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 […]

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 […]

The Paper Cross

(By request, I am providing this creative storytelling device. It is found in my book 100 Ways to Teach Your Child about God.  Enjoy! -Karyn) TELL this story using a piece of plain white paper. THERE was once wealthy man who had everything he could want. But he also had something he didn’t want. He […]

Featured Folder: “God Made Animals”

What a wonderful variety of animals God made for us to enjoy! Huge elephants, tiny catepillars. Animals that snort or growl, chirp or bark, buzz or mew. Animals that fly or crawl, tunnel or swim, leap or creep. They are the other living creatures that inhabit the earth that God made for us. Theme Scripture: […]