A few weeks ago I taught a workshop in our church in Puebla, Mexico on how to teach Sunday School! I have put the powerpoint presentation here for you. Most of what I cover is a very detailed how to for the actual class time. It has been such a blessing to see our church members start to put into practice some of the tips taught!
1. Sunday School Workshop Working with Kids in the Church
2. What is a teacher? • Tutor • Trainer • Educator • Mentor • Guide
3. Who is Responsible for Bible Education? Deuteronomy 6:6-7: • 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: • 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
4. • Statistically over 90% of parents, who attend church regularly, entrust nearly all of their child’s spiritual training to someone who only has one hour each week to effect that education
5. 1 Corintios 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
6. Your job as a teacher… • To Do: • Saturate yourself with the word of God • Be guided by the Holy Spirit • Guide the Students • Don’t: • Replace Scripture with your opinion • Replace the Holy Spirit with your ability • Replace Teaching with Material
7. You Teach… • Some by your words… • More by your actions… • Most by your person
8. • The single most important factor that influences learning is the life and personality of the teacher. Dr. Findley B. Edge
9. The teacher may teach a little by what he says; he teaches more by what he does but mostly by what he is. C.B. Eavy
10. Efesios 4:11-12 • 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; • 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
11. Age at Conversion
12. 8 Types of Learning
13. Verbal Learner
14. Verbal Learner Examples • Books • Stories • Songs • Activities that use words or require writing
15. Visual Learner
16. Visual Learner Examples • Pictures • Coloring • Art Projects • Maps • Picture Books
17. Physical Learner
18. Physical Learner Examples • Games • Activities in the Park • Projects with Hands • Experiments • Exercises
19. Logical Learner
20. Logical Learner Examples • Matching • Classifying • Sequencing • Problem Solving • Puzzles
21. Relational Learner
22. Relational Learner Examples • Working in a Group • Playing with Others • Helping Others • Working with Others
23. Reflective Learner
24. Reflective Learner – Examples • Independent Working • Working Alone • Is Quiet
25. Musical Learner
26. Musical Learner – Examples • Singing • Use Instruments • Play with Music • Invent Words to Songs
27. Sunday School
28. Sunday School • 9:30 Arrive and Setup the Classroom • 9:45 – 10:00 – Receive the Kids • 10:00 – 10:10 – Songs and Prayer • 10:10 – 10:25 – Bible Lesson • 10:25 – 10:30 – Plan of Salvation • 10:30 – 10:35 – Bible Verse • 10:35 – 10:45 – Object Lesson • 10:45 – 10:55 – Games
29. The Classroom
30. Bulletin Boards
31. Bulletin Boards
32. Reward Chart
33. Use Their Names
34. The Classroom • Clean • Order • Nothing dangerous where the kids can reach • Good Lighting • Enough Seating • Clean White Boards
35. 9:45 – 10:00 Receive the Children The Teacher • Talks with them • Talks with the visitors • Assigns a child to be the “buddy” of any visitors The Assistant Teacher • Takes Attendance • Gives Points • Gets the Visitors Information
36. 10:00 – 10:10 Songs and Prayer • Goal: – Get the kids excited – Get out the kid’s energy – Prepare their hearts for the lesson • Songs: – Use a variety – Use Visuals – Use Movement (Marching, standing up, sitting down)
37. Examples of Song Visuals
38. Examples of Song Visuals
39. Examples of Song Visuals
40. Examples of Song Visuals
41. Songs • Sing 3-5 Songs • Choose songs that go with the lesson • Teach a new song each week or at a minimum once a month. • Sing age appropriate songs
42. Cantos • Ensenar que cantan fuerte • Ensenar a participar • Que sea tiempo de felicidad y no regaños • Dar un premio de vez en cuando al niño o niña que canta mejor.
43. Prayer • Pray for the Class • Teach them how to pray – Head down – Eyes closed – Nobody looking – Nobody talking – Nobody moving – With respect
44. When we think of Sunday School Teachers…
45. We think…
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48. The way it should be…
49. 10:10 – 10:25 Bible Lesson Teacher • Be prepared • Give the class • Teach the kids how to sit and behave Assistant Teacher • Teach the kids to pay attention • Separate the kids that are talking • Sit with the “trouble- makers” • Give a reward to the boy and girl that pay the most attention
50. Lesson Plan for Beginner’s Class (Age 2-7) • There are 4 semesters of 13 weeks each year. • Create a lesson plan for the year. • Give your lesson plan to the church office to have a record of what was taught. • Try to teach the whole Bible every 3 years.
51. Lesson Plan Example
52. Lesson Plan Example
53. Lesson Plan Example
54. Lesson Plan Example
56. Create Visuals
57. More Visuals…
58. Use Themes
59. Take Care of the Material • The material belongs to the Lord • If we don’t take care of the material, we are not taking care of the things of the Lord. • Even though you are a member of the church, the things in the church don’t belong to you! (Really!) Please return all material to the church after use. • If you take something from the church, you be the one to bring it back. Don’t delegate your responsibility!
