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Bright-eyed and energetic. Full of life. Able to melt hearts with the flash of a baby-toothed smile. Loveable beyond reason. Yet challenging to teach.

Bright-eyed and energetic. Full of life. Able to melt hearts with the flash of a baby-toothed smile. Loveable beyond reason.

Yet challenging to teach.

You know exactly what I'm talking about. One boy runs through the back of the room during the Bible story. Attempts to get him engaged with the lesson, or simply to sit down, result in a defiant "No!" Another child, who always sits near the front, interrupts every 10-15 seconds to talk about her dog and her princess costume, or to sing her favorite song. One girl has gone to the bathroom five times in 20 minutes. And two calm, quiet kids who seemed to listen well start to repeatedly yawn.

No one ever labels teaching preschool children as an easy task—especially when the goal is to lay a spiritual foundation that will last a lifetime. Yet, many agree that birth through age five years represents the best time to pour into kids because these represent the most impressionable years. Their young minds act like sponges that will soak up any ...

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