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: […]

Ten Tips for Ages 8 through 11

Here are 10 things to keep in mind when teaching ages eight through eleven: 1. They want to be busy doing productive things. They enjoy projects. They learn best by touching and doing and seeing visual aids. Plan your lessons to include lots of activities. 2. They like to show their skills and abilities and […]

Six Tips for Teaching Five Year-Olds

If you have been following my series of posts about the characteristics of different ages, you may have noticed many similarities in the various preschool ages, and yet, each has unique differences that must be taken into account when teaching them. In today’s post I am going to talk about teaching five year-olds. •  Fives […]

Six Tips for Teaching Four Year-Olds

Four year-olds are my favorite age to teach. Here are six things I have learned about 4 year-olds that will help you better communicate with them: 1. Fours don’t understand the flow of time. As with all preschool ages, they don’t string together, in time order, the Bible stories told from week to week. To […]

Featured Bible Learning Folder: “I Help”

Young children want to try doing grown-up things. They are eager to help. It makes them feel significant and useful. It helps them feel like an important part of the family or class. Teach young children that they can help do many things, and God is happy when we help each other. Theme Scripture: “Help […]

Tips for Teaching Toddlers and Twos

At the beginning of the toddler-two stage, children are still very self-focused. They are becoming aware that they are individuals in their own right, separate and apart from parents and caregivers. So they assert their independence.

Why Study Childhood?

Part of being child-sensitive is trying to see what the world feels like from the child’s perspective. That information is valuable to us, because it helps us see the child’s needs more clearly. It helps us respect the child. It helps us communicate more effectively. As we’ve seen, one way to know the child’s viewpoint […]

Featured Folder: “Jesus is God’s Son”

One of the most familiar and popular Bible stories for most young children is the story of baby Jesus. There are stars and angels, shepherds and animals. There are wise men and gifts. There’s a husband and wife. and most important of all, there’s a very special baby. Teach young children that baby Jesus is […]

Four Ways to Teach with Intention

One of my mentors, award-winning writer Kathi Appelt, reminds me that form should serve story.  She says, “It’s easy to get lost in the exercise of form and lose intentionality.”  She encouraged me to ask:  “Is this form deliberate and appropriate for the subject?”  Intentionality means making choices deliberately, for particular reasons – which means […]

Three Reasons for Historical Context

If you have followed my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am often emphasizing the teaching of Bible stories to elementary age kids in chronological order. Likewise, I would encourage you, when possible, to include the historical context of the stories. That is exactly what I did when I prepared my […]