Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Teach Your Child the 10 Commandments

I mentioned in my Welcome post that I want my boys to have a strong shield of faith when they graduate from our little homeschool. One of the ways we are moving toward that goal is through memorizing Scripture! Hiding God's Word in our hearts is so important for us as Christians, and what better time to start with our children than when they are young? They memorize much easier and their little hearts are still tender.

Today I want to share with you a fun unit we did to help Big Brother learn the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20. These activities will appeal to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners alike.

If you work on teaching just one new commandment every other day, in 4 weeks of school your child will know all 10 Commandments...and probably never forget them! :)

So spending 2 days on each commandment, here's the plan:

Day 1

1.) Write the commandment on the board and read it with your child. Explain to them what it means.

2.) Teach the hand signal for this commandment (I will give you those below). Review it at random times throughout the day.

3.) Get out some LEGO bricks and a dry erase marker. Write each word on a brick and ask your child to build the verse by putting the words in order as in the picture below:

The dry erase marker wipes off easily!

4.) Review the commandment (and previous commandments as you add them) throughout the day.

Day 2

1.) Review the commandments you've taught so far as well as the current one you are teaching.

2.) Write the newest commandment on the board. Have your child say it. Now erase one word. Have your child say the verse again, making sure they fill in the missing word. Keep going until the entire verse has disappeared from the board!

3.) Review your hand signals.

4.) Have your child write, copy, or trace the commandment in their notebook. For a younger child, you might write the commandment in bubble lettering and let the child color or even paint the words.

5.) Continue to review the commandments the child has learned throughout the day!

Keep following this plan as you add a new commandment every other school day. Don't forget to review throughout the day!

Hand Signals for Each of the 10 Commandments

1. Hold up 1 finger (Remember: There is only one God! "Thou shalt have no other gods before me")

2. Hold up 2 fingers (Remember: Two gods is one too many! "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image")

3. Hold up 3 fingers (Remember: Your fingers look like the letter W. Watch your Words! "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain")

4. Hold up 4 fingers (Rememeber: The thumb is resting! "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy")

5. Hold up 5 fingers (Remember: It looks like you are making a promise on your honor! "Honor thy father and thy mother")

6. Point your left index finger toward yojr open right hand (Remember: Looks like the left is pointing a gun at the right! " Thou shalt not kill")

7. Stand your first 2 fingers of your left hand on the palm of your open right hand (Remember: Your fingers look like a couple getting married! "Thou shalt not commit adultery")

8. Hold 4 fingers from each hand up in front of your face (Remember: Looks like you are behind jail bars like a thief! "Thou shalt not steal")

9.) Hold up 5 fingers on right hand and 4 on the left (Remember: Your left thumb is whispering lies about the other fingers! "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor")

10. Hold out out all 10 fingers and wiggle the tips of your fingers toward yourself. (Remember: It looks like you are greedily saying Give me, Give me! "Thou shalt not covet")

Big brother loved learning the 10 Commandments this way!

I pray you will find these activities useful in teaching your own children!

How do you help your little one's learn Scripture? Share your ideas below! Have you used some of the activities from this post? Tell me about it!!!

God bless!!

Linked Up at: Fellowship Friday


  1. I absolutely love the hand signals. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope it was helpful! :)

  2. Lego is a great idea! Never thought to use it with dry erase markers! Thanks for sharing! {Found you via WLW link up}

  3. Glad you found that helpful! We use LEGO bricks and dry erase markers all the time for building verses, making sentences, spelling words, etc. We have an almost endless supply of bricks, and with dry erase it is completely reusable! Always makes it more fun! :) God bless!


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