60. New Material • All Bible Characters except Samson should have short hair! If the material has the disciples or Jesus with long hair, give them a hair cut! • Girls and Women in the stories should have dresses or skirts. • We only use the KJB in English. • Get Pastor’s approval before purchasing anything!
61. Movies and Music • Must be approved by the Pastor first. • It should not have “Christian” rock or other music that we don’t play in the church. • Songs should not have a “beat” or too much “rhythm”.
62. Lesson Plan for Intermediates (Ages 8-12) • Teach the Bible but also teach practical things that apply to their life such as… – How to Dress – The Correct Music – Evolution and Creation – How to Evangelize – How to Be a Good Testimony at School
63. Lesson Plans for Teens (Ages 13-18) • Teach the Bible but also teach practical things for their lives such as… – How to Pray – How to Study the Bible – How to Win Souls • Instead of always telling them what they shouldn’t do, teach them how their lives can be different if they put Christ first and as the center of their lives!
64. 10:25 – 10:30 Plan of Salvation • Repeat the Plan of Salvation Each Week. • Teach the 4 basic things and repeat each week: 1. We are all sinners. 2. The wages of sin is death in hell. 3. Christ died for our sins. 4. Salvation is by faith in Christ alone.
65. The Invitation • Have all the children bow their heads and close their eyes. • Ask: If you are 100% sure that you will go to Heaven when you die, please raise your hand. • Say: If you could not raise your hand right now and you are not 100% sure that you will go to Heaven when you die, but you would like to, please raise your hand now.
66. Lead them to Christ • The Assistant Teacher can ask those that raised their hands to step out to speak with her. • Explain the 4 steps to salvation and lead them to Christ. • Fill out a decision card and give it to the teacher.
67. 10:30 – 10:35 Bible Verse • Memorize a Bible verse each week. • Memorize a series of verses to memorize a chapter. • The verse should go with the lesson. • Make a Bible Verse Visual. • Make Bible Memory Verse Tokens for the kids to take home.
68. Bible Verse Visuals
69. Bible Verse Visuals
70. Bible Verse Visuals
71. Verse Tokens
72. Verse Tokens
73. 10:35 – 10:45 Object Lesson Teacher • Helps the kids pay attention • Sits with the kids that are the “trouble-makers”. Assistant Teacher • Prepares the Lesson • Gives the Lesson • Give the lesson in a way that gets the kids excited about what you are teaching!
74. Object Lesson • Use physical objects to teach a spiritual lesson. • Example: Two Balloons. One has air, and the other has helium. • The balloon with air represents the Christian trying to do things in his own strength. • The balloon with helium represents the Christian filled with the Holy Spirit. He can do things above and beyond his own strength!
75. Object Lessons
76. Object Lessons
77. Object Lessons
78. Series Story • A story that takes 3-5 weeks to tell. • Makes the kids want to come back to hear the rest. • And the end of each story, tell them a little bit about what they will learn the next week to encourage them to come back.
79. Missionary Series
80. Missionary Series
81. 10:45 – 10:55 Games • Games should go with the lesson. • Review what was taught in the class • Divide in teams – girls vs boys, row vs row • Everyone should have a chance to play • Give prizes! (Pencils, stickers. Don’t give gum or hard candy)
86. *Extra Time – Art Projects • Art Projects should go with the lesson. • Once a month, substitute the Object Lesson and Game Time for an Art Project. • Hang up the student’s work in the classroom. The kids will want to come back to see their work and take it home. • Don’t get paint on the kid’s clothes! The moms won’t want to send their kids to the church that gets their clothes dirty!
87. Art Projects
88. Art Projects
89. Art Projects
90. Art Projects
91. Art Projects • Ten una manualidad hecha para mostrar como ejemplo. • Te listo todo lo que se necesita. ¡No saques copias al último momento! • Ajusta la manualidad para los niños chicos. Ten ya cortado algunas cosas para ahorrar tiempo para los niños más pequeños. • Busca algo bueno que decir del trabajo de cada niño. (Hazlos sentir importantes.)
92. 10:55 – 11:00 Rewards • Have a “good seat” award for the best boy and girl. • Give points to the kids and put them on the reward chart for: – Bring Bible – Attend – Memorize the Bible Verse
93. Dismissal Time • Dismiss kids on time to not interrupt the next class. • Remind the kids to drink water and go to the bathroom. • Explain that the adults are in the auditorium and they should not go look for them but go to their next class.
94. Qué Hacer y Qué no Hacer Do • Pray for your students • Encourage your students • Call them on the phone or visit them if they miss class • Be patient with them Don’t • Don’t yell, put down, or criticize your students. • Never be alone with a child. • Don’t pull their hair. • Don’t have them sit on your lap. • Don’t hug them. • Don’t touch unless necessary.