Books on Christian education that appeared in 1974 and early 1975 offer a broad spectrum of approaches and creativity. This compensates in part for a decline in new titles in comparison with the previous few years.
Those who minister to children take note: the single most significant book to come along recently is Childhood Education in the Church edited by Roy Zuck and Robert Clark (Moody). A comprehensive picture of childhood training, encompassing philosophy and methodology, is painted by a host of leaders in the field. This is a commendable integration of time-proven education practices with sound Christian teaching. Treatment of some of the techniques is rather brief, but bibliographies are provided for further study.
Continuing with the pre-school and very young learner: Moody Press is to be thanked for its five paperback how-to books by Marie Frost entitled: A Guide For Visitation, Songs to Sing, Effective Teaching, Pupil Characteristics, and Action Rhymes. Victor Books has a very fine list of paperbacks including You Can Teach 2s and 3s by Mary Barbour and You Make the Difference for 4s and 5s by Mary Le-Bar. A really helpful book for use in both home and church is Wesley Haystead’s You Can’t Begin Too Soon (Regal). Smile! Jesus Is Lord by Lavern Franzen (Augsburg) offers fifty basic lesson plans, using a variety of visual aids, to enliven the Sunday-school or children’s-church message. Pre-teens deficient in the basics of how we got our Bible and how it spread can be given no finer instruction tool, planned as a self-instruction book, than Paul and Mary Maves’ Discovering How the Bible Message Spread (Abingdon). Michael and Libby Weed coauthored the excellent Bible Handbook For Young Learners (Sweet), written from ...1
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