Scope & Sequence

(For a further explanation on the scope and sequence, please refer to "Introduction to 'Christian Life and Faith Scope and Sequence,' and 'Character Building Scope and Sequence.'")

Christian Life and Faith Scope and Sequence

Biblical and Christian Foundation

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God (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn Who God is, based on Biblical accounts and verses that describe His nature (e.g., the great I AM, the Alpha and Omega, etc.); learn attributes of God (e.g., His power to protect, His power to create, His power to supply, His love for mankind, His wisdom, His wise judgment, etc.).
  2. Learn how the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based. (See “Wisdom,” Level 2a, CLF.)
  3. Understand that it was God’s love for mankind that caused Him to send Jesus to earth.

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Jesus, God’s Son (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn about Jesus, God’s Son, and why He came to earth. (See “Salvation,” Level 1a, CLF)
  2. Learn of Jesus’ birth (as celebrated at Christmas), early life, and years before His ministry began.
  3. Learn of the main milestones in Jesus’ ministry on earth.
  4. Learn of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  5. Study select parables that Jesus taught and their meaning.
  6. Study the miracles Jesus performed while on Earth.
  7. (See also “Jesus, Your Best Friend,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Jesus, God’s Son (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the historical backings to the life of Jesus, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.
  2. Study more of the parables that Jesus taught and their meaning.
  3. Be able to describe Jesus’ divinity, and modern perspectives of His life.
  4. Learn of the many names of Jesus throughout the Bible.
  5. Learn that Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, and that Jesus’ power is much stronger than the Devil’s.
  6. Be able to identify Messianic prophecies in the Bible and connect them with their historical fulfillment. (See “Bible Prophecy,” Level 1b, CLF.)

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Salvation (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of God’s unconditional love for each person; learn that Jesus, God’s Son, gave His life and then God raised Him back to life from the dead, so that one can be saved from one’s sins and receive the gift of eternal life in Heaven through accepting the gift of salvation.
  2. Study and be able to describe the Scriptural basis showing salvation as a gift that cannot be earned through good works.
  3. Learn how once someone has received the gift of salvation it won’t be taken away from him/her due to sin in their life.

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Salvation (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn in depth about the significance of the gift of salvation Jesus gave to each person, as well as the responsibilities and accountability of those who are saved to spread that message to others.
  2. Learn that without accepting Jesus' gift of salvation from sin, one must live with one’s sins, experience separation from God as a result of sin, and feel the darkness and weight of one’s sin.
  3. Understand that while salvation is a free gift that won’t be taken away, and one can always depend on Jesus’ unconditional love; when it comes to blessings and heavenly rewards one is judged by one’s actions, thus it is important to strive to do what is right.
  4. Be able to describe the events of the first communion: the meaning and significance of communion: the bread and the wine, the connection with Jesus’ sacrifice for mankind, and how one partakes of communion in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice.

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Holy Spirit, The (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to articulate why the Holy Spirit was sent to believers after Jesus departed.
  2. Be able to define the baptism (or overflowing) of the Holy Spirit, and understand the purposes of Holy Spirit baptism, to give one comfort and peace, power to give more love to others, to be a greater witness of God’s love through Jesus, transformative power, a closer relationship with Jesus, wisdom to understand God’s Word, and help in hearing God’s voice; read and memorize Bible verses which highlight the purposes of the Holy Spirit.

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Holy Spirit, The (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Be able to describe the fruits of the Spirit. (See “The Fruits of the Spirit,” Level 2, CLF.)
  3. Be able to describe the gifts of the Spirit. (See “The Gifts of the Spirit,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Trinity—God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, The (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to list that the Trinity comprises God—the Father, Jesus—the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. Be able to describe the significance and separate roles of each personality of the Trinity.
  3. (See also “God,” Level 1, CLF; “Jesus, God’s Son,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF; and “The Holy Spirit,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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God’s Word (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that the Bible is God's Word written by divine inspiration; study the Bible verses that refer to this principle.
  2. Respect and treasure God's Word, and understand the importance of keeping and obeying God's Word; study and memorize Bible verses upon which these principles are based.
  3. Be able to identify the benefits of reading God's Word daily and becoming a student of the Word.
  4. Be able to list benefits of Scripture memorization.
  5. Learn of methods and tips to become a student of the Word, such as memorization, Bible skills and knowledge, and practical study tips.
  6. (See also “General Bible Knowledge,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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God’s Word (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that within God’s Word lies the story of mankind’s past and future, the purpose of life, the blueprint for living a godly life, etc.
  2. Understand that God's Word is the first place one can turn to when one needs to obtain victories or overcome obstacles in life; learn how to study God’s Word when desiring victories in life.
  3. Learn that God’s Word must be given a priority in life if one desires to be successful.
  4. Be able to identify the benefits of Scripture memorization, and power that is available through claiming and quoting God’s Word.
  5. Learn that God’s Word helps one to find His will. (See “Finding God’s Will,” Level 2d, CLF.)
  6. Learn that it is not always easy to study God’s Word, and how human nature sometimes fights against one’s ability to draw all one can from it, through familiarity, laziness, disbelief, distractions, etc.
  7. (See also “General Bible Knowledge,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Faith (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn what faith is, i.e.: faith is a belief in the unseen, and a substantial and real commodity in the spirit, etc.; read and memorize Bible verses that build on the concept of faith.
  2. Be able to identify where to strengthen one’s faith: in Jesus and in His Word, and through faith-building accounts, and by actions that increase faith.
  3. Learn that faith is one of the gifts of the Spirit, and that one can pray to receive a gift of increased faith.
  4. Be able to describe the rewards and blessings of faith.

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Faith (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that faith is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one is abiding in Jesus.
  2. Learn of the importance faith plays in one’s spiritual life: that one is saved by faith (grace), that one must live one’s faith, that faith gives spiritual strength and power, and that without it one cannot please God; study and memorize Bible verses upon which these principles are based.
  3. Be able to identify steps to strengthen and increase one’s faith, and be aware of things that can detract from faith and how to take a stand against such things.
  4. Understand that sometimes God allows difficulties and hardships in one’s life as a test of one’s faith, to cause one to draw closer to Him for help and support, which results in a happier life; learn the importance of trusting God despite difficult circumstances.
  5. Learn how to trust even when God’s promises don’t seem to be fulfilled; understand the principle of Romans 8:28.
  6. Read of faith-building accounts from history of those who put their faith in God and were blessed of God for their actions.
  7. Learn that faith includes actions; one must have faith in God’s ability to do what one cannot do, but one can strive to do what one can; be able to identify the concept of faith plus works.
  8. Understand that faith isn’t based on feelings; it’s a manifestation of confidence in God’s promises and His ability to answer, even when circumstances seem to contradict His promises; learn that God honors faith with answers, love, and care.

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God’s Law of Love (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe Jesus’ commandments of love as articulated in Matthew 22:35–39; identify love as the most important virtue; study and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle.
  2. Be able to describe the Golden Rule as explained in the Bible (Luke 10:25–37) to treat others as one would wish to be treated.
  3. Learn that love is a fruit of God’s Spirit, and is manifested when one is abiding close to Jesus.
  4. Learn that one’s own love is insufficient, and so one must ask God to give one His love to love others with.
  5. Learn of the benefits that loving others brings both to oneself and to others.
  6. Learn the qualities of genuine love: that it should be extended to everyone, that it is not pushy, it is considerate of others’ weaknesses, does not hurt or do wrong, does not give up, is kind and courteous, etc.
  7. Learn what putting love into action means, and that real love results in good deeds.
  8. Understand the importance and benefits of giving and receiving affection, and how to show it to others.
  9. Learn of men and women in history who showed genuine and/or sacrificial love to others and the testament it was of God’s love.

