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 […]

Teachers, Take A.I.M.

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 […]

Tips for Teaching Three-year-olds

1.  Threes don’t understand the flow of time. For a three year old, the time from one Sunday to the next seems like an eternity. This age child doesn’t string together, in time order, the Bible stories told from week to week. When you say, “A long time ago, there was a man named Abraham,” […]

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 […]

Take A.I.M.

My next door neighbors were having some repair work done on their porch, so I was hearing hammering and sawing.  I looked out my kitchen window to see the neighbors’ two year old grandson watching the repairman intently. Of course, he didn’t watch long before he began asking the repairman questions. Then he picked up […]