Bible Perspective

Children Learn By Example

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Young children learn by example, repetition and through play. It is widely recognised that children learn better when they are active learners e.g. activity, whether mental or physical stimulates their brain, making them more receptive to new ideas and concepts. Pioneers in early childhood education such as Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) and Margaret McMillan (1860-1931) promoted this concept back in the 1800’s. While being active learners young children also learn by example and by mimicking both adults and other children they come in to contact with. There are many opinions , theories and reasons as to why there is so much anti-social behaviour going around us today but research quite clearly shows that children who are bought up with good social skills and culturally acceptable morals are more likely to achieve positive outcomes and be an asset to society in the future.

Lev Vygotsky (1896-1935) developed a social constructivist theory that stressed the importance of social relationships for children back in the early 1990’s.

As christadelphians we believe children are a gift from God and should be nurtured, praised and taught to be kind, loving and responsible in their actions and thoughts. We understand the importance of active learning so provide plenty of exciting opportunities in our Sunday School and Youth events to not only learn about GOD and the bible, but also learn life lessons i.e. respecting others, that children can put in to use in their daily lives. We understand the many pressures facing families today e.g. money worries, employment problems, education issues to name a few, but we also know the importance of families and realise that family time is prescious,so we regularly invite not just our sunday school children to our family services, outings and BBQs etc but the childrens families as well.

In the bible it says ‘train a child in the way he should go, and when he is older he will not turn from it.’ (Proverbs 22v6). Therefore we encourage all children/teenagers to take part in our events and with Gods blessing promote their learning in age appropriate ways both spiritually and morally along the way.