Teaching young children about God is one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job. Many of the young children enter school with very little exposure to the Bible and Bible stories. I find that children at an early age are very open and naturally receptive to learning about God.
In the 2-Day classes, every unit we study has a familiar Bible story that correlates with what we are learning about. Following the WDS Bible curriculum, we use many tools that help teach the children the basic truth and importance of God’s word. Reading simple stories and talking with your child about God is a good start to helping them understand His love for them. They enjoy listening to these stories often wanting to know more. They love to hear about Noah and the Big Boat, David defeating Goliath, Jesus was once a baby, and that Jesus can heal the sick and the blind. You can read these stories over and over again, each time finding something new to talk about. The children quickly learn about God’s amazing power, the love of Jesus, and how God loves and protects us.
Praying with your children is another important part of our day at WDS. Young children love to pray for their families and their pets. They often tell us when one or the other is sick. Children find comfort by sharing this with us and allowing us to pray for them. We also use the 5 Finger prayer in our classroom to start our day to pray for our families and those we love and who take care of us. Praying for and with your children can be one of the most powerful things you can do as a parent. Pray with them at anytime, making prayer a normal part of your day.
Children quickly learn that God is a part of their everyday life. Take time throughout your day to marvel at God’s wonders. Talking with your child about God can be as simple as sitting in your back yard looking at the trees blowing, a rainbow in the sky after a rainstorm, a bird’s nest in a tree, or a squirrel gathering acorns for food. Children were created by God to love Him, so they come openly willing to learn. This is such a sweet and fun time to spend with your child. I encourage you not to be intimidated by questions they may ask if you don’t know all the answers. You are beginning to lay the foundation of Christian development and teaching your children how to trust and rely on God for any and all circumstances. Jesus says it quite simple, “Let the little children come to me.” Matt: 19:14
Monica Madigan, WDS 2 Day Lead Teacher