“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
If you haven’t already, you will see this Scripture quoted continually by us. It is truly our mission when it comes to parents and their children and all that we do related to kids on this blog. How can we find ways to be teaching a love for the Lord to our children when they… well, if you read the verse, literally every possible moment of their day? In no boast to me but simply out of the command of God, I am ever searching for ideas and products to help me engage my little children in Christ centered conversations. Sure, there are resources out there. But what I came to find out with my firstborn was that there were a lot of theologically wretched resources out there. I just could not stand for another photo of a smiling Adam, Eve and snake in the Garden together. Then the other thing is that with a three and one year old, it’s not always easy to get their attention and many resources are geared to much older children.
I feel like you and I both feel this line coming but here it goes… fear no more! I have found an excellent resource for our family and yours in Catechesis Books. They have several resources available but I specifically want to talk to you about their “First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer” by Danielle Hitchen with (beautiful) art by Jessica Blanchard. They are the founders of this company and Baby Believer which as they describe is “a series of board books dedicated to helping parents teach their children basic Christian theology.”
Theology? For babies? Sign me up! Those words are exciting to my core. This book is basic and simple enough for our little children yet the truths that it puts forth are grand and deep. From affirming Christ humanness AND divinity, to affirming the Trinity, to teaching about the fruits of the Spirit this little “basic” book is rich. My three-year-old is at an age where he is interested in learning educational basics like his numbers and we’re always working on that. But, I’ve always desired that education be about more than knowledge for our kids. Instead, I wanted them to see how all things relate to and point to God and His glory. I am far from a math whiz, but I have prayed that the learning of numbers would be a time for us to talk about how big God is. My hope is that it would teach our children that God is a God of order, that He is complex and deep to be able to create such grand concepts, and that we can learn so much about God by looking at numbers.
That idea started as just a nice thought pre-kids. But, the First Bible Basics book helps me know how to go about accomplishing that on a practical level with my kids each day. (Here at the Christian Home, we love and aim to mesh the practical with the spiritual if you haven’t noticed.) One of the ways we have been utilizing this book is during lunch time each day. In my effort to redeem our mealtimes for the purposes of making much of God with my children, I’ve been having my children eat lunch at the same time in the quiet instead of with a T.V. on in the background or taking bites amidst playing. This is a great time to minister to your kids while their bodies are still, their minds are calmer, and their little mouths cannot ramble too much. Therefore, I’ve been pulling this book out to read to them while they eat their lunch. Thankfully, it is so beautifully illustrated that in and of itself keeps their attention! Secondly, they find this activity fun and love talking about numbers and holding up our fingers to represent the number we’re on. They have no idea mom is trying to have deep spiritual conversation with them yet, that’s exactly what’s happening packaged in a way that they can connect to.
My prayer, and I believe that of Catechesis Books, is that this little Counting Primer would serve as a way to someday (if the Lord sees fit) bring salvation to my children as it builds a foundation of biblical truth for them. This book is a must have for any Christian parents library. That’s a bold statement for me, because I love good books and good theology and am hesitant to promote many books for that reason. But, I truly mean it as this book filled a needed space in my children’s library and my efforts to disciple them. This would be a wonderful gift for your children at Christmas that you can feel good about purchasing and them opening! And I think about those little babies, like my 1 year old, who don’t know any different about what is going on as this gives you a chance and excuse to make the purchase of this wonderful resource! Also, to make it even more perfect, Catechesis Books is offering a FREE download of their First Bible Basics coloring pages to our followers! This is typically $4.99 but if you add the coloring pages to your cart and enter the code CHRISTIANHOME you can get this great addition for, again let me emphasize it, FREE. You can shop this book here and shop here for the coloring pages!
Thankful for this resource and hope it blesses your home like it has mine! May God be glorified in your hearts and homes today.
The Christian Home