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 […]

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 […]

Introduction to Child Sensitive Teaching

The sign on the wall beside the Sunday school classroom said, “Teachers are invited guests. Parents are the real teachers.” Whether you are the parent or the classroom teacher, the challenge remains the same:  How do we guide our children into a strong and lasting relationship with God our Father, with His Son, Jesus, and […]