Tuesday, January 11, 2011

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NIV

Our focus verse this week with Buddy is John 3:16.  John 3:16 is probably the most widely memorized verse but it is such an important verse to know.  This is our weekly plan to help Buddy learn the verse while having fun.

I introduced Buddy to John 3:16 yesterday by saying it to him and having him repeat each word.  He enjoyed this with the words he didn't know like 'perish' and 'eternal' because he found the sounds funny. 

TuesdayBuddy had preschool today after he woke up from his nap, we read God's Great Big Love for Me by Max Lucado.  Each page has part of John 3:16 and a corresponding colored bead.  Buddy and Sweetpea both sat still while we read this afternoon and greatly enjoyed playing with the beads.  We repeated the verse several times again tonight.  The word 'eternal' makes Buddy smile. 

I plan to reread the book and then we'll color the coloring sheet from Hubbard's Cupboard.  Buddy likes to identify letters so I'll ask him to point to several on the page and then we'll repeat the verse together.  Hopefully he'll be able to say parts without prompting.

I've typed John 3:16 using Word Art.  Each word is a different color.  Buddy will color the words with the color with which they are outlined.  I've also printed an image of the world and will cut them out.  Buddy will be able to surround the verse with small worlds.  We did something similar when he learned Ephesians 6:1.

Recite the verse together and read God's Great Big Love for Me again.  We'll make the Stuffed Heart Craft from DLTK's Growing Together because Buddy loves to paint. 

After working on learning John 3:16 all week, I'm hoping that Buddy will be able to recite it by Saturday.  It is such an important verse that outlines salvation and I pray that Buddy will one day recognize that significance.

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