Piggyback songs give new words to familiar tunes. By singing the books of the bible to a melody they already know, children can more easily learn the books of the Bible. For example, in the videos below discover how I set the books of the New and Old Testaments to the song "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars" for our preschoolers at church. I suggest teaching the songs one slide at a time. Read more song teaching tips here.
Old Testament Song Original Source Unknown
Tune: 10 Little Indians
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, (1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians)
Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Judges, (4 little, 5 little, 6 little Indians)
Ruth, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, (7 little, 8 little, 9 little Indians)
First and Second Chronicles (10 little Indian boys)
Oh - Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Oh - Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
Several song writers and groups have created fun songs to help children learn the order of the books of the Bible. Here are a few options.
Learning the books of the Bible isn't an easy task, but
1. Repetition is key. Work on the list in the car, in the bathtub, while swinging, at the dinner table, or during family time. My kiddos learned the books (without a song) while riding in the car to school each morning.
2. Because some of the book names are hard to pronounce, break the hardest names into syllables to practice individually.
3. It helps give the process meaning when you tie Bible stories with the books of the Bible. For example: Queen Esther with Esther, David and Goliath with I Samuel, Jesus with the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
4. For children who can read, create flashcards. Click for a free option.
5. Teach with Hand Motions
Although most of the meanings behind the hand motions are above a preschooler's understanding, using hand motions is one more way to learn the books of the Bible. Hand motions reinforce the major theme of each book. (Feel free to put together a fun program in which a whole group of kids perform the actions together.) Reprinted by Permission
6. Break each testament into small groups and then focus on one small section at a time. See the list below, which explains how and why the groups can be created.
Old Testament Books
The Old Testament begins with Creation and ends with the world waiting for the coming King.
New Testament Books
The New Testament begins with the life of Christ and the First Church and concludes with the teachings of the apostles.
The Pentateuch or Law - The first five books of the Bible, all written by Moses
Historical Books - Follow the story of Israel.
Gospels - Four different men write about the life of Christ.
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