As we approach our new curriculum for the Fall, I want you all to get a start at understanding the biblical concepts.
If you are like me, you hear people describe the best parenting approach as "starting with the end in mind." However, in the midst of parenting, I am sometimes focused more on survival from day to day. and it can be difficult to set aside time to plan for the future. As a result, I am always thankful to have a helpful book or magazine on parenting that helps me see the future and best ways to parents.
Many of us encounter the same challenge when we think of our child's spiritual development. We want them to grow in reading God's Word and biblical understanding, but the task can be daunting.
One of the best tools in growing kids in Bible knowledge is the Levels of Biblical Learning. This serves as a wise discipleship plan that teaches 10 key biblical concepts (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, Community and World) at each age and stage of your child's development - from birth to the preteen years - in words and concepts that they understand best. For this reason, the Levels of Biblical Learning is useful for paretns and teachers who disciple their kids to know God and learn more about Him.
As kids grow, their understanding of foundational truths grows with them. For example, how does a 12 year old grow to learn the truth that "God is omnipresent - He is everywhere at all times."? It begins with teaching the truth as a baby that "God loves me." Notice how the concepts build upon on another as a child grows.
Younger Preschoolers: God loves me.
Middle Preschoolers: God loves people and is with them.
Older Preschoolers: God is always with people.
Younger Kids: God is everywhere.
Middle Kids: God is everywhere at all times.
Preteens: God is omnipresent - He is everywhere at all times.
Each statement in a concept builds upon the statement before it. So each concept begins with a foundational truth for babies and, with each passing year, a child's ability to understand more about who God is increases. In example, kids growns each year in their understanding of how much God loves them.