How have children learned from the beginning of time? How did Jesus himself teach his followers?
Through stories, in the context of relationship.
And that is just what Sonlight comes alongside you to help you do. We help you teach your children through stories, as you strengthen your relationship with them.
Jesus had a lot at stake in teaching his disciples and followers. The entire plan of his Kingdom rested on them cooperating with the Holy Spirit to carry forth his message and live transformed lives.
So what did Jesus do? Did he cram his disciples full of facts and figures? Did he just give them information from a distance?
No. First of all, Jesus loved his followers. He lived side-by-side with them. He walked with them. He talked with them. He shared in their joys and struggles. He led by example.
And he also taught them with stories. When they had questions about his parables and teachings, they asked, and Jesus engaged them in conversation.
Does this form of teaching sound familiar? Now, I am not saying we are Jesus. We certainly aren’t God and we are far from perfect. But does Jesus’ general approach to teaching sound like something we can emulate? YES!
We live in close relationship with our children. We walk beside them in life. As we teach them with stories, we strengthen our relationships with them. (What do you think all those Read-Aloud sessions on the family couch are doing? They are teaching and building relationships!) Sharing these meaningful stories with our children helps us see into their hearts. What grabs them? What moves them? What do they worry about? What are their questions? And then we can meet them there and help guide them.
The stories and curriculum Sonlight provides help you guide your children to discover answers to questions such as: How does the world work? How did our society get to where it is today? What does a worthy role model look like? What happens when we make bad decisions in life? How do we persevere in hard times? How do we relate to those who are different than us? What does it look like to follow God? How has God engaged with humanity throughout history?
Teaching our children through stories, in relationship with them, is the most enjoyable, effective and historically enduring way of learning I can think of. We simply call it our literature-based learning model.
So come along and let Sonlight help you be a guiding voice of love, knowledge and wisdom in your children’s lives as you teach them about the world and point them to Christ.
We’re with you in this journey!
Blessings to you and yours,