The Sunday School superintendent needs the full co-operation of the teaching staff. Teachers often feel that they are particularly adapted to the work with a certain age group; hence it sometimes proves helpful to have a teacher continue indefinitely at the same post, although pupils are usually transferred when they have been with a teacher a certain length of time. On the other hand, it has been found that willingness on the part of the teacher to accept an assignment in a different age group is helpful both to the teacher and to the Sunday School, whether the new pupils are older or younger than those that the teacher has had.

A Christian Scientist who is now serving as First Reader in his branch church relates the following experience. For some time he taught a class of ten or more pupils approaching the age of twenty. The pupils made excellent progress, and the work was a joy to the teacher. The superintendent, however, was encountering difficulty in securing a teacher for a class of three-year-olds and asked him if he would be willing to accept this assignment. He was entirely agreeable to the change, but was somewhat surprised to find that there were only four pupils in the class. He told the superintendent that he would like to have a larger group, and she began to assign other pupils to the class as opportunity arose. Before long the class had grown so that there was an average attendance of about ten, and he found the work with these little pupils just as enjoyable and successful as the work he had done with the same number of older pupils. It was while teaching this primary class that he was elected to the position of First Reader.

April 18, 1953

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