Preschoolers Knowing God Bible Lesson Series

Series Index:

  1. Lesson One: God’s Word is Eternal
  2. Lesson Two: God is Our Shepherd
  3. Lesson Three: Our God is Mighty
  4. Lesson Four: Our God of Wisdom
  5. Lesson Five: There is No One Like God
  6. Lesson Six: God’s Strength is Everlasting

What’s Next? After this series, you should consider teaching “Preschoolers Knowing Jesus” which is the follow-up to this material.

Series Introduction:

This series of Bible lessons for preschoolers will cover Isaiah 40. My goal is for preschoolers (4 and 5 year olds, the lesson is too abstract for 2 and 3 year olds) to come to know God in greater measures through these verses. In my experience with teaching and critiquing children’s curriculum, I have been greatly disappointed in the approach taken to preschoolers. Their cognitive level is indeed lower than older children. However, this does not mean biblical stories should be taken out of context in order to teach simple moral lessons (God wants us to share; God wants us to listen; God wants us to be kind, etc.)

Our goal as ministers and teachers should not be for children to hear Bible stories and learn these truths. Instead, it should be for children to know and experience the God of the universe, the God we have forsaken our lives for in service to Him. I challenge you to believe that preschoolers have a high level of spirituality, and because of this, they can learn deep truths about God in spite of their cognitive level. We can use the truths about their cognitive level to aid in lesson planning, but it should not limit what God can show them through His word.

In order to teach with this in mind, I encourage you to study and pray through the verses taught each week. God has a purpose for each verse of Scripture. I desire to be true to the Scripture as much as possible and teach them what God intended to be gleaned from the verses, not what I believe preschoolers can understand. The Exegetical Idea at the beginning of each lesson summarizes what the passage meant to those it was written to in biblical times. The Pedagogical Idea summarizes what this passage means to us here and now. After studying the verses, incorporate what you have personally experienced with God in the particular lesson you are teaching. Strive to help them experience wonder and awe at our great God.

As teachers, we have a responsibility to nurture children’s faith in such a way that it becomes an integral part of their lives. My goal is not primarily for the children to learn moral laws and ways to live, but to know God intimately. We are setting the foundations of the knowledge of God in children, and this foundation can be firm or shaky.

Each lesson consists of four steps. Step one, Kindle Curiosity, is a time to spark interest and catch the children’s attention to an aspect of God or an illustration of the lesson. Step two, God revealed, is a time to dive into Scripture to discover God. Step three, Personal Pursuit, brings out why this Scripture is important in our lives, and more specifically, in the lives of the children. Step four, Daily Knowing, helps the lesson go one step further, striving to send God’s word with the children as they leave the classroom. This first lesson may not go over so well, since preschoolers are so used to simple moral lessons. However, I believe that repetition of this style of teaching will allow the children to grow in their ability to comprehend and experience deep truth from the Bible.


Comments

  1. May Tie says

    I oversee the running of Kiddies Hour (KH) in my church with kiddies ranging from infants to 5 yr olds. Impt to have at least 2 trained and experienced SS teachers who have taught kids or kindergarten chn before. In my church, God has blessed us with the Pastor’s wife who teaches in English and another member who teaches bible stories in Mandarin. Also good to get parents whose kiddies attend the KH to roster helping out with Singspiration and doing craft. I have to help sometimes prepare the craft and either teach kiddies to do it or brief the parent who is leading a particular Sunday. If there is a 5th Sunday, give kiddies a break and plan games for them during KH. So far every 1st and 3rd Sunday, the kiddies are told bible stories and do related craft. Every 2nd and 4th Sundays, they do craft and 5th Sunday is for games. KH always starts with Singspiration and over the past 2 years, they have learnt about 10 songs that they can sing quite comfortably with. this yr, I compiled a file of commonly sung songs in KH for the parents reference. In time to come when they can read, they will progress to A3 file where words are bigger and there are related pictures to the song. Hope this info helps.

  2. says

    I was recently volunteered to help teach a preschool class in a Small Chapel in Nigeria. I have Zero experience at this, although i have always had a very keen interest in the need to provide good quality bible lessons through life experience for little children. I am blessed to recieve these resources from your site. My prayer is for a manifest of Gods blessings in your life for this labour in love.
    God bless form Africa

  3. Tonya says

    Blessings to All–
    I’m just wondering is there anyway that I may be able to adapt these lessons to use for 1, 2, and 3 year olds in Children’s Church since that is the group that we are working with. Do you have any recommendations for projects or songs maybe. Right now they usually play videos, but they don’t interact with those…they cry alot and They need the Word of God to feed their sweet spirits.

  4. kalolo mulenga says

    wow!I was over the moon when i came across this website.Am a missionary evangelist working in zambia,southern africa. Indeed it was God-sent.I love children,and i’ve been teaching kids for the past 15 years.Keep it up;you are a great blessing to my soul.

  5. Rebecca Mosley says

    Hi Kara,
    I am a missionary serving in Burundi (Central Africa). I have started to teach a multi-age international Sunday school class at our church. There are virtually no materials available here. Even to get things shipped here is expensive and time-consuming. So I am incredibly thankful to have found the free resources you have posted on this website. Of course we have to adapt the lessons a bit (can’t seem to find a dandelion around here… ;-) ) But they give me a good, concrete place to start. May God richly bless you! I hope that I can connect more Burundians to this kind of resource, because we are all desperate to find good material to use in our ministries to children.

  6. says

    Kara,

    I wanted to say a BIG thank you to you. I am a homemaker and homeschooling Mom. I have found your lessons so helpful. My son, Judah, started your Preschoolers Knowing God lessons and we are finding it to be such a blessing. I just adapt it to him instead of a group. We are taking the lessons week by week (just like it would be done each Sunday) and throughout the week we are practicing the memory verse. We are making a memory verse book…with photos that represent each word (or as many as we can) in the scripture to held jog his memory when we get further along and need to come back to refresh. He is so proud to tell his Daddy his memory verse every night during family devotion and worship time. For me it is an opportunity to see my son’s faith being built every day! Thank you. Looking forward to taking him through the Preschoolers Knowing Jesus. Hoping that I can find Preschoolings Knowing the Holy Spirit (as in who He is!). Thanks again.
    Allenia Allen

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