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Fruits of the Spirit, The (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that abiding with Jesus and in His Spirit will manifest itself in fruit (positive results).
  2. Be able to define the purposes for the fruits of the Spirit.
  3. Understand how to recognize whether one is manifesting the fruits of the Spirit in one’s life, and the steps to take in order to do so.
  4. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Love (See “God’s Law of Love,” Level 1, CLF.)
  5. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Joy (See “Joyfulness,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  6. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Peace (See “Peacefulness,” Level 1, CB.)
  7. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering / Patience (See “Patience,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)
  8. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness (See “Gentleness,” Level 1, CB.)
  9. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
  10. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Faith (See “Faith,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  11. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Meekness / Humility (See “Humility,” Level 2, CB.)
  12. Study the fruit of the Spirit: Temperance / Self-discipline (See “Self-Discipline,” Levels 1 & 2, CB. See also “Moderation,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Gifts of the Spirit, The (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that the Holy Spirit gives one spiritual gifts; learn how to ask for the gifts that the Spirit gives.
  2. Understand the purpose for these gifts and how to use them in one’s life and connection with Jesus.
  3. Study the gift of the Spirit: Discernment (See “Wisdom,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)
  4. Study the gift of the Spirit: Knowledge (See “Learning and Study Skills,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)
  5. Study the gift of the Spirit: Wisdom (See “Wisdom,” Level 1 & 2, CB.)
  6. Study the gift of the Spirit: Faith (See “Faith,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  7. Study the gift of the Spirit: Prophecy (See “Hearing from Jesus,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  8. Study the gift of the Spirit: Healing (See “Healing,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF)
  9. Study the gift of the Spirit: Miracles (See “Miracles,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  10. Study the gift of the Spirit: Tongues
  11. Study the gift of the Spirit: Interpretation of tongues

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Finding God’s Will (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand the importance of finding God’s will.
  2. Understand the blessings and benefits that come to a person who is in God’s will.
  3. Learn of the prerequisites to finding God’s will: submission to His plan, trust that He knows best, a sincere desire to do it, and faith to step out and try.
  4. Learn of the various ways in which God leads one within His will: Holy Spirit guidance, the voice of His Word, godly counsel, dreams and visions, direct revelation, burdens, and fleeces.
  5. Learn the importance of continuing to seek God’s will, even after receiving initial direction of His plan.
  6. Study and memorize Bible verses on God’s promises to help those who are earnestly seeking to find His will.
  7. Learn that sometimes God's will and plans are conditional, and can change depending upon man’s actions and reactions; learn of accounts in the Bible when God changed His mind.
  8. Understand that God often gives Christians choices within the boundary of His overall will.
  9. (See also “Hearing from Jesus,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF)

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Obedience to God (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that obedience to God is the duty of Christians and followers of Jesus.
  2. Be able to describe the blessings God gives for obedience; learn of the consequences of disobeying God.
  3. Understand that God is infinitely wiser than man, and it is wisdom to obey God.
  4. Understand that obedience to God often takes the form of submission to those God has placed in positions of authority, such as parents, teachers, shepherds/pastors, leaders, rulers, etc.
  5. Learn of accounts in the Bible of obedience to God.
  6. (See also “Obedience,” Level 1, CB.)

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Great Commission, The (1)

[The child should:]

(This section of the scope and sequence focuses on the fundamentals of the great commission. For more on the practical ways to witness, see “Preach the Gospel,” Level 2, CLF.)

  1. Be able to describe and define “the great commission” that Jesus gave to His first disciples as articulated in the Bible.
  2. Be able to indentify the great commission as the duty of all followers of Jesus to spread His message of love and truth.
  3. Learn of the importance of the message of salvation, and why Christians are called to witness.
  4. Learn of the rewards that come with being a witness for Jesus.
  5. (See also “Preach the Gospel,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Discipleship (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to define the term “disciple” to mean a "follower of the teaching"; identify a disciple as someone who follows Jesus’ teachings, and serves Him and others out of love; study and memorize Bible verses and passages that this principle is based upon.
  2. Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission.
  3. Learn that a disciple’s job is to manifest the love of God to others, and help others come to know God in a personal way; understand that a Christian’s life should stand as a testimony to the love God has for the world, and to the truth and power of His Word.

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Discipleship (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe various actions that a disciple must take as based on Scripture, such as, obedience to God, submission to His will, forsaking the sole pursuit of materialistic goals, sacrificial giving, willingness to endure hardship, etc.
  2. Be able to describe the various ministries of disciples, and how utilizing one’s gifts and talents for God’s glory, and the furtherance of the great commission is one way in which disciples serve God; identify men and women in history who were disciples and/or missionaries.
  3. Be able to describe the role Jesus’ disciples played in the establishment of the Early Church and spreading the message of Jesus and salvation, and the influence their discipleship had on Christianity.
  4. Understand how disciples are to be in the world but not of the world.
  5. Learn of the rewards, benefits, and privilege of discipleship.

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Fellowship of Believers, The (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the importance of the fellowship of believers as outlined in the Bible.
  2. Understand that believers are one in Christ, and that together believers are the body of Christ.
  3. Understand the strength that is to be found in fellowship, and that it is for the strength, edification, and inspiration of one’s spirit.

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Brotherhood and Unity (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn how working in brotherhood and unity, while it takes an investment of time and effort, brings joy; learn Bible verses that highlight this principle.
  2. Be able to describe the Biblical basis for unity, and that unity is part of one’s Christian example; learn of the power that it has when it is practiced.
  3. Recognize when one is practicing brotherhood, and when one is not.
  4. Learn of the causes of disunity and division; identify what steps to take in order for unity to be established.
  5. Understand that brotherhood with fellow Christians and peoples of other faiths promotes a positive perspective of Christianity to the world, and is a means by which greater good is achieved and God’s message of love and faith is spread.
  6. (See also “Teamwork,” Level 1, CB and “Resolving Conflicts,” Level 2, CB.)

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Overcoming Obstacles (2)

  1. Understand that difficulties, trials, and obstacles are a part of life, and through learning to work through them, one can gain valuable understanding through these experiences; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based.
  2. Learn that through God’s help one can overcome obstacles and difficulties, and find peace and triumph despite setbacks.
  3. Understand that some difficulties one faces are put on one’s path by the Devil, and how one must sense these times and rebuke and resist the Devil.
  4. Recognize when difficulties are getting the better of oneself, and learn how to positively alter the situation.
  5. Learn how to overcome difficulties, trials, and obstacles, and how to seek the assistance of those who can help one make further progress.
  6. (See also “Problem Solving,” Level 1, CB.)

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Contending for the Faith / Opposition / Persecution (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Study Bible verses that describe opposition and/or persecution as something that all followers of Jesus will face; learn that all believers are asked to contend for the faith.
  2. Be able to describe Biblical accounts of when God’s followers faced opposition and/or persecution, and how God used it for good.
  3. Learn the difference between persecution and opposition; understand that opposition is something that everyone in the world will face at some time or another.
  4. Learn of the blessings and benefits of persecution: it helps spread the Gospel, it strengthens one’s faith, it strengthens the faith of new converts, etc.
  5. Learn what steps to take in order to be prepared for persecution or opposition, and how to handle it with grace and faith.
  6. Learn of God’s power to protect His children despite persecution; read of such accounts from history.

