Howdy from Texas! In our home, we’ve decided that we’re going to challenge ourselves to take what we’re learning in our personal devotion time and carry that over to our kiddos. We hope it will keep God’s Word in front of our children in a significant way, and become a part of our routine (as we continue our own adult reading plan). We’re attempting to create a mixture of experiences about each verse that we focus on, allowing our kids to get a solid grasp on the verse as we go about our day.
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I’ve been reading through the Chronological Bible in a Year Plan (on the YouVersion app). I find myself in Proverbs at the moment. Strangely enough, none of the children’s Bibles in our home have Proverbs in them– just stories from the Old and New Testament.
That said, I had to figure out how to help our littles understand and apply Proverbs to their lives.
The first verse that we chose was:
Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
To keep it front and center in our lives, we did these activities throughout the day:
- Talked About It: Right away we talked about the attributes of honey. Luckily our family loves honey (and are not allergic), so it is a positive affiliation for them. We talked about how it makes things taste more delicious – and is still good for our bodies.
- Asked Questions: “Knowing how sweet honey is to taste, what do you think it means for words to be ‘sweet to the soul’?” Our 6-year-old was excited to answer. If you have younger ones, they may require more prompting, as did our 4-year-old twins.
- Applied Tactile Learning: Having seen this rubber band trick the day before (which is actually meant for parenting), we decided to challenge everyone in the family to say 3 kind things to people they encountered throughout the day. Each time they said something kind, they could move the rubber band from one wrist to the other. For those with littles, I found that my 4 year olds weren’t quite ready for it. Maybe yours are!
- Talked About It Again: When I picked my 6-year-old up from school, he immediately noticed that all my rubber bands had been “moved over”. He asked me who I spoke kindly to and what I said. I got to ask him the same, as two of his rubber bands were moved over. This led to a great teaching moment, because he let me know that he moved one of his rubber bands over for telling the girl in front of him (nicely) that the line was moving. I gently shared that, while he may have said it nicely, the point of the exercise was more about building people up.
- Had a Sweet Treat: My marvelous husband is to thank for this – randomly that day he prepared himself a snack of walnuts coated in honey (this could be an allergic person’s worst nightmare!). Naturally, that snack made a perfect point of conversation – right back to honey + words!
- Ate More Food: No surprise here – but honey made its way back into another meal the next day. I prepared a sandwich with peanut butter and honey for my son with a quick sticky note in his lunch box, reminding him of our verse.
- Prayed About It: We prayed about it in the morning on the way to school, asking that God give us opportunities to be kind and, again that evening before bed, thanking God and asking for more chances again tomorrow.
*Parenting Lessons Learned*
- It’s okay if the littles don’t get every part. My goal is consistency and to find the best ways to bring God’s Word to life. Not every activity will be a win. The twins (4) didn’t get the rubber band exercise and that’s okay.
- The follow up conversation after these challenges are vital to the success of applying these truths!
I’d love to hear what you’ve tried when helping kiddos apply Proverbs to their life. Please share your resources and thoughts in the comment section!
*featured photo by Nick Perla