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 […]

A Foundation for Faith: Infancy

From a sign posted at the church nursery door: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51   The Task and the Strength According to Erikson, there is a task that corresponds with each stage of development. In infancy, the task is to develop either TRUST, at the positive […]

Featured Folder: “God Is With Me Everywhere”

One significant fact that a young child learns early is that Mommy is not always present. Daddy is not always present. He may be in the next room at home. Or he may be in his own Sunday school class. Or he may be doing grown-up things while the child is at Grandma’s. Teach young […]

The House that Faith Built

Faith Development “When Jesus comes again, we will all hold onto kites, and the wind will blow and blow and blow us up to Heaven.” – 4 year old Seekers The year Naomi was in my four-year-old class, I probably learned more from her than she learned from me.  She was petite, with an olive […]

S.O.S. BEAR

The Needs of Childhood The sun was shining as a four-year old and his mother went into K-Mart. While they were shopping, dark clouds gathered and covered the sun. It was cloudy and dark by the time the boy and his mom left the store. “Where did God go?” asked the boy. “He was here […]

The Child’s-Eye View of the World

What Is It Like to Be a Child? “Life is hard. You have to go potty even when you don’t want to.” – 3 year old When I held my first grandson in my arms, something amazing happened. As I looked at his tiny face, I saw in him not only the infant, but the […]