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Let's Learn about The Lord's Prayer (HeartSmart Series) Board book – September 1, 2015
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Let's Learn About The Lord's Prayer is part of a new series called HeartSmart Series .
HeartSmart is a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their hearts with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith. In the first book, Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer, just launched this fall, the entire Lord’s prayer is included along with a song.
The book, while very sweet, has a very important lesson in it. It teaches kids The Lord's Prayer. That part is a given, however, it also teaches kids about the facts that everything we have in the world is God's. Everything we do is for God's glory.
God is everything. God is Big, God is all Powerful.
Our Father, Who Are In Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
They kingdom come, Thy will be done.
on earth as it is in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom,
the power, and the glory forever.
Isn't that beautiful? To think we can teach that to our children, just as early as they can talk.
I feel like these stories are going to be an incredible way to add scripture to early childhood teaching. Whether it is in church or at home.
You can buy the book here http://heartsmart.davidccook.com/Let's Learn about The Lord's Prayer (HeartSmart Series)
The book begins with a child named Emma calling you in for a playdate. You visit her room, you meet her teddy bear, you eat lunch, and then, finally, you learn about the Lord’s Prayer. Emma then takes you line by line through the prayer, explaining it as it goes. You then retreat to Emma’s room to teach the prayer to her teddy bear.
I felt like the book was a little slow to start. It’s not until halfway through the book that the Lord’s Prayer is actually introduced. The purpose, I’m sure was to build the context for the prayer and to insert Emma as a Dora-the-Explorer-esque interactive character. Emma talks directly to the reader/listener and asks questions. This is all well and good, but, in my humble opinion, could have been condensed some.
I do very much appreciate that the prayer is broken down line by line with an explanation of each concept. The goal of Scripture memorization should never be rote recitation but active understanding of the text. I wish that it would have gone further with this, taking time to explain the “big words” of the prayer. What does “hallowed” mean? Or a “debtor”? Or “temptation”? Be sure to your child understands what he or she is saying. That’s much more important than getting the exact words right.
The book (and presumably the series) utilizes the English Standard Version (ESV), which is an “essentially literal” translation of Scripture. The ESV, on average, reads at an 8th grade level, which is why you see some of the “big” words in the prayer. For those unfamiliar (or take issue with) the ESV, the Lord’s Prayer is essentially the same in the more popular NIV. The only difference is the use of “this day” instead of “today” and “deliver us from evil” instead of “deliver us from the evil one.”
Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer also chose to include the addendum “For yours is the Kingdom, the power…etc.” This closing phrase has been removed from more recent translations (including the ESV and NIV) because it is not found in the earliest Greek manuscripts. Of course, this does not make the book unscriptural or wrong by including the phrase. I only make note of it in case you, as a parent, are following along in your own Bible—that phrase is not likely to be there.
Overall, I get excited about teaching kids the Bible and I get excited about kids reading books and I get excited about Scripture. That makes me triply excited about this book. The key to memorization is repetition, repetition, repetition. Use this book as a launching pad to develop a system of teaching memory verses to your children. Train them up in the way they should go and, when they get old, it will not depart from them!
I immediately adored the illustrations and could see why Ryan Jackson is quickly growing in popularity. They just have that classic feel from hen I was young but still appeal to kids now and today.
The second thing that jumped out at me was the amount of questions that were asked. I almost auto pilot read them without noticing until my six year old daughter answered the first question outloud. Then I noticed how many questions there were which are great for reading, especially if you want to know your child is paying attention and processing. When my free spirited daughter that tends to daydream and space out a lot answered questions, I knew this was a good thing.
I think it also helped that the star of the book was a little girl named Emma who talks about a playdate. A playdate is Paige's favorite thing of all time, being the social girl that she is so it's something she immediately connected with.
We learn a little bit about Emma and she wants to learn a little bit about you! Then she gets to the heart of the matter: The Lord's Prayer.
Emma explains a little bit about it and then proceeds to teach it. She continues to explain each line after she states it. This is a great help to parents everywhere! My children always ask these types of questions so they are answered here right up front!
As I read this to my kids the first time I realized they are really never too young to learn it and I should have taught it to them a long time ago. Well, problem solved and mission accomplished. The book concludes with going through The Lord's Prayer one more time, uninterrupted.
We all enjoyed Let's Learn about the Lord's Prayer from the littlest to the oldest in my house. Even the one year old could enjoy the experience because it was a board book with nice thick pages he was allowed to turn.
I am really looking forward to seeing what's next in the HeartSmart series; designed to teach preschoolers to teach little ones God's word.
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