Teaching Techniques

 What is the most effective teaching method?  The answer depends on the children in the class.  Some children can listen and learn.  Others learn by doing.  Some learn well on their own.  Others need the interaction of a group.  Using a variety of methods may be the best approach.  The following teaching techniques might give you ideas that will work well in your class.

Teach by Example.
Alternate between active and inactive approaches.  For example, you could start with Brain Teasers.  Then you could lead a nature walk to identify all the things God created (see Bible Story Activities).  Follow that with the Bible story where the children listen quietly and answer questions.  Then you could use a Game to help the children learn the Memory Verse.  This approach provides for planned energy releases and helps prevent boredom.
Go Outside.  Children love the outdoors.  You can teach about Life in Biblical Times by serving a snack of unleavened bread and dates on a blanket spread on the ground outside.  Or you can reenact the story of the Fall of Man (Genesis 3).  Or let them learn to play together on the playground.  Just be sure to come in with the same number of children you went out with.
Use Music.  Recruit a guitar, piano, or keyboard player to lead songs that will help the children learn the books of the Bible or the Ten Commandments.  Or be brave and lead it yourself.
Use Art.  Children love to express themselves.  Choose an activity they can complete by themselves or with minimal supervision to build their confidence.  They can draw a picture showing what they learned.  Or they can color a Coloring Page.  Or they can write the Memory Verse on papyrus paper using ink and a stick.
Use Repetition.  Choose a Bible Story Activity, Brain Teaser, Memory Verse, and Game that all reinforce the same lesson you are teaching that day.
Use Visual Aids.  Prepare a wall-sized version of the Challenge activity, such as memorizing the Ten Commandments.  List the books of the Bible on the wall.  Print out the Clip Art and hang it on the wall to remind the children of what they have learned.  Or let the children draw pictures of what they learned and hang those on the wall.
Use Bible Drills.  Provide a list of the Memory Verses they have learned for the past month and ask them to find the verses in the Bible.  Or ask them to find one book named after a lady and one book named after a man.  First one finished, stand up.
Use Individual Activities.  Schedule at least one activity each Sunday that will require each child to learn individually.  Each student can say the Memory Verse alone during a relay race.  Or each student can draw a picture or write in a journal.
Use Group Activities.  For example, divide the class into groups and play "Who Wants to be a Christian Heir?" to review the Bible Truths or facts learned during the month (See Games).  This encourages the development of social skills and reinforces the Bible Truth that God wants us to have friends and work together (Genesis 2:18).
Watch a movie.  There are a number of good short movies (20 to 50 minutes) that tell the story of a Biblical character or event.
Use role play to act out the story.  Write each of the parts on a separate card using words the children can read.
Play Bible Detective.  For example, let the children discover words they can use to praise God in Prayer.  Provide a list of verses they can read to find the words.  Write their discoveries on the board.  Use this approach for other activities, such as learning about a person in People of the Bible or foods of the Bible in Life in Biblical Times.
Recruit a Co-Leader that is your opposite.  For example, if you like the active approach, recruit a Co-Leader that likes the inactive approach and you can both do what you like best.
Celebrate Successes.  A job well done deserves a pat on the back.  Applaud for the students after they learn a Memory Verse.  If the entire class masters a Challenge, such as memorizing "The Lord's Prayer," consider celebrating with a cake or a pizza party during snack time.  Use the celebrations as Outreach by encouraging the students to invite friends to these celebrations held during the Sunday School hour.

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  This information is presented to help teachers serving in a Christian Preschool Ministry or a Children's Ministry or a Sunday School class teach children what the Bible says about God and the way He wants us to live.

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