On the Other Side of the Coin

Correcting Behavior “Never give up. Keep on trying until you get it right.” -5 year-old Seeing Our Opportunity In the face of challenges, my father often says, “You can see it as a problem, or you can see it as an opportunity.” If we look at behavior challenges as opportunities instead of problems, we have […]

Adolescence: Thirteen to Twenty

Identity Formation vs. Identity Confusion “[T]he adolescent period of life is in reality the one with the most power for courage and creativity.” – Daniel J. Siegel – As teens mature year by year, they leave the awkwardness of the tween stage and enter young adulthood. This is the last stage of what began in […]

Morality in Tweens: Ages Ten Through Twelve

“The years between 10 and 14 are known as the storm-and-stress period, because so much change – physical, emotional, social – can happen seemingly all at once.” – Sue Corbett – Tweens are sandwiched in an awkward space between elementary age children and the youth of adolescence. I say awkward because they have a foot […]

Arts and Crafts Volume 1

Arts and Crafts Volume 1 was one of our first publications for teachers of preschool Bible class, and we are bringing it back at new lower price! Young children learn best by doing. And the more senses they use, the more they will learn. Arts and Crafts Volume 1 includes more than 100 intriguing ideas […]

Morality in Ages Six through Nine

“Two important things to teach a child: to do and to do without.” – Marcelene Cox – Around age six, children begin to consistently discern correctly between right and wrong, although they still depend on rules to guide their behavior. From six to nine, they seem to have a strong, innate sense of justice and […]

Morality in Fours and Fives

At about age five, children move up to a new level of morality. They have a better understanding of the concept of consequences – cause and effect, if/then. They know they can be the cause of positive effects or negative effects. They can cause someone to laugh or to cry, and they generally know which […]

Morality in Twos and Threes

As Eric Erikson pointed out, will is the strength that should develop at ages 2 and 3 years. That’s both good news and challenging news. It’s good news because it’s a sign that toddlers are maturing. It’s challenging news because it means they are now aware that they can make deliberate choices. With deliberate choices […]

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 […]