We are a homeschooling family, and our six children range from age 13 down to 7 months. As fellow homeschooling moms know, sometimes keeping our preschool aged children occupied while actively teaching our older children can be a challenge. In my heart, I hope to not only occupy my younger children, but to actively train them in God’s truth while the big kids are studying. I hope that these tips will encourage you that younger children can learn about the Lord throughout the school day also.
1. In the morning hours after breakfast, we usually put a Christian DVD on for our littles during their free play time. I do understand that some families do not watch television, and for that I commend you! At this time however we utilize the TV while I’m explaining lessons to the older children. Right now my three year old son really enjoys the Auto B Good series, as well as The Pond. Both of these series can be picked up in your local Christian bookstore or online.
2. Shortly after open play time, I usually begin Bible lessons with the older children in the same room with my “babies”. They love to listen in, and pick up on more than you would think! As an example, yesterday we read a story from the book Missionary Stories with the Millers. In this story a young boy who became saved began calling himself dustpan, because he wanted God to use him to help clean the dirt out of other’s lives. This really struck a cord with my three year old, and for the rest of the morning he called himself “broom”, and his older brother, “dustpan”. In our laughter we used this as a springboard to discuss how the Lord desires that we clean our lives up for Him.
3. During character lesson time, we try to think of a fun activity to incorporate into the lesson for the littles. For example, while discussing how “My Pleasure” is a lovely way to answer when someone says “Thank You”, I asked my children to do silly things and when they complied I said, thank you. They in return said, my pleasure. By the end of the day if I said “Your Welcome” instead of “My Pleasure” I was corrected by my preschooler!
4.Our family loves the outdoors, either in the form of play time or nature walks. During this time outside, talk of God’s greatness with your little ones. This is a simple way to give God credit for this amazing world that we live in!
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
5. During quiet times and reading time for the older children I have discovered a lovely CD called, Scripture Lullabies, Hidden in My Heart. It is a beautiful CD, that speaks to my heart as much as to my children’s. I highly recommend it as background music during quiet periods in your day.
6. Part of our homeschooling day sometimes includes driving the older children to outside activities. During this time we have a Preschool Bible Song CD in rotation in our car. When we are not listening to this CD, we are currently rotating in Adventures in Odyssey, contemporary Christian music, and gospel bluegrass. I encourage them to sing along!
Praise ye the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.
7. This is a very simple way to give praise to God, but during the day in amongst saying “I love you”, I also say “I’m so glad that God chose me to be your mother”.
8. Finally at bedtime we read a short Bible story together. There are so many great choices at your local Christian bookstore and online, go take a look and pick what speaks most to your mother heart.
We in no way follow all of these tips every day, but I do try my hardest to point to the Lord in all we do. Hopefully you will be encouraged that for a very small investment of time and money you can teach your young children biblical truths while teaching your older children as well.