NOTE: This publication is from the For My Child Ministry site. Reposting is not permitted without express written permission.REMINDER #1
REMINDER #1: The greatest teaching tip is to show love to the children. God is love and He loves us. Teaching the faith without friendliness, kindness, goodness, compassion, sincerity, and an appropriate level of transparency will hinder success (i.e. success defined as changed hearts, repentance, new or renewed relationship with God through the Christ, and walking in the power of Holy Spirit).
Be mindful that over the course of time a child (or children) may disclose personal information or confide sensitive issues to you. In those instances always handle with tender care and support. Also use the opportunity to reinforce the word of God and the love of God. If the disclosure pertains to any form child abuse report it your ministry leader, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services (CPS). Remember externally reporting child abuse to law enforcement and CPS is the law and is to always be taken very seriously.
REMINDER #2: For you the teacher trust God always, keep your heart pure (i.e clear conscience before God and man) in and out of class, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in your ministry of love!
REMINDER #3: Always open and close with prayer.
REMINDER #4: The Bible verses and scripture interpretation thereof (i.e. breakdown) have been written as scripts for you the teacher. Use as written, ad lib or use excerpts when presenting and teaching to the children.
REMINDER #5: All activities and object lessons are generally written as instructions for you the teacher. The purpose of the activities and object lessons are to reinforce the precepts to the children so that they (i.e. precepts) become concrete. Use additional (or modify) activities and object lesson if you find other that will better reinforce and solidify the precepts for children.
REMINDER #6: Throughout the lessons there will be words and/ or phrases in parenthesis. These words and/ or phrases serve as further meanings or explanations. In many instances they are simplification of the words or phrases and can be used as substitutes.
TIP #1: If at all possible use a large or extra large print of the New King James Version of the Bible and have extra copies on hand for the children. (Note: the King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), and Amplified Bible (AMP) texts) were used in writing the Full Armor for Kids Bible study curriculum. The book Ripped Out of the Bible by Jones Floyd is recommended for teachers.)
TIP #2: Help the children become familiar with the Bible and how to navigate through it. Show the children the layout and structure of the Bible and how to find books in the Old and New Testament. Have the children read the verses and scriptures directly from the Bible when going through the lessons.
TIP #3: Have children read the Bible verses and scriptures out loud.
TIP #4: Always exalt the Bible (i.e. the word of God) by relaying to the children the following:
- Bible is the word of God.
- The Bible is Holy.
- The Bible is perfect and is the only source of truth.
- The Bible is our Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.
- The Bible is one of the ways God speaks to us.
- God wants us to read the Bible so we can get to know Him and His ways more.
- We must read, study, and think about the word of God.
- We will receive God’s wisdom and knowledge when we study and learn His word from the Bible.
TIP #5: Have the children memorize versus and scriptures. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit and our weapon of warfare. All Believers (young and old) need to use the word of God in their daily life. His word empowers us, protects us, and keeps us. Use the scripture arsenal included in each module as starting point.
TIP #6: Never have children memorize Bible verses and scriptures just for the sake of memorizing. Explain the meaning of the verses and/or scriptures to the children in order for them to a) understand the scripture, b) connect with it, and c) understand how they call apply the bible verse or scripture in their every day life (i.e. praying the word of God, meditating on the word of God, obeying the word of God, etc.). Remember to always use the Strong’s concordance to give correct interpretation and doctrine.
TIP #7: When teaching the lessons use the included scripture arsenal or have the supporting Bible verses and scriptures on large paper or poster board. Hold it up or post it up and have the kids repeat the Bible verse and/ or scripture after you at appropriate points in the lesson.
TIP #8: After each Bible verse and/ or scripture reading dissect the scripture in order for the children to understand it. Again remember to always use the Strong’s concordance to give correct interpretation and doctrine.
TIP #9: Before beginning a new lesson (i.e. learning a new precept) review 2 to 3 key points and the “wrap up” from the previous lesson. Have the kids loudly repeat the key points (i.e. God is I AM! God is love! Father God loves me!).
TIP #10: When explaining the lesson precepts along with the Bible verses and scriptures always make sure to present it in a manner that will have an emotional impact on the children. Make your presentation of the lesson personal by using words like “you”, “each of you”, and “us”. Pause where needed and stress the key points that Holy Spirit lays on your heart at the very moment of presenting/ teaching. The emotional impact of the lesson will have a lasting effect on the children. It will not only help the kids to understand and remember, but it will also help them to apply the teaching in their own lives.
TIP #11: Never rush through any lesson. Remember that you’re imparting nuggets of Godly wisdom to the children. These nuggets are precepts from the word of God and they will bear good fruit quicker than you think so take your time when teaching.
TIP #12: When teaching be somewhat flexible in the presentation structure. Be open to ad hoc discussions with the children and be mindful to keep the discussion on the topic at hand. Also during conversation tie back what is being talked about to the precept, Bible verses, and supporting scriptures. Take the opportunity to reinforce how the precept can be applied in the situation being discussed.
TIP #13: Never disregard the questions of the children. Their voice matters and they deserve the respect. If there is not enough time kindly relay that there isn’t enough time to answer the question, if you don’t know the answer be truthful in stating you don’t know the answer (Note: find the answer and give it to them next class), and if their question is off topic do your best to bring the focus back to the precept being taught. We’re teaching love because God is love …they way we respond to the children will impact how they receive what their being taught. Love softens the heart.
TIP #14: When retelling passages of scripture or Bible verse use pictures and props. Make your presentation engaging and interactive. Use an appropriate level and amount of drama (i.e. theatrical reading, animated movement, facial expressions, music, etc.). Be conscious not to let the use of drama and props distract the children for the precept, Bible verse, and/ or scripture being taught. Refer to posted videos (Creation to Christ & Early Church History) for additional lesson media ideas.
TIP #15: Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. If observed that the children aren’t understanding the precept or if they aren’t able to relate to it repeat or revisit the lesson until it’s observed that the children understand the precept and can relate to it. The goal of the curriculum is to strengthen, restore, and empower children in their faith therefore never rush through a lesson. If you do the precept will not stick and your efforts will be for naught.
TIP #16: Always be conscious to include all children in the discussions & activities. Do not limit yourself to calling on (or selecting) the kids who are more engaged. Remember the goal is to strengthen, restore, and empower all young hearts.
TIP #17: …At the same time never force a child to participate if you notice that the child is steadfast in unwillingness to do so. Instead give supportive words and continue on; Holy Spirit will do the work to bring them out of their shell in time. Remember Jesus never forced Himself on us and we should never do it to others in our attempts to share the Gospel.
TIP #18: Always give supportive, encouraging, and positive acknowledgement and feedback to the kids. Make eye contact with the children when teaching and speak directly to them …they will know us by our love and respect for them.
TIP #19: Always give snacks and/ or rewards to the students at the end of class or use it as motivators.