What we aim to teach, we teach for the Glory of God. Children must understand that they are in the foundation stages of their lives. They are like athletes who have just started running and need to establish a suitable pace and create momentum. They must run according to the rules so that they will get their prize, and as they run they must run for the purpose of glorifying their Father in heaven (2 Cor. 3:18).
“Jesus grew in both wisdom and stature, gaining both favour with God and other people” (Luke 2:52). We believe that our children should grow in these four areas:
Grow in wisdom (Prov. 2:1-5). Grow in stature (1 Cor. 3:16-17). Grow in favour with God (Jer. 29:11). Grow in favour with others (Josh. 1-9).
God wants us to grow up like Christ in everything (Eph. 4:15). Our [...]
“I love coming to church, ‘cause I get to see my friends!” Trevor announced to his mom as they entered the children’s area. As Trevor walked into his kindergarten classroom, he immediately greeted Caleb and Mei. They invited Trevor to help build a tall block tower; then he regaled his friends with a new joke.
At ages 5 and 6, children typically love to make friends and to be with friends. They thrive on the encouragement and praise of key adults. In his popular book,Yardsticks, Chip Wood summarizes, “The importance of friends now rivals the importance of parents and teachers in the child’s social development. Classrooms full of six-year-olds are busy, noisy places. Talking, humming, whistling, bustling is the order of the day” (p. 59).
God’s Wisdom Children need to belong; they desire to be included with peers. Kindergarteners need to enjoy healthy outside-the-home relationships. Learning how to have great friendships begins with BEING [...]
“Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.” –George Barna
In his article Family Ministry: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children, Timothy Paul Jones reminds us that our children are far more than our children.
To have a biblical worldview is to interpret every aspect of our lives—including our relationships with children—within the framework of God’s story. At the center of God’s story stands this singular act: In Jesus Christ, God personally intersected human history and redeemed humanity at a particular time in a particular place. Yet this central act of redemption does not stand alone. It is bordered by God’s good creation and humanity’s fall into sin on the one hand and by the consummation of God’s kingdom [...]
Whether you are building a new home or raising a young child, laying a solid foundation is essential. If you establish a firm base, you can be reasonably confident that the future will remain on stable footings. A faulty foundation, however, foretells that headaches are on the horizon.
Trust the Tools Three tools are essential to lay a good foundation for a new home: a plumb line, a square, and a level. Here’s why these instruments are so important to builders of homes—and how they illustrate Biblical concepts that “build” young children.
A plumb line is a simple piece of string with a weight attached to one end. Tie the string to a fixed object and when the weight comes to rest, it points directly to the earth’s center of gravity. Regardless of the terrain, the plumb line establishes true vertical orientation. A plumb line assures that your walls are plumb—straight up and down.
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:4-6)
How Kids Think
Kids protest, “I can’t possibly do that!” Many children don’t believe they are capable of attempting new tasks and challenges. Insecurities, low self-esteem, and feelings of inadequacy often undermine their confidence, making them fearful or apprehensive.
The Biblical words for confidence mean “to trust” and “to be bold.” For Christians, confidence begins with trust in God and in the Holy Spirit’s indwelling power. Paul tells the believers in Rome, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope [...]