We are truly enjoying the Experience God add on in addition to the regular Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum. Each month, we focus on one Bible story, several memory verses, four crafts, and numerous short activities that truly help preschoolers understand basic Christian truths. The stories are read from story cards and have some paraphrasing to aid understanding. However, if this was bothersome to a parent, one could always read the full story directly from the Bible. This month, we are learning ‘God asks me to follow his path,’ we are reading about the little children and Jesus from Luke 18:15-17, and our memory verse is John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life! No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The teacher guide clearly outlines how to make the program a 10 minute daily devotion or 60 minute weekly Sunday school program. Admittedly, each month, I fully intend to use the Experience God add on from Mother Goose Time as a daily devotional. However, it never quite works out that way. Instead, we tend to complete the week’s activities over 3-4 days. My kids are able to complete the lessons a little more independently than the rest of the Mother Goose Time program. I often use them on nights my husband works late and I need to occupy the kids while I actually try to accomplish something! Some of the activities are geared toward a bigger group but there are always some standout favorites that my kids want to do over and over.
This month, the clear favorite was an activity from the very first day. After the discussion question “where is Jesus?”, we played a game called “Go to Jesus.” We each took turns hiding the memory verse poster and then called “go to Jesus” (or “find Jesus”) for the others to start their hunt. We discussed how sometimes Jesus can feel far away and turning to God’s word can help us have a clearer relationship with him. It was a great tie in to the importance of memorizing scripture, the importance of helping others find Jesus, and building our reliance on Jesus as a family and Christians. Then I was able to weave into our discussion how we can never hide from Jesus and introduce three characteristics of God–omniscience, omnipresent, and omnipotent. I can’t imagine simply sitting down and trying to appropriately describe each of these topics to my three year olds, yet so much ground was covered with one little game that the children loved to play over and over again!
True to the entire Mother Goose Time curriculum, the Experience God add on is more than just spiritual truths. It incorporates large and fine motor skills, facilitates social and emotional development, and provides traditional academic experiences.
If you are looking for a fun, yet effective way to promote your child’s spiritual growth, order Mother Goose Time’s Experience God–there is no better time than the Christmas season to start!