I am regularly amazed by how quickly preschoolers grow. Their physical growth is often the easiest to recognize. There are some Mondays when it looks like children are walking into school an inch taller than the Friday before.
This is the also the time of school year where skill proficiency kicks in. After months of practice, opening and closing scissors are easier, holding a pencil feels more natural, and crossing the monkey bars is doable. Watching many of the 4 Day students write their names with confidence gives all of us such a sense of accomplishment. Classrooms in April “hum” as children play and socialize in ways that sometimes felt like an impossible goal in September (just keeping it real, folks).
Spiritual growth is a little trickier to measure than physical growth, for example. We can observe spiritual behaviors at school such as participating in class prayers, listening to Bible stories and reciting Bible verses. But how do we know what is growing inside a child’s heart? Genuine growth in faith is an outward and an inward journey. Behavior alone is only a partial measure. One way we like to measure spiritual growth is by asking questions. We recently asked our 4 Day students 3 questions. Here are some of their answers:
Tell me what you know about God. Why is God special?
“He made the whole Earth for us to live in.”
“He can hear people.”
“He won’t let us die on the cross because Jesus already did.”
What do you like to talk to God about?
“I like to ask Him, ‘Do you love me?’”
“I talk to him about helping me sleep because I’m always waiting for it to be morning.”
“When I’m in bed, I talk to Him in my head, but I forget what I say.”
What is your favorite Bible story and why?
“I like the fishy story - Jonah fell in the fish. I like it because I love fishing so much.”
“When Jesus was born because there are two Gods after that.”
“When God closes the lion’s mouth because Daniel gets out.”
“When Jesus was born because God used a star to show others where Jesus was born.”
“The Easter story one because I get to eat candy.”
I want to encourage you to foster your child’s spiritual growth with as much passion as you encourage academic and social skills. Children are the most open to faith in the preschool and elementary years. Giving them a foundation from a young age makes a lasting difference In “What Great Parents Do” this month, we’ll share a few super simple steps to guide you.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation to a fantastic group of leaders who I love and admire - our 2017-18 Advisory Board led by Kristen Burden. Thank you for feeding our staff each month at our monthly meetings (HUGE!). Thank you for organizing and running events that build community among parents like the “Cup of Christmas Tea” and “Daddy and Me Day.” Thank you for organizing our Room Parents so teachers are supported and well-resourced. Thank you for the FUN FAIR and stocking supplies for woodworking...and ALL that you have given to Weekday School this year. Our Advisory Board is amazing and I thank God for each of you!