A Personal Connection With Jesus

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Jesus, Your Best Friend (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of Jesus’ love for us, and how important Jesus considers each person.
  2. Learn to experience Jesus as part of one’s everyday lives, and learn to interact with Him, talk to Him, experience and take note of His love in the variety of ways He shows it, and to hear the guidance He offers.
  3. Learn that no problem one experiences is too big, bad, or ugly to take to Jesus; learn of the comfort and strength Jesus gives.
  4. Learn how Jesus wants to hear about all one goes through in life, the good and the difficult; that He will lovingly listen, give advice, encourage, and help one as a best friend would.
  5. (See also “Salvation,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  6. (See also “Jesus, God’s Son,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Prayer (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the many benefits and blessings that an active prayer life brings; study and memorize Bible verses on prayer.
  2. Learn how prayer is a combination of talking to and listening to Jesus.
  3. Commit “The Lord’s Prayer” to memory and be able to describe its meaning.
  4. Learn to have reverence in prayer, approaching God in a spirit of praise, while also learning how to communicate with Jesus as the One who wishes to be one’s close friend and answer one’s prayers.
  5. Learn that though God always answers prayers, He answers in the best way, which isn’t always the way a person expects or wants Him to answer; learn about the answers God gives to prayer—yes, no, and wait.
  6. Learn how to employ the power of prayer by evoking the spiritual promises that God has given through His Word; study Bible verses on God’s promises to hear and answer prayer.
  7. Learn of the need to pray for others, as well as prayer for oneself; learn that to pray is the greatest action one can take to bring about good results.
  8. Learn of miracles God performed for those who prayed fervently.

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Prayer (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the significance and importance of prayer in a Christian’s relationship with the Lord.
  2. Learn of the many facets of prayer, and that it is not only asking for things, but sharing one’s heart with God, meditating upon His Word, as well as listening to God.
  3. Learn of the conditions that must be met in order for prayers to be answered, and various hindrances that keep prayers from being answered.
  4. Learn of importunity in prayer, and how there are times when God expects one to persevere in prayer before He brings the answer.
  5. Learn to praise and trust Him fully, both when one’s prayers are answered as one had hoped for, and when one feels like God didn’t answer because things turn out differently than one had hoped for.
  6. Learn to take one’s specific needs and the needs of others to the Lord in prayer, claiming God’s promises and expecting God to act.
  7. Learn to go beyond what one feels is a comfortable request, and to put God on the spot for needs outside of the realm of easy expectation.
  8. Learn various prayer methods.
  9. (See also “Faith,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Praise and Thanksgiving (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that believers are admonished in the Bible to give thanks; that one’s praises accomplish many purposes, one of which is making Jesus happy, another is that it benefits one’s spirit.
  2. Learn to recognize the many blessings that one has been given, and learn to express praise and thankfulness to Jesus for them.
  3. Learn that one’s praises make Jesus happy, and the many ways in which to praise Jesus.
  4. Learn the negative effects of murmuring, or an unthankful attitude; learn how God views unthankfulness; learn what steps to take in order to guard against unthankful thoughts and behavior.
  5. Learn how to praise God during difficult times; learn how praise to God not only gives one strength to make it through difficult times, but that God uses one’s praises to bring good out of otherwise poor/bad circumstances.
  6. (See also “Gratitude,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Joyfulness (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that joy is a fruit of the Spirit; understand that joyfulness springs from the knowledge that one is loved by God, and one is promised eternal life through Jesus; become familiar with Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn to look to Jesus for continual joy, and to not be dependent on external circumstances for happiness.
  3. Learn that when times are slow, or when one needs to do something he or she doesn't want to do, by practicing joyfulness, one can be happy.
  4. Learn the balance between having fun and being joyful, versus being foolish.

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Joyfulness (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that the joy Jesus gives can also be one’s strength that helps one not to be swayed by external circumstances or situations.
  2. Learn the difference between joyfulness manifested in a godly sense of fun versus foolish behavior.

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Quality Time with Jesus (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand the importance of spending quality time with Jesus in order to maintain a strong connection with Him; the benefits of doing so, and the negative effect of not.
  2. Learn of components to "quality time" with Jesus, and how to establish this habit in one’s life.
  3. (See also “God’s Word,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Hearing from Jesus (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that hearing from God is one of the gifts of the Spirit (prophecy), and is given to those who ask for this gift.
  2. Learn of the many ways in which God’s voice speaks: through the voice of His Word; through impressions or leadings; through His still, small voice; through dreams and visions, etc.; learn of instances in the Bible where God spoke to His prophets and His people.
  3. Learn Bible verses on hearing from Jesus, as well as verses that strengthen one’s faith that Jesus desires to talk with us.
  4. Learn that prayer includes listening to God, and learn steps to take that will help one hear from Jesus.
  5. (See also “Hearing from Jesus,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Hearing from Jesus (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn key elements that enhance one’s ability to hear from Jesus.
  2. Learn that Jesus loves to be involved in many aspects of one’s life, and this is done through hearing from Him.
  3. Learn that along with hearing directly from Him, Jesus also desires that one uses the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and discernment, as well as the other ways in which to find His will when needing to make decisions.
  4. (See also “Hearing from Jesus,” Level 1, CLF, and “Finding God’s Will,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Reflecting on Jesus and God’s Word (Meditation) (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of stopping to reflect on the Word one reads.
  2. Learn what it means to “meditate on Jesus,” and the benefits and importance of it in one’s relationship with Jesus.
  3. Learn of the variety of ways in which one can meditate on Jesus (e.g., through God’s Word, through music, through enjoying God’s creation, etc.).

Witnessing and Missionary Training

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Preaching the Gospel (2)

[The child should:]

(This section of the Scope and Sequence focuses on the practical ways in which to be a witness. For fundamentals on the Great Commission, see “The Great Commission,” Level 1, CLF.)

  1. Be able to describe Jesus’ commandment to preach the gospel, and recognize how this commandment has played a pivotal role in the history of Christianity. (See “The Great Commission,” Level 1, CLF.)
  2. Learn of some Biblical and historical characters who gave their all to preach the Gospel, and the results that came from their efforts. (See “Great Men and Women of God,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  3. Learn that the "fruit" Christians should bear is other Christians, helping others find salvation and happiness in Jesus.
  4. Be able to identify key elements that enhance a Christian’s witness; recognize how a good Christian example can draw others to Jesus: one’s countenance, comportment, and actions all play a part in one’s witness to others.
  5. Be able to identify opportunities to share Jesus with others, and how to be ready to do so at any time.
  6. Learn more about how to tap into the Holy Spirit and Heaven’s resources for the power to witness.
  7. Understand that only God and His Holy Spirit can win someone, and that a Christian’s job is just to be a messenger of the Gospel.
  8. Learn that ministering to others of God’s truth and love doesn’t always bear immediate results, and requires faithfulness to the calling even when little to no tangible results are evident.
  9. Learn that everyone needs Jesus, and the importance of giving the good news to those from all walks of life.
  10. Be able to direct others to Jesus and the Word.

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Missionary life (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn what it means to be a missionary, both in the past, as well as in present-day society.
  2. Learn ways of preparing to possibly one day be a missionary by learning the Word and to witness today.
  3. Learn of the importance of praying for missionaries.

