About a year ago I met with a lady who was interested in worship aids for the child with special needs.
We successfully brainstormed a page full of ideas, some that we did not later find on the Internet, already discovered and likely patented.
The rest – well, the rest are still listed on some file in some folder somewhere on my laptop. I fail at follow through. That is (just one of) my special need(s.)
If you know me through real life or this blog, then you know that there is something in me that joys over a preschooler. Perhaps I am simply simple. Perhaps I am no nonsense, stop the bs, cut to the chase, just be honest. Perhaps I am short attention spanned. Perhaps I am ego, eager to be a living dictionary.
I love words, but an image paired with a phrase is doubly stunning.
And so I clamor to the children’s section of any bookstore or my favorite library. And I don’t read stacks of chapter books.
I look at books that have a few good words.
Hearing and seeing put together is more powerful for me.
Proof: I cannot learn a foreign language from those repeat after tapes. My initial response is, “What? Spell that.”
A young Spanish speaking lady lived with us for a few months and asked me, “How will spelling it help?”
I don’t know. But it would have and it will.
Obviously I learned by phonics because sounds look like something and so if I cannot hear correctly, then draw me those sounds and my chances of repeating them increase.
I believe this is true with the understanding of ideas.
For instance, in our son Ian’s homemade First Catechism scrapbook, I have these photos:
And these words:
Does God know all things?
Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
I know. Fun, huh?!?
Yep, I like my kid books to be fun adult reading, too.
(Perhaps I have not added too much to his future counseling bills!)
Hopefully, in the case of that cute scrapbook, I have not cemented wrong meanings of ideas into our son’s conscience.
I meant well. I really did.
Visuals do bring understanding, for right or wrong. And also make a memory.
For over a decade, I’ve been picky about the pictures in Children’s Bibles.
There are several reasons why, but perhaps the most important is this:
Presented together, a word and a picture mean something. And that meaning may be difficult to separate in the future.
Is it the meaning that you want portrayed?
Or, is it too often true that the pairing does not mean what you think that means, to paraphrase a movie character…
Research shows that some people process particularly with visuals.
She is teaching me this –
The Lord’s Prayer was incomprehensible until I broke it down into specific visual images.
Wow. And I had just wanted visuals for it and the Creed to help my young non-readers in Children’s Church.
This summer as we begin in the Old Testament with the stories curriculum, written with the preschooler in mind, would you help me find appropriate visuals to explain some great truths
- God made me
- God made all things
- God is everywhere
- God knows all things
- God can do all his holy will
- God is love
Next week we’ll look at Genesis 1.
This week remember – visuals don’t have to be static images on a page or screen.
We are the living visuals that He uses daily. Shine some light on truth right where you are today!