For families today, life is busier than ever. There are play dates to keep, story hours to attend, sporting events to get to, school work to complete and much more. Throw in tech time and seemingly few moments remain for just quiet time. The busyness of work, schedules, commitments and daily life overwhelms.
Welcoming these differing abilities and trying to connect with each student brought its challenges for me as a teacher. I tried right at the beginning of each year to find out what individual students liked and what they thought they were good at. It helped me to know the students better and to plan for learning.
As I read just the first few pages, I realized her idea about journaling, shared by many of her colleagues, has a clear, specific, meaningful purpose: to connect with God. Here’s How Deborah says it:
Pull out the crayons, markers and pencils for some good old-fashioned hands-on creative Bible fun. No technology required.
When doing any kind of Outreach Ministry to children, one thing that you typically experience is interactions with children that are “unchurched.” It’s the very reason we DO outreach. However, working with kids that come from traumatic backgrounds, can prove to be a challenge.
Summer days stretch ahead. Initial exuberance over “no school” often gives way to the ageless “Mom, I’m bored” complaint. Sure, structured activities like swim lessons, softball games and such keep kids busy. But it’s important also to encourage individual imaginative play, family activities and time outdoors in God’s beautiful creation.
Next time you are teaching Sunday School, consider different methods of teaching for different ways of learning.
Today we are sharing the second half of an excerpt from the new book by Tina Houser, “Unwrapping the Servant: Teaching Kids to Serve Jesus and Others,” in which Tina shares how we can start teaching kids about compassion and help them begin to become aware of the needs around them. In case you missed it, be sure to go back and read Unwrapping Compassion – Part 1
In her newest book, “Unwrapping the Servant: Teaching Kids to Serve God and Others,” Tina offers teaching tips, suggested activities, and a six-week lesson plan to help lay the foundation for a servant’s heart that will become a cornerstone of kids’ faith development.