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 […]

Seven Tips for Teaching Seven-Year-Olds

In my last post I talked about teaching six year olds. By the time those children turn seven they have changed a lot. Equipped with insights about this new stage you can continue to teach them with confidence and effectiveness. So let’s look at some basics about sevens: 1. Seven-year-olds understand the flow of time […]

Read through the Bible in One Year, 7 Minutes a Day

Several years ago Karyn Henley created a unique tool to help children establish Bible-reading habits for a lifetime―with an investment of just seven minutes per day, which has become a perennial best-seller: The Day by Day Kids Bible. She paraphrased the entire Bible at a second-grade reading level, deleted redundant and overly graphic passages, and set […]

Ten Tips for Teaching Ages 8 – 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 […]

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 […]

Are You Teaching the Children, or the Material?

Life really is all about relationships, and our primary responsibility with children is to give them the skills they need to establish and maintain healthy relationships with God and people, growing “in favor with God and man.” But in order to give those skills, we must live those skills. Which means that those of us […]

Getting the Big Picture of the Bible

The Christmas of 1960, my parents gave me my first grown-up Bible, a big, black, full-text, red-letter edition King James. I was eight. I found my King James to be a strange, but intriguing book, full of begets and begots and thus-saith’s and tongue-twisting names. But it was all mine, and I read it. Yes, […]

Seven Tips for Teaching Sevens

In my last blog I talked about teaching six year olds. By the time those children turn seven they have changed a lot. Equipped with insights about this new stage you can continue to teach them with confidence and effectiveness. So let’s look at some basics about sevens: 1. Seven year olds understand the flow […]

Six Tips for Teaching Sixes

Understanding the developmental characteristics of children at different ages is an important component of effective teaching. Here are six things to keep in mind about 6 year olds: 1. Six year-olds are beginning to understand the flow of time. Sixes have a newly developing awareness that events progress from beginning to middle to end.  It […]