Beginning Thursday I will have to have the children out the door by 8:15 each morning. This is 45 minutes earlier than last year...and we've been 'off schedule' for 3 months. So, in preparation (and to teach the children a bit more personal responsibility) I developed a laminated checksheet of sorts that each of the children can use in the morning to get themselves together.
We are practicing for the next three mornings so they can get the hang of it--and hopefully make Thursday morning a little less stressful. The 'plan' is to have each of the children responsible for their own morning preparations--with the 'carrot' for completing their list being a morning video or freeplay with the time remaining before time to load the car. I would love to not feel like I am nagging them all morning before sending them off into the world. We'll see how it goes!
One other thing I would really like to implement to our morning routine is a weekly memory verse that we discuss over breakfast and again in the car on the way to school. Although we read Bible stories nightly and discuss our faith as opportunities arise during the day, I have not been intentional about 'hiding the Word in their hearts' through Scripture memory.
I would like to put together a box of verses, but am struggling with where to start. The Word is ful of incredible truth, how do we decide which are the most foundational, yet easy enough for 4 year olds? So, I thought I'd turn to my favorite focus group...YOU! What verses have you found to be the best 'first memory verses' for your children?
Updated to Add: Ya'll never disappoint. What wonderful suggestions! Thanks so much. I know many Mommies (and their children) will benefit from your ideas.