Teaching in the Milieu of Everyday Life + Contest Winners

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How many of you would personally attest to this statement by Lou Priolo?

We all learn better, faster, and more eagerly when we can see the value of what we are learning to our life (when we are personally motivated to apply the truth to our own life).

How can parents use this basic notion to teach children the most important truth of all—biblical truth? One important way is by teaching and applying Scripture in the “milieu” of everyday life. In other words, teaching children to apply the Bible when they are in the middle of, or surrounded by life’s circumstances. Here are a few basic and practical principles from Lou Priolo:

  • Milieu teaching opportunities may be extended beyond the moment of incidence. If your child asks you a question, or has an experience which you are not immediately able to relate to Scripture, do a little research and teach the passage retroactively later that day or perhaps the next.
  • Be sure to use vocabulary commensurate with your child’s ability to understand…Break down complex and abstract theological terminology into more age-appropriate, easily understood, and concrete concepts.
  • Keep teaching sessions relatively short depending on your child’s attention span.
  • Consider using role-play to apply the passage you’re teaching.
  • Encourage him to ask questions about the passage.
  • Ask him to create (imagine) his own milieu in which he might have to apply the passage.
  • Teach in the context of a loving relationship with your child.
  • Teach young children who are unable to read how to memorize Bible passages.

(From “Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training,” ©2000, pages 23-24)

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Contest Winners! Thank you to everyone who participated in our drawing for one of three copies of A Father’s Guide to Blessing His ChildrenThe winners are: Dwight, Nelson, and Joshua! We will be emailing each of you this week at the address you provided to get your mailing information so we can send your prize. Again, we’re so grateful for all of our readers. We thank the Lord for each of you!

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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