"Children never have been very good at listening to their elders, but they never fail to imitate them." James Baldwin
- Listen to my questions, give honest answers and assure me of God's love.
- As I listen and watch the adults around me, my moral and spiritual ideas and ideas of God are being formed.
- Model God's acceptance by your words and actions. My experiences with you are the first stepping stones to understanding God's grace. Tell me often: I am loved; Jesus loves me; God made me.
- Model God's love by being consistent. It helps me to see the same faces and hear the same voices weekly at church.
- I am beginning to understand right from wrong.
- I can sense the emotions adults display through their nonverbal body language and tone of voice.
- I can repeat simple Bible verses and learn truths such as: God gives us friends; God made everything, including me.
- Read me simple Bible stories from a children's Bible. I experience God's love by the way you treat and talk to me.
- I'm learning to help and serve others. I can help in simple ways like picking things up, putting things in the garbage or putting things in their place.
- Music and movement help me remember what I learn about God/Jesus/the Bible. I like simple Bible songs with motions.
- Teach me to make simple decisions by giving me choices between two things (milk or juice). This helps build my self-esteem.
"Parenting is a two-way street - as you take them by the hand, they will take you by the heart." Judy Ford
(Information pulled from Willow Creek's "Thought You'd Like to Know" packs.)