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Facts generally accepted in the field of Christian Education show that the boy and girl in the age group of six to twelve is stepping over into another world. Life is becoming very real to them and they require the real, the true, and the genuine to satisfy their longings. They are discriminators between fact and fiction and very frequently note things long before they attract the attention of an adult. Their conscience is yet tender, the impulse to obey is strong, and the implicit faith of the earlier years still lingers with them. It is a time in their lives when the conduct is shaped not so much by what they are taught as by what they have observed. Considering these facts in relation to the increased rate of juvenile delinquency and the great loss in numbers that the Sunday School experiences in the intermediate age group that question was raised in the writer's mind regarding the evangelization of children in the age group six to twelve.
Gackle, Albert, "General Principles of Child Evangelism with Special Reference to the Age Group Six to Twelve" (1955). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 404.