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Some reminders to myself from teaching sunday school to children.

General Tips:

  1. Pray for the students, since only God can change hearts.
  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!

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!’)

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!’)

Here are two points that stood out to me as I watched David and Sally Michael speak on children’s ministry. The videos and notes can be found here:

Session 1 – A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation – Video | Notes
Session 2 – A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation – Video | Notes
And for those who can’t make it this coming Sunday (like Chandra), here’s the third one:
Session 3 – A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation – Video | Notes

 

1. “It is in a variety of life experiences that the Word of God is tested and… found to be true.”

How often in the day does God work in our lives, showing His faithfulness and promise to be true. And at the same time how often I miss the signs of God leading in my daily life routines! If we could be intentional in seeing just how many miracles God does in our lives each day and for them(providing food when I am hungry – man, on the ride back from Hollywood Bowl I was feeling hungry and prayed in my heart for God to provide or at least get my mind off my hunger, and the next moment a brother offered me a bag of fritos!), how much more would we be equipped and able to point others to see the way God has been daily, constantly, and always blessing them!

2. “Children rise to your level of expectation”

This one in particular hit home. Recently I have been able to spend time with others and when I spend time with them I have the fear that talking too much or on deeper topics about God and His Word would lead them to feel bored. God is the one who changes lives, who renews our hearts; let us not be afraid to set bigger goals; may we come to expect others to rise to levels far beyond our very own!

Take care,

– Joshua H Wu

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