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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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Featured Folder: “Jesus Is Alive!”

For young children, Easter is a time of joy and wonder as they see the people around them celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s hard for a child to understand death, and there may be some fear associated with the concept of death. So for a young child, the story of Jesus’ death is best told gently […]

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 […]

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 […]