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The concepts of SEE and KNOW began in 1963 when we observed a cradle roll class in Amarillo, Texas. Joan Parsons (a nursery attendant), and Palma Smiley (an educator) teamed up to do what they had observed and learned about the teaching and training of infants.
From observing infants and the way they respond, we learned
many effective ways to communicate. Singing what we wanted them to hear proved to be the best way to get attention and response.
From experts on memory retention we learned that not only do infants respond to singing, but also it increases retention.
We did a lot of research and correspondence with university professors who
were doing some experimentation in infant learning. Research confirmed the lines of development we were pursuing – lots of singing,
repetition, visuals suitable to the age group, etc. We were concentrating on infants, from birth to 2 years of age.
As research articles continued showing how the infant can learn, it became
apparent that the easiest way for a child to develop desirable habits and attitudes was to keep the undesirable ones from beginning.
To start and encourage only the desirable habits as early in life as possible became one of our goals. Actions that are "cute" when
children are very small may be totally unacceptable and a hindrance to learning in grade school and even more destructive as they
After receiving research reports and correspondence from several research
teams confirming and increasing our ideas, we began using knowledge from these reports to teach basic Bible facts and attitudes in
our infant Bible classes.
Believing that the Creator always knows what is best for the created,
we began searching in the Bible for methods as well as facts to teach infants. This search led to some major revisions in our
thinking, which had been influenced and limited by man’s books.
Our basic goal became to introduce knowledge that would serve as a
foundation for all other knowledge acquired later. This meant we would have to teach basic truths that would not have to be
re-taught at a later time. This foundation became knowledge of God, His plan, awareness of His care, and His awesome love that sent
Jesus to earth as a tiny baby. It included the knowledge of Jesus’ love and desire for us to accept and respond positively to His
invitation to come to Him, and use our lives for Him.
A lesson plan outline developed, which was orderly and provided a balance of
repetition and variety. Always, we watched for more effective methods to accomplish our goal. Because of the on-going learning
process, we needed a way to present materials and procedures that were not “locked-in.” Therefore, each procedure and song was
placed on a separate card. About 30 – 40 procedures, arranged in an order, make up a complete lesson plan. This made it possible for
teachers to choose and arrange suitable procedures into a lesson plan for their specific student’s needs. It makes it possible to
easily add new procedures or replace less useful ones without totally demolishing and re-organizing the lesson plan.
Infants understand literal (not symbolic) descriptions, so words were
carefully chosen to describe the basic knowledge we wanted to teach. Then tunes, which emphasize key words of facts, concepts and
attitudes, were added because singing increased attention. The song procedures, when arranged in the logical order of a
story and repeated often, produced the orderliness and repetition that increased understanding and memory of the material
of words in each of the procedures were necessary to identify objects and meanings. Needing to choose illustrations which
identified God’s creation and principles as accurately as possible, we again looked to the Scriptures to find methods.
God used His creation (things from nature) to teach men. (See Job 12:7-10)
The wise man, Solomon, used songs and illustrations from nature. (See 1 Kings 4:32,33) Jesus, the Master Teacher, used nature for
many illustrations as He taught.
Babies are created with a natural curiosity about the world they see, so the
obvious source of our visual aids and teaching tools became any observable part of God’s creation. From seeing God’s creation,
they could learn to know God. Hence, our title from Isaiah 41:19,20 “. . . So that they may SEE and KNOW and consider
and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this and the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
The answer to, “Why do we want to teach babies?” is that God made them in
such a way that physically and mentally, they enter the world ready to learn about everything they are exposed to. They are
not selective! It seemed right that God, His love, His world, His plan; Jesus, His love; and our grateful response to their love
should be a part of the infant’s earliest experience and have at least equal time with all the worldly, insignificant things they
are exposed to.
In an infant’s mind, whatever goes in stays in. So if “good” goes in, his
mind will be filled with “good,” and if “bad” goes in, it will be filled with “bad.” Each responsible person must choose which they
want for the infants they know and do everything possible to fulfill their responsibility to model and teach.
The SEE and KNOW series has been prepared with the hope that it can be useful
to teachers and parents in teaching infants and children about God, and their relationship and responsibility to Him as willing,
obedient servants of His.
These four concepts provide a foundation for future Bible knowledge.
We began teaching twelve month olds in Bible classes in 1965. Younger age groups were added soon after that. Ron Bailey, of
Sentinel Publishing Company in Lubbock, Texas, was a friend with a child in the age group. He encouraged us to put the materials
into a publishable form. This was done and he began by publishing the 3 X 5 song and procedure cards (now on 4 X 6 cards), the
teacher handbook, and black and white pattern paks. The first publication was in 1968. Updates and additional materials were
published and copyrighted in 1988.
"Growing Up In God's World" for 2's and 3's (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) is now available.
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