As a new parent with an adorable 18-month-old girl, I absolutely want the best for her—and I want to teach my child in the best possible way for her to understand. I sat down with Jeff Land from Sugar Creek Baptist, and he shared a few good tips I’d love to pass along to you!
The first thing we need to recognize when teaching children is where each child is and how he or she can learn best. Some schools of thought emphasize pouring into the child over and over until they grasp the concepts, but with Bible Studies for Life, we’ve taken the approach of teaching each child at their appropriate age levels—it’s a foundational learning approach. By using the Levels of Biblical Learning® with my daughter, I’ve learned that I need to use simple phrases like “God is love,” or “I love you.” In doing this, I provide my daughter with a biblical example of how God loves us.
It is so important to teach children at their appropriate age levels, perhaps through the use of blocks or other tools in their everyday play. Letting your kids have a manger scene at Christmas allows your child to play with the biblical characters and begin to understand that Mary and Joseph and Jesus were real people. Letting your child play like this will help your child learn and understand inside his or her own capacity. As your child gets older, he or she will not only know Mary and Joseph, but also start putting together how incredibly special these people are.
To learn more on the Levels of Biblical Learning and how you might impact and teach your child better, check out lifeway.com/levelsofbiblicallearning
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