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Missionary life (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be encouraged to communicate with missionaries, follow their progress, help support them financially, write letters of encouragement, and possibly be a pen pal to children being reached on the mission field or children of missionaries.
  2. Learn of the Biblical principle to “become one” to all people in an effort to win them to Jesus, and other key elements that help missionaries be successful, such as, understanding the local customs and people, learning of the religion or faith that is predominant in the country/culture in which you reside, learning the language, etc. (See “Courtesy,” Level 2a, CB.)
  3. Read accounts of various missionaries who God called to the mission field and how the lives they lived helped in reaching others.
  4. Learn of the calling that God places in individuals’ hearts even today to serve as missionaries and spread God’s message of love and salvation.

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Great Men and Women of God (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.
  2. Learn of some of the well-known great men and women of God throughout history.

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Great Men and Women of God (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.
  2. Learn of more of the great men and women of God throughout history.

Bible Knowledge

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General Bible Knowledge (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that the Bible was written by divine inspiration. That there were many writers, yet only one author—God. (See “God’s Word,” Level 1a, CLF.)
  2. Learn why it is important to study the Bible: for spiritual strength, for one’s witness, to understand history, to know the future, etc.
  3. Learn the books of the Bible.
  4. (See also “General Bible Knowledge,” Level 2, CLF.)

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General Bible Knowledge (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the history of the Bible, how it was put together, its division into chapters and verses, and about many of the translations of the Bible.
  2. Look at the Bible’s impact on history, world leaders, and great men and women.
  3. Learn of the book themes within the Old Testament: the historical books, the poetical books, the major prophets, the minor prophets, etc.
  4. Learn of the book themes within the New Testament: the Gospels and Acts (history), the Epistles, the Book of Revelation, etc.
  5. Understand that the Bible, and particularly the New Testament, is the foundation for Christian doctrine.
  6. (See also “General Bible Knowledge,” Level 1, CLF.)

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Creation (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the story of creation.
  2. Learn of the wonders of God’s creation, and show appreciation for it.

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Creation (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the significance of creation, and why it matters Who made it; learn basic examples of evolutionary theory, and how man has tried to explain a world where God doesn’t exist; understand that God’s creation proves His existence.
  2. Understand that it takes faith to believe in either creation or evolution.
  3. Learn of various age-appropriate scientific theories that support intelligent design.

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Bible Prophecy (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of how God uses prophecy to reveal the future; learn of the purpose for the future being foretold.
  2. Be able to identify Messianic prophecies in the Bible and connect them with their historical fulfillment.

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Bible Prophecy (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe instances throughout the Bible where prophecy was fulfilled, and how prophecy was used to guide His people.
  2. Be able to identify prophecies that have foretold the history of the world, as well as the coming history of the world; study key prophetic chapters throughout the Bible; study Scriptures explaining that Jesus will one day return; learn of what the Bible says about the Millennium, the New Heaven and New Earth.

Spiritual Insight and Awareness

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Healing (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Study God’s many promises in the Bible to heal when one is sick; read Biblical accounts of miracles of healing.
  2. Learn that God is one’s Creator, and it’s within His power to heal.
  3. Learn how God uses doctors and other health professionals to help treat illness or gain a better understanding of one’s bodies and its needs.

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Healing (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that blessings can come from afflictions, and the reasons why the Lord allows afflictions; learn that there are some afflictions one may not be healed from, learn of the purpose for this.
  2. Learn the steps that God asks one to take in order to receive His gift of healing.
  3. Learn how to persevere when asking for healing, learn how to take a stand of faith.
  4. Learn to trust that God will heal one in His perfect time.
  5. Learn about trusting one’s parents regarding matters of health and healing.

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Miracles (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of miracles that took place in the Bible.
  2. Learn of God’s conditions for miracles, and in what circumstances God likes to perform miracles.
  3. Learn to recognize and give thanks for the miracles that God does in answer to prayer.
  4. Learn to take one’s specific needs and the needs of others to the Lord in prayer, claiming God’s promises and expecting God to act. (See “Prayer,” Level 2f, CLF.)
  5. Learn to go beyond what one feels is a comfortable request, and to put God on the spot for needs outside of the realm of easy expectation. (See “Prayer,” Level 2g, CLF.)
  6. (See “Prayer,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)
  7. (See “Faith,” Levels 1 & 2, CLF.)

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Heaven (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of Heaven as described in the Bible.
  2. Understand that Jesus has prepared a place in Heaven for all those who believe in Him.
  3. Understand that Heaven is the place one’s soul goes to when one’s life on Earth is over.
  4. Learn that loved ones who are saved before they die, go to Heaven, and that one day one will be reunited with them.

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Heaven and the Spirit World (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of how the Bible describes the “spirit world,” and people’s experiences as related to one from the Bible.
  2. Learn of the “veil” that separates the spiritual world from the physical world, and the purpose for this veil.
  3. Read of people’s experiences of going to Heaven.

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Life and Death (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn how life on earth is transitory, and that everyone who lives will also die (Hebrews 9:27).
  2. Learn to respect both life and death, to respect one’s own life and the lives of other humans.
  3. Learn to not fear death, but to view it as the end of one’s training on earth and entering into a fuller life in the spirit world.
  4. (See also “Heaven,” Level 1, CLF, and “Heaven and the Spirit World,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Angels and Departed Saints / Satan and His Demons (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the “great cloud of witnesses” as described in the Bible.
  2. Learn that angels are powerful immortal beings; read accounts of angelic appearances in the Bible, as well as modern day appearances.
  3. Learn of God’s plan and purpose for angels, and how they help us.
  4. Learn of the fall of Lucifer, and how he convinced one-third of the angels to follow him.
  5. Learn that Satan, the Devil, is the opposing force of all that is good, and that he fights God’s truth, and those who stand for God.
  6. Learn of the role of guardian angels, and how they are always with us.

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Angels and Departed Saints / Satan and His Demons (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand some of the tactics and devices of Satan as outlined in the Bible, how to detect and defend oneself from these tactics, as well as how to counterattack.
  2. Learn that departed saints are the spirits of people who lived and were saved; read accounts of Biblical appearances of departed saints.
  3. Learn of the mission and purpose God has given departed saints, and how they help us.

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Keys of the Kingdom, The (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the Biblical foundation for the keys of the kingdom, and how Jesus gave this power to his first disciples and what it means for today.
  2. Learn that the keys give access to the power of Heaven, and can enhance the power of prayer.

Character Building Scope and Sequence

Values and Virtues

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Courage (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of God's power to protect and comfort when feeling fearful; recognize that God is stronger than one’s fears; read and memorize Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn of Biblical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.
  3. Learn coping strategies to deal with fears one encounters in daily life, and how to communicate about fears with those who can help.
  4. Learn of actions one can take that will alleviate fear.
  5. Learn to try new things that one doesn’t yet feel capable of doing.
  6. (See also “Courage,” Level 2, CB.)

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Courage (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize the need for courage in facing and confronting difficult situations; see that courage is a decision to move past fear and to persevere in doing right.
  2. Understand that God will give courage and provide strength in order for His will to be performed.
  3. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.
  4. Understand that courage enables us to face the daily challenges that are known to us, as well as the unknown fears that we have yet to encounter.
  5. Learn to recognize and practice courage in everyday situations, and understand that it is a skill that can be developed, which will allow one to face situations that previously had been thought too difficult.
  6. Understand the difference between bravery and courage versus foolhardiness and actions that unnecessarily endanger oneself or others.
  7. (See also “Courage,” Level 1, CB.)

