|Elijah & Evangeline after Sunday School today. (Today was the first day Eva rocked a whale spout.)|
|Don't throw away those handouts when you get home from church!|
2.) Talk about Sunday School: Ask your children what the Bible Story was about. We often talk about Sunday School over lunch as a family. What sorts of activities did they do in class? What did they pray about? What songs did they sing? If the handout includes questions take the time to talk with them to your child. This week Elijah learned about the story of Ananias & Saul.
3.) Copy the Memory Verse: I like to write the memory verse down in my planner and we try to review it while eating breakfast throughout the week. If your child is able to write you could have them copy the memory verse. It would be fun to have them make a poster for their door each week. There are also a number of games you could play to help your child commit the verse to memory. Making up a song is also very effective. This week the memory verse is 1 Peter 5:10.
4.) Read the Bible Story Together: Invest in a great children's Bible. Our personal favorite is The Jesus Storybook Bible . Review the lesson together. You could also read the Bible Story for next week's lesson. Some Sunday School handouts include verses to read to your children each week.
5.) Sing A Song: Do you know any children's songs that talk about the Bible Story or memory verse? Try to teach them to your children. If you are like me and have a hard time remembering then write it down on the refrigerator or in your planner.
6.) Story Tapes: There are a number of excellent story tapes and cds which have recordings of Bible Stories. We really enjoy the series called "The Treasure Chest". This week I will have Eli listen to The Treasure Chest tape on Saul on the Road to Damascus or just a recording of the Scriptures.
7.) Finish the Handouts: My son is not always the biggest fan of coloring or worksheets so he often comes home with his unfinished. I try to save them for him to work on later in the week while I am making dinner in the evening.
8.) Look For Additional Activities and Think Outside The Box: If I had a child who enjoyed coloring I would probably try to find more coloring pages for them to work on throughout the week. :) Sometimes we re-enact the story together. We have a set of quality Bible felts that we use on occasion to review the Bible Story. This week I do plan on re-enacting the story of Paul and Ananias with Elijah. We will be using a blindfold so that Eli can help visualize what it must have been like for Paul to loose his sight.
9.) There's An App For That: If you enjoy apps make sure to check and see if there is an app which corresponds to the curriculum your church is using. Most curriculum's have an interactive app where your children can play different games to reinforce the lesson.
|We pray that Eli will treasure God's Word.|
"Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119: 105
How do you reinforce what your children learn in Sunday School?