At my church I recently began teaching children through flannel graphs, story-telling, and asking questions! Here are some tips for myself that came up. I’ll constantly be revising and changing the list as time goes on!

Tips I learned from Teaching Children:

General Tips:

1. Pray for the students

2. Know the lesson, allow God to teach me before I teach the kids. How can I teach them something I don’t understand?

3. Don’t ask simple yes, no questions. Ask questions that allow them to come up with thoughtful answers!

4. Be colorful and loud in your expressions! Remember the teachers that you thought were boring? Don’t be monotone, unexpressive like them!

5. Play with the children, get to know them outside the classroom. Show them that you care!

6. Remember that you are not alone in the children’s ministry, be active in bringing children to meet and know other brothers and sisters too. Like introducing a new friend!

7. Children have a way of sensing when we care about a lesson that is being taught, and most times a lesson that felt bad was contributed by my lack of preparation.

Discipline:

Pray for them!

1. Remember they are children. Though they do not understand now, be firm in discipline so that they won’t be all over the place. Once children see that you allow them to bend the rules, they will all join in and get worse and worse. “Give them an inch, they will take a mile.”

2. Get to know them outside the class! Children who have a relationship with you may tend to listen more attentively.

Hanging out with children:

 

  1. If you do not have much experience playing/interacting with children, try asking “Can I play? What are you playing?” Young children never seem to run out of games or things to do. (Isn’t it funny how the older we are, the harder it is to keep ourselves entertained? Moral of the story is to ‘never grow up!’)
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