Some questions teachers of early childhood classes have relate directly to developmental abilities like those looked at in the previous post:
- How do you deal with the short attention spans of young children?
- Will children in early childhood really retain what they learn?
Here we want to look at some questions about the role of the Bible in early childhood teaching.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching the Bible in Early Childhood Classes
How important is it to teach the Bible to this age when it’s content is so far beyond them?
If we’re going to lay a solid foundation at this age, it needs to be the right kind of foundation, one based on the Truth of God’s Word. Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy. He said, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful … (2 Tim. 3:14-17) The question isn’t “if” we teach the Bible to this age group but “how” which ties into developmental abilities. For more about this, take some time to read:
How important is it to teach the Bible accurately to this age group?
2 Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to correctly handle the Word. It doesn’t include exemptions based on the age of those you’re teaching. Too often we’re tempted to embellish Bible stories to make them more palatable for young children. While it might seem to engender interest in the moment, as they grow, they must unlearn these added elements. This could even cause them to question parts that are true.