This morning on my bus ride to work I was passing time by playing “Candy Crush Saga.” I finally made it to level 135 and I played the first round with no success. I played the next round and no success. I quickly realized I didn’t know what I was doing. So, I went to google and searched for tips on level 135. It didn’t take me long to find out exactly what I was supposed to do. I was especially comforted by the words “level 135 is one of the hardest levels on Candy Crush.” Looks like I’ve got something to do for a while on my bus rides to and from town.
For Bible Studies for Life: Kids users, there are some other levels that sometimes need unlocking. We call them the Levels of Biblical Learning, sometimes referred to as LOBL. You might have seen references to the LOBL in your Bible Studies for Life: Kids curriculum.
Can you read it? It’s pretty enormous. Don’t worry, you can download Levels of Biblical Learning poster here. But first, let’s talk about what the LOBL really means.
Just as kids physical bodies grow and develop, so do their spiritual selves. The LOBL provides a path for helping kids journey along the spiritual development path.
Let’s take a look at the path to which kids can take to learn more about Jesus.
Babies – 2s can learn that Jesus loves them. As they progress to 3s-Pre-K they learn that Jesus loves all people. As kids enter the Kindergarten age range, they begin to know and understand that Jesus died on the cross, but is alive again. Grades 1-2 can know that Jesus died on the cross, and that God is the One who raised Jesus from the dead. Grades 3-4 are capable of understand that Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin. Preteens can know that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection were a necessary part of God’s plan for forgiveness of sin.
Remembering how kids learn and teaching kids information in levels can help kids better grasp the greatness of who Jesus is. Here is a short video further explaining LOBL. More information on ordering or downloading LifeWay’s Levels of Biblical Learning can be found here.
Remembering the LOBL can help you as you teach kids spiritual truths to think about the chunks of information each age group is capable of understanding. Looking at the LOBL can be overwhelming, but is a great tool as well. Teaching kids the spiritual truths outlined on the Levels of Biblical Learning won’t be the most difficult levels you ever teach, but in the spiritual development of a child, they might be the most important! Let us know if you need help. We’ve got your back.