God created each of us uniquely. We each have our own appearance, personality, and preferences. Another way we exhibit our individuality is through our preferred learning style(s). The fact is, not everyone likes to learn in the same way and the same is true for kids under your care.
Some children learn better when they have the opportunity to read important points and write main ideas from the lesson. As a children’s Bible teacher, consider the following ways to incorporate the regular use of reading and writing in your teaching.
Read from the Bible
Teachers can encourage children to follow along in their own Bibles as a teacher reads from the text. This is an effective way to accommodate those who learn by reading. Older children may even prefer to be more engaged in the process by volunteering to read a passage aloud for the whole class. The use of this technique can introduce students to regular Bible reading as a way of life. This is important.
Write Answers and Ideas on a Whiteboard
Teachers can accommodate children who learn by reading and writing with the use of a whiteboard in class. Write key names, ideas, and concepts on the board with colorful dry erase markers. As students respond to your questions, you can write the correct answers on the board for them to read. Older children may enjoy walking up to the board to write their own answer for the class to read. Writing an answer on the board encourages students to actively participate in the learning process instead of merely passively listening.
Show Slides with Short Phrases
Children’s Bible teachers can create a slideshow that includes short phrases for children to read as the lesson is being taught. Students already depend on screens and technology to learn outside of the classroom, so it brings an entertaining and familiar mode of communication into the learning environment when slides are implemented in the Bible teaching. Allowing students to read key concepts on a screen or monitor provides another way for students to learn the message in a clear way.
Encourage Students to Take Notes
Bible teachers can encourage students to take notes. Ask children to bring a small notebook and pencil from home every time you meet together. Then, they can jot down key ideas from the lesson. Younger children may have difficulty spelling so they may need to copy words from a whiteboard or slides. Remember to pause frequently to give them enough time to write down the notes. Taking notes offers the additional benefit of giving children the opportunity to review lessons at home.
Use Printable Bible Activities
Leaders can distribute printable worksheets during class to offer another way to absorb key ideas. SundaySchoolZone.com offers hundreds of free printable Bible activities that are great for read and write learners. Activities like word search puzzles, crossword puzzles, and word scrambles can provide entertaining learning opportunities for this kind of learner. Like notes, printable activities are another tool for spiritual development that can also be used at home.
By utilizing the above suggestions, Bible instructors will reinforce regular Bible reading in young children, encourage kids to actively participate in the learning process, and allow students more opportunities to bring tools for spiritual development into their homes through printable activities and notes. When we dedicate extra time to accommodate unique learning styles, we lay down our lives in love for one another in the example of Jesus Christ (1 John 3:16).
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