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“5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (De 6:5-9) “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Joh 17:3) “3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (Joh 15:3-7)
I truly believe that if I can connect my children to the Word of God, they will have eternal life. If I can connect them in a relationship of total dependence as the branch is to the vine, they will be Christians forever. If they learn to go to the Word in every situation for counsel, information, history, understanding of the future, comfort, hope, strength, guidance, wisdom, then their characters will be well-formed and as stable as the wise man's house that was built upon the Rock. And the sooner this can be established, the better. I searched through all the resources I could find for family worship and pre-school curriculum for help in this endeavour. I found many things that were helpful, but could see a great and pressing need for an audio/visual resource that would feed them the Bible directly, not watered down by human words and interpretations but straight It Is Written. Everyone that teaches the Bible to pre-school and kindergarten aged children, seem to think that children of this age cannot understand the Scriptures for themselves but need the story told or written out in their own words. I theorized that children could understand the Bible—yes, even the King James Version—especially if it were sufficiently illustrated with visual aids. I first tested my idea on my own pre-school-aged children by reading their story from the Bible but using whatever picture books and felts I could find to illustrate it. Sure enough, it kept their attention, and they understood. Not only that, they memorized not just their memory verse, but the whole entire story after hearing the same story once or twice a day for a week.
Knowing so many other mothers with the same goals and need for resources, I decided to see what could be done to make an audio/visual resource available. my friends at www.ChildrensMinistryPlace.com, have developed an awesome visual aid called “digital felts.” These can be easily assembled into slide and video programs to illustrate Bible stories. All that is needed, is the audio portion. We found that www.MyBibleFirst.org is producing good chronological Bible lessons for preschoolers. So following their outlines, I began compiling the script for the audio portion of our production. I
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endeavour to use as few of my own words as possible but to let the Bible writers tell the story so the children's minds are filled with It Is Written and thus develop a direct personal connection with the Word. Once a sufficient number of scripts are written out, we will be coordinating with “Uncle Steve” or another ministry that can do audio recordings of them. After that, Children's Ministry Place will compile the digital felt video, combine it with the audios, and make it available for purchase. If I did not have preschoolers to test the scripts on, I would not be able to write them. But then my children keep me so busy, it is taking many more months than I had hoped to get the scripts completed. I decided to make the scripts available on the internet at www.scribd.com/NewLifeMissionCanada, so that others would not have to wait until the whole project is done before they can use it. Also, I will appreciate feedback from other mothers and teachers of preschoolers as they test them on their children. Please send your feedback or questions to email@example.com.
The primary source I have chosen to use is the King James Version Bible. There are several reasons for this: 1) It is in the Public Domain so no charge for copyright use. 2) It is translated from the most reliable original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts available. 3) It is translated the most consistent so that when deeper study is done (such as word searches in English, Hebrew, or Greek), it is not hard to connect verses throughout the Bible which talk about the same subject. 4) Deeper study later will be much easier if one version is used consistently for memorization. 5) The conservative Christian audience that will be most interested in this resource primarily use the KJV and many would refuse to use it if another version were used. 6) Other Christians that use other versions generally are not offended by nor opposed to using resources that use the KJV. 7) There are too many other English versions to choose from. 8) I've tested it on my own preschoolers and they have no problem understanding the KJV, especially when they can “see” the words defined in the visual aids. Upon rare occasions I have used marginal readings, or quoted verses from another version when this would make the script more understandable. In each case I have carefully compared the text with the most reliable Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and scholarly materials to render the most accurate translation. In some cases I have also quoted from historical resources that I believe to be reliable to fill out the story when the Bible sources are very brief. When multiple Bible writers have told the same story in different ways, we have attempted to blend these together into one chronological story with footnote references for the text sources.
Until the digital felt slide shows are available to go along with these scripts, I am using picture illustrations from My Bible First, My Bible Friends by Etta B. Degering, and The Bible Story by Arthur S. Maxwell. Also felts from Little Folk Visuals can be used with feltboards.
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The Beginner Bible Story Series scripts are meant for ages 0-3 years. We have found our children to really show an interest in story time from the age of 6 months and upward. The attention span is much shorter of course. Therefore we try to keep the stories down to a page and read the same thing every day for a week, sometimes twice a day. The Beginner Bible Story Series follows the My Bible First outline with a few exceptions and repeats the same selection of 52 Bible stories each year for three years. Our Kindergarten Bible Story Series scripts are meant for ages 4-6 years. Depending on the rapidity of their mental development, sometime in this age group they become bored with the short beginner stories and hunger to hear something new every day. So we have stretched these stories out to 3-4 pages and even launched into some topical Bible studies. The Kindergarten Bible Story Series follows the My Bible First outline and goes through 52 different Bible stories each year for three years totalling 156 stories. At this young age, there are still some parts of the Bible that we do not feel it would be beneficial to discuss. Whenever we have chose to skip portions, we always use ellipses. These will be covered in later series for Primary, Junior, or Youth age groups.
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