by Patrick Edwards

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Ephesians - The Foundation of the Church at Ephesus (1 of 44)
Series: The Church at Ephusus: God's Calling, Empowering, and Instruction for the Church
Patrick Edwards
Acts 18:18-28

Series Introduction

Now that Spring is in full form and summer right around the corner, the missus and I have been trying to get Aiden outside as much as possible. You see Aiden is lot like our Golden Retriever, in many ways, but particularly when it comes to an endless supply of energy. In all honesty there have been times recently with our 2½ year-old that we've contemplated just putting him on a treadmill, pressing start, and just seeing how long he could go! He loves being outside, though, so we do that instead. Teresa's been trying to teach him soccer, I'll play catch and baseball with him; Charley just sits there in her stroller in all her 8 month-old chubbiness watching.

The key, though, in teaching Aiden these sports has been modeling the activity for him. You can tell him all day how to kick a ball or swing a bat, but you accomplish a lot more just showing him how to do it. He'll watch Teresa or myself and then try and mimic the activity. It's pretty cute! There was a country song that Rodney Atkins had out a few years back that captured this idea. The song was called, ''I've Been Watching You,'' and it was about how his four year-old copied everything he did, both good and bad.

Kids seem to learn best by having things modeled and demonstrated for them. Sociologists tell us that we never really grow out of this method of learning. In fact, globally, most non-Western cultures prefer the watch and show method of teaching over all others. Now to master a skill you eventually need to learn the intrinsic principles behind the activity, and so verbal communication, particularly that of the theory behind the instruction is important. Eventually in learning to kick a soccer ball you need to understand how the position of your hips can alter the ball. In learning to hi ...

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