Archives for February 17, 2009

The Levels of Biblical Learning

As a parent, you have the primary responsibility for the spiritual development of your child. But God wants your child to know and love Him even more than you want it. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work through you as you teach biblical truths in all that you say and do.

13_LOBL.jpgThe Levels of Biblical Learning is an instrument you can use to reference what children from birth through sixth grade can understand and develop in their spiritual growth. It provides a chart cross-referenced by age groups and spiritual development concepts. There are 10 content areas: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Creation, Family, Self, Church, Salvation, and Community and World. The changes in concept areas coincide with changes in a child’s level of understanding and vocabulary.

The Levels of Biblical Learning chart is available online for free.

Using the Levels of Biblical Learning

  • Read the listings in each content area matching the age of your child.
  • Note the knowledge and skills your child already has firmly in place.
  • Mark the statements you believe your child is in the process of making his own.
  • Flag one or two statements in each content area that you feel are important for your child to know.
  • Determine ways to encourage your child in the areas where you feel he already is making progress and in the areas you flagged as important.

Be on the lookout for a brand new line of resources based on the Levels of Biblical Learning coming out this summer. Puzzles, bookmarks, stickers, craft packs, and more are categorized by each of the Levels of Biblical Learning concept areas.

What are some ways that you are building your child’s spiritual foundation?

Schedule Obsession

12_stressed_mother.jpgI like to consider myself to be a laidback person, but those closest to me know I’m not. However, I’ve shocked myself (and many of those around me) by being a more relaxed mom than I thought I could ever be. I’d say my parenting style is fairly relaxed … except when it comes to one topic in particular — schedules.

A few months into Jack’s life, I become obsessed with his daily schedule. I wanted everything to be exactly the same every single day. I felt he should eat and sleep at the same times every day. It’s not that I wanted to set the schedule and control every minute of his life. I was fine with letting him set the schedule. But I couldn’t understand it when he didn’t fall into a recognizable pattern every day. I just assumed that I must be doing something wrong.

I’ve read it a million times, but for some reason, it did not sink in — Every baby is different. Some babies just don’t fall into a perfect pattern like others.

After a couple of exhausting months of worrying, I finally gave up. I decided to completely follow Jack’s lead on a day-by-day basis. I can’t tell you what a difference it made in both Jack and me! After letting go, I felt as if a burden had been lifted off my shoulders. I was able to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying every moment with Jack.

And would you believe, not long after I quit obsessing, Jack fell into a basic pattern. It’s not exactly the same every day, but it’s close. It would seem that my unnecessary anxiety was affecting his behavior.

What about you? Does your young child follow a schedule every day or is every day different? Are there things you find yourself worrying about unnecessarily?