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.
A young child’s interests center around things that are familiar to him. Exploring God’s creation uses the child’s natural curiosity about his world to help him learn more about God. Teach the children that God made the land, sea, and sky. Theme Scripture: “in the begining, God made the sky and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 […]
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 […]
Saying thank you is one of the first manners a young child is taught. A young child is very dependent, so people constantly do things for him and give things to him. And they try to train him to appreciate their efforts by having him say thank you. Teach young children that God wants us […]
This folder is designed to give you the ideas you need to teach a unit about the friends God gives us. Mix and match the activities you want with the stories suggested, and enjoy!
I began teaching Sunday school when I was fourteen, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the classroom. I was raised studying the Bible and continue to read it and ponder God’s teachings, and because of my classroom experience, I’ve always tried to think of how to explain it’s teachings to different age levels. […]
The original Beginners Bible, by Karyn Henley, illustrated by Dennas Davis, was published in 1989. It was in print for about 15 years, selling several million copies and published in 17 languages. It has been out of print since 2004 but we have 32 new copies in our stockroom that we are releasing for sale, […]
1. Threes don’t understand the flow of time. For a three year old, the time from one Sunday to the next seems like an eternity. This age child doesn’t string together, in time order, the Bible stories told from week to week. When you say, “A long time ago, there was a man named Abraham,” […]
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 […]
Misbehaving usually occurs because they (children) are choosing inappropriate ways to get their perceived needs met.