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From the wonderful resource, Wholly Kids, are several benchmark characteristics about your child’s spiritual understanding and development. Check it out!

Babies

•Develop a sense of trust as needs are met consistently

•Sense attitudes and expressions of love

•May point to the Bible and pictures of Jesus

Ones

•Grow in trust of adults

•Begin to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior

•Begin to recognize simple pictures of Jesus

Twos

•Can sing simple songs about God and Jesus

•Can say thank you to God

•Can listen to Bible stories

Threes

•Can identify some Bible characters and stories

•Understand that God, Jesus, and church are special

•Begin to develop a conscience and are sensitive to feelings of shame and guilt

Fours

•Like to retell Bible stories

•Recognize that God and Jesus love people and help people in special ways

•Exhibit a conscience

•Express love for God and Jesus

Fives

•Remember and like to tell Bible stories

•Use the Bible and like to find Bible phrases and verses

•Begin to ask questions about God

•Can make life application of Bible verses

Sixes

•See Jesus as a friend and helper

•Like learning from the Bible and know many basic Bible stories

•May make conclusions about God

•May begin to have a simple understanding of sin

•May begin to have a simple understanding of the Gospel

•Know the right answers but may not understand application

Sevens

•May be interested in finding out more about God and Jesus

•May ask why God would let Jesus die for the wrong things that everyone else does

•May recognize consequences for their sin

•May understand that people become Christians by accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord

Eights

•Ask serious questions about religion

•Are developing values

•Can be truthful and honest

•Often have difficulty making decisions

Nines

•Are often beginning to feel the need for a Savior

•Are growing conscious of themselves and of sin

•Want to do things the right way and think terms of right and wrong more than good and evil

Tens

•Are developing concepts of love and trust

•Are developing a conscience and a value system

Elevens

•Have formed concepts of personal worth

•Are ready for spiritual answers and directions

•Can make many choices, but may not follow through on long-term commitments

Twelves

•Feel deeply about own experiences

•Beginning to adopt a religious belief system of their own

Wholly Kids. Land, Jeff, Contributing Editor. Nashville, TN: Kids Ministry Publishing. Lifeway Church Resources, 2012.

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