|Susie at lunch -- looks like I felt extra Easter-ish that day!|
For very little children, I like teaching simple songs and choruses with hand motions. So we sing The Gospel Song by Sovereign Grace and Easter Friday by Emu Music (the link will take you to the CD J is for Jesus and you can listen to Easter Friday). Both my children have learned these songs before they were two (and a funny note -- they both called the song Easter Friday, "Jesus", as in "I want sing Jesus"). The Donutman song "Shout Hosanna" is also a favorite! I don't personally have a CD with that song, but YouTube has several videos you can play for your kids to dance to. It won't take long to learn any of those songs, even if you just look them up online and play them from your computer.
A friend recommended Passion Hymns for a Kids Heard book and CD set to me, and I ordered it for my kids this year. My friend's family listens to the CD and reads the devotionals from the book in the days leading up to Easter for family worship and she has kids spread across quite an age range. I have heard her 4 year old singing hymns while she colors in my preschool class and was impressed how many songs she knew! Kids are like sponges -- why not play hymns for them that they will be singing all their lives?
A favorite CD in our house (or I should say our van) is Songs Jesus Said by the Gettys. We have listened to "Christ Has Risen" on that CD on Easter morning for several years now -- it's a great song to get up and dance to in celebration that the Lord is risen! I like quite a few of the other songs as well, even if they are not specifically Easter related because they are about the life of Christ. The other day in the car, after listening to "Once Upon a Boat" 95 times in a row, Susie suddenly piped up "Mommy, I think this song is about the time Jesus fell asleep on the boat and then he woke up and made the storm stop!" HAHA! It was quite the "aha" moment! If we want our children to have the Scriptures imprinted on their hearts, then it is wise to have them "sing the scriptures" as our worship minister Chip Stam used to say.