We added a new book to our keeper shelf.
Apologia Educational Ministries sent us Good Morning God to review.
The book is an application of Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. ~ Deut. 6:4-7 NASBHis commandments are what set us apart as a nation unto Him. After all, "...what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?" ~Deut. 4:8.
From the website:
Good Morning, God is a story about a four-year-old boy as he goes through a week with his family. This book is designed for children age one to eight years old. Ideally, this book will help your child fall in love with our heavenly Father by thinking about Him from sunrise to sunset. The hope is that this book will introduce children to the simple and wonderful ways we can worship God daily and inspire them to enjoy the Lord with their entire being all through the day. The prayers for each day are meant to encourage your child to consider his or her relationship with Jesus and respond with childlike faith.
What I love is that this book is subtle, yet my little ones caught on quick to the meaning.
Read the sample to see more.
You can simply read this to your children or you can turn it into a unit study and thus a literal application of Deuteronomy 6:6-7. Guess which one we did? =)
Here are a few snapshots of day 2:
This day begins:
"Good morning, God. Today is Monday. I wake up with lots of energy.
I worship God with my family and with all of my heart. . . "
Questions and Activities:
Draw a picture of a heart.
Read Matthew 6:19-21:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ~ NASBWhat is something that you treasure?
Malachi: YHVH, Yeshua, my family.How can you love God with all your heart?
|To which I asked, what does the Bible teach us? Mali's reply: to keep Sabbath; teaches us how to live.|
What is your favorite thing to do in school?
Malachi: Bible, Five in a Row, Geography, Math, Science, Writing, Reading, drawing pictures.Draw a picture of your dad, mom, brothers and sisters.
How can you be a good brother or sister?
Malachi's answer: playing cars with my brothers, playing dollies with Elli, playing with Bo.
I had them draw and color on 4x6 sheets of cardstock so I can stick them in my Project Life album. I will treasure these activities and my little one's thoughts on Heavenly things!
The book also comes with a coloring book based on the book.
|Malachi is coloring a picture of the little boy when he rises up (wakes up).|
When I was first asked to review this, I hesitated because I wasn't sure this book would work for us. While we are proficient at tailoring mainstream Christian books to fit our needs, it is sometimes not worth my time. With that, there was only a couple pages I had to work around. For example, we don't go to church on Sunday because we keep Sabbath on the 7th day of the week instead of the 1st day... so I had to explain to my little ones why they were at church on a Sunday. . . and that church for us looks a little different because we "church" at home. Other than that, this was a wonderful way to apply Deuteronomy 6:6-7!