Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Lynn Gehrke

Second Reader

David Brusehoff


spiritual development in children, religious education


Many children in our society are faced with numerous risk factors and primary caregivers may not be aware of how religious education can reduce these risks. Based on a critical review of the latest research on faith formation in early childhood, this project explores a model of combining efforts and resources in many churches that benefit families in the spiritual development of their children. It presents a spiritual development booklet that contains strategies and lessons parents can adopt for their use at home, where research shows real religious transmission occurs. The booklet explains religious transmission research, introduces child/faith development theories to parents in lay terms, and provides age and developmentally appropriate activities for children to engage in with their parents and other Christians.


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