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Home Assignments For Little Pupils

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). This was Paul's counsel to his youthful pupil Timothy. Today, as yesterday, teachers recognize the need of regular and systematic study on the part of pupils. And perhaps most Sunday School teachers for this reason assign some kind of home study. The child who has learned to meditate daily on spiritual truth will find it natural to continue the practice in later years. And even the tiniest pupils are not too young to begin this training.

In the primary classes it has been found that assignments for home study, besides furnishing daily spiritual food for thought, are a substantial aid in reaching the child's interest when he comes to Sunday School, for they establish in his thought a purpose in coming. Suppose a little boy is left in his class on Sunday with instruction from his mother, "Now, be a good boy until Mother comes for you; Mother will be back soon." This would give the child no other reason for being in Sunday School than to await his mother's return. And should it be surprising then if presently he becomes restless waiting for just what he has been told soon to expect?

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