I’ve decided to start systematically teaching through the whole Bible through stories, engaging activities, and memorization games. Today we did our first Bible genealogy (there are many of them found throughout the Bible) and it was the generations of Cain. I wasn’t sure at first how I was going to incorporate lists of names into our stories times, but decided to print out word cards of everyone who is named and create a sort of family tree.
I started with God at the top and put Adam and Eve below. Then Cain, Abel, and Seth and then put all of Cain’s sons below him. I narrated as I laid them down and also mentioned whatever the Bible may have mentioned about a particular person. Sometimes it simply says “And Irad begat Mehujael” and tells how long a person lives, but other times it says something about them like “And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.” If they say something extra I tell him about it. Then we review them in a fun way.
I also got the idea to make the “holding hands” paper people and put all the names on it, from oldest to youngest. He had fun and held onto every word. I’m glad we’re doing this because knowing the genealogy of the Bible is important, and it is often neglected in Sunday schools and by parents. If God thought it important enough to put in his word, then it is important enough for our memory! And fun, too.