Why is this study so important?
What we teach our children stays with them all of their lives. The values and morals we teach by our words and by the example of our lives will help to establish the ethical behavior of our children as adults. That is why it is so important that children are well grounded in Biblical truth and know how to apply that truth to their daily life.
Learning about Creation and the fact that we were created by God and understanding the great significance of God's power as displayed in the Creation of all things can and will have a tremendous impact on your child's personal behavior. That is why it is so important that the facts presented in this Biblical story be remembered and applied. That is why the fact that God created life and that it did not and could not come about by chance is so important to a child's understanding of his relationship with God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
As we know more about what God did in the beginning, we as parents and teachers can emphasize the main points of the Biblical account so they become an integral and vital part of our daily life. As these truths are repeated, the learning experience is retained and the child will remember and apply these Biblical truths.
How to use this study
As you read this Story to or with your children, point to the pictures that illustrate the story so your children begin to associate the words with the actions.
By reviewing the Video with your child and by asking questions and reinforcing the truths and values in the film as detailed in this guide, you will be placing these concepts into your child's mind so that they are reinforced each and every time your child watches and enjoys this film.
The Audio can be copied to your computer where you can then transfer it to a CD or a portable media device such as an MP3 player. Then you can take the story with you. Remember to make this learning experience fun for you and your child.
The Quiz will allow you the opportunity to see what your child has learned from experience, so that you will be able to apply these truths to your child's daily walk with God. These questions can be asked in a conversational manner rather then like a test if you so desire.
Talk with your child about this Biblical story and what it means to them in order to reinforce these truths. This will lead to a proper understaning and application of this story to your children's daily walk with the Lord.
What are we learning?
The Biblical account of creation shows us the power of God. God created man first, and then He created Eve. Adam was intelligent and named all of the animals. God created man, he was not the result of a random evolutionary process. This fact, learned and applied at an early age will help us to understand the importance of serving our creator, who made us.
Adam was created specifically by God. He was not born of a female. God put him to sleep and created a woman from Adam's side, out of a rib. God made the woman especially as a helpmeet for Adam. God gave them the Garden of Eden to live in, and the Tree of Life which they might eat of freely and live forever. There was only one thing that they were not to do. They were not to eat of the tree in the middle, the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
But they did, they ate of the fruit of that tree and they fell into sin. God had told them specifically not to do it, and yet they disobeyed. Although this truth is discussed in more detail in "The Elephant in Eden" it is important to relate the results of this sin in any study of creation.
As God created all things and is responsible for the origin of life, man and even time, we see the folly of living our life apart from God. God create us for a purpose, and that places the responsibility on us to fulfill that purpose and to live each day of our lives in fellowship with Him. We can walk with Him and talk with Him and truly live our life in harmony with the God who created the entire universe by his awesome power. That same power is available to us each day in our own personal relationship and walk with Him.
When we remember the power of our God who spoke and all of creation came into existance, and understand this truth, we will realize that the true power we need to live for Him, comes from God the creator and is gained by yielding ourselves to Him each day.
To understand the fact of creation and the awesome power of the God who created all things. The facts are that God alone is responsible for the origin of man, of life, of the earth and the very existence of the universe. God indeed created all things.
As God created us, He has a plan for us, a plan that will truly bring us happiness and joy in following Him each day. It is foolishness to disobey God or to live our lives on our own knowing that the God who created all things not only can have fellowship with us, but actually wants to have a personal relationship with us. We must learn therefore, to do what God the creator wants us to do, to obey and serve Him each day. We must learn to apply this truth of who He is. It begins as a child, as we learn from this study, and it is becomes real each day as we live our life in obedience to God's word.
When you visit the zoo, see an animal that God made or see one on TV, this is another opportunity to talk about the Biblical account of creation. As we see things God made, we can remember and reinforce and apply these great Biblical truths of eternal value and thereby help our children to live them each day.
To see this truth of God and who He is come alive in our children we must teach by both word and example. We need to remind them of God's might power in the creaiton of the heavens and the earth. To see a true change in our children's actions we must make the story real. We must also keep the application alive by constantly reinforcing this concept whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Therefore, we will achieve our goal of a life-changing attitude geared toward eternal values for which we will all be held accountable when we stand before God.
Our purpose of making the Scriptures come alive can only be accomplished if the application is kept simple and these truths are understood. Thus we accomplish our spiritual objective by explaining the eternal consequences of our daily actions as well as our responsibility to the God who made us.
The importance of creation cannot be over emphasized for it is the basis of our salvation and eternal life with God. As God created us He has the right to judge us and to hold us accountable for our daily actions. As He created us, He also gave His Son to be our salvation.
By watching the film and by using the Student Guide, children will learn by repetition and reinforcement. You will have the opportunity to explain, discuss and apply spiritual truth in a real and meaningful manner that will truly have an eternal effect on your child's life.
As an added learning objective, a vocabulary test or quiz can be created from the story. Such a test could be difficult using words like "created" and "creatures" or very simple using words like "made" and "pair", depending on your child's age. The "words to live by" section of the Student Guide provides an excellent beginning point for a vocabulary test as well as a way to test your child's comprehension of the subject at hand and to learn more about the animals mentioned.
A similar test or quiz could be given on the vocabulary words mentioned above or on different words to challenge your child's spelling ability and to enhance the learning process. The level of difficulty and the number of words selected is up to you, but the more you utilize the tools provided in this series and reinforce these truths, the more you can expect living results in your child's actions and attitudes.
It is not necessary to force these activities on your child as tests in the formal sense, but you can make a game of it as somthing new to learn or a special fun time. These tests on vocabulary words or spelling do not need to be given at the same time or all at once. A few words each day while riding in the car or even while waiting in a line at some event, not only provides your child with an additional learning experience, but also opens the door to further discussion and allows you to emphasize again the important Biblical truths related to us by the story "ABC's of Creation".
Some things to remember
The following quesitons are given to help your children understand the truths that were presented in this story. After all it is important that we fully understand what God did when He created all things.
Discuss these questions with your children and have them write down their answers on a separate piece of paper or talk about them with you. Be sure that they understand how to apply these truths.
What happened in the beginning?
What was created on each of the six days of creation?
Why is it so important that God created life?
How did God create Eve?
What can you do about sin in your own life?
Why did God make man first and them woman?
What did God do for us?
Why is this important?
How should you live you life each day knowing that God made you in His image?
What did you learn from the fact that God created the heaven and the earth and everything that is in them?
How will this help you each day as you obey God and live for Him?