A few months ago, my three year old went through a stage of not wanting to do Bible time every morning. Bible time had been part of our routine for a while, but Gresham started saying things like, “I am tired of doing Bible time EVERY DAY!” and “I don’t like God!” When asked why, he responded with, “He goes in our room and takes apart our toys!”
These are the kinds of things that really make you feel like you’re succeeding as a parent…
I had been thinking for a while of trying to make our Bible time more hands-on, especially for the sake of Gresham, who doesn’t understand a lot of what Aidan is able to comprehend at this point. I decided to roll out the “Christian Soldiers Club.” I bought them club notebooks to write verses and prayer requests in, and taught them to sing, “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.” They love to sing hymns. When we get out of survival mode (because of our new puppy and reflux baby), I want to expand our club to include service projects. We can take holiday treats to neighbors. I am a violin teacher and have taught Aidan to play violin – we can play hymns or Christmas tunes for shut-ins from our church. I want us to make it a priority during our school day to learn together and serve together.
Anyway, the first thing that we studied was the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-17
Here’s what we did: (Not all on one day – this took a couple weeks)
- We memorized Ephesians 6:10-17. We made up actions to help us remember the words.
- We traced Gresham’s body and made a life-size Christian soldier. This really helped Gresham remember what we were learning. I asked him about it the other day, and he still remembers the pieces of the armor and what they stand for.
- We studied what the pieces of armor mean. All of my content came from the notes on Ephesians 6:10-17 in the John MacArthur Study Bible (NASB).
This wasn’t a magic fix for Gresham – most mornings we read out of the Catherine Vos Story Bible (this is an excellent resource!) or work on memory verses that I have chosen, and he thinks that the Christian Soldiers Club looks a lot like regular Bible time, but I’m planning to fit in some more hands-on ways to learn wherever we can.
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