Featured Folder: “God Made My Family”

Young children like stories about things that are familiar to them. They are curious and want to explore and learn more about what they see every day. Their families are a very familiar part of their world. Teach the children that God made families and planned for us to be part of a family. Some […]

Featured Folder: “Jesus is God’s Son”

One of the most familiar and popular Bible stories for most young children is the story of baby Jesus. There are stars and angels, shepherds and animals. There are wise men and gifts. There’s a husband and wife. and most important of all, there’s a very special baby. Teach young children that baby Jesus is […]

Featured Folder: “I Say Thank-You”

Saying thank you is one of the first manners a young child is taught. A young child is very dependent, so people constantly do things for him and give things to him. And they try to train him to appreciate their efforts by having him say thank you. Teach young children that God wants us […]

Ten Tips for Teaching Ages 8 – 11

Here are 10 things to keep in mind when teaching ages eight through eleven: 1. They want to be busy doing productive things. They enjoy projects. They learn best by touching and doing and seeing visual aids. Plan your lessons to include lots of activities. 2. They like to show their skills and abilities and […]

Planning Your Route

What is curriculum? It’s a map. It tells you how to get where you want to go. It will have overall goals for your age group. Through the year, the lessons will take you toward that goal. Lessons are the points of interest you pass as you travel the route on the “map.”  Each lesson […]

Four Ways to Teach with Intention

One of my mentors, award-winning writer Kathi Appelt, reminds me that form should serve story.  She says, “It’s easy to get lost in the exercise of form and lose intentionality.”  She encouraged me to ask:  “Is this form deliberate and appropriate for the subject?”  Intentionality means making choices deliberately, for particular reasons – which means […]

Teacher Training

We are hot and muggy here in Tennessee.  The only creature moving very fast is the hummingbird flitting around the red and purple blossoms of my flower garden. If you are involved in any way with Bible study or Sunday school, right now you are probably starting your Fall program, and you’ve recruited or are […]

Three Reasons for Historical Context

If you have followed my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am often emphasizing the teaching of Bible stories to elementary age kids in chronological order. Likewise, I would encourage you, when possible, to include the historical context of the stories. That is exactly what I did when I prepared my […]