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Contentment (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the Biblical basis for contentment (God knows our needs, and has promised to supply what we need); study and memorize pertinent Bible verses on the topic.
  2. Learn that expressing thankfulness and gratefulness to Jesus and others helps in feeling content with what one has. (See “Praise and Thanksgiving,” Level 1a–b, CLF)
  3. Learn to recognize the difference between “needs” and “wants,” and how to overcome feelings of discontent by counting one’s blessings and focusing on the needs of others. (See also “Gratitude,” Level 2a, CB.)
  4. (See also “Contentment,” Level 2, CB.)

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Contentment (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand what it means to be content with who one is: recognize that God has made everyone different, and that there is a unique and specific purpose for the way in which God has created each individual, both physically and characteristically; become familiar with Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn about positive body image, and what one can do to establish a healthy body image of oneself.
  3. Learn to focus on and develop the talents that God has given each individual.
  4. Recognize that jealousy, envy, a desire for more material possessions, coveting what others have, not being satisfied with what one has, and negative comparisons, are all attitudes that show a lack of and need for contentment.
  5. Recognize thoughts that are rooted in jealousy, envy, covetousness, greed, and discontent, and the negative effects such thoughts can have on one’s happiness; learn what steps to take in order to practice contentment once again.
  6. (See also “Contentment,” Level 1, CB.)

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Wisdom (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that the root of all wisdom comes from God, the fear of Him, and God’s Word; read and memorize Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Understand that wisdom is a gift of the Spirit, and godly wisdom is a manifestation of God’s Spirit within us.
  3. Learn that there is a difference between man’s understanding versus God’s wisdom.
  4. (See also “Wisdom,” Level 2, CB.)

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Wisdom (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn more of how the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and how this concept should play out in one’s daily life; study and memorize Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn that one way to practice wisdom is through discernment; understand that discernment means that one seeks God’s perspective and judgment on matters that arise.
  3. Learn that to practice discernment one must be willing to think matters through, to question, to counsel, and to pray in order for the right conclusion to be found. (See also “Critical-thinking Skills,” Level 2, CB.)
  4. Read of men and women in history who practiced discernment at pivotal moments, and how the practice of discernment led to their success.
  5. (See also “Wisdom,” Level 1, CB.)

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Orderliness and Adaptability (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of both the adaptable and orderly nature of God's Spirit; become familiar with Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Understand the importance and benefits of being adaptable; learn of the detriments to being inflexible.
  3. Be able to identify areas in life (e.g., interactions with others, etc.) that could benefit from a flexible approach, as well as what steps to take in order to practice this virtue.
  4. Be able to identify areas in life that could benefit from orderliness, as well as what steps to take in order to practice this virtue.
  5. Recognize and learn from historical examples when adaptability in approach led to success.

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Generosity (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Gain an understanding of generosity as based on Scripture: why it is that one gives to others, and the benefits to one’s spirit and heart that are gained through giving; study and memorize Bible verses that encourage giving.
  2. Learn of the blessings and benefits that God gives to those who give to Him and to others.
  3. Understand that giving is not merely a duty, but should be something that one does from the heart. When one gives to others from the heart, he or she is also giving to God.
  4. Read of examples from the Bible and history of men and women who gave and received God’s blessings because of it.
  5. Learn to identify ways in which one can show generosity to others.
  6. (See also “Generosity,” Level 2, CB.)

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Generosity (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to give. (E.g., It’s not simply giving when one has excess, but it’s giving even when one may not have much oneself, but sees someone with a greater need than one’s own.)
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of the times in the Bible and history when God asked individuals to give of what little they had, so that in turn they could receive greater blessings from Him.
  3. Understand that generosity is not only about giving money or material goods to others, sometimes it’s also a matter of giving of oneself to others—one’s time, skills, compassion, etc.
  4. Learn of the concept of giving sacrificially; understand that sometimes God asks one to give something precious to oneself, to show love and devotion to Him.
  5. (See also “Generosity,” Level 1, CB.)

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Gentleness (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one abides in Jesus.
  2. Understand the importance of “gentleness” in one’s behavior; people’s feelings can be hurt, and things can be broken when gentleness is not practiced; study and memorize Bible verses that emphasize gentleness.
  3. Understand that practicing gentleness means being considerate and aware that one’s actions can either soothe and heal or hurt and break.
  4. Learn how one can personally manifest gentleness, and learn to manifest this behavior.

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Gratitude (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of showing gratitude by thanking people, including writing thank-you notes, and how to do so sincerely as to help the person giving the gift to feel appreciated.
  2. Learn that one should be grateful and graceful in one’s acceptance of gifts or favors, even when it is not exactly what one would have wished for.
  3. (See also “Gratitude,” Level 2, CB.)

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Gratitude (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that one is not owed the good things that come into one’s life, but that they are a blessing from God, for which one should be grateful; become familiar with Scripture upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn to show gratitude by thanking God and people, and identify ways to show thankfulness to others.
  3. Understand that gratitude is a powerful mood lifter, and can enhance one’s daily experiences.
  4. (See also “Praise and Thanksgiving,” Level 1, CLF; “Gratitude,” Level 2, CB; and “Contentment,” Level 1, CB.)

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Positiveness (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that a positive outlook enhances one’s life experiences; understand that negativity takes the happiness out of life, which is why one must combat it with positive thoughts and reactions.
  2. Learn of the art of positive thinking and the power it can have in helping us to rise above troubling circumstances by focusing on the good. Learn of the damaging results of negative thinking.
  3. Learn the Biblical principle that “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28). Understand that one can be positive because God is in control, and one can trust Him to work things out.
  4. Learn to identify when one is succumbing to a negative cycle, and methods that can be employed to replace it with a positive outlook.
  5. (See also “Contentment,” Levels 1 & 2, CB; and “Praise and Thanksgiving,” Level 1, CLF.)

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Humility (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that humility is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one abides in Jesus.
  2. Study and memorize Bible verses that build on humility.
  3. Understand that humility is a mindset that should govern one’s actions, and why that is.
  4. Learn that humility is not putting one’s self down, but recognizing that there is a time to take the lower seat, even though it may be uncomfortable, or hurt one’s pride; recognize the difference between the way the world views pride and humility, and God’s perspective.
  5. Understand that humility is something that must be practiced, and the more often one takes a humble position, the easier it is to do.
  6. Learn how to recognize the difference between acting in pride and in humility, and how to work toward making one’s reactions humble.

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Truthfulness (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of truthfulness, and what it means to practice it.
  2. Learn that making mistakes is a part of growth and development, and that being honest when one makes mistakes encourages learning and growth.
  3. Learn the difference between using one’s imagination and telling lies.
  4. (See also “Integrity,” Level 2, CB.)

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Truthfulness (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize times when it would be difficult to practice truthfulness, and prepare oneself to tell the truth at such times.
  2. Learn that being honest about one’s feelings and problems to a parent or caregiver can help one get the help needed to work out issues and difficulties.
  3. Understand that if a habit of lying or covering up is established in one’s life, one’s reputation can be damaged, and it is often difficult to regain the trust of others.
  4. Study the principle, as presented in the Bible, that one’s dishonesty will eventually come to light.

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Integrity (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Comprehend and define integrity and the important function that it plays in life; understand that to practice integrity in one’s life, one’s words must match up with one’s deeds.
  2. Learn to recognize when one is practicing integrity, and when one is not.
  3. Understand both the positive and negative effects that result when integrity is or is not being practiced.
  4. (See also “Truthfulness,” Level 1 & 2, CB.)

