But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Luke 18: 16

Trinity Kids provides spiritual guidance, education, & community for children from infancy through 5th grade. For Preschool through 5th grade, the “contemplative model”; of children’s ministry is used to provide the framework for learning about the stories of the Bible, with a focus back to the gospel & salvation of Jesus Christ. Lessons and discussions are hands-on, reflective, and open-ended. Please contact Julia Guy (julia@trinityanglicanmission.org) with any questions or to learn more about Godly Play and the contemplative model.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great Books about Peer Pressure

      The topic of Peer Pressure is a tricky one to broach with children of any age, particularly those that are very young. Such an abstract concept is difficult to explain, but even the youngest children are tempted by the pressures of “fitting in” or going along with the crowd. Teaching children appropriate strategies for avoiding the pitfalls of negative Peer Pressure is so important and can be made easier to receive when you have a book to complement and accompany your conversation. Here are a few that I would recommend, divided up by general age groups (although the younger books are still appropriate for older children, especially when they can read them independently).

Toddlers and Young Preschoolers: The Berenstein Bears and the In Crowd, by S. Berenstein
Older Preschool & Lower Elementary: My Best Frenemy, by J. Bowe  
Upper Elementary: Wringer, by J. Spinelli
I simple search online will also yield many more fantastic titles. Also, feel free to check out the Trinity Kids Lending Library (in the Gathering Room) for more books about helping children and young adults deal with tough subjects, like bullying, divorce, and death.

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