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 […]

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 […]

Making the Connection

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 […]

Becomers: Adolescents

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 […]

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 […]