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Moderation (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that moderation is a form of temperance, which is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one is abiding in Jesus.
  2. Understand the basics of what comprises a balanced life, and how to have balance in one’s life.
  3. Understand the negative effects of when there is an imbalance, extreme, or excess in one’s life.
  4. (See also “Contentment,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Moderation (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of and identify the benefits of moderation and living a balanced life; learn more in depth regarding maintaining a balance in each of the main pillars of life—physical health and well being, spirituality, one’s work or studies, one’s relationships with others.
  2. Compare and contrast the benefits of moderation in allowing oneself time to gain skills, develop positive relations with others, and live a balanced life, versus over indulgence in entertainment or other interests that robs one’s entire focus.
  3. Learn that addiction results from a continual satisfaction of one’s wants to the exclusion of moderation in life.
  4. Identify ways to curb desires for excess, extravagance, and unnecessary focus on satisfying wants.
  5. Learn how to care for one’s spirituality, in regards to the input that one takes in; the negative effects and positive benefits of various types of input.

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Obedience (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that obedience to parents, teachers, and caregivers helps one learn how to obey God; become familiar with Scripture upon which these principles are based; study and memorize verses that emphasize obedience.
  2. Learn of the need for obedient behaviors in one’s life in order to aid in one’s growth, safety, and progress.
  3. Learn the importance of listening to and obeying those who care for oneself (parents and teachers), and the results of disobedience and the problems and danger that can ensue.
  4. Learn the importance of obeying those in authority, such as government authorities and law enforcement officers.
  5. Learn that obedience can’t be decided on the basis of one’s desires or feelings, but rather that it is a habit one must cultivate in order to live a safe and happy life.
  6. Learn of how God views disobedience, the reasons why one is tempted to disobey, and how to safeguard oneself from disobedience.
  7. (See also “Obedience to God,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Patience (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that patience is important, not only to one’s personal well-being, but also in one’s interactions with one’s peers and parents.
  2. Learn that patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one is abiding in Jesus.
  3. Learn from the Biblical accounts and Scripture that God’s timetable often differs from human deadlines and desires, and that a vital part of living a Christian life is to follow God’s timetable as opposed to one’s own.

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Patience (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of historical characters who exemplified the virtue of patience, and identify ways to emulate this quality.
  2. Learn that in today’s world it can be especially difficult to exercise patience due to the speed at which life moves, but that this only magnifies the need to develop this virtue.
  3. Learn patience in regards to receiving answers to prayer from God. (See “Prayer,” Level 2e, CLF.)
  4. Study and memorize scriptures on the importance patience plays in one’s life.
  5. Describe ways that acting in impatience can cause one to make mistakes and poor decisions.

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Peacefulness (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Study Scriptures about the peace God wishes to give us and the application it has in one’s life.
  2. Learn that peacefulness is a fruit of the Spirit, and manifested when one is abiding in Jesus.
  3. Understand that perfect peace is also a result of trusting and obeying God.
  4. Be able to describe manifestations of peacefulness in Jesus; learn not to fret when faced with obstacles in life, but to find peace in Jesus to ease worries and apprehension.
  5. Recognize when one is not being peaceful, and know what steps to take in order to practice peacefulness.

Social Skills

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Courtesy (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe what “courtesy” means, and that good etiquette is an offshoot of practicing courtesy.
  2. Be able to identify ways in which courtesy is a part of Christian example, and the components of courteous behavior.
  3. Understand how one’s behavior affects others, and modify one’s behavior accordingly.
  4. Recognize when one is practicing courtesy, and when one is not.
  5. Be able to list basic social expectations of the country one lives in, such as greetings, table manners, phrases that show courtesy, and awareness of others’ feelings.
  6. (See also “Health and Personal Care,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Courtesy (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to identify more of the social habits and expectations of the land one lives in, and social sphere one lives and interacts amongst; learn general etiquette points as pertaining to social interactions; describe how to interact with people in various social settings, as well as those of differing social status.
  2. Learn more of how one’s behavior affects others, and modify one’s behavior accordingly; learn how to comport oneself in a way that causes others to feel comfortable in one’s presence.
  3. Learn that courtesy should be extended to everyone, regardless of rank, race, religion, or personal preference.

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Friendship (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to define basic criteria of good friendships.
  2. Be able to identify what actions build friendships.
  3. Be able to identify what actions tear down friendships.
  4. Be able to identify the difference between following one’s peers as opposed to obeying one’s parents and Jesus.
  5. Be able to describe how to interact in harmony with others.

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Friendship (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe the importance and benefits of friendships; identify the variety of relationships that are present in life, and how each friendship affects one’s life.
  2. Learn how we are responsible to look out for the welfare of one’s friends, and allow them to look out for one’s welfare as well.
  3. Be able to state ways to reach out to those in need of friendship, and how to discern who to reach out to; learn how to include others so no one feels left out.
  4. Be able to describe what peer pressure is, how to be motivated by positive peer pressure, and how to take a stand against negative peer pressure.
  5. Be able to identify the difference between bullying and leadership, and how to influence others for good.

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Communication and Interaction (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the importance and benefits of good communication, wise speech, and godly interactions; study and memorize scriptures upon which these principles are based.
  2. Be able to list the basics that comprise good communication: clear speech, eye contact, body language, etc.
  3. Learn the negative effects of gossip, criticism, and senseless interactions.
  4. Learn how to compliment and appreciate others.
  5. (See also “Communication and Interaction,” Level 2, CB.)

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Communication and Interaction (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to state the importance of sharing one’s thoughts and feelings with those who are in a position to help one grow, and understand the benefits of doing so.
  2. Be able to identify that one’s behavior is a large part of how others come to know Jesus; describe how to express oneself and behave in a manner that is a good example of being like Jesus, and which causes others to feel comfortable and cared for in one’s presence.
  3. Be able to describe ways in which to express oneself clearly and to accurately represent one’s thoughts; be familiar with speech habits to avoid.
  4. Learn how to express oneself when upset or angry so as not to hurt others’ feelings, while still expressing oneself in a truthful and appropriate manner. (See also “Resolving Conflicts,” Level 2g, j, CB.)
  5. Be able to describe gossip and unkind speech, and how to avoid it when tempted with it; identify the hurtful repercussions caused by gossip.
  6. Be able to identify how to avoid flattery, yet be sincere in giving compliments. (See also “Tact,” Level 2f, CB.)
  7. (See also “Communication and Interaction,” Level 1, CB; and “Truthfulness,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Compassion (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that compassion is putting kind thoughts and intentions into action.
  2. Learn to see things from others’ point of view and empathize with the difficulties, obstacles, or situations that others face.
  3. Recognize the power of compassion to help and soothe.
  4. Be able to identify various ways that compassion can be manifested in one’s life.

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Compassion (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that when one shows compassion to another one is giving another a bridge of acceptance that will help that person overcome something that may be discouraging or holding that person back.
  2. Be able to describe what it means to be judgmental, and the negative effects of such an attitude; identify ways to show compassion rather than passing judgment.
  3. Learn the joy of thinking of another’s need for encouragement instead of being self-absorbed with one’s own problems.

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Forgiveness (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that Jesus has forgiven all sins and mistakes, and therefore it is our duty to forgive others; read and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle.
  2. Be able to identify steps to take that will help one to practice forgiveness.
  3. Be able to identify when one has done something wrong, and describe how to seek forgiveness for wrongdoing.
  4. (See also “Forgiveness,” Level 2, CB.)

