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					7 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers the Bible

By Alyssa Liljequist

Teaching children about God and His Word is the single most important part of a child’s
education, and instructing preschoolers about the Bible presents its own joys and
challenges. Preschoolers are naturally curious yet at the same time very energetic.

I would like to offer seven tips to help you in your journey of teaching your little ones the
Bible.

1. Keep it simple. The words and story line should be made as simple as possible while
remaining accurate. Teach the Bible in short chunks of time. Preschoolers don’t have the
same attention span as do you and your older kids.

2. Prioritize. Which stories and events in the Scriptures do you most desire your children to
know at a young age? It might be helpful to make a list. It will be a while before your
children read the entire Bible, so it’s good to identify the Bible knowledge that it’s most
important to cover.

3. Use visuals. Pictures spice things up. Flannel graphs are lots of fun; it’s as if you have a
stage with cast and settings at your fingertips.

Even your own hands can be used to make shapes and emphasize numbers. For instance,
with the story of Joshua and Jericho, the Israelites had to walk around the wall for six days
(hold up six fingers) and on the seventh day, they walked around seven times (hold seven
fingers up). Encourage the children to hold up their own fingers. This way they are learning
to count in addition to learning about the Bible. Visuals are not only incredibly helpful in
keeping kids’ attention, but they also help them remember the story.

4. Hands-on activities. Seize opportunities to engage their hands and their whole bodies.
Have them do easy crafts related to the story, or let them act out the story. Teach them the
motions to songs such as “Jesus Loves Me,” “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands,” and
“I’m In the Lord’s Army.”

For the story of Joshua, you and your children could build Jericho out of cardboard boxes
and march around it, blasting loudly on pretend (or real) trumpets. Then you can give a
loud shout—kids love noise—and knock down the boxes.

5. Inflection is vital. If you don’t sound excited, they won’t be. This is not the time to be too
serious or reserved. Emphasize important words by your tone, and don’t be afraid to repeat
significant phrases. Use different voices for different Bible characters. And again, remember
to be animated and sound excited. If you’re feeling grumpy or angry or frustrated, take a
break and/or have your own Quiet Time; it’s not the right time to get Bible “out of the way”
as if it were just another subject on a list. Bible time with kids should be a positive
experience.

6. Ask questions. To help stories sink in and stick, ask questions like these: “Who led the
Israelites into Jericho?” and “How many days did they walk around the wall?” Keep it light
and don’t become frustrated if they get answers completely “wrong.” They are learning.
Gently tell them the correct answers. You can repeat the questions to see if they
understand.
7. Finally, don’t underestimate your preschoolers. They absorb more than you know. Don’t
shy away from deep topics such as heaven and hell and life and death. They can—and
should—begin learning about these things at an age-appropriate level.

I hope you and your children have fun studying God’s Word together. Enjoy this time!

Alyssa Liljequist is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate of 2011. She enjoys helping with
the children in her church’s preschool ministry. She has a passion for reaching the
unreached with the Gospel. In addition to being a freelance writer, Alyssa is an aspiring
author and filmmaker. You can visit her blog, Life With A Mission, at
mylifewithamission.blogspot.com.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in
the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for
homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the
go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile
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