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Our Family Catechism Practice

17 Sep

I posted this as a comment to Tim Challies blog today: The Most Perfect Human Compendium of Christian Truth

I thought some others might find this helpful.

I don’t post this as some legalistic form that everyone should follow. It is something we have been doing and enjoying as a family. If others find it valuable and helpful – fantastic.

I have a six year old, 4 ½ year old and a nearly 3 year old.

We are nearly finished with Unit 1 of Small Talks on Big Questions by Selah Helms and Susan Thompson.

We go through one lesson a week. Each lesson has three to five questions (all from the Baptist Catechism) with one story from Scripture to illustrate each set of questions and one story from church history to illustrate each set of questions.

Each of the stories contains Scripture passages and follow-up questions.

At this point we are not going through the follow-up questions with our children due to their age. I plan to do that at a later time when we go through the book again in a few years.

Monday: (This all happens after Breakfast, it takes at most 30 minutes, usually much less.)

We start on Monday with a new lesson.

I ask all the questions and they give all the answers we have covered so far.

Then I read each new question and state each answer three times (my wife has been a great help in this discipline). Then I ask the question and we all say the answer together.

Once I have gone through all the questions and answers in this lesson in that way, we then go through all the questions and answers together where I ask the questions and we give the answers together.

Then I read the Bible story which illustrates the new set of questions.

We may interact on the story a bit and answer any questions they have. (i.e. Today my four year old son asked why Hagar called the angel she was talking to Lord and God! Awesome question – great time of interaction!)

We read the related Scriptures and then each of us prays for our day.

Tuesday:


We review the new set of questions and answers.

We review all the questions and answers covered so far. (I do this with them at other times as well – during bath time, while setting the table for Tea (dinner for all those in North America), etc.)

We then work on our memory verse for the week, then each of us prays for our day.

Wednesday:


We review the new set of questions and answers.

We review all the questions and answers covered so far.

I read the story from Church History from the book illustrating the new set of questions.

We work on our memory verse for the week, then each of us prays for our day.

Thursday:


Thursdays I am not home for breakfast as I am at a Men’s Bible Study…

So at Tea we…

We review the new set of questions and answers.

We review all the questions and answers covered so far.

We work on our memory verse for the week.

Friday:


We review the new set of questions and answers.

We review all the questions and answers covered so far.

We work on our memory verse for the week, then each of us prays for our day.

Saturday:


This day can vary quite a bit as we are often out of town when I am preaching at other churches on the weekend.

However, at a minimum I will go over the questions and answers with them while we are out and about.

Sunday:


This day can vary quite a bit as we are often out of town when I am preaching at other churches on the weekend.

However, at a minimum I will go over the questions and answers with them while we are out and about.

Our kids love it!

We are not stoic or boring with this. I let them get excited with the answers, sometimes they yell out the answers, etc. No worries, as long as they are under control and I can understand the answer.

We try to make it fun and not a boring exercise.

To be honest I am already seeing small steps of growth in my two eldest’s thinking with the types of questions they are asking about God! It is very exciting.

 
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Posted by on 17/09/2007 in Family, Parenting, Teaching

 

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