I am beginning to come out of the first trimester fog, and with this new dawning, I am picking up a long neglected project – creating a Fruit of the Spirit curriculum for my toddler. I am so excited to start sharing this little adventure with you.
Why am I creating my own toddler curriculum?
Well it’s certainly not because I have loads of time on my hands. Just the opposite actually. However, as my husband and I talked about homeschooling and intentionally taking time to present the Gospel to our toddler faithfully, we kept coming up short of ideas. There are loads of curriculum, printables, and activities for preschoolers, but what about toddlers? What about my two year old?
He’s not ready for writing; he’s not ready for anything formal; he’s not ready to “do school” five days a week (and neither is mama). But he is learning rapidly; he is taking everything in and forming opinions and notions at a much quicker rate than even I give him credit for; he is capable of taking part in family devotions; he is capable of grasping the concepts of love, patience, obedience, etc. on a small scale. So based on all he is not ready for and all he is ready for I began to brainstorm my own toddler curriculum!
It all clicked one day when we were riding in the car and my toddler began to fuss. Before I could guide him through “happy hearts” and “putting on patience,” my husband and I heard him say, “Patience. Patience. Happy heart.” He quit whining. When he began to whine again he repeated, “Patience. Patience. Happy heart.” I never had to say a word as I listened to my son speak truth to himself, and thus learning to control his emotions through the simple truth found in a single Fruit of the Spirit.
Now, of course he doesn’t have the Spirit of God dwelling within him (and this hasn’t happened since), but I believe he is a recipient of God’s common grace, and I believe God is working in his little heart. Furthermore, I believe God used this moment to convict my heart and affirm His heart for my child and this curriculum. It’s my job to give my son the facts now so faith will have a chance at following later.
This lesson in patience proved to me that he is ready to learn basic concepts such as the Fruit of the Spirit. But the bigger question became, how do I do it? How do I make learning fun while exposing him to early learning skills AND engage him with the Gospel; thus, the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers was born.
Will I share the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers with you?
Each week I will take you through our week in pictures and words, and show you how I am teaching my toddler through each Fruit of the Spirit. There are nine of fruits, but we will camp out on each one for four weeks each!
Wow! I know it sounds crazy, but I believe in repetition, repetition, repetition with children this young. We have been talking about patience since he was 18 months old (over six months). I don’t think one week of lessons on love will do much for my toddler, and I don’t plan on “doing school” every day of the week. We are taking it slow with only three days a week of intentional time camped out on the Fruit of the Spirit. If we get to more, great; if we miss a day, fine. This stage is all about exposure, and I’m excited to start this journey together!
I will be sharing our journey (along with the printables and an outline for the curriculum I will loosely follow each week) with you for free! Woot! I’m developing this curriculum as I go, and your job is to give me plenty of feedback!
Additionally, I can’t promise a post every week with a new Fruit of the Spirit unit. Why? I might want to repeat a lesson, or I might not have done anything the week before, or I didn’t like how the week went and the plan didn’t work well enough to share. So hang in there with me through this process, and I think by the end we’ll have a pretty good thing worked out to use with our toddlers!
When will I start sharing posts from the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers?
Next Friday I will have a post filled with pictures and printables and links and all sorts of fun stuff. So stay tuned! You can also “pin” this post for later reference. I will be updating right here on this page each of our lessons with appropriate links. You’ll be able to refer back to this page for the most recent post and addition to the curriculum.
So get ready, friends, we’re about to have some intentional toddler time full of the Spirit in the coming weeks!