Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bible Verses for Toddlers

It has been a joy to teach Addison Scripture from a very young age.  I love how conversations and applications regarding memorized Bible verses flows throughout each day.  God's word is brought to life! 

Here is a short list of verses that are appropriate for toddlers (I will add to it as we learn more!)...

Matthew 22:37 - "Love the Lord...with all your heart."
1 John 4:8 - "God is love."
Ephesians 6:1 - "Children obey your parents."
Proverbs 17:17 - "A friend loves at all times."
Psalm 19:1 - "The heavens declare the glory of God."
Psalm 56:3 - "When I am afraid, I will trust in you."
Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Ephesians 4:32 - "Be kind and loving to each other."
1 Thessalonians 2:13 - "Give thanks to God."
Psalm 85:8 - "I will listen to what God says."
Romans 8:39 - "Nothing can separate us from God's love."
Philippians 4:19 - "My God will meet all your needs."
Judges 6:12 - "The Lord is with you."
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - "Pray without ceasing [stopping]."
Acts 16:31 - "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

I want these verses to be written on her heart so they are never forgotten.  The Bible is living, active, and a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  Knowing these truths will be invaluable as she grows up.  Here's a simple activity we have been doing to promote long-term memory of these verses (this is after we've spent a few days memorizing the verse)- I have written each verse on a separate index card.  Each night she picks an index card.  I read it and she repeats the verse.  We practice several times.  Once she tells me the verse by herself, she chooses a small star sticker and places it on the index card.  She loves being able to place a sticker on the card and I love the excitement she has about learning her verses (even if stickers are involved!).  :)  We talk about the verse throughout the next day and make real-life applications. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Three Years Old: A Ladybug Picnic Party

This is the first year that Miss A was old enough to choose the theme of her birthday party.  Her choice...A Ladybug Picnic!  We brought in our little picnic tables in from outside and had a great indoor picnic in January!

Here are a few pictures of her special day.  THREE years old!  

I found the iron-on ladybug at Hobby Lobby.  Her talented Aunt made the adorable ladybug tutu and her boots are from Carters.

These baskets came from the Dollar Tree.  Very cute and they made a great place to put the party favors!