Teaching the Commandments and Beatitudes

The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes play a major role in teaching a class of six-year-olds. These children should recognize that God's laws, when obeyed, protect from mistaken beliefs about sickness, accidents, shyness, fear, or any error.

To obey the commandments children must first understand them. It is also enlightening for pupils to investigate everything about them—why they were written, who wrote them, and where they were written. Their helpfulness down through the ages, as well as their meaning and significance to Christian Scientists, should also be explained.

When the pupils in one class realized that the commandments were a way of living, not just some words to memorize about something that happened long ago, their interest was awakened. Through Bible stories and through the children's own conversation, opportunities were utilized to make the commandments meaningful. The teacher explained key words in language the children could understand. This presentation prevented monotony.

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Testimony of Healing
I was led to Christian Science...
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