Friday, April 20, 2012

Easy Pea-sy...

I recently discovered a great gum soother for teething little ones, frozen peas.  I am sure that I am not the first to discover this, but it works like a charm.  Magdalene really liked just chewing on them.
 They soothe their gums because they are cold (but they don't cut them as most frozen things do).  They are small enough that they aren't a chocking hazard as long as they are eating semi-solid foods and it helps develop fine-motor skills because picking up little tiny balls can be quite difficult. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hidden In Their Heart...

This evening as I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner, Judah came in and asked I would turn on his music for him.  I watched him dance around to the faster song and then a slower song came on I could hear him singing along.  Listening to him sing melted my heart.  It wasn't so much that he was singing, but the words that his little mouth was trying to sing: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart...".

I know that his singing it doesn't mean that he believes it, but I do know that he is getting filled with Scripture and that the seeds of faith are being planted in his little heart.

Since Judah was born God has really laid it on my heart the importance of teaching our children about Him from newborn on up.  They are like little sponges that soak up EVERYTHING.  Every moment is a teachable moment.

I have always struggled with memorizing Scripture; but the verses I learned growing up through music and reciting are still in my head 20+ years later.

There are some great resources out there to aid in teaching your kiddos Scripture and Bible stories.

Most recently, we added Steve Green's Hide 'Em In Your Heart to Judah's playlist.  It is current favorite and he will come and ask for it by humming the first song.  There are two volumes to the Hide 'Em In Your Heart series.

It takes a verse, gives a little synopsis of what it means, reads it word for word with the reference and then there is a fun little song. 

Another GREAT music source for children is the Donut Man.  He has music and some videos too.  I grew up watching the Donut Man and look forward to sharing the videos with Judah and Magdalene in years to come.  For now, we have been listening to some of his music.

We have the King of Kings album, which has some great little praise songs on it that encourage action for little ones. 

We have Volume 1 Bible Songs and Wonderfully Made.

I highly recommend any of them.
I also ran across some Scripture memory cards and made some up for us.  I printed them on card stock, laminated them, and then put them on a ring to keep them together.  As part of our lunch time, we read the verse for the week and talk about it.  The first week we did Joshua 24:15 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.) and it was so neat to see how quickly Judah caught on.