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Forgiveness (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to identify the benefits of forgiveness to both the forgiver and the one forgiven, and how the person who forgives is the one who benefits the most; learn of the detrimental effects on one’s life when forgiveness is not practiced, and how when practiced, it is an important step in overcoming resentment or bitterness.
  2. Understand that even though God or others forgive, one must still do one’s part to manifest repentance in order to learn and grow from mistakes.
  3. Be able to describe the importance of forgiving oneself, and having hope and faith in what one can achieve despite past errors; understand that God forgives all, and continues to have faith and hope in each individual, even when mistakes or sins are committed.
  4. Learn that forgiveness is not something the other person needs to ask for or recognize the need for in order to be given forgiveness.
  5. Learn that forgiveness is an action that often doesn’t need to be done just once, but for deeper hurts must be acted upon over and over.
  6. Learn that to show faith in someone after that person has done wrong is one manifestation of forgiveness.
  7. (See also “Forgiveness,” Level 1, CB.)

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Respect (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to define “respect”—consideration and thoughtfulness of others, admiration of somebody, showing esteem to someone else, being careful of another’s feelings and belongings, etc.
  2. Be able to describe how one shows respect to others in many ways, but specifically through good manners and communications and interactions with others.
  3. Be able to list ways that convey respect to others.
  4. Learn of the Scriptural injunction to honor one’s parents; in essence, to show respect and deference to one’s parents as they raise and train their children.
  5. Learn to respect those in authority.
  6. (See also “Respect,” Level 2, CB.)
  7. (See also “Courtesy,” Level 1 & 2, CB.)

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Respect (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize that respect is not solely something shown to those older than oneself or who have authority, but it’s what one shows to each individual, whether younger or older, because each person is God’s creation and is therefore worthy of respect.
  2. Understand that respect is a two-way street—the way one treats others is the way one in turn is treated. (See also “Tolerance,” Level 2, CB.)
  3. Understand that there are those who are responsible for us (such as, parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers), and their judgment and the authority they have should be respected, even if there is not always agreement.
  4. (See also “Respect,” Level 1, CB.)

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Tact (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand the importance of practicing tactfulness; recognize situations where tactfulness is called for.
  2. Be able to describe how practicing tact is a part of one’s Christian behavior and a reflection of Jesus abiding in oneself.
  3. Identify that tact is a practical way in which we show kindness to another; and one aspect of this is presenting the truth in a way that would be easiest for the listener to accept.
  4. Be able to describe ways to be tactful even in difficult situations or in disagreements; learn that tact enables one to face difficult situations with confidence knowing that one will do one’s best to not hurt another’s feelings.
  5. Be able to compare and contrast the difference between being bluntly honest (and hurtful) and being tactfully honest.
  6. Learn the difference between flattery and tact.
  7. (See also “Communication and Interaction,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Tolerance (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize that mankind is united together as God’s creation.
  2. Understand that the foundation of tolerance lies in the scripture, “God is not a respecter of persons,” and how God shows individuals respect based on one’s heart and actions, not on one’s status, creed, race, talents, or knowledge.
  3. Learn that tolerance is an understanding and acceptance of the differences found in other nationalities, cultures, or those of different races or religious backgrounds, etc. (See also “Courtesy,” Level 2a, CB.)
  4. Be able to compare and contrast tolerance, not as a lowering of one’s personal convictions and beliefs, but as the acceptance that people see things differently, have unique needs and viewpoints; describe the need to find common ground and harmony, even if agreement on all fronts cannot be established.

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Teamwork (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize the power of collaboration in order to accomplish goals.
  2. Be able to list what traits and actions to take in order for teamwork to flourish, and identify factors that hinder the practice of teamwork.
  3. Recognize whether a chore, a challenge, or an assignment calls for help from an outside source, and learn how to ask for help.
  4. Learn that great accomplishments are rarely done alone; read examples from history where teamwork was used to accomplish something great.
  5. (See also “Brotherhood and Unity,” Level 2, CB.)

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Resolving Conflicts (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that there will always be a measure of conflict with others; conflicts arise from differences, which are to be expected with unique personalities and characteristics.
  2. Understand the danger of anger; when one tears others or things down in rage, not only does one inflict hurt on others, but one is inflicting hurt on oneself. Study what the Bible has to say about those who don't control their temper and rage, as well as the benefits of those who are slow to anger.
  3. Learn that mending hurts caused by anger is hard work; and one may never be able to fully repair the damage one has caused.
  4. Learn the difference between godly anger as portrayed in the Bible, and human anger that is not manifested in love.
  5. Learn ways to cope with angry feelings, and not let them hold sway over one’s emotions.
  6. Learn that resolving conflicts is a creative act; there are many solutions to a single problem. One must employ positive and patient methods, as well as learn how to adopt a give-and-take attitude in order to resolve conflicts with others.
  7. Learn that in most conflicts, both parties have some degree of responsibility, and that one should take responsibility for one’s part of the conflict; learn to avoid the blame game, and look at one’s own role played in the conflict.
  8. Learn how to resolve conflicts by recognizing and managing one’s emotions, paying attention to the feelings being expressed by the other person, awareness and respectfulness of differences, and genuinely considering the person’s point of view.
  9. Learn to walk away when a conflict gets out of hand or neither one is willing to back down, allowing for space and time to ease the tension.
  10. Learn about bullying, and what steps one can take when one encounters a bully.

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Loyalty (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that loyalty is support and faithfulness to people (specifically friends and family) one trusts, or ideas that one believes in.
  2. Understand that before one gives loyalty to a person or an idea, one should evaluate whether the person or idea is worthy of one’s support.
  3. Understand that there will be times when one’s loyalty will be tested, and one must learn how to keep one’s commitments or give one’s support in spite of opposition. (See also “Friendship,” Level 1d, CB and “Friendship,” Level 2d–e, CB.)
  4. Recognize when loyalty is being manifested, and is able to evaluate whether one is practicing it in one’s life.
  5. Understand that loyalty to godly principles and beliefs should take precedence over one’s loyalty to an individual; individuals may change over time, and while a person may have initially been worthy of one’s loyalty, if that person no longer adheres to godly principles, then one should be true to godly principles over an individual.
  6. (See also “Conviction,” Level 2, CB.)

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Justice (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize the importance of justice in society at large, as well as the practice of it in one’s daily lives.
  2. Understand that justice is fairness and equality; it is rewarding good work, and punishing evil; it is standing up for what is right, and doing one’s best to right wrongs.
  3. Learn that one must trust God to right some wrongs that one is unable to right on one’s own, and that God’s judgments are wise and sure.
  4. Identify causes that need championing, and list ways in which to do one’s part to help.

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Confidence (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that the Biblical basis for confidence in oneself is a belief that with God’s strength all things are possible; study and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle.
  2. Recognize when one is acting with confidence, and when one is not; learn to seek God’s help when one is lacking in confidence.
  3. Understand that making mistakes is a part of growth, and that practicing confidence means to continue to try even when mistakes have been made. (See also “Perseverance,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)
  4. Learn the difference between pride and confidence; learn the part that humility plays in having confidence.
  5. (See also “Faith,” Level 2, CLF.)

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Conviction (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn how to stay true to what one knows to be right; learn how to get oneself out of a situation that could compromise one’s convictions.

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Conviction (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of standing up for what one knows is right, and doing so with humility, tact, wisdom, and consideration.
  2. Be able to identify the difference between conviction and stubbornness—conviction is based on a firmly held belief, while stubbornness generally reflects personal positions or viewpoints that one refuses to alter.
  3. Study about Biblical and historical characters who stood up for their convictions.
  4. (See also “Loyalty,” Level 2, CB.)
  5. (See also “Justice,” Level 2, CB.)

