“Toto, . . . we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz film There were five neat rows, six wooden desks in each. Behind them, large windows showed a flat, treeless playground covered in stubbly grass. Fully stocked bookshelves lined the wall to the right. To the left hung a chalkboard […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Telling Bible Stories Creatively A young boy listened as his teacher told the story of the Good Samaritan. When a character passed by the hurt man, she made the hurt man call, “Help!” But with each person who passed, the “Help!” got softer and weaker until the man’s cries could hardly be heard. After […]
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 […]
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING DIFFERENCES “Where did the thunder go? In back of the world?” – 4 year old Learning Strengths If the stages of a child’s development are the framework for this temple, this house of faith we’re building, then Learning Strengths are the wiring. Learning Strengths are factors that motivate a person to learn. God […]
COMMUNICATING WITH CHILDREN Child: “Why don’t we pray for the West Coast?” Mom: “We do, sweetheart. We pray for the whole world.” Child: “But at church, we say, ‘In the name of the Father, the Son and the whole East Coast.’” Peter Smith, a specialist in children’s literature and learning skills, […]
–from Child Sensitive Teaching, by Karyn Henley, Chapter 10 © Karyn Henley. All rights reserved. Exclusively administered by Child Sensitive Communication, LLC.