See For Yourself -
biblical teaching for young people
Focused on topics from the Westminster Confession, See For Yourself aims to build a solid knowledge of the Christian faith so that young teenagers might meet Christ for themselves and build their Christian worldview.
See For Yourself comes complete with a teacher’s manual and a student booklet for every student.
There are four A4 booklets per year – one per term, with 10 lessons in each.
The student booklets include colourful, contemporary illustrations and plenty of room for students to write notes and responses.
All of the student material is contained within the teacher’s manual, as well as plenty of background information, suggested answers and teaching tips.
The Great Chance
Entering Year 7 is one of the most significant steps in the school life of a young person. Even if a student has attended a P-12 school where the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is less noticeable, a student may still be subject to family and community pressures as they take the leap from primary to secondary education. The expectation imparted to children is that they are now “growing up” and that school work will be harder and more extensive. Compounding all of this, the student is also in the midst of personal changes related to puberty. Therefore at a time when the child is facing the challenges associated with physical, social and emotional changes they encounter the added challenges of possibly a new school, adjustments to new teachers and developing new friendships.
Bear in mind that a young adolescent is grappling with the big issues of “Am I normal?” and “Who am I?” in the often unhelpful peer group environment of a humanistic educational institution.
Although Year 7 students are well and truly embarking on the early adolescence stage, we who interact with them should not be deterred on the grounds of horror stories sometimes associated with this stage of development. Nevertheless, in the light of the personal upheaval that many are undergoing is it any wonder that emotional changes will be obvious as one week they can appear mature and emotionally stable and the next week they may be moody or even immature in their responses to life? Unpredictable, sometimes erratic behaviour may be demonstrated in response to the changing moods experienced by these youngsters. The degree of social acceptance within the peer group is often a source of frustration, or conversely of enthusiasm. Some adolescents feel the imminent loss of childhood intensely and demonstrate a corresponding sadness together with a sense of fear; wondering how they will cope with the future and its associated responsibilities and expectations. Their response to these insecurities may be to show angry and moody behaviour. In contrast, others eagerly grasp the new challenges and opportunities held out to them and rise to new heights of achievements not previously demonstrated by them.
This period of dramatic personal change merits appropriate responses from educators who seek to cater for the particular concerns of these young people. Broadly speaking, young adolescents have certain developmental needs which a wise educator (of day or Sunday School) will bear in mind when engaging in lessons and in casual interactions.
Whilst not unique to this group, these needs and characteristics take on greater importance in early adolescence because of the fundamental changes associated with pubertal development.
- the need for acceptance and belonging
- the need for security
- the need for independence and self-assertion
- the need for recognition and significance
- the need for challenge through new experience
- the need for achievement and mastery