Christian Kids Under Construction

The theme for this article is “Kids Under Construction.” And that is exactly what is happening daily Christian schools. Christian school teachers have the privilege and great opportunity of working with the Master Designer in helping to mold children with a Christian world-view.

I am reminded of a new lecturer of child behavior who frequently delivered a talk called the “Ten Commandments for Parents.” He married and became a father. The title of the lecture was altered to “Ten Hints for Parents.” Another child arrived. The lecture then became “Some Suggestions for Parents.” A third child was born. The lecturer stopped lecturing. I have two children.

Well, today I am not proposing any new commandments, hints, suggestions, or theories of child behavior for you. In preparing for this seminar, I have had work on my relationship with my teenage daughter. We seem to push each other’s buttons. We both have to work on repairing our relationship.

I am glad that I wasn’t asked to speak on driver’s ed, personal finances, or marriage…who knows what would have happened.

As an educator I would like us to look at Proverbs 24:3-4 as we consider “Kids Under Construction.”

“Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home; let good sense fill the rooms with priceless treasures.” Proverbs 24:3,4 CEV

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. NIV

WISDOM…UNDERSTANDING….GOOD SENSE KNOWLEDGE

Classroom teachers who understand the personality types within their classrooms have a great opportunity to cooperate with God in helping their students. Teachers and parents, too, can help their students to understand and utilize their God-ordained bent or personality type which enables them to function in harmony, to live and act as they were intended to.

Some children like change. Others resist change. Some students are task & result-oriented. Others are people & idea-oriented. Some are ready to take charge, decisive and daring. Some are cautious and correct. Some are influencers and impromptu. Yet, others tend to be supportive, loyal, sympathetic, and steady.

Use wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 24:3) in teaching and raising our children. As parents and teachers we need to understand our children’s God-ordained tendencies and help them establish a balance. We need to help them to live and act as they were intended to. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV.

God also uniquely designed each child with individual learning preferences. Classroom teachers who understand their students’ dominant learning style enable maximum learning.

“Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home; let good sense fill the rooms with priceless treasures.” Proverbs 24:3,4 CEV

“Use wisdom and understanding while our kids are under construction; let good sense fill the rooms with priceless treasures.” Proverbs 24:3,4 CEV

Research tells us that we now have 100% new information every five years. If that trend continues, students who are in grades one through three will graduate during a time where, in some technological fields, there will be new information every 38 days. That could mean that the information they learned this month may be outdated two months from now!

You and I receive new information every day that we live. Understanding how we naturally take in and process that information will go a long way toward making us life-long learners. Helping our students understand how they naturally take in and process information will go a long way toward making them life-long learners.

We know that people are not all alike. We each see the world in a way that makes the most sense to each of us as individuals. This is called perception. Our perceptions shape what we think, how we make decisions, and how we define what’s important. Our individual perception also determines our natural learning strengths, or learning style. Learning styles affect more than cognition. How students perceive and interpret messages-verbal and nonverbal- influences relationships, classroom behavior, are examples, to cite only a few.

Since we are not basically alike, when we approach a learning task or situation, we do not all benefit from the same approach. Each individual has his or her own unique learning strengths and weaknesses. It is vital for us a teachers to deliberately use a variety of methods to reach the students. It is vital for us as parents to also use a variety of methods to reach our kids under construction.

Visual Learners enjoy:

Reading and writing
Visualizing what they hear
Charts, maps, pictures and other graphic learning aids

Auditory Learners Enjoy:

Listening and talking
Sounds, even noise
Discussion, debate, concepts set to music, audio tapes
Visually bland, sound-enriched environment

Kinesthetic Learners Enjoy:

Touching and movement
Activity, involvement
Projects, fixing things, manipulative models
Space and freedom to move, something to handle

“Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home; let good sense fill the rooms with priceless treasures.” Proverbs 24:3,4 CEV

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