Preparing the local

Ideally, the little ones should have a room of their own, which you can furnish and decorate to your liking. But this is not necessary.

You can install each week the small chairs, the carpet, the books, the rag doll for the 2 years and the Bible in a corner of the daycare before the children arrive. Biblical teaching will be done when all the children are there. The lesson will last 5 minutes the first few times, and will not exceed 20 minutes at the end of the year. After the lesson, the little ones will play as they are used to.

The important thing is that every Sunday, the child finds the same objects in the same place. The ritual is very safe for her.

The toddler and the Bible

If you want the little one to make the Word of God his only reference and like to read it when he is able, then show him the Bible, tell him that it is a wonderful book about Jesus. Let him touch the book carefully, caress it, and pronounce its name.

When you start telling the biblical story, keep the Bible open. The child will know that what you are saying really comes from this book. You will put it down as soon as you have the images to show.

In the classroom, the Bible will always be in the same place: either on a small table or prominently on a small low shelf. Choose a large Bible without images and take care of it so that the child understands how precious this Book is to you. Very early on, the toddler will want to own his own Bible.

Furniture

Small, brightly coloured plastic or wooden chairs.
A carpet where children will sit down to watch the albums.
For 2 years, a small chair and a small table on which you will lay the Bible of the class. A large rag doll will be installed on this little chair in front of the Bible. (See the manual “Chouquette discovers the Gospel”)
The toddler and the Bible

If you want the little one to make the Word of God his only reference and like to read it when he is able, then show him the Bible, tell him that it is a wonderful book about Jesus. Let him touch the book carefully, caress it, and pronounce its name.

When you start telling the biblical story, keep the Bible open. The child will know that what you are saying really comes from this book. You will put it down as soon as you have the images to show.

In the classroom, the Bible will always be in the same place: either on a small table or prominently on a small low shelf. Choose a large Bible without images and take care of it so that the child understands how precious this Book is to you. Very early on, the toddler will want to own his own Bible.

The equipment you’ll need

A little one learns through the eyes, hands, mouth, much more than through the ears. You will therefore have to prepare a lot of objects or drawings.
Collect images of children, plants and animals. Good imagiers can be found in any large area.
Note: The toddler likes clear images, without too much detail. To illustrate the lessons, one image per biblical story will suffice.

Warning: no DIY!!!
A 2-3 year old child is not yet able to handle glue and scissors. So, to avoid a feeling of failure, no manual labor.

What to blackmail?

Toddlers are very shy so you may well sing alone until the middle of the year. But don’t be discouraged, they remember what they hear and one day they will sing with you.

The vocabulary of a two-year-old is very small, and limited to the field of his daily life. So choose very simple songs with a regular rhythm that correspond to his experience. Limit yourself to one song per month, i.e. one per theme.

Sing slowly and don’t hesitate to stop a little after each musical sentence so that those who repeat the last word can catch up with you.

The song will have its place throughout the small program. Intersperse the song with listening activities. However, don’t make singing a hole-in-the-wall activity. Each song must be brought in such a way that the child knows why he sings and what that song means.

To teach a song, don’t listen to a cassette: toddlers can’t distinguish a recorded voice. Introduce singing yourself as an integral part of the lesson and repeat it many times.

How a session unfolded

The Bible

She must have a place of honor in the class. Start each session by showing it and repeating that everything we know about God, all the stories told, comes from the Bible.

The subject

An image, an object will attract the attention of children and make them want to listen to biblical history.

Biblical history

You will be facing your little students, sitting on a small chair to be at their level. The story is told by heart, Open Bible. It is put on when there is an image to show. The attention of the toddler is very short, the story lasts only two or three minutes, sometimes less.
When showing an image, stop talking while the children are watching it. When everyone has seen it, hide it to continue the story.

The app

In His Word, God speaks and awaits an answer from us. It is of great importance that the child learns early on to react to the Word of God.
By teaching the little one how God loves him, created everything for his happiness, and takes care of him, his answer to a God so full of love will be simply: thank you.

Finally,

By playing, manipulating objects, the 2-year-old will soak up the lesson.

With 3-year-olds, try as much as possible to have the children play the biblical stories. Take only the main facts so as not to make things difficult, and focus more on actions than on words: three-year-olds are still shy and language in some people is poorly developed.

Why attach so much importance to stage play? The little child learns by imitating others. It is also by playing a biblical story that the young child really understands it. It is then that he makes it his own, that he appropriates it.

At 3 years old, the child can also color the image of the lesson in a model and little detail: an image too large and too complex would discourage him quickly!