Over 13 weeks children will be studying the Ten Commandments. Most weeks you will look at a Bible story that illustrates a commandment, and you will discover how that commandment applies to a concrete, everyday situation. The children will memorize shortened versions of the commandments, together with catechism questions and answers that explain their meaning.
The first unit of study focuses on our relationship to God. Children will learn when, where, and why the Ten Commandments were given and how they point us to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:24). In this unit children study the first four commandments.
The second unit of study deals with our relationship to our neighbors. Children discover that the last six commandments, which teach us how to relate to each other, are based on the first four. The love we show to others is an outgrowth of our love for God. In each lesson, one or more specific principles relating to Younger Elementary children are presented. For example, while studying the sixth commandment—“You shall not murder”—children learn that the gift of life is precious and that they must always show concern for the lives of others.
Finally, in the third unit of study children recognize that they cannot keep God’s Ten Commandments perfectly and must acknowledge their need of a Savior. They learn that Jesus not only obeyed the Ten Commandments perfectly, but that he died on the cross for their sins and purchased their forgiveness because of his great love. In thankful response, children are challenged to put God first in their lives and show their love for him by loving and forgiving others.
Download the Younger Elementary Master Plan PDF