One of my favorite cartoons shows a professorial-looking catechist or Sunday school teacher in a classroom full of pre-school children and saying to them, “I’m new to teaching your age group. How much do you know about systematic theology?”
The truth is, if we’re not familiar with the developmental characteristics (emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical, mental) of the age group we teach, we can find ourselves facing some real challenges.
Here are links to some very helpful descriptions of the faith development of children in grades one through eight (from the Finding God catechist manual). Take a look at the age-level you teach or will be teaching.
What is something you didn’t know about that age group? What is something that you would add (from your own experience of working with this age group)?