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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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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!

Using Anchor Charts in Bible Classes for Children

Using Anchor Charts in Bible Classes for Children - Teach One Reach One

 

If you haven’t had a child in elementary school over the last few years, you may have no idea what an anchor chart is. Usually written on a large piece of paper, it captures important information about a particular topic. Often in school, it may include the rules or steps students need to remember to complete a task accurately.

So how can these be helpful in a Bible class for kids? It’s not something you will necessarily do consistently, but under certain circumstances an anchor chart can really increase student comprehension.

There are probably lots of ways to use an anchor chart in a Bible school class for elementary students, but these ideas can get you started:

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Mindfulness in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Mindfulness in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneIf you keep up with trends in society or education, you may have heard about “mindfulness”. For those of you who were kids during the 70’s, you may have associated it with meditation or yoga and many proponents do suggest them as a way to practice mindfulness. As a Bible class teacher though, you may wonder whether disciplines often associated with religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism have a place in Bible classes for kids and teens.

Thankfully, modern researchers have included Christian disciplines in some of their research. Studies show prayer, reflecting on scripture and fasting (which usually incorporates highly focused prayer and scripture reflection), produce the same benefits as meditation and yoga. (Meditation is actually also a Christian discipline. See Psalm 1:2, Philippians 4:8 and others for more details.)

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Teaching Children’s Bible Classes Like Your Hair Is On Fire

Teaching Children's Bible Classes Like Your Hair Is On Fire - Teach One Reach One

I tab great ideas in books. This one came away with plenty.

The focus of Teach One Reach One is helping volunteers in churches, ministries and on the mission field enhance what they are doing as they teach the Bible to children and teens (granted sometimes with a little secular education added in faith based tutoring programs). Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of great outside resources I can suggest for you to read that I believe are really going to take your teaching to the next level.

Most of the best books on education are written for the secular educator. With a little tweaking though, they can often give you lots of great tips for your Bible class as well.

Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire by Rafe Esquith is a classic in education circles. There is a reason books become classics. In non-fiction circles, it is usually because a lot of people have found them helpful. This book is no exception.

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