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Number of Pages: 26
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 8.00 (inches)
Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their heart with Gods Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.
The entire Lords Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access code).
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Teaching Kids to Pray
by Catherine DeVries
When it comes to teaching our kids or grandkids how to pray, we might not always know where to start, or even feel comfortable doing this ourselves. What do we say? Do we close our eyes and fold our hands? Or do we just have a conversation in the midst of our day? Do we pray with other people or by ourselves? Well, I believe the answer is "yes" to all.
God invites us to talk with him through prayer. I don't think He is as concerned about the various customs and methods surrounding prayer as much as us sharing with Him what's going on it our lives. He wants a relationship with us, no matter what our age. And that is so important to express to children early on in their faith development.
So now that we know prayer is important, where do we start? Jesus himself gave us a great model to follow in the Bible with the Lord's Prayer. We can put our hesitations aside with Jesus guiding us through. The beautiful thing about the Lord's Prayer is that it is simple but also profound. It is structured in such a way to teach us to first honor the Lord, to thank Him for who He is. Then once we have acknowledged that, we bring our requests to the Lord-providing for our needs, and helping us steer clear from temptation. With thankful hearts, we once again honor the Lord by remembering that He is all-powerful and that we want to follow Him in all we do. As we learn the Lord's Prayer, we also learn how to pray... how to put God first, before our requests, and also remembering that God provides for all of our needs.
We know that young children are rather literal (concrete thinkers), and they feel successful when they achieve specific goals. With the Lord's Prayer, they have something very specific to follow and get to repeat it over and over again. This repetition really helps them commit what they've learned to memory.
The Lord's Prayer is often said around the dinner table, allowing parents and grandparents with a natural way to invite children to participate in this tradition at home. Many churches still say the Lord's Prayer together during the service-maybe not every week but at least a few times during the year, so by knowing the Lord's Prayer, children are also invited to participate in community worship as well.
What has worked best in my family of five is weaving prayer into our daily routines. We try to have meals together as much as possible. Before we eat, we take turns praying. One person prays for us all on that day, and on Sundays, we always pray the Lord's Prayer together as a family. My husband and I have also encouraged our children to pray at night before bed. We started with "Now I lay me, down to sleep," but then added on blessings to our friends and family members. When the kids were old enough, we invited them to simply talk to the Lord about the day. We also have a tradition of praying in the car before leaving on a big trip. We ask for the Lord's presence with us and that He will give us safe travels and protection. One other thing we do is pray whenever we see an ambulance or life alert helicopter. We live near a hospital, so this is a regular occurrence as we drive around town doing errands. I love how my kids initiate it now when they see these visual reminders to pray for others.
I have learned so much about faith through the eyes of my children, as well as other children. Jesus talks about how strong the faith of a child is and that we all should seek that depth of faith (Isaiah 11:6; Matthew 19:4). I know in my heart that God hears every prayer. It is up to Him how He chooses to respond to prayers. He might not answer in the way we expect Him to, but we can rest in knowing that He knows our heart and He hears us and is with us every step of the way through life's journey. He wants what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and we can trust in that.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Emma Introduces Two of Her Special Friends to Two New FriendsOctober 30, 2015richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Four year old Emma enters into a dialog with her preschool friends in this wonderful board book, written by Catherine DeVries and illustrated by Ryan Jackson. Emmas innocence and openness allows her to freely talk about prayer, her friend Jesus with a sense of childhood awe and genuine love.
Lets Learn About the Lords Prayer will be enjoyed by toddlers through early readers and their parents and grandparents as they delight in the bonding experience of learning about Emmas friend Jesus through words, pictures, and music. Ryans illustrations enhance Catherines story line and become unexpected openers for those impromptu teaching moments.
Every church school preschool class should add Lets Learn About the Lords Prayer to bookshelves and on their suggested list of books for family reading at home.
Catherine DeVries is an award winning author, an associate editor of childrens resources at David C. Cook, and has written over 20 books.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
LeAnne5 Stars Out Of 5A GREAT, BIBLICALLY SOLID & WONDERFUL BOOK THAT TEACHES LITTLE ONES THE LORD'S PRAYER!September 22, 2015LeAnneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book is written in a great way--it tells the story of Emma, a little girl who is getting ready to eat her lunch. The reader (my 3 year old, Charlie) gets to interact with Emma as she asks him some questions. Then, as she gets ready to eat, she tells Charlie her mom has been teaching her The Lord's Prayer. So, Emma explains The Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase in a way Charlie can understand. It's also great for older children--and even adults--as it helps us better grasp how to truly teach The Lord's Prayer to the children around us. You also have the opportunity to download a song that helps your child learn The Lord's Prayer. We will read the book more than listening to the song, as the song is too slow-paced to keep my toddler's attention.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
RuthSophia4 Stars Out Of 5Age appropriateJune 17, 2015RuthSophiaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is age appropriate in it's simplicity and explanation. I didn't like that it took a little while to get to the prayer, and sometimes Emma's communication with the reader was distracting (when she asks the reader a question and gives a response to your answer). That could've been left out. The illustrations are also not my favorite. They are just a little ... odd.
In teaching very young children about the Lord's Prayer, though, this book does a good job. 3.5 stars
I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.
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