One year olds are in full speed; mobility, improving coordination, talking, observing and experimenting with everything in their sight. The year could be called the WOW Year (Watch Out World, here they come). They are discovering and investigating their world; they want to know why and how things are put together. Ones will do all of this through PLAY; it’s their WORK.
Teachers, look for ways to talk about God, Jesus, the Church, or the Bible as you play with ones on Sunday morning. Planned activities may...more
If you are a teacher and reading this post, please know how very important you are to the child you teach. If you are a parent reading this article, know you can use some of the same ideas or techniques to engage your child as they learn about God. Teaching babies can be fun and joyful. As teachers, you have the joy of seeing babies in your class...more
Parents and teachers are called to teach children about God. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 clearly tells you how; talking about God as you sit at home, when you go about your day, when you put your children to bed and when they get up in the morning. Make reading scripture and prayer a priority so that God’s truths flow from your heart. Children will believe what you say about God because they have that...more
Meg approaches the stairs. She watched her brother head up the steps. She goes for it. From a distance mom is observing Meg’s attempt to climb her first step. Not wanting her to fall, mom comes immediately and stops the climb. Mom gently places her in front of another toy in an attempt to redirect her and even exchanges some conversation. But Meg is persistent and in her mind...more
Relationships with loving and caring adults are primary to the way a child will grow both physically and emotionally. These nurturing relationships provide stability for the child and encourage every aspect of a child’s development. These adults may be parents, extended family, good friends of the family and/or teachers in early childhood settings and in the preschool ministries of their church. Nothing is learned apart from relationships. Children will...more
Learn great ways to anticipate and celebrate Jesus’s birth with ideas and activities for young children.
As Jesus performed miracles, He touched people and they were healed. The power through His touch brought healing. I can’t say my touch has that power, but God did create man with the sense of touch. Throughout life, there is purpose and value for human touch. Psychologists, physiologist, and physicians agree to the importance of touch in the growth and development of infants and children, and even throughout adulthood. Brain...more
You may have heard me use this phrase many times, but here it goes again: “God created children with the capacity to learn about Him.” One of my seminary professors used this phrase often in his teaching. I began thinking, “What does that phrase mean for parents?” First, God made children to be multi-sensory learners. They learn in a variety of ways, but you need to allow them to...more
What is the Bible to a preschool child? Perhaps a book he sees his teacher use in Sunday School and hears his mom and dad read at home. The Bible becomes important when preschoolers have the opportunity to touch the pages, pretend to read it, or actually identify pictures they see of the stories they know. What Preschoolers Need to Know About the Bible Babies – 2s The Bible is...more
I have been reading more recently on prayer. You might say, “I hope you are practicing it, too.” Well, I do and I am. I have become more intentional about what, when, and how I pray. Some of the books I have read lead me to consider the intentionality with which I pray, which brings me to my point. Prayer takes you on a journey with God and those...more