It was so amazing to be with our 2-year-olds yesterday at church. I love watching how they're transformed from the beginning of class to the end. From sad and timid to happy and engaged.
An observation, though. When it comes time to sing, a couple kids sing "Jesus Loves Me" with us. And we sing it every Sunday…sometimes several times. The others stare at me like I'm speaking a foreign language. I tell them "it's okay if you don't know the words, you can do the motions." So…once they're into the singing thing, I ask them if they want to sing anything else. "ABC's," they shout. And at least 60 percent of them belt out this song. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is next and a few know that. "Itsy Bitsy Spider" they seem to know as well.
So my point? These 2-year-olds know the songs that are sung and reinforced at home. And "Jesus Loves Me" just may not be in families' repertoire much. (In fact, I had a junior high helper tell me she didn't know the song.)
Since I'm using Group's Play n Worship for toddlers and twos that's very music based, I'm very eager to get the CDs and DVDs in parents' hands so they can learn and reinforce these amazing worship songs. I want these songs to become part of the children's fabric.
Even I woke up with one of the songs from yesterday on my mind. That's what I want for these little ones. That they know Jesus loves them–musically and for real–at home and church.