Teaching  Babies the Bible

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

What does it mean to "Train up a child"?

Websters definition: 3. to subject to certain action, exercises, etc. in order to bring to a desired condition (a surgeon's hand trained to be steady) 4. to guide or control the mental, moral, etc. development of; bring up; rear 5. to instruct so as to make so as to make proficient or qualified...

When should we start training our children?

Many Early Childhood experts have discovered and proven that the fastest learning period in a child's life is between birth and 2 1/2 years old (see Glen Doman's website as well as the other links on the Other Resources page. So doesn't it seem logical that if this is the fastest learning period in their life that we should be doing something to train our children during this period? Let's get over the mindset that children can't learn to read until they are five or six. Their ability to learn is slowing down at that point if you have not been stimulating the child to use their brain.

What do we do?

On the Other Resources page there are links that give you many ideas on how to train your baby (or child) to read. I know training doesn't just mean reading, but learning to read is a bridge to a lot of other training. We learn through words. A child has a hard time in school if they cannot read. I know it's a whole new way of thinking to believe that your baby can learn to read even before he/she talks. When they learn before they talk, they become much faster readers because they are not vocalizing the words. Because we are created to learn, a child who begins learning to read at a very early age becomes a very happy child. They are not frustrated by lack of learning. Also go to the Products page for learning materials.

How do we do it?

When babies are born, they have to develop their ability to hear, understand, and see. In the beginning a baby only sees about 8" or 10" in front of their face so when you show them an object you need to be close to them. When you talk to them, look into their eyes at a close range. Smile at them, do various exercises with your tongue that they can see and try to imitate. This will strengthen their tongue and ability to speak. When they make sounds, repeat the sounds back and be excited about the sounds. As they get a month or two older begin showing them objects saying what they are so they associate the object with the word you are saying. Then write the word 3" high with colored magic markers on big flash cards with a picture of the object and say the word when you show them the word. Don't get discouraged. The first 50 words have to be repeated many times but after that it comes faster.

It's not just flash cards, every way that you interact with your child will
strengthen the child's brain connections. Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. authors of BABY MINDS Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love has lots of wonderful idea. One of them is to tie a soft ribbon to your baby's foot and the other end to a mobile overhead with a bell. The baby will learn that kicking his/her foot makes the bell ring. This is called problem solving--a very useful tool to foster in a baby.

How much time do I spend?

Every interaction you have with your child is teaching him/her something. Some mothers spend five minutes a day using flash cards. Some spend much more time with various learning activies. Don't be on a guilt trip if you cannot spend a lot of time. Do what you can. Every little bit will pay off. Remember to talk to your child when you are doing things. Explain everything to them. This increases their hearing and their understanding. Talk intelligently to your baby and they will learn to understand what you are saying. Tell the baby what you are doing when you are changing the diaper. Tell him/her what kind of food you are feeding him/her. The more you talk to your baby, the more they learn. Some mothers start reading to their baby in the womb. What your baby listens to from the womb will stick with them after they are born. It's not JUST reading. It's exposure to all kinds of learning experiences. Babies are learning through all five senses, but reading and speaking give expression.



Pray for your baby and with your baby.
Teach them how to pray.

"Babies are born genius's and we spend six years 'de-geniusing' them instead of teaching them" "Learning to read is a brain builder" Glen Doman .

A one year old learns twice as fast as a three year old ...Early readers enjoy school, have larger vocabularies, have increased learning skills, more self-confidence...

Training your child from babyhood will give him/her a solid foundation before others have a chance to indoctrinate..

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