If you listen to the stories of our older generations, you will hear the countless reminiscing of the days when flannel graphs and felt boards were used in Sunday School. About how versitle and wonderful they were and how it’s a shame that no one uses them anymore. I used to roll my eyes and say with my younger generation, move one, get with the technology. While I love technology, I mean I am blogging, it doesn’t always replace the old things. Sometimes the old and new work great together. The felt board is one of those old items that has been working along technology in my house.
The past three weeks we’ve been focusing on the story of creation in Genesis. We are using the Jesus Storybook Bible primarily for the reading. My boys just get a kick out of the wording. When they ask for the story they call it the nothing story. They love when mom talks in a spooky voice about in the beginning there was nothing, nothing but nothing and there was only God. I’m envisioning a lot of scary movies in my future. Anyways, they enjoy this story when we read it in the morning. We’ve been doing some crafts that match the creation theme. What has really captured their attention though was the new felt board set I got. It’s from the Betty Lukin set. The colors are so bright and they look good. So over the past few days when the boys wake up from their nap, I’ve pulled out the felt board set. The first time through I lay out all the pieces, read the story and hand out the corresponding piece alternately to each boy to put on the board. I gave up on asking the boys to put them in a nice neat picture. The attention lasts triple as long if they get to put the pieces wherever. I truly mean it. Yesterday Lance had the apple tree growing in the middle of the sea. Oh well! The second time through I let them try to pick out what piece I’m reading about. That cognitive skill still needs some work; maybe it’s the hearing or the deciding or maybe it’s just maturity that needs help. After that they just get to play around with the set.
I haven’t figured out whether they are auditory, physical or visual learners yet. But with this bible story system that incorporates all the styles of learning, I’m hoping the stories stick with them. So if you want to extend the bible stories that you might be reading, consider busting out the dusty ol felt board and see what your little ones do with it. Always remember though, each kiddo will respond to things differently so don’t get upset if they snub the felt board, but it’s worth a try.