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Age Level Characteristics of Kids

Kids think and act so much differently than adults that relating to them can be a challenge! The links below summarize intellectual, social, and spiritual characteristics of kids at various age levels, and offer tips for helping them grow in faith.

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Characteristics of Middle Schoolers

The preteens in your group can vary all the way from the boys who profess to hate the opposite sex to the sophisticated young teen whose thoughts have turned to make-up and boys. Here are a few reminders for you to consider as you prepare to teach your middle schoolers.

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Make it Count

Since the time we do have with Sunday School kids is so small, we need to make each minute count. We need to do two things: connect with families and connect with kids. Here’s how.

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3 Keys to Keeping Kids on Track

Imagine a room full of wide-eyed kids, amazed by the stories of Scripture; activity, variety, and discovery choreographed seamlessly into a lesson that captures the imagination and inspires! Consider these ideas for keeping your kids engaged and focused right from the start.

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Teaching Kids with Visual Impairments

In Sunday school, we want to create an environment where everybody belongs and everybody learns and grows together. What does that mean for kids with visual impairments? Check out these helpful ideas from Sister Barbara Cline, the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. 

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Creating a "No-Bully Zone"

Bullying. Just say the word, and most people have a story to tell. So what can you do to ensure that bullying doesn’t happen on your watch? Here are some pointers gathered from organizations that have studied the issue of bullying and its effect on kids. 

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Growing Kids' Gifts

Children aren’t the church of tomorrow — they’re the church of today just as much as adults are! Find ways you can help kids identify, develop, and use their gifts for the benefit of the body.

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Finding Support

Sunday school teachers are a lot like plants. Without support they’ll dry up, wither away, and disappear. Sounds pretty harsh, right? But that’s the way it is with ministry.

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Transparency — Use It!

Transparency isn’t just another name for an “overhead” — it’s also an essential quality of a good teacher. To be true to Christ and to the kids you teach, cultivate honesty in your life by keeping in mind these tips. 

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Stay Limber!

We expect those who provide a service to have expertise in that area and to be equipped to meet that specific need. The same applies to teachers: kids expect you to speak from experience when you teach — to “walk your talk,” as we say.

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Welcome to the Real World

When Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz, she looks around and tells her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” You may feel like Dorothy as you realize children are growing up in a different world than you did!

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Rest Area Ahead

Without regular maintenance you might wear out. Teaching is hard work. You need to balance your effort and energy with adequate time for rest. God says, “Catch your breath! Take a break. Come apart and be with me a while.”

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