Children making their mark
By Janice Truitt, Children's Minister
"Little flock, do not be afraid. Your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom."
It is always a joy for me to see what the children create in Sunday School. Their stages of development and personality shine as they learn about Jesus.
From my training as an educator, I see signs of growth not only in their understanding of God, but also in their reading readiness skills.
Mark making is one of the early signs of recognizing the importance of communicating by drawing, writing, and reading. Think of early man recording daily events on the walls of caves. It is just as important for our children to have the opportunity to draw and write about what they learn in Sunday School.
At first it may be difficult for them to express what they are learning, but gradually they will make bolder direct marks that show confidence. Eventually they will write and draw where a letter or image is recognizable. This practice helps them recall what they learned.
Once they are aware of what an image or letter should look like, they may become timid again. With encouragement and positive reinforcement, they will gain the ability to draw and write with even more confidence and clarity.
The goal is for the children to share their creations with others just as the Disciples shared their message. Hopefully parents will enjoy their work just as much as I do. I am very grateful to see the children express themselves at all stages!