Personal Responsibility

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Stewardship (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the importance of diligently caring for one’s own and others’ belongings.
  2. Learn to respect public property.
  3. Learn the value of common everyday items in our lives, such as electricity, water, food, etc.
  4. Learn to properly value money, to be considerate of its value in life while keeping it in its place.

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Excellence (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Recognize the importance of and reason for excellence in one’s daily life; study and memorize Bible verses upon which these principles are based.
  2. Learn of good examples from history/literature of those who practiced excellence.
  3. Understand that the practical ways to strive for excellence are rooted in initiative, motivation, self-discipline, diligence, and perseverance; learn to ask oneself if one is giving one’s all to what one is doing, learn to find satisfaction in giving a task one’s best.
  4. Understand that excellence requires motivation; motivation inspires one to find excitement, happiness, and pleasure in whatever tasks one is doing.
  5. Be able to identify the benefits of motivation as well as the results of a lack of motivation.
  6. (See also “Perseverance,” Levels 1 & 2, CB; and “Self-discipline,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)

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Perseverance (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe the importance and benefits of perseverance in completing tasks, and what happens when perseverance is not practiced.
  2. Learn that the basis of perseverance stems from motivation in what one is doing.
  3. Identify ways to practice perseverance: learn to finish what one begins, to ask for help when needed, and to persist despite difficulty.
  4. (See also “Perseverance,” Level 2, CB.)

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Perseverance (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult nothing great would ever be accomplished.
  2. Read about good examples from Bible and history on perseverance.
  3. Be able to evaluate the importance of what one is doing, and visualize the future results of the completion of whatever task or objective one has undertaken.
  4. Learn to set goals; learn to focus on one task at a time in order to accomplish one’s goals.
  5. (See also “Perseverance,” Level 1, CB.)

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Health and Personal Care (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that one’s body is a creation of and the temple of God, and that taking care of one’s body is a part of the duty God has given to man; become familiar with scriptures upon which this principle is based.
  2. Learn hygiene related information appropriate to one’s age, and general ways in which to care for one’s appearance.
  3. Learn components of healthy living for one’s age: the advantages of being diligent with exercise, the importance of sufficient rest, and basic guidelines for a healthy diet.
  4. (See also “Health and Personal Care,” Level 2, CB.)

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Health and Personal Care (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that one’s appearance affects how others view a person; it also affects how one thinks about oneself, as well as one’s actions toward others.
  2. Learn hygiene related information appropriate to one’s age.
  3. (See also “Health and Personal Care,” Level 1, CB.)

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Responsibility (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to describe the importance of being responsible and diligent with tasks: the trust of others is gained when one shows oneself to be responsible and true to one’s word.
  2. Learn to take responsibility for one’s actions.
  3. Learn to not hide behind or fabricate excuses for not doing or completing a task that has been given.
  4. (See also “Responsibility,” Level 2, CB.)

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Responsibility (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that being responsible for something shows maturity and generates trust.
  2. Recognize that the basis for taking on responsibility comes from accepting and understanding the unique talents and stewardship opportunities one has been given.
  3. Know that one should not agree to a job without committing to following it through to its completion.
  4. Understand that to be responsible means that one must do the best job that one can; it is being willing to accept both the credit and the blame for a task that one has undertaken.
  5. Learn to be willing to take responsibility for and fix mistakes that one makes.
  6. Read of and recognize good/bad examples from history on taking responsibility.
  7. (See also “Responsibility,” Level 1, CB.)

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Choice and Decision-making (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to define “the majesty of choice,” and describe how it is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.
  2. Be able to identify the importance that choices and decisions play in directing the course of one’s life, and how one’s attitudes, success, relationships, etc., are all a result of choices and decisions one has made.
  3. Be able to identify the consequences and repercussions of both good and bad choices.
  4. Learn how one may not see the immediate effect of some of the choices one makes, but all choices eventually add up to determine the course of one’s life, which is why one must learn to choose rightly; learn that one has a choice in the way one behaves toward others, and in the daily decisions that one makes. One is able to evaluate the consequences of one’s actions and choose rightly.

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Self-discipline (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn that self-discipline means that one is responsible for one’s actions, reactions, and behavior.
  2. Learn to do what is right, even when others are not there to judge one’s actions; become familiar with Scripture upon which this principle is built.

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Self-discipline (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn how disciplining oneself is the key to success in life; self-discipline forces one to do those things that may not initially be desirable to do, so that ultimately one will be able to reach goals and do those things one desires to do.
  2. Learn how self-discipline is manifested in daily living and in the choices one makes.
  3. Be familiar with good/bad examples from history of successful people who practiced self-discipline.

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Service (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that being of service to others is one of the ways to show love and obedience to God.
  2. Learn that love and a desire to meet the needs of others is one of the reasons to serve others.
  3. Learn that serving others causes happiness and joy in one’s life.
  4. Learn how to take initiative: learn to recognize, anticipate, and respond to the needs of others.
  5. Be familiar with good examples from history of those who practiced service for others.
  6. Recognize how practicing service is manifested in both large and small ways: in one’s personal life, neighborhood, and community.
  7. Learn what social consciousness and social responsibility means, and what one can do to contribute toward one’s immediate community.

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Learning and Study Skills (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn of the joy that comes from discovering and learning new things.
  2. Learn of the importance of investing into one’s education, and identify with Biblical, historical, and present-day characters who were/are successful, due to investing in their education.
  3. Learn various study skills appropriate to one’s age. (See “Excellence,” Level 2, CB; “Perseverance,” Levels 1 & 2, CB; “Self-discipline,” Levels 1 & 2, CB.)
  4. Learn to try new things that one doesn’t yet feel capable of doing. (See “Courage,” Level 1e, CB.)
  5. (See also “Learning and Study Skills,” Level 2, CB.)

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Learning and Study Skills (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Learn the value of one’s scholastic training.
  2. Learn various skills associated with successful learning. (See “Excellence,” Level 2, CB; “Perseverance,” Levels 1 & 2, CB; “Self Discipline,” Levels 1 & 2, CB; “Critical-Thinking Skills,” Level 2, CB.)
  3. Learn about applying oneself to study those things that are both easy and fun to learn, and those that require perseverance and increased concentration.
  4. (See also “Learning and Study Skills,” Level 1, CB.)

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Problem Solving (1)

[The child should:]

  1. Understand that one can change one’s reactions or actions in order to change the outcome of a situation, and thus solve problems.
  2. Learn to assess ways to overcome everyday difficulties and problems that one is faced with.
  3. (See also “Critical-thinking Skills,” Level 2, CB.)

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Critical-thinking Skills (2)

[The child should:]

  1. Be able to define what “critical thinking” is, and what it is not; how it is meant to be used, and the benefits when it is used, as well as the negative effects of when it is not.
  2. Learn how to use critical thinking when evaluating the truth or worth of an opinion or theory; learn what questions to ask that will result in a greater understanding of a topic; learn to find out the context in which an opinion or theory has been given, and to evaluate its effect on the subject matter.
  3. Learn of the components of coming to the right conclusions and thoroughly analyzing a subject: curiosity, research, evaluation, objectivity, hypothesizing, experimenting, concluding, and taking action.
  4. Learn to identify areas that need critical-thinking skills (e.g., when making decisions, problem solving, or subject analysis); learn to evaluate both the positive and negative sides to each situation, and conclude with a decision, option, or action based on one’s evaluations.
  5. Learn to consider both sides of an opinion, debate, or situation, in a respectful and humble manner that encourages open mindedness in finding the right end result or conclusion, and which enlists others’ help in finding the right conclusions.
  6. (See also “Problem Solving,” Level 1, CB.)
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