- A poster to hang up with the verse on it
- The verse set to a familiar tune
- Memorization cards, building the verse a bit at a time, to be put together into a mini book when it is memorized
- A 2nd poster with the verse, in rebus form, for those older tots beginning to learn to read themselves (or for older siblings)
- Mini cards with one word per card, for older tots and siblings to put the verse back together
Although we will be offering a new verse each frequently, many tots won't be ready for a new verse so quickly. We have created a new webpage for this feature, that will provide links to all verses and files to download, so you can easily come back and get a new one when your tot is ready.
Ages 18-24 MOS-Some tots will be ready to sing along with you at this stage, and depending on their vocabulary, may even begin to repeat verses back to you, in small chunks. Not many tots will be ready for this, so don't be surprised if your tot wants nothing to do with it yet. Just keep singing and memorizing yourself, in preparation for your tot to be ready to join you! Keep things FUN, and be ready to offer more to your tot as s/he progresses in development.
Ages 2-3 YRS- This is the year most tots will transition in more as their vocabulary grows and develops. The posters will be more useful, the songs will most likely become a together activity rather than you singing by yourself. The actual verbal memorization will most likely begin during this year. This is also the time to begin explaining God's words and the verses you are memorizing to your tots as they are ready. Don't overwhelm them, but explain the things to them that you feel are on their level.
Age3-4 YRS-This is the big year to really dive into this as a team with your tot! Most tots at age 3 will sing along with you if you are having fun! Most tots will be able to understand your explanations as you not only teach the verse for memory, but also teach it to their heart(what the verse means). Many tots will be able to begin to memorize the entire verses, and using the mini-books(memorization cards) will be beneficial as you teach the verses part by part.
Older Children: If your tot is very advanced or you are involving an older sibling, we will also be including the verse written 1 word per card to mix up and put back together, and also the verse in rebus form with graphics. I plan to include my 7 year old in on and know many families who don't just have tots around. It will be fun to have all siblings young and old learning and applying the same verses (not to mention Mom and maybe even Dad!)!
Always remember that these are just general thoughts and that ALL tots are different! Don't expect too much out of your tot just because someone else's tot is doing it. You know your precious little one the best, go with your heart and pray for God to guide you as you teach His Word to the child He has given to you.
Here are 2 great resources we are using along with this feature,
My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts
My First Read And Learn Favorite Bible Verses
Look for our first verse to be featured soon!!!