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, […]

Becomers: Adolescents

A parent commented to his 14 year old that math these days was much easier, because kids can use a calculator to solve the problems. His son responded, “Easier? No way. Math is hard. You have to learn which buttons to push.”     Who Are They? For this study, adolescence describes ages thirteen through […]

Targets: Ten Through Twelve

“That story is SOOO boring!” – 11 year old     Who Are They? ‘Tweens (ages ten through twelve) are, of course, the in-betweeners, sandwiched in an awkward space between elementary-age children and the youth of adolescence. I call them targets, because advertising and the media focus a huge amount of attention on kids this […]

Featured Folder: I Trust God When it Rains

Children love water. They like to splash and pour. If there’s a puddle around, they want to be in it. Rain is fun, because it makes pattery noises and designs on the window panes. But it can be frightening too, if it comes with darkness and wind, lightning and thunder. Teach young children that God […]

Collectors: Six through Nine

  “Sometimes we say, ‘I’m not playing with you ever again!’ But me and you say that all the time, but come back in about an hour and say, ‘Sorry.’ Besides, friends are friends, and friends we’ll be forever.” – 8 year old     Who Are They? The collector stage covers ages six through […]

Discoverers: Fours and Fives

“Teacher!  I’m five and nine quarters!” – 5 year old     The Task and the Strength At this stage, children develop either INITIATIVE or GUILT.  A person with initiative does things without being asked.  He takes the offensive.  He thinks independently.  He’s what we would call a self-starter.  This describes children who are four […]