Month: September 2011

  • What Kindergarten Cop Taught Me About Teaching

    I usually “oversee” the morning Children’s ministry at my church.  When I have all my volunteer teachers lined up, then I can float and make sure everything is doing fine in all the classes and offer my assistance where needed.  This morning, one of my PreSchool teachers called in sick, so I filled in her…

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  • Goal-Setting Hebrews Style

    “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.  God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:40). Wow – talk about legacy.  I plan such measly goals in my life, thinking that I should take life…

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  • Celebrity Cartoon Match: Spongebob vs. Caillou

    Caillou wins!  At least, that is, in a recent study of 60 kids done by researchers at the University of Virginia for the journal Pediatrics.  The study found that kids who watched 9 minutes of Caillou as opposed to Spongebob did better on mental tests immediately following the TV viewing.  The kids who were assigned…

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  • Reading Right Now

    Here’s what I’m working on – I’m digging this thing up!

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  • The Easiest Large Group Game Ever
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  • Out of the Mouths of Children

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  • Not a Single Bone Shall Be Broken

    Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar. I would like to share a Good Friday reflection with you. Thank you for reading… When I speak at children’s events, I tell the story of Jesus and his ministry on earth. I point out that Jesus was the only human in history who lived a perfect…

  • From the Lips of Children

    Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day of the Christian calendar where we celebrate the Triumphal Entry, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while the crowd shouted “Hosanna!” That means, “Save!” The choice of donkey versus a horse demonstrates that Jesus is the humble king. But there is another detail of this story that…