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Getting Started...

Hello!

We are so glad that you are interested in participating with us as we study and memorize God's Word, the Bible, together with our families! If you have not already done so, we hope you will take a few minutes to read about our purpose and vision for the Sow Little Seeds project, found on our "What is Sow Little Seeds?" page.

As a new site, we are continuously learning. Below we have outlined our current format and will continue to keep this page updated with any revisions or changes. If you have any comments or suggestions we would love to hear from you. You may write to us at: sowlittleseeds@hotmail.com.

NOTE: For a season, we will be simplifying our posting format.
Please review our new project outline below.

Before You Begin...

The Little Seeds Project is intended to be an encouragement and tool for your family - please modify it as you need to. This is a resource, not a program. You do not need to complete every activity or read through every suggested resource. Our desire is simply that you begin and persevere in learning God's Word, the Bible, and teaching it to your children. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you choose.

Our site is designed to be used on a weekly and daily basis. We provide a new memory verse and optional materials to assist you in memorizing and studying a new verse [or short passage/section of verses] each week.

While we think it is important to set a goal and remain consistent in your memorization plan, it is equally important to ensure that the goals you set are realistic for yourself and your children. We encourage families to work at a pace that is do-able. If your family is not prepared to devote adequate time to studying the weekly memory verse and completing the activities and memorization within a single week, then consider starting a new verse every other week. [Example: Complete Week 1 during weeks 1 and 2. Complete Week 2 during weeks 3 and 4...and so on.]

Also, if you are joining us during Weeks 2 or later, you are welcome to jump in and begin studying with us in the current week; or you may opt to start back at Week 1.


Here's how it works:

Every eight weeks or so we will provide a new set of memory verse cards along with an overview of ideas we plan to share for each week. We have chosen to use the New International Version [NIV] for our memory verse cards.

We have designed several different boxes for you to store your memory verse cards in. You can get your favorite template[s] to print and assemble here.

In an effort to include the whole family, we will provide three different levels [1 = easy, 2 = intermediate, and 3 = challenging] for memorization, and encourage parents to modify these, as necessary, for yourselves and your children.

Be sure to set a reasonable goal for yourself and for your children. Begin with a section that is easily achievable and then select more challenging passages as you see fit. If your children [or yourself] become discouraged by an unrealistic or overwhelming memorization goal, your family's enthusiasm may quickly dwindle and Bible memorization will become a chore rather than a joy.

As you study and memorize the Bible together, take some time to expain to your child what each passage means. However, do not become discouraged if he or she seems to have difficulty fully comprehending a verse. Continue to help your child study and memorize the verse and pray that God would reveal His truth to them in His own time.

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:10-11

Know that even if you do not see an immediate response from your children, you are planting valuable seeds into their hearts and lives. Seeds do not grow overnight. It takes time [sometimes years] and often, hard work and tender care from the farmer before a plant is full grown and able to produce any fruit. Your child may not fully understand the definition of every word, or the significance of a passage, but God's Word is living and active and will accomplish His purpose in the life of your child, in His time.

On Sundays [not always EVERY Sunday, but that is our goal...] we will post a new memory verse for your family to learn together over the following week.

Along with each verse, you will find a "Notes to Parents" section.  In this Notes to Parents section you will find a list of questions aimed to spark family discussion and investigation into different topics related to that week's memory verse. These are simply suggestions - you may decide to discuss this verse from a different perspective, or invite your children to ask their own questions. However you start the dialog is up to you.

We think it is beneficial for the whole family to engage in conversations about the verses they are learning and hope that you will make time to encourage your children to consider the verse[s] they are learning and help them process any questions that arise.

Sometimes we will post an "Additional Resources" section in the Notes to Parents. In this next section you may find a list of additional reading materials, links to helpful websites and information on topics specific to that week's verse. Often, you will find additional Bible verses to assist you as you explore answers to the discussion questions provided in the previous section.

As always, we are happy to help if we are able to. You are welcome to e-mail the Sow Little Seeds team at sowlittleseeds@hotmail.com with any questions your family has and we will gladly provide Biblical answers or help you research the topic. Check out our Branch Out page on our Grow Little Seeds blog for a list of other resources we suggest.

We have also designed various progress charts to help you track your family's memorization progress and to offer motivation for younger students.

Each week, we will post links to printable materials, ideas for activities or crafts that will reinforce that week's verse on our companion site, Grow Little Seeds. You may choose to participate in as many as you would like to...or none. Some of these resources are our own. Others are ideas we have found on various external websites. Although we take care to ensure that each site we link to is family-friendly and free of malicious content, we cannot guarantee the safety of every page. You are responsible to take appropriate measures to protect your family and property.

Please take a moment to review our Terms of Use.

Sow Little Seeds is a free resource. All the materials produced by Sow Little Seeds, including those found on our affiliated blogs are free for you to download and reproduce for personal use. Our printable materials may not be downloaded, altered or reproduced for profit. Any commercial use of these materials is strictly prohibited. Sow Little Seeds is intended as a resource for parents and families. If your church or organization would like to incorporate the materials found on Sow Little Seeds into your Sunday school or curriculum, we ask that you introduce this resource to parents, inform them about this site and invite them to participate with their children throughout the week. If you would like further clarification, please contact us at: sowlittleseeds@hotmail.com.

Our desire is that you will be encouraged by this resource. If you think our project is useful, please tell others about it! Much time and effort has been put into this site and we hope that many will benefit from our work.

In His great love,
Heather
Sow Little Seeds Contributor