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What are Grandpa’s Two Minute Bible Stories all about? (Book introduction to the Bible Stories, page 11)
The book and my words here are for boys and girls everywhere. Are you ready for a new adventure that will last all year long and maybe even longer? Are you ready to become a stronger and wiser person by learning more and more about the Bible? If you read or listen to a new Bible Story each day with faith in your heart, will it help you find true happiness and success in your life no matter what big problems you may face? That’s what Grandpa’s Two Minute Bible Stories are all about. You will learn about real people that had some very big problems, and you will also learn how to overcome your problems just as they did. I care about you and will be praying for you as you read or listen to the daily Bible Stories. There is one more thing I want to share. The pictures in the book and on the front cover were drawn by my grandson, Jaime Yount, and I think they are really great. Do you agree? Maybe you will decide to draw some pictures about the stories or write out your answers to the think about it and look it up questions. That will make Jaime really happy because he cares about you too. Make sure you share your work with your parents, grandparents, and other special people in your life. It might even end up somewhere on a refrigerator!
Important Q’s and A’s
These questions and answers are for parents, grandparents, teachers, and all those that love and work with children. Children are special to Jesus, and they should be special to us. I believe that anything and everything we do for children, we are doing for Jesus. “…Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
Why were the two minute Bible stories written and recorded? They were written and recorded for boys and girls everywhere this book can possibly reach and for Jesus because he loves all children. If you believe the book is helping your children in any way, please become an advocate and share it with everyone you can.
What is the age level most appropriate for the book? I believe many six year olds (even younger) and all the way up to early teens will be attracted to the Bible Stories in the book. The stories can be read to younger children; and they are good, read along stories for children with some word recognition skills. Normal conversational language is used in the audio and should help most children stretch to a higher level of reading comprehension as the stories come alive to them. When read and discussed during family devotions, the Bible stories are appropriate for every age level.
Why are the Bible stories repeated three times during the year? Review is important in teaching children, and most children enjoy a second and third reading of a good story as much as the first. Actually, it is anticipated that most children will look forward to going through the stories well beyond the first year because familiarity builds confidence, and it will help them identify with the Bible characters and the character traits conveyed in the stories.
Why are most stories only approximately two minutes in length? I think this is best because of the audio component; but it’s also easier for children to focus their full attention on a short story, and they are more likely to come back and listen to the same story several times. In reality, most of the daily segments in the book are longer stories broken into many parts, and nearly all children with a little guidance will want to come back each day to find out what happens next. Some children, however, will read the stories well in advance of the scheduled dates and recordings, and that can be a good thing if they are also encouraged to return to the stories each day to review what they have read
How many times should children watch and listen to the stories each day? I think they should do so as often as they like because each visit brings then closer to God’s Word.
Can the Bible stories in the book help improve reading and listening skills of children? It has been said that many children in early America learned to read by reading the Bible. It’s exciting for me to think that some children may also become better readers by reading and listening to the Bible Stories in this book. Your approach will depend upon the maturity of your children. Here are a few suggestions: