Author Archive | Thereasa Winnett

Great Resource for Teachers in Children’s Bible Classes

Great Resource for Teachers in Children's Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneVolunteer teachers in Bible classes for children often have little training in education. They love God and their students dearly, but probably aren’t as effective as they could be with just a little more coaching. Unfortunately, very few churches and ministries provide this crucial regular training for their volunteers.

Of course, we would love for you to contact us and schedule our founder to come to your location and conduct intensive training workshops. If that’s not possible, and your church doesn’t provide training resources, you can self-educate. Reading books, educational journals or following blogs like this one can improve your skills and the effectiveness of your lessons and activities.

At the moment, the best books for teachers are all written for teachers in secular schools. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot you can learn from these master teachers. Often what they share will work in your Bible class for children just as well as it does in the elementary school down the street. At other times, you can make a few small changes in what they suggest and make it work for your Bible class. (For example, social studies ideas often work well when trying to help your students understand the history and cultures of the Bible.)

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Bible Stories for Special Themes in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Bible Stories for Special Themes in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

There are times when you may need or want to have a Bible class for kids or teens on a particular theme. Maybe you are substituting and there isn’t any literature. Perhaps your students need or want some study on a particular topic. Maybe you have a girls only or guys only Bible study. Whatever the reason, you may be scrambling quickly and drawing a blank on what Bible stories would work.

There are probably as many options as there are Bible stories. (Be aware, some children are not mature enough for a few of these stories.) Here are some that should give you a good start:

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Handling “Wiggles” in Children’s Bible Classes

Handling "Wiggles" in Children's Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneHave you been frustrated while teaching your children’s Bible class because your students are so fidgety? Has a student told you he “can’t sit still” because he has ADHD? Do you have students disrupting learning for others, while their parents are saying it’s because they don’t take their medication on Sunday?

These issues are becoming more and more common in Bible classes around the country. Volunteers are often confused and frustrated. Learning can be disrupted for one or more students. What can you do to show love to your students who may be struggling, while not ignoring the needs of other students to have a controlled learning environment?

The good news is there are actually several things you can do to improve the situation. It may take a few tries to find the best solution for your particular issue, but here are the things to try which will work in most situations.

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Great Tip For Encouraging Parents to Extend Children’s Bible Class Learning at Home

Recently, a friend shared something the children’s minister in her congregation was doing to encourage parents to continue their child’s Sunday morning Bible lessons at home. I thought it was such an awesome idea, I wanted to share it with you.

At Teach One Reach One one of the things we promote is informing parents about what happened in class each time and give them at least one idea for a way they can continue teaching at home. It’s a great way to mentor parents by giving them practical ideas of ways they can teach their kids about God at home. Our primary suggestion is to send a parent letter or email home each week. The letter/email should include the scripture references for the lesson, at least one main application point  and at least one activity they can do at home in addition to reviewing the scripture and discussing the application.

My friend’s congregation took it up a notch. They realize not all families attend Bible classes. Or maybe they have found their parents don’t read emails or letters. For whatever the reason, they have decided to share the same basic information on the front of the sheet given to worshippers when they arrive. They break it down by age group and include a memory verse instead of an activity, but the theory is the same.

So whether you choose to send letters, emails and/or print it on the front of your worship sheet, give the parents of your students the tools they need to extend your lesson at home. It will improve student retention and understanding. It will make parents feel more engaged in your class. It’s a great way to encourage parents to teach their kids Bible at home. Frankly, there really is no downside! So start communicating with the parents of your students today!

One Classroom Habit Bible Class Teachers for Kids Should Avoid

One Classroom Habit Bible Class Teachers for Kids Should Avoid - Teach One Reach OneI have been in your shoes many times. You have this amazing (if you do say so yourself!), hands-on, meaningful Bible class planned for your students. Bible class is after worship. The preacher goes over by 15 minutes and three special announcements later, you have a total of twenty-five minutes for your fifty-five minute lesson plan. Or Bible class is first and your students are still dribbling in for the first thirty minutes of class.

The one commodity most Bible class teachers can’t control is the amount of time you have your students actually in class with you. Most of us are keenly aware of how valuable every second of class time is already for our many students who aren’t taught Bible at home. You may also have very young students or one or more students with special needs. You may have parents of students who expect “beautiful/perfect” crafts coming home with their kids – even when you only have a few minutes for them to complete them.

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