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From the beginning, and even before then, I wanted to raise Squeaker to know Jesus, how to pray, what the Bible was… I want her to have a good Christian upbringing. And not just a good Christian upbringing, but a morally sound upbringing.
When I was still pregnant, I would read from the Bible to her or sing her traditional Christmas carols. Her due date was 12/23 though she decided to come earlier than that, so it was appropriate and fitting enough for me to sing Christmas carols.
I also enjoyed the message that they brought (Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Holy Night, etc.) and that I could tie in speaking about Jesus and what He did for us.
Now, as she’s growing, I’m keeping my eyes open for child friendly Bibles, Christian books, and toys. I realize, of course, that those aren’t a replacement for whatever I can get her involved in at home, but I also don’t want to lose sight of the value of supplementing.
So what exactly are we doing for Squeaker?
Well, one way is a continuation of what I was doing before- reading from the Bible. I’ve also looked into purchasing other child friendly Bibles to help this process.
Something else that I can do, is purchase books for her about Christian living or that have to do with aspects of Christian faith. But what’s really available for older babies and toddlers?
Squeaker loves sheep. So, something like Really Woolly would work really wonderfully for her. I can also tie this in with other areas of teaching her.
To that end, when she’s a little bit older, this puzzle will be perfect. Not only is it still Really Woolly, but it’s also one of the most important verses in the Bible.
And here’s another Really Woolly product that I’m sure will be a big hit with Squeaker.
These two look like something I’ll be purchasing in the very near future to add to Squeaker’s book library. And something that I hope to do a review on soon.
That’s just one way of raising a faith filled child- playing off of their existing interests and finding ways to tie that in with faith. I’m fortunate that Squeaker does like sheep, and that Really Woolly just so happens to be around. And, of course, there are numerous Bible verses about sheep.
Or, that we as Christians are like sheep who need Jesus, our Shepherd.
[Tweet “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. – John 10:11 KJV”]
But what else can I use to teach her? What other tools are available for raising a faith filled child at a young age?
Well, you can always try a devotional for children. Something like Jesus Calling: 365 Devotionals for Kids by Sarah Young.
And did you know that there’s a new product line out called God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner? You can read more about that at Dayspring.
And, of course, I couldn’t post this without mentioning Veggie Tales.
But what else is available? Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series: Bibles for Babies and Toddlers