Writing/Speaking

Publications

Morgenthaler, S. K., Keiser, J. B., &  Larson, M.L. (2014).  Nurturing the Infant Soul: The Importance of Community and Memories in the Spiritual Formation of Young Children.  Christian Education Journal, 11(2), 244-258.

Morgenthaler, S.K., Keiser, J.B., & Larson, M.L. (2014).  Engaging, Expressive and Experience-Based Prayer Models with Children.  In L. Tolbert (Ed.), Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today’s Children: A Holistic Approach (pp. 3-13)Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Larson, M. L. (2011-2012). Imagine (Dwell Curriculum Year 1 and 2). Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources.

  • Year 1, Unit 1: Imagine…being part of God’s family
  • Year 1, Unit 2: Imagine…following God’s directions
  • Year 1, Unit 3: Imagine…meeting Jesus
  • Year 1, Unit 4: Imagine…walking with Jesus
  • Year 1, Unit 5: Imagine…God’s incredible rescue plan
  • Year 1, Unit 6: Imagine…seeing God’s power
  • Year 2, Unit 1: Imagine…trusting God
  • Year 2, Unit 2: Imagine…working for God
  • Year 2, Unit 3: Imagine…seeing Jesus do great things
  • Year 2, Unit 4: Imagine…seeing Jesus’ power
  • Year 2, Unit 5: Imagine…God creating everything
  • Year 2, Unit 6: Imagine…Jesus caring for us

Larson, M. L. (2003).  Follow the Leader if You Dare: Early Elementary Children’s Activity Book.  Wheaton, IL: Mainstay Church Resources.

Larson, M. L., & Murray, M. J. (2002).  3-2-1 Penguins—Bible academy: Tots flight manual.  Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions.

Larson, M. L., & Murray, M. J. (2001).  Veggie tots: Jonah—an overboard adventure.  Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions.

Larson, M. L. (2000).  Veggie tots: Veggie town values for the family!  Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions.

Conference Presentations

Making Meaning of God:  How Preschoolers Make Meaning of their Faith Experiences.  Poster Session presented at the 2015 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Orlando FL.  November 19, 2015.

Shirley K. Morgenthaler, Jeffrey B. Keiser, & Mimi L. Larson.  Implications of Nurturing the Soul of the Child: Building on the Importance of Emergent Teaching and Learning, Memories, and Community in the Cognitive and Spiritual Formation of Young Children.  Poster Session presented at the 2015 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Orlando FL.  November 19, 2015.

Making Meaning of God: How Preschoolers Make Meaning of their Faith Experiences.  Early Childhood Conference, Concordia University, River Forest, IL.  August 7, 2015.

Shirley K. Morgenthaler, Jeffrey B. Keiser, & Mimi L. Larson. Implications of Nurturing the Soul of the Child.  Early Childhood Conference, Concordia University, River Forest, IL.  August 7, 2015.

Making Meaning of God: The Faith Experiences of Preschool Children. Mid-western Educational Research Association, Evanston, IL. November 13, 2014.  Selected as one of the distinguished papers from the 2015 MWERA conference.   

Shirley K. Morgenthaler, Jeffrey B. Keiser, & Mimi L. Larson.  Nurturing the Soul of the Child: The Importance of Community, Memories, and Emergent Teaching/Learning in the Cognitive and Spiritual Formation of Young Children.  2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Dallas TX.  November 7, 2014.

Jeffrey B. Keiser & Mimi L. Larson.  Faith as Incubation: Hatching Wisdom and Faith from Relationships and Spiritual Exploration.  Early Childhood Conference, Concordia University, River Forest, IL. August 8, 2014.

Jeffrey B. Keiser & Mimi L. Larson.  Incubating a Young Child’s Faith: How Faith Hatches from Relationships within the Christian Community.  Faith Forward 2014, Nashville, TN.  May 20, 2014.

Shirley K. Morgenthaler, Jeffrey B. Keiser, & Mimi L. Larson.  Nurturing the Infant Soul: The Importance of Community and Memories in the Spiritual Formation of Young Children.  2013 North American Professors of Christian Education Conference, Chicago, IL.  October 19, 2013.

The Young Child in Our Midst: Being Faith-Intentional and Spiritually Present with Infants and Toddlers.  Early Childhood Conference, Concordia University, River Forest, IL.  August 9, 2013.

Prenatal & Early Childhood Spiritual Formation (Ministry Model).  Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, River Forest, IL.  June, 2009