The Paper Cross

(By request, I am providing this creative storytelling device. It is found in my book 100 Ways to Teach Your Child about God.  Enjoy! -Karyn) TELL this story using a piece of plain white paper. THERE was once wealthy man who had everything he could want. But he also had something he didn’t want. He […]

Seven Tips for Teaching Seven-Year-Olds

In my last post I talked about teaching six year olds. By the time those children turn seven they have changed a lot. Equipped with insights about this new stage you can continue to teach them with confidence and effectiveness. So let’s look at some basics about sevens: 1. Seven-year-olds understand the flow of time […]

Six Tips for Teaching Four Year-Olds

Four year-olds are my favorite age to teach. Here are six things I have learned about 4 year-olds that will help you better communicate with them: 1. Fours don’t understand the flow of time. As with all preschool ages, they don’t string together, in time order, the Bible stories told from week to week. To […]

Why Study Childhood?

Part of being child-sensitive is trying to see what the world feels like from the child’s perspective. That information is valuable to us, because it helps us see the child’s needs more clearly. It helps us respect the child. It helps us communicate more effectively. As we’ve seen, one way to know the child’s viewpoint […]

Read through the Bible in One Year, 7 Minutes a Day

Several years ago Karyn Henley created a unique tool to help children establish Bible-reading habits for a lifetime―with an investment of just seven minutes per day, which has become a perennial best-seller: The Day by Day Kids Bible. She paraphrased the entire Bible at a second-grade reading level, deleted redundant and overly graphic passages, and set […]

Ten Tips for Teaching Ages 8 – 11

Here are 10 things to keep in mind when teaching ages eight through eleven: 1. They want to be busy doing productive things. They enjoy projects. They learn best by touching and doing and seeing visual aids. Plan your lessons to include lots of activities. 2. They like to show their skills and abilities and […]

Planning Your Route

What is curriculum? It’s a map. It tells you how to get where you want to go. It will have overall goals for your age group. Through the year, the lessons will take you toward that goal. Lessons are the points of interest you pass as you travel the route on the “map.”  Each lesson […]

Four Ways to Teach with Intention

One of my mentors, award-winning writer Kathi Appelt, reminds me that form should serve story.  She says, “It’s easy to get lost in the exercise of form and lose intentionality.”  She encouraged me to ask:  “Is this form deliberate and appropriate for the subject?”  Intentionality means making choices deliberately, for particular reasons – which means […]

Teacher Training

We are hot and muggy here in Tennessee.  The only creature moving very fast is the hummingbird flitting around the red and purple blossoms of my flower garden. If you are involved in any way with Bible study or Sunday school, right now you are probably starting your Fall program, and you’ve recruited or are […]