Featured Folder: God Made Food

The young child‘s world is a world of sight, sound, smells, textures, and flavors. So he learns by touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting. Moment by moment, children experience God’s creation. Teach them that God created all this variety in this world for everyone to enjoy. “God gives food to every living creature.” Psalm 136:25 […]

An Ounce of Prevention

Directing Behavior   Four-year-old: “Daniel’s grandmother died.” Mom: “How sad! Did you tell him you’re sorry?” Four-year-old: “I didn’t do it!”   God’s Discipline Discipline means “discipling,” making disciples or followers. I like the word “discipling,” because it puts the focus on the teacher or parent. The goal of discipling someone is to help them […]

Keep It in Mind

Scripture Memory A four-year-old came out of Sunday school saying his memory verse, “Children obey your carrots.”                   What’s a Memory? In one of my favorite picture books, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, Wilfrid Gordon’s best friend at the old people’s home has lost her […]

The Five-Day Sandwich

Telling Bible Stories Creatively   A young boy listened as his teacher told the story of the Good Samaritan. When a character passed by the hurt man, she made the hurt man call, “Help!” But with each person who passed, the “Help!” got softer and weaker until the man’s cries could hardly be heard. After […]

Making the Connection

Lively Lessons A teacher of two-year-olds was teaching them how to pray. She would say a phrase, and they would echo her. At the end of the prayer, she said, “Awh-men.” All the children said, “Awh-men.” One little girl added, “And no women.”   Turning on the Light Learning occurs when experience touches truth. Mommy […]

Featured Folder: I Share

The young child is self-centered. To a child under three, everything is potentially “mine.” A three year old is beginning to develop a “sens of other.” Some things belong to other people, and other people have feelings, too. This “sens of other” is basic to the concept of sharing. Teach the children that it is […]

What If ? – Two Questions about Stages

“Eighty to ninety percent of Christian young people leave the church after graduation from high school.” – Dr. Brad Widstrom (1)   Finding Faith – or Losing It? At this point, it would be unfair of us to leave the issue of faith development without addressing the current phenomenon that has sent many teachers, parents, […]