD)

hope that helps!

Chelle - posted on 11/01/2008

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I have only one child so I am certainly no expert. But, other experienced moms in our church directed me to "The Rhyme Time Bible" which my son LOVES. The speech pathologist in my church group suggested it because she said that toddlers learn very well through rhyming...hence nursery rhymes! Anyway, we read a story each day, pray at meals and bedtime, and sometimes other times. We take him to church every Sunday and listen to Christian music. I can only hope and pray that there is enough Christian influence in his life to keep him close to the Lord!

Erin - posted on 11/01/2008

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Hi Allison,
We have three kids, Daughter9, twin boys 6. We also home school, so this is an important part of our day too. My kids Sunday school class has a memory verse each week. We all read that together. I point to the words as we are reading them. It helps with memory and reading too. I would say that most of your teaching at early stages is by example. Lots of videos are available too. In discipline, we would always point to how Christ would want us to loving and caring...not fighting or what not. Hope some of this helps

Shirley - posted on 10/31/2008

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Read Bible stories...Usborne books have a great selection...I am a consultant...if you are interested, let me know...message me on facebook:) I also am teaching my 2 year old simple scripture verses (ie: rejoice in the the Lord).

Karen - posted on 10/31/2008

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I think that's a good way to start. I would sing a lot with her. Children remember more with music. The Beginner's Bible is a great Bible to start with. I just recently found A Beginner's Bible Devotional for preschoolers. It's really great and would be good for your 3 yr. old.

Tricia - posted on 10/31/2008

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It's not the teaching that is best learned, it is the living that she'll catch and mimick. Expect teachable moments through the "classrooms of life" to speak God's word, explain God's ways, and live out God's will. When you don't, humble yourself and ask for forgiveness. Then get up and do it the right way!

with love from a mom of 7 ranging in ages 22 - 6.

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Amber - posted on 10/31/2008

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Sounds like you are doing good! Are you involved in a church? I sing on the worship team and bring my girls (ages 1,3,8) along to practices. Then they see my praising the Lord at church. Listen to christian music. Read bible stories to her. Pray for those around you with her, when we hear an ambulance for instance, we stop what we are doing and pray for those involved even though we don't know who they are. Your life is speaking to her louder than you may think.

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2008

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She's at the PERFECT age for it! They are sponges for this kind of thing right now. I agree with Tammy...Awana is a really great program. Both my 5 and 3 year olds are in it. In addition to memorization of Bible verses, they have Bible lessons and crafts and games that reinforce the verse. My 5 year old has started asking me questions about dying and being with God in heaven, etc, which i know is a result of being in Awana and Sunday School at church. You can google Awana and go to their homepage to do a search for a program in your area.
I try to find opportunities throughout the day to point out Jesus to them. Sound slike you are doing a great job!

Nicki - posted on 10/30/2008

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I have a 3-year-old and I remember struggleing with that as well. My son and I have gone to church since he was born. We talk about Jesus and God. When he is afraid we talk about how Jesus keeps him safe and angels are watching out for him. He is a very faith-filled little man and really looks forward to going to church and Sunday school. He has started to learn some of the prayers and songs at church as well. Last week he told me that Jesus didn't like it when we were mean to other people because he loves all people. I think as long as you keep living a good example, your child will just pick it up. Make it something you enjoy, not something that HAS to be done. :)

Meghan - posted on 10/28/2008

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I think what you are doing is a wonderful start. I have a 3 year old that loves going to church....she usually goes to her class, but this past week she stayed in big church b/c we had family in town. She heard the Pastor say that whatever your needs are that you are supposed to give them to God. We got home and had a long discussion, now we pray about EVERYTHING! Not just before meals and at bed time, she understands that God can fix anything.This past week she has been sick with fevers and strep throat.....we even pray that God will give her the strength to feel better and that he will heal her....oh how prayer works.

Leslie - posted on 10/27/2008

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I started taking my daughter to church when she was a year old. At age 2 she saterted going to sunday school class. and she loves it!! I ask her what she learns and she tells me. At home we have christian videos and dvds. She likes The Donut Man and Veggie Tales. At nite I read her bible stories and pray with her.

Mandy - posted on 10/27/2008

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I think you have a great start. Kids learn by example and your sure setting a great one. With our boy's we do the same thing your doing. I home school so I am blessed to be able to apply God's word throughtout the day. My oldest son accepted the Lord when he was 51/2 and we were doing the same things you are.

Tammy - posted on 10/27/2008

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We have 3 kids 3 and under and our oldest started in Awanas at church this year. He is memorizing Bible verses left and right we talk about each one as he learns it. We also sing a lot of Bible songs and pray together. We read simple Bible stories to them. they ask a lot of questions and we talk about God at every opportunity.

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