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 […]
–from Child Sensitive Teaching, by Karyn Henley, Chapter 10 © Karyn Henley. All rights reserved. Exclusively administered by Child Sensitive Communication, LLC.
“Eighty to ninety percent of Christian young people leave the church after graduation from high school.” – Dr. Brad Widstrom (1) Finding Faith – or Losing It? At this point, it would be unfair of us to leave the issue of faith development without addressing the current phenomenon that has sent many teachers, parents, […]
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 […]
“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 […]