The information in this book is a synopsis of decades of experiences and education about how the child’s Spirit functions in the world. The 65 concepts will feed your creativity and hopefully initiate honest dialogue to share information about how God has worked and can work in their life.
This book is dedicated to my dear friend Tracey Carruthers. Tracey guided me through many days of confusion and change. Without her friendship and wisdom I would not have understood all of the wonderful messages that were flowing through me nor been able to share them with you.
Honoring Your Young
Norma T. Hollis
Copyright 1998, 2009, 2011 Norma T. Hollis
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HONORING YOUR YOUNG
Concepts to Nurture Your Child’s Spirituality, Natural Gifts,
Talents and Purpose
Children’s spirituality is a relatively new field. It goes beyond mainstream early childhood development and beyond mainstream religious education. As a former director of child development programs and a former early childhood consultant for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, I have experienced both mainstream early childhood and mainstream religious education. Neither emphasize the spiritual development of the child.
Child development curriculums focus heavily on developmental areas of social, emotional, fine motor, gross motor, speech, language and cognitive skills. Religious programs focus on the religious philosophies they choose to impart to their young children. However the area of the child’s spirit, the child’s natural and innate connection to God, the area of children’s spirituality is only beginning to be recognized in a few circles.