Free Folder: “Jesus Is Alive!”

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 […]

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 […]

The Five-Day Sandwich

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 […]

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 […]

The House that Faith Built

Faith Development “When Jesus comes again, we will all hold onto kites, and the wind will blow and blow and blow us up to Heaven.” – 4 year old Seekers The year Naomi was in my four-year-old class, I probably learned more from her than she learned from me.  She was petite, with an olive […]

S.O.S. BEAR

The Needs of Childhood The sun was shining as a four-year old and his mother went into K-Mart. While they were shopping, dark clouds gathered and covered the sun. It was cloudy and dark by the time the boy and his mom left the store. “Where did God go?” asked the boy. “He was here […]

The Child’s-Eye View of the World

What Is It Like to Be a Child? “Life is hard. You have to go potty even when you don’t want to.” – 3 year old When I held my first grandson in my arms, something amazing happened. As I looked at his tiny face, I saw in him not only the infant, but the […]

Introduction to Child Sensitive Teaching

The sign on the wall beside the Sunday school classroom said, “Teachers are invited guests. Parents are the real teachers.” Whether you are the parent or the classroom teacher, the challenge remains the same:  How do we guide our children into a strong and lasting relationship with God our Father, with His Son, Jesus, and […]