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The young child‘s world is a world of sight, sound, smells, textures, and flavors. So he learns by touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting. Moment by moment, children experience God’s creation. Teach them that God created all this variety in this world for everyone to enjoy. “God gives food to every living creature.” Psalm 136:25 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
–from Child Sensitive Teaching, by Karyn Henley, Chapter 10 © Karyn Henley. All rights reserved. Exclusively administered by Child Sensitive Communication, LLC.
The young child is self-centered. To a child under three, everything is potentially “mine.” A three year old is beginning to develop a “sens of other.” Some things belong to other people, and other people have feelings, too. This “sens of other” is basic to the concept of sharing. Teach the children that it is […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Children love water. They like to splash and pour. If there’s a puddle around, they want to be in it. Rain is fun, because it makes pattery noises and designs on the window panes. But it can be frightening too, if it comes with darkness and wind, lightning and thunder. Teach young children that God […]