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Google and Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Google and Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Parenting Like HannahIs it even possible to live life without the help of Google? It’s funny how something that didn’t even exist when most of us were kids is now the ultimate authority for everything. If anyone has a question about anything, the phones come out and Google is consulted for the answer.

The only problem is Google isn’t God. They don’t really vet the entries that are placed first for truth and reliability. In fact, many people pay to have their entries move up in the order or employ some other methods to be high on the Google “answer sheet” for our questions.

This probably doesn’t matter if you are given inaccurate information about the age of an actor or the name of the third vice president of the United States. Unfortunately, the stakes are a bit higher when young people may be building their Bible understanding and faith foundations based on what you have discovered on a Google search.

On the other hand, Google can really be of help to the Bible class teacher. You can have resources at your fingertips that would have been unavailable to you a few decades ago. The trick is knowing how to use Google to help your Bible class and not undermine what you are trying to do. Here are some things to consider the next time you want Google to help.

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Helpful Resource for Transitioning Bible Class Students to Independent Bible Reading

Helpful Resource for Transitioning Bible Class Students to Independent Bible Reading - Parenting Like HannahOne of our goals at Teach One Reach One is to encourage young people of all ages to become independent Bible readers. Reading the Bible for themselves can help your students know what God wants for them and from them, encourage them to live a godly life and make God their top priority, give them the tools to make godly choices and even protect them from false teachings.

We regularly have posts and share resources to help you encourage your students to read their Bibles outside of your class. Recently, someone suggested I review a resource they had found helpful to their students. Halley’s Bible Handbook for Kids by Dr. Henry Halley and Jean Syswerda is a Bible guide to help young people better understand what they are reading in the Bible.

For those of you familiar with the adult version of Halley’s Bible Handbook, it was created by the same general team (Halley actually died in 1965). Although organized in a similar fashion, the information itself is weighted more heavily to summary in the kid’s version than the cultural and archaeological information which made the adult version a reference staple.

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Homework and Sunday School Classes for Kids and Teens: Could It Change Everything?

Homework and Sunday School Classes for Kids and Teens: Could It Change Everything? - Teach One Reach One

 

You may be wondering whatever possessed me to even consider the idea of giving kids and teens homework for Sunday School classes. Perhaps your students are barely engaged during class time. The idea of them even considering doing anything extra outside of class makes you want to roll your eyes! Yet, handled properly, a few homework assignments from you might increase student understanding and even involvement.

If you are willing to try it in your class, there are some important things to remember. If you really want students to participate, learn and become more engaged with their faith, make sure your assignments are given with these important principles in mind:

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Top Tips for Increasing Learning When Using Purchased Bible Curricula for Children

Top Tips for Increasing Learning When Using Purchased Bible Curricula for Children - Teach One Reach OneWhen I give seminars on increasing meaningful, life-changing learning in Bible classes for children, I am usually asked to address a sensitive topic. Most churches and ministries have purchased some sort of prepared Bible curricula for their teachers to use in their Bible classes. Yet, the teachers often find the curricula frustrating and at times practically useless for real, meaningful learning to occur.

The reasons most are unhappy with any curricula they can purchase for children’s Bible classes are varied, but one fact is important to remember. Although, I feel certain most authors and publishers have the best of intentions, they face certain economic realities. Many churches still have an environment which encourages their teachers to make little or no preparation for their classes. They want everything “in the box” so they don’t have to put in one second more in preparation time than absolutely necessary. The publishers have to meet the demands of their average client in order to make a profit on the product.

Just because your church or ministry gives you prepared or “boxed” curricula does not mean you shouldn’t do what you can to enhance student learning. Ultimately, your students will learn as much as they can from what you give them. If you give them little Bible or make it boring – they will learn very little. If you can make it meaningful, hands-on. experiential and memorable – they will learn a lot and remember your class and what they learned for years to come.

If you have prepared curricula, but know your students won’t learn as much from it as they could, making several tweaks can dramatically increase what they learn and how well it is retained. Here are some of the top tweaks you can make to improve your prepared curricula:

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Learning Objectives in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Learning Objectives in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Parenting Like HannahHow do you prepare for teaching your Bible class? Do you read your teacher’s manual? Do you look up the scriptures in the Bible and read them? Do you gather materials for the activities? Do you spend time thinking and praying about the learning objectives for that lesson?

I would guess you were answering each question “yes” until we reached the last question about learning objectives. You may have a fuzzy idea of what they are or have never heard the term before. You may even be a professional educator, but never really thought about learning objectives in the Bible class you teach at church or in some other ministry.

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