We’re not going to pretend to be Biblical scholars here at Children’s Ark Academy. Though most of us have worked as Sunday school teachers at one time or another, we don’t spend our days translating Aramaic around here! What we do do is make sure that the Bible lessons we teach the children at our Christian daycare center hit home so that the kids in our care get age-appropriate teachings.
But we recently read a Bible verse and it just seemed perfect for our Christian daycare and preschool. It first came to light during our most recent blog about myths and misconceptions about Christian preschool, where we were discussing just how much the Bible wants us to focus on God’s word. The particular verse, Deuteronomy 6 verses 5-9, stood out to us regarding our early childhood education center.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
As we said, we’re not Biblical scholars, so we can’t say that what you read below would win you any points during a “explain Deuteronomy 6” competition. But here’s how we believe these verses can really help up describe our Christian daycare center.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
It all starts with loving God, and we certainly impress that on the kids who are in our care. Whether we’re providing Christian infant daycare or they’re in preschool, talking about how important it is to love God (and how much He loves them) is a big part of the day. Jesus harkens back to this and calls this and loving your neighbor as the two most important commandments.
Keep Them In Your Hearts
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.”
We’re all human, and we’re all living in a broken world. But it’s important that each of us enters our daycare center with God’s commandments and intentions in our hearts. Prayer is certainly one way to ensure this happens. If we have God’s word close to our hearts, we can be that much faster at relaying those feelings — and God’s actual word — to the children.
Impress Them On Your Children
“Impress them on your children.”
Well this one is sort of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Teaching children God’s word is something we do every day at our Christian child care. We have posters of the 10 Commandments on the walls, tell the children stories that reinforce them, and use them as teaching tools every day. We sing songs, recite poems, and read books that contain them. Impressing God’s word on children is one of our paramount duties.
Sure, the children we care for aren’t necessarily “our” kids. But we have to admit, we do think of them as our kids sometimes! They’re in our charge, and they’re part of God’s family. Therefore we’re more than happy to impress God’s commandments on our kids!
Talk About Them Home and Away
“Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road…”
As we discussed above, we have many ways of telling the kids in our care about God’s commandments: books, songs, posters, and the Bible itself. Discussing different aspects of the commandments is an excellent way to guide children in their decisions and help ensure they get along.
We think it’s also important to let you know how we interpret the two locations mentioned in the verse. “Sit at home” is fairly obvious, but we think there’s more to “along the road” than first meets the eye. When considered in contrast to home, along the road could simply mean any place that isn’t home. That certainly includes our church preschool!
We encourage the kids who attend our church preschool to take their Biblical discussions home with them, so that anything they learn at our early childhood education center — aka “along the road” — can also be a part of their home discussions with their parents.
Talk About Them…At Nap Time!
“…when you lie down and when you get up.”
This is one of our favorite parts of the Bible verse, because it fits so well with our role as a Christian daycare and infant care. That’s because nap time is such an important part of each child’s day. Just as kids need naps, they also need God’s word. If the last thing they hear before they nap is someone speaking God’s love to them, then that’s positively impacting their brains as they sleep. On either side of their nap — when they lie down and when they get up — they’ll be having fun learning about God’s plans for them.
Keep Them With You
“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
Observant Jews have taken this verse very literally, wearing tefillin (also known as phylacteries) on their arms and foreheads. These boxes contain verses from the Torah and are often worn during morning prayers.
It’s not often that we make tefillin or phylacteries as our art projects! But there are certainly times when our students will have art that is of a Biblical nature. Projects are sometimes wearable and may well have some Biblical significance. Other times this art will have a Bible verse included, and they can take it home and “bind” it to the refrigerator! The important thing is that God’s commandments are kept close by.
That brings us to our final point…
Keep Visual Reminders
“Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
There’s nothing wrong with taking either of those literally. When you take a look at our building and signs, it’s obvious we are a Christian daycare center because of the easily-recognizable Biblical story we’ve chosen as our name. If you walk around our early childhood education center, we bet you’ll run into more than a few Biblically-themed pieces of paper taped to the doorframes.
But we also like to think that that particular verse is about keeping God’s word in front of you at all times. We certainly do that in our decorating around here. Every day kids will be surrounded by posters and artwork that is teaching them about God’s love and his commandments.
Teaching God’s Commandments!
There’s quite a lot packed into those few Bible verses, isn’t there? So much of it can apply to our role as a Christian preschool and daycare center, and we’re proud to keep God’s commandments as well as we can. When you’re looking for a daycare center that’s God-based, we hope you’ll choose Children’s Ark Academy!