Featured Folder: God Made Food

The young child‘s world is a world of sight, sound, smells, textures, and flavors. So he learns by touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting. Moment by moment, children experience God’s creation. Teach them that God created all this variety in this world for everyone to enjoy. “God gives food to every living creature.” Psalm 136:25 […]

An Ounce of Prevention

Directing Behavior   Four-year-old: “Daniel’s grandmother died.” Mom: “How sad! Did you tell him you’re sorry?” Four-year-old: “I didn’t do it!”   God’s Discipline Discipline means “discipling,” making disciples or followers. I like the word “discipling,” because it puts the focus on the teacher or parent. The goal of discipling someone is to help them […]

Keep It in Mind

Scripture Memory A four-year-old came out of Sunday school saying his memory verse, “Children obey your carrots.”                   What’s a Memory? In one of my favorite picture books, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, Wilfrid Gordon’s best friend at the old people’s home has lost her […]

Making the Connection

Lively Lessons A teacher of two-year-olds was teaching them how to pray. She would say a phrase, and they would echo her. At the end of the prayer, she said, “Awh-men.” All the children said, “Awh-men.” One little girl added, “And no women.”   Turning on the Light Learning occurs when experience touches truth. Mommy […]

Featured Folder: I Share

The young child is self-centered. To a child under three, everything is potentially “mine.” A three year old is beginning to develop a “sens of other.” Some things belong to other people, and other people have feelings, too. This “sens of other” is basic to the concept of sharing. Teach the children that it is […]

Becomers: Adolescents

A parent commented to his 14 year old that math these days was much easier, because kids can use a calculator to solve the problems. His son responded, “Easier? No way. Math is hard. You have to learn which buttons to push.”     Who Are They? For this study, adolescence describes ages thirteen through […]

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 […]

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 […]