Dreaming of the ideal Sunday school classroom where Kool-aid is never spilled, hands never get glued together and children quote the 10 Commandments on cue? Yeah, that isn’t going to happen! But you can achieve some of your dreams simply by getting your space better organized so that precious teaching time isn’t wasted looking for missing markers and meltdowns can be avoided by ensuring everyone has a coveted glue stick. Here are a few quick tips on how you can get your ministry area better organized.
Understand the Value
Chaotic Teaching Space = Time Wasted. Remember this… When you consider that you have your kids only once or twice a week for maybe an hour at a time (if you’re lucky), you can better understand why every minute counts. If you really want to get deep, consider that there are children who are going to come through your ministry in need of salvation, who are perhaps already feeling a tugging on their heart, who are waiting to hear what you have to say about their salvation. How easy they can be distracted from this tugging toward salvation if you are distracted with hunting down lost craft supplies, or digging around looking for resources. Getting organized can have eternal implications for a little one!
Remember, A Place for Everything…
Okay, I know you’re hearing your first grade teacher chant this, but there was a reason old school teachers believed in this mantra, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” When things have an assigned spot this helps you move through your lesson more quickly. Further, it helps your students work more independently when they can retrieve supplies on their own. Drawer organizers (affiliate link) can facilitate a huge step toward organizing the space you need for your supplies and other resources.
Control That Paper
Sunday school teachers and youth ministers deal with lots of paper. The only thing that can ruin a perfect Bible lesson more than a fight over the last black crayon is tracking down that one “all important” worksheet that was really going to drive home the point of your entire lesson. You are the master of your papers, but only if you have an efficient filing system with adequate file organizing (affiliate link) space. Fun and attractive file organizers can bring not only control to your paper chaos, but can also be a fun way to coordinate your classroom using colors and themes you choose.
Label Label Label!
You may know where everything is the first day you get organized, but fast forward a few weeks, and chances are that while you are in the trenches of your teaching “grind” you might forget. Labels (affiliate link) are your friend. Not only will labels help you, but labels also help your students be able to locate items independently and it helps when you have another teacher helping out or filling in for you.
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