CYM1126 Connecting with Children

CYM1126 Connecting with Children

Course Description

This course is about the observation of children, relationship building, their agenda, and the importance of play, story-telling and boundaries.

Course Outcomes

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate appreciation for positive relationships as the basis of all interaction with children. Children – like all of us – are relational beings. If we want to have a positive impact on their lives, this will have to be done on the basis of positive relationships. The purpose of the first unit is to help you understand why relationships are so important.
  • Listen and talk to children. It is possible that we view children primarily as juniors and as learners. While there is an element of truth in that, they are much more. They are important to God and have a unique contribution to make. Unless we learn to listen and talk to them, we will miss much of what they have to share.
  • Build positive relationships with children through play. Play has been described as the universal language of children. It is also their main occupation – this is what they do most of the time. So if we really want to connect with children, we need to learn to appreciate their play and to join them at play.
  • Share stories with children. Children love stories; in fact most of us do. But few of us feel confident to share stories with children, especially if we do not know them well. Learning basic skills and techniques can help you use this very powerful tool in building relationships with children.
  • Use boundaries in working with children. A kite can fly high up in the sky only if it is connected to a fixed point on the ground. A river can only flow strongly if it is guided along by its banks. Similarly children need the safety of good boundaries if they want to live and grow according to God’s design. In this unit you will learn basic skills for effectively using boundaries in your work with children.

Course Overview - video