DIG Discussion Guide for 6/28

Moments in the Toddler Room:

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Preschool-The Sower, Matthew 13:3-8

In preschool, we will spend July on parables.  We talk about how parables are like presents.  “They have already been given to us…And sometimes parables seem to have lids on them.  But when you lift the lid of a parable there is something very precious inside” (Young Children and Worship, pg 156).  In them we learn about the beauty of the Kingdom of God.

*I wonder how the seeds felt that fell on the path?

*I wonder how the seed felt about the birds?

*I wonder how the seeds felt that felt among the rocks?

*I wonder how the seeds felt that fell in good soil?

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Summer reading: Christian picture books and devotionals

Happy Summer!  With school finally complete and days of beach and sand here, it’s time for some new books to share with our kids!  Here’s list of some new or new to me picture books and resources for our children.

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Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith

A sweet story of slightly imperfect and loveable bunny that displays our uniqueness in Christ.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/audrey-bunny-angie-smith/1114710524?ean=9781433680458

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God made light by Matthew Paul Turner

Lyrical and cheery book about how God created light and His light is in us.

http://godmadelight.com/

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Everything a child should know about God by Kenneth Taylor

A very helpful book that distills doctrine for toddlers with inviting illustrations.

http://www.christianbook.com/everything-child-should-know-about-god/kenneth-taylor/9781909611627/pd/611627?dv=c&en=google-pla&event=SHOP&kw=childrens-books-0-20&p=1179710&gclid=CjwKEAjw5J6sBRDp3ty_17KZyWsSJABgp-OaY-5xT5dYUM2SKbkcvml51lfOK9vHzaSiYZFBgZwX6xoCyzLw_wcB

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Big Red Tractor and the little village by Francis Chan

Really engaging parable to introduce children to the concept of how the Bible and God working in us teaches us how to love others.

http://www.christianbook.com/red-tractor-and-the-little-village/francis-chan/9780781404198/pd/404191?event=CF

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Jonah’s whale by Eileen Spinelli

A fresh retelling of the Jonah story from the whale’s perspective.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jonahs-whale-eileen-spinelli/1104925078?ean=9780802853820

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Moses by Brian Wildsmith

An English children’s author who wrote in the eighties and nineties who I can’t say enough great things about!  I featured his Easter book and he has a bunch of other bible story picture books including Joseph and Exodus that are simply stunning!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moses-brian-wildsmith/1008813283?ean=9780192727336

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Hymns for a kids heart by Bobbi Wulgamoth

A series of books introducing kids to hymns and the stories behind them.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hymns-for-a-kids-heart-bobbie-wolgemuth/1100221457?ean=9781581345056

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For such a time as this: stories of women of the bible, retold for girls by Angie Smith

Empowering for girls and beautifully told, appropriate for elementary and up.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-such-a-time-as-this-angie-smith/1118736569?ean=9781433680465

DIG Discussion Guide for 6/21

Scenes from the Infant and Preschool Rooms, 6/21

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In preschool, we will spend July on parables.  We talk about how parables are like presents.  “They have already been given to us…And sometimes parables seem to have lids on them.  But when you lift the lid of a parable there is something very precious inside” (Young Children and Worship, pg 156).  In them we learn about the beauty of the Kingdom of God.

*I wonder what the Great Pearl could really be?

*I wonder how this person could ever give away the Great Pearl?

*I wonder what could be so great that the merchant would exchange everything he had for the Great Pearl?

Tiny Bear’s Bible: A great book for our littlest ones

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Sometimes it can feel hard to find books for infants and toddlers that really clearly and eloquently tell bible stories in ways that their little minds can hear and absorb.  I’ve used Tiny Bear’s Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones with both of my children starting in infancy and it is a gem.  The author uses rhyming prose to tell a dozen bible stories succinctly and lyrically, without distilling the central truths about God the stories convey.

You can find it here (it comes in pink and blue addition): http://www.christianbook.com/bears-bible-board-book-faux-pink/sally-lloyd-jones/9780310728795/pd/728790?dv=c&en=google-pla&event=SHOP&kw=homeschool-0-20&p=1179710&gclid=CjwKEAjwtYSsBRCDx6rM1v_uqmsSJAAZgf2qdb_gN01tAIY6vAk7zHXT3b0z0b3yFEUkB9wIABjGwhoCIkHw_wcB

Also here is an excellent post by the author, Sally Lloyd Jones who details her intentions in writing Tiny Bear’s Bible and our responsibility as parents to tell our kids the truth even at a young age and even when it feels weighty and scary.  Really thought-provoking, a must read.

Find Sally Lloyd Jones post, “When you’ve got to figure out how to get your family through the storms” here: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/06/when-youve-got-to-figure-out-how-to-get-you-and-your-family-through-storms/

DIG Discussion Guide for 6/14

Scenes from the Infants and Preschool Rooms, 6/14

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Preschool-The Mustard Seed, Matthew 13:31-32

In preschool, we will spend July on parables.  We talk about how parables are like presents.  “They have already been given to us…And sometimes parables seem to have lids on them.  But when you lift the lid of a parable there is something very precious inside” (Young Children and Worship, pg 156).

*I wonder how the birds feel about this tree?

*I wonder where the birds were coming from?

*I wonder what this tree might really be?

DIG Discussion Guide for 6/7

A few reminders:

*We have begun our summer DIG schedule with infant, toddler, and preschool classes only through September 6th.

*We will take a break from monthly memory verses through September.  Summer is a great time to review the verses from the year!

Scenes from the Toddler Room, 6/7

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*I wonder what it was like to receive the Holy Spirit for the first time?

*I wonder why Simon thought he could buy the power of the Holy Spirit?

*I wonder what it was like to see the miracles and hear the gospel Phillip and John preached?