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Can Two-Year-Olds Learn About God?
A new curriculum for Christian day-care centres and church programs. Wee Wonder is age-appropriate for two-year-olds.

Can two year-olds learn about God?

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Yes, says Linda Martin, who has worked in the field of early childhood education for 38 years.

“It’s a known fact that very young children know things no one has told them,” says Martin, who served as a consultant for Wee Wonder: Sharing God’s Love With Twos, a new resource from Faith & Life Resources, the congregational resources imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN).

“Toddlers can hear the words, God loves you, and understand the meaning of it by the way in which it is said and displayed to them,” she says.

Helping two and three-year-olds learn about God’s love is the goal of Wee Wonder, says Eleanor Snyder, who directs Faith & Life Resources, the congregational resources imprint of MPN.

“The premise for Wee Wonder is to provide an environment of wonder and awe that will nurture that relationship, and help them draw closer to God,” she says. 

Through play, Bible stories, prayers, songs and other activities, very young children are encouraged to explore God's world, Snyder adds, noting that churches can use the curriculum to “nurture young children in a loving relationship with God.”

At the same time, Wee Wonder aims to “foster a sense of belonging to a faith community,” she says.

“Two-year-olds are just beginning to expand their world beyond home and family. The experience in a Wee Wonder setting helps them know that they are part of a larger world where God's love can be found.”

But Wee Wonder isn’t just for church, she notes. “It can also be used in Christian day cares, or anyplace where people want to communicate about God with small children.”

Snyder hopes that Wee Wonder can “help young children explore God's wonderful and awesome world within a safe environment of a Christian community. How we teach the biblical story to our very young children has a strong impact on their future spiritual growth and formation.”

For Martin the new curriculum is exciting because “it is user-friendly and very age appropriate . . . in order for the children to grow up to create a better world for the future, it is vital for them to start learning about God’s love for themselves and others at an early age, at the very beginning of their church experience.”

For more information on Wee Wonder, visit the website: www.mpn.net/weewonder.

John Longhurst directs marketing for Mennonite Publishing Network, the co-producer of Gather Round Christian education materials for children, youth and adults.

Originally published on the MPN website, June 2010.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2010 Christianity.ca.

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