One of the major things we want to instill in LC is faith in God. We’ve been hearing and attending Mass with him since he was half a year old. We also try to teach him proper discipline when inside the church. It’s awfully hard (and sad) though, when there are rowdy kids around.
At home, we pray before meals and before going to bed. Praying before meals has been a longer practice for us. That’s where we started teaching him about praying. We even made it fun for him by incorporating some actions to go along with the words. Then at the end of the prayer, he joins us in saying ‘Amen.’
Occasionally, he punctuates every prayer pause with “Aaaaaaa-men!!!” It amuses me to think whether he wants us to finish the prayer to get right on the meal (or snack), or he just likes saying Amen. I hope it’s the latter. :) There are times when he prays on his own too – in his alien language. That’s a more amusing and proud moment for me. :)
When I read Ree’s post on kids memorizing Bible verses, I thought of leveling up our praying times with LC. I have started to let him say the prayer after me.
Here’s the standard part of our prayer before meals and the part which he says after me.
Mommy Mama Rat: God
Little Cat: Dud
LC: plis (Is sounds like please, that why he probably says please.)
MMR: Thank you (I put them together since he already knows ‘thank you’)
LC: tit tah (his version of thank you)
After only a few days, we’ve noticed he already says some of the words that will follow. Kids are really amazing, noh?
I guess our new practice is a precursor to memorization. In the long run, I hope LC will gain the same benefits Ree mentioned about memorization. Another thing, I hope this will also stimulate his speech development. I will be let him say other prayers soon. And maybe soon after, he’ll lead our prayer times. ;)