The Young Peacemaker is a powerful system that parents and teachers can use to teach children how to prevent and resolve conflict in a constructive and biblically faithful manner.The system emphasizes principles of confession, forgiveness, communication, and character development, and uses realistic stories, practical applications, role plays, and stimulating activities.
Although the material is designed for 3rd through 7th grades, it has been successfully used with pre-school and high school students.
The lessons in The Young Peacemaker may be summarized in
Twelve Key Principles for Young Peacemakers
- Conflict is a slippery slope.
- Conflict starts in the heart.
- Choices have consequences.
- Wise-way choices are better than my-way choices.
- The blame game makes conflict worse.
- Conflict is an opportunity.
- The Five A’s can resolve conflict.
- Forgiveness is a choice.
- It is never too late to start doing what’s right.
- Think before you speak.
- Respectful communication is more likely to be heard.
- A respectful appeal can prevent conflict.
Provides detailed plans for teaching biblical peacemaking to 3rd-7th grade children in families, Christian schools, home schools, Sunday schools, VBS, and youth groups.
The Slippery Slope
The Young Peacemaker uses a simplified version of the Slippery Slope to help children understand the various responses to conflict. The slope is divided into three zones:
- The Escape Zone: Deny, Blame Game, and Run Away
- The Attack Zone: Put Downs, Gossip, Fight
- The Work-It-Out Zone: Overlook, Talk-It-Out, and Get Help
The Five A’s of Confession
Children, like adults, can learn to confess their wrongs in a way that demonstrates that they are taking full responsibility for their contribution to a conflict.
- Admit what you did wrong.
- Apologize for how your choice affected the other person.
- Accept the consequences.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Alter your choice in the future.
Four Promises of Forgiveness
Children can learn to forgive one another in a way that models the forgiveness they have received from God through the gospel of Jesus Christ:
- I promise I will think good thoughts about you and do good for you.
- I promise I will not bring up this situation and use it against you.
- I promise I will not talk to others about what you did.
- I promise I will be friends with you again.
These promises may be summarized in a poem that is so easy a four-year old can memorize it:
- Good thought
- Hurt you not
- Gossip never
- Friends forever
Young Peacemaker Student Activity Booklets:
12 Comic book style booklets
One booklet for each of the 12 lessons – each one 10-pages.
Bright, full-color attracts the kids to these guides
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Click A Word from the Author to read about the basic convictions behind this material.
Click YP Resources to learn about the resources available to use to teach your children.