(Matthew 7:24-29; Deuteronomy 6:7)
The Situation: Parents ask, “What will they learn?“ Every child is different. They bring a variety of abilities and backgrounds to the classroom. Some children know a great deal about the Bible; others have no Christian instruction. Teachers are perplexed about how much to communicate to their classes.
The Solution: Learning is like climbing a ladder. Each rung must support us before we step higher. The early years lay the foundation for all other learning. Jesus’ parables illustrate this. He used familiar settings to com- municate new principles about God’s kingdom. Higher-order information makes sense only when we add it to an existing foundation of knowledge.
What You Can Do: Reinforce your child’s foundation. Remember that new learning builds on previous learning. Become the expert of your child’s abilities and experiences. Don’t push too hard; but don’t let him or her slide into mediocrity, either. When appropriate, supplement the curriculum. Ask your child’s teacher where to begin.
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