Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kiddy Catechism

Years ago my oldest learned the children's catechism. If you're not familiar with the children's catechism, it's a series of questions and answers about the truths of God. Kind of like theology for kids! Now, for those who did not grow up in a traditional church setting or who get a little freaked out by the word "catechism," it really is just a simple way to learn about who God is, who Jesus is, who we are in relation to him, and the basics of the Christian faith. It's not weird, I promise.

Now, just like we were on top of so many other things in raising our first-born, we've been sort of flying by the seat of our pants ever since, and as all experienced parents know, it all kind of goes downhill from there. I mean, you just don't do things the same way with your younger children. You know what I mean.

I've realized for a few years that my middle child learned about half of the kiddy catechism and that my youngest has mastered only about three or four questions. Maybe.

So, this fall we're dusting off our little question and answer booklets, we're adding in the catechism to our handwriting assignments, and we're singing it, as well.


I've been convinced for a long time that the more information you put to a tune the more you can remember. At least that's how my brain work.

So when I found the Ask Me WhoOo series by Diana Beach Batarseh, I was thrilled! These are sweet, catchy tunes for each of the questions and answers in the children's catechism...PLUS wonderful scripture verses to go along with each one. It's all lovely--especially the sweet owl graphics to boot!

This is a three-volume series. We have the first in the series, and we'll see how much we like singing it before we buy the other volumes.

There's a lot to like about her music, but besides the corresponding Bible verses after each set of question and answers, I also love to hear the children's voices sing along with Diana as well as read the scripture. Super sweet.

So...What are you waiting for? Or rather, WhoOo are you waiting for? Check it out now!


Megan said...

Oh man, Kara, you hit right where it hurts. My younger kids don't know this at all other than maybe the first two questions and if I'm honest, my older two don't remember any of it either. I bought this on the spot. Too bad you didn't have some kind of referral link! :)

Hope you all are doing well! How's the new school? New CC? New plan?

Janet said...

It is so true that you can remember what you learn to sing. I could never even remember the 10 commandments---at least not in order, if I could come up with them all----until we found a kids song about them.
In school, my kids learned a song about the states and their capitols, and one smart science teacher put the periodic table to music.
I'll check this out for my grandkids.

Tiffany Nevil said...

Oooh! Kara! You are such a wealth of information. I just love it. I've been wanting something to start teaching the catechism to the boys. Especially with Cooper in public school. VERY excited to check this out. Thanks!