Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meet Beth :: Our Pretty Little Girls

Hello! I'm Beth and I blog over at Our Pretty Little Girls. I am a wife to Russ, mom of two girls (Marissa 6 and Emily 3) and proud homeschooling parent. I love running (crazy I know), all things domestic, DIY projects and being outside.

I am so excited to be guest posting on Wife Mommy Me today. This is such an exciting time for Stephanie and her family. When she asked for guest bloggers I jumped at the chance. The opportunity to help out a friend and share with her readers was just too good to pass up.

Recently Stephanie started a toddler Bible study series. Words can not express how excited I am about these posts. Teaching our children Gods word is of the utmost importance in our home. We are firm believers in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. For our family this has happened in several ways over the years, but today I want to talk to you about catechisms.
First let's start with what a catechism is. In short, a catechism is a summary of Christian principles in the form of questions and answers.

Why use catechisms? It is an easy way to start instilling Gospel truth into our children from a very early age.

What catechisms are not. In our family reciting catechisms will not become of  the girls' "tricks". Sure we think it is super awesome that Marissa knows over 50 but we made a decision a when we started to not purposefully draw attention to or reward her for learning them. This is strictly a preference that our family has made. However, if she wants to share with someone on her own we would be beyond proud.

I'm interested, where do I start? Start at the beginning, start simple.

Exactly where you start and how in depth your questions are will obviously be dependent on your child's age. Here is a great list to start with that you can simplify if needed and add to as they learn.

Who made you? God made me.
What else did God make? God made everything.
Who is God's son? Jesus.
Why did God make you and everything else? For His glory.
What is God? God is a Spirit.
Where is God? God is everywhere.
Can you see God? No, but he can always see me.
Where do you learn how to love and obey God? In the Bible alone.
Are there more Gods than one? No, there is only one God.
How many persons is this one true God? Three persons.
Who are they? Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Does God know everything? Yes, nothing can be hidden from God.
Can God do all things? Yes, God can do all His holy will.

Beginning catechisms in our home started out as something that sounded like a good idea when the kids were very young. That fun quickly turned into an excellent tool to lay a good foundation. Over the past year it has became a way that I can easily share and teach the Gospel message to our oldest. We even found Bible curriculum to use in our home school that is catechism based. The foundation of who God is was laid at a very early age and now we are working on questions about sin and our need for salvation. 

It is never to early to start laying strong foundations to build on as our children grow. Thank you so much Stephanie for the opportunity to share with your readers today.

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23 comments:

  1. Hi Beth! I love your blog. Stephanie, I really think this is awesome your doing this!

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    1. Hello Christine! Thanks for reading my post and saying hello :).

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  2. Love Beth!! What a cool way to teach something that can at times, be difficult to explain. Thanks for sharing, Beth!

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    1. Love you!

      Not gonna lie it can still be pretty difficult to explain some stuff to her. But that doesn't mean we should avoid it or ignore it. Even though that may be the easier way to go sometimes lol.

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  3. I love these. They are so simple yet powerful!

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  4. I love posts like this that provide easy ways to open the dialogue about religion with kids. I always wonder whether my kids are too little to start thinking about things like this, but I guess it's never too early to lay the foundation. Great ideas!

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    1. I used to wonder that to but I have defnitely learned It is NEVER to early. Thank you so much for reading.

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  5. Hi Beth! This is such a great activity to get your kids involved in learning about religion!

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    1. Hello Alexis! Thank you! I have seen such awesome fruit come from this. So thankful for a chance to share it with others.

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  6. The catechisms are wonderful! I need to start these back up with Abigail. Great post!

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    1. Thanks friend. A little something to add to your Spena School :).

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  7. I love Beth! This is such a great list - perfect for young kids. I will definitely have to refer back to it when I have little ones! Thanks for sharing this awesome lady & her blog, Stephanie!

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  8. I love doing catechisms with my little ones. Such a great way to teach truth! :)
    Sarah
    www.sarahefrazer.com

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    1. Isn't it! One of the best and most useful tools that we have found in our home.

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  9. I LOVE Beth, and this is great! We read a children's Bible verse (or two) every night, but this is such a great way to add to that.

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    1. Love you! It is so great and so simple. I love hearing words of truth proclaimed from little mouths.

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  10. I am SO excited to read about the toddler bible studies!!! ♥♥♥ I am always looking for ideas to teach my little about God as she grows! Thank You for sharing!!!

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  11. starting young seems like the best time to start.

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    1. It really is the best time to start. I absolutely love hearing words of truth proclaimed from my kids. It makes my heart happy.

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  12. Great list! We just had a big talk about god with our kids the other night after our neighbors dog passed away. We have been talking about it forever with my 8 year old and she could probably answer all the above questions, but my 4 year old not so much. It made me realize we need to get a little better about explaining to him. These catechisms would be a great start! Thanks for sharing!

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