Goals and Resources for Christian parenting

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6).

The Bible says parents are to teach their children God’s truth. “These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). This is so important that parents should have a plan for instructing their children in Christian beliefs and actions. First Baptist Church desires to partner with parents in providing guidelines for age-appropriate teaching. Children are ready for different truths at different stages of life. Here are suggested goals for parents for each year of a child’s life.

Included in our Train Up Program for K-5th is our Grow Up program - discipleship through the Wednesday night Kids Grow Groups. These are the concepts that we will be focusing on throughout the year. Check out more about Grow Groups here.

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Goals & Resources

Click on links to download printable resources for each age & grade.

  • Leading your Child to Christ

  • Three years old: God made everything

    Goal: Teach your child that God made everything.
    Teach your child to appreciate the beauty of creation and to marvel at the design of creation.  

  • Four years old: How to pray

    Goal: Teach your child to pray.
    Pray aloud with your child each day to model praying. Encourage your child to pray out loud in your presence. 

  • Kindergarten

    Grow Up: Books of the Old Testament

    Train Up: The Two Greatest Commandments

    Kindergarten Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 1st grade

    Grow Up: Books of the Old & New Testament, Ten Commandments

    Train Up: Ten Commandments, Anxiety & Emotional Health

    1st Grade Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 2nd grade

    Grow Up: Fruit of the Spirit, The Lord's Prayer

    Train Up: Money & Work, Principles for Technology Use

    2nd Grade Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 3rd grade

    Grow Up: The Gospel Plan & Verses

    Train Up: The Gospel

    3rd Grade Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 4th grade: The plan of salvation

    Grow Up: Bible Outline

    Train Up: Biblical Diversity & Identity, Spiritual Disciplines

    4th Grade Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 5th grade: What it means to be a church member

    Grow Up: Roman Road, Attributes of God

    Train Up: Church Membership

    5th Grade Grow Up & Train Up Guide

  • 6th grade: sex and purity

    Goal: Your student should understand Christian sexual ethics.
    Encourage your student to participate in a pledge of purity.

  • 7th grade: life on mission

    Goal: Your student should develop a life on mission by learning to share his faith, discovering his spiritual gifts and interests, and engaging in mission projects in his neighborhood and community.

  • 8th grade: My Spiritual History

    Goal: Your student should learn his family’s spiritual history, including the spiritual background or testimonies of parents and grandparents.
    Your student should learn his nation’s spiritual story.

  • 9th grade: Christian manhood and womanhood

    Goal: Your son should learn to be courageous, to be a man of honor, and to treat women with respect. Your daughter should learn to be a woman of honor, a person of true beauty and modesty, and how to relate to men.

  • 10th grade: christian worldview

    Goal: Your student should learn the basics of a Christian worldview.
    Your student should be able to identify the eight major areas of Christian doctrine.

  • 11th grade: different denominations and religions

    Goal: Your student should learn the basic differences between Christianity and other religions. Your student should visit churches of other denominations and report to you on their distinctives.

  • 12th grade: Transitions to adulthood and independence

    Goal: Your student should master basic life skills, learn to develop and follow a budget, and explore vocation and calling. Your student should demonstrate independence and responsibility in spiritual disciplines, calendaring and scheduling, and money management.