Teach the Importance of Small Acts

“Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” – Charles Reade – In his book The Road to Character, David Brooks wrote, “You become more disciplined, considerate, and loving through a […]

Give Kids an Emotion Vocabulary

“It’s not easy to learn to whistleif there’s no one to show you how.”– Janusz Korczak, King Matt the First – Remember that important milestone in moral development called perspective-taking? It enables us to see from another person’s point of view, to understand that they are afraid or frustrated or overjoyed or worried. Perspective-taking is […]

Have Rules and Communicate Them

“If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without; and a good man will find a way.” – Anna Sewell, Black Beauty – Most new parents have never taken child development courses, and many have never spent much time with children. Sunday school teachers are […]

Checklist: Characteristics of Children at Different Ages

Infants • are self-centered. • depend on others to care for them. • learn through their senses. They respond well to music. • focus on the present. • do not make conscious choices between right and wrong. • are sensitive to tone of voice. • enjoy holding and chewing on their toys. • may want […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Morality in Infants: Birth to Two

“We do not develop into the image of God; we are the image of God.” – James R. Estep, Jr., Christian Formation – Infants are born already having the internal capacity and sensibility for the development of an inner moral compass. But they are also born completely egocentric, which is the lowest stage of morality. […]