There is incalculable benefit in listening to kids and hearing about their interests, worries and joys. So it was with great interest that we read an excellent article by Wayne Stocks (akaDad in the Middle). He asks the question : “Does Quality Time Always Have to Be Spiritual Time?”
In his article for Ministry-to-Children.com, Wayne writes about the value of talking and listening to kids, whether or not you speak of the gospel.
What sort of things do kids like to talk about?
Is ordinary, “non-spiritual” conversation of spiritual value?
Should we always try to weave in the gospel?
In an account of a recent real-life experience, Wayne answers these questions in a practical way. If you would like to see how relationships can be built and opportunities to bring healing into young lives can be grasped, you can read Wayne’s article here.
They looked at people’s memory for items like a list of words. They found that if people studied the list by reading half of the words silently and the other half by saying the words out loud, that he words spoken aloud were remembered much better than those that were read silently.
There are lots of games and strategies to make out-loud repetitive learning fun. Speaking out the Word of God is a proven help to remembering.
Kathy Vincent (aka Scripture Lady) has some great ideas from making out-loud learning fun for kids. Here is a great one. Check it out and see if you would like to use it this week with your class or club
Cullen Wood of CullensABCs.com has a Youtube channel loaded with great ideas. Here’s one for the warm weather days. You can make ice cream without a machine if you follow Cullen’s instructions. A yummy treat for you and your child.
Do you have a child in your family or group that has special needs? We have been very impressed at the regularity and quality of posts on Our Out of Sync Life.
The author, Momma C. sums up her site like this:
God has blessed us with three beautiful children – one with Sensory Processing Disorder, a very Strong Willed middle child, and a Spirited Little Man. Follow us as we learn to train up our children to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and mind.
Even if right now there are no children in your care with special needs, you will still find this blog very uplifting and illuminating. There are heaps of ideas for crafts, and other learning opportunities.
Momma C is a trained educator and she also runs a companion site , ABC Jesus Loves Me. This is a pre-school Bible curriculum, free for use in the home. It is especially helpful for children with developmental delays.
We’d encourage you to check out these wonderful sites.
Once again our friends over at Ministry-to-children.com have come up with a practical and sensitive article.
To quote from the introduction:
Some of the children in our classrooms may not have a mother present in the home due to death, abandonment, military service, incarceration, custody issues, or various other circumstances.Parents can also be dealing with Mother’s Day grief, especially for those who have lost a child or their own mother recently. These feelings often will affect all the children in the family. So how can we approach the day with compassion?