In the kindergarten class, we focus on the stories from the Old Testament. There are many great
lessons to be had in these stories; stories of God's love for us, the fact that he loves us enough to
discipline us, and the idea of forgiveness. I am able to use the stories from the Old Testament to
illustrate how Biblical principles apply to our daily lives, like the story of Adam and Eve and the fall, or
the story of wanting to do things in our time and our way instead of trusting God in his wisdom and his
timing as in the story of Jacob and Esau.
I love to use these stories to help the kids understand just how great God's love is for us. I explain to
them that the people we read about in the Bible were everyday people just like us, and that they made decisions and choices based on their circumstances and desires rather than following God’s plan. We discuss how these people had consequences for the choices they made, and how trusting and following God’s plan always led to a fruitful outcome.
With guidance, the children are able to relate the stories to circumstances in their lives and the choices they make. We use these stories as a lesson on what to do or what not to do. We learn about God's love and forgiveness as well as the consequences and discipline that come with bad choices. Most importantly, we learn that walking in God's word daily can help to keep us on the right path, even as we co-exist in a world that is walking away from God; that even though we make mistakes, God still loves us through it all.