Nothing throws off a carefully planned Bible teaching lesson quite like discovering, during class, that you don’t have enough supplies for all of your kids. You know what I mean if you have ever witnessed a black/brown crayon war. What is the deal with black and brown crayons? They literally disappear right out of the pack and they’re always the crayons that your most temperamental learners absolutely must have right now!
Aside from the obvious frustration of not having what you need when you need it, there can also be some deeper consequences when your class gets derailed over crayon meltdown or glue stick deficiency. As a children’s Bible teacher, you are attempting to impart to your kids the eternal truths of God’s Word. Keeping your students’ attention span can be crucial to their understanding of Christ and to God dealing with their young hearts. A well-stocked classroom can help you prevent this goal from getting sidelined.
Bulk the Basics
If you are teaching pre-school or even younger grade school kids and you require coloring, then you must provide color. Bulk crayons are a great way to make certain your students have what they need when they need it.If you are dealing with slightly older grade schoolers, but some lessons still call for coloring, then keep colored pencils on hand. (Note: Links for supplies in this article are affiliate links.)
It is especially important with very young children that they have the crayons they need. For whatever reason, crayons can be a very emotionally charged issue for some preschoolers. You can really make your life easier by making sure you have too many, always too many.
Glue sticks are another necessity that always seem to disappear right when you need them most. If you do stock bulk glue sticks, hide them like treasure. It has been reported that other teachers will steal these precious items when you aren’t looking. 🙂
Of course, one of the worst possible things that might happen and result is classroom chaos would be to discover you don’t have the paper you need. Construction paper in various colors is a must for keeping on hand.
Keep Clean Up Easy
You can save yourself a lot of time and energy by making sure clean up supplies are readily available for regular clean-up as well as the inevitable disasters. Baby wipes, tissues, and paper towels are a must-have for younger grade schoolers and preschoolers. If you need to leave your classroom every time someone has an accident, you are just begging for chaos to reign. Have your own cleaning stock pile, so you can take care of these little hiccups quickly without leaving your classroom.
Managing classroom chaos isn’t always a matter of experience and training in early childhood development. Sometimes you just have to have a good stash of basic supplies!
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