One of the most important callings in the church is that of our children’s Sunday School teachers. Without the persistent dedication of these men and women every week, teaching critical kids Bible stories, the future generations would have very little help and guidance to know of God and His plan for His children. While being a Sunday School teacher may mean that you don’t usually get to see all of the fruits of your labors, it is important to keep in mind that children are like sponges and even though they may not retain everything we say, you never know which parts will be remembered, so every time a kids Bible story is shared it needs to count.
Here are the top things to think about when preparing your
- Is it God-centered?: Nowadays, it is more often than not that the kids Sunday school lessons will focus around the human characters in a children’s Bible story or a moral lesson. The Bible is the Word of God and was written so that we may come to know God and His plan for humanity. Make sure that any kids Bible story you share doesn’t spend too much time and energy on the people or moral lessons and instead, put the focus on God and His goodness.
- Will your students understand it?: While everyone has different comprehension levels, it is best to make sure that the curriculum and study materials you work with are suitable for their age group. This means being mindful of which translations of the Bible to use and what subject matter your kids Bible lesson will be about.
- Will it stick with them?: In today’s age, people are audio/visual learners and visual elements in your study have been proven to dramatically increase your lesson’s retention rate in the minds of your students. Whether or not you like the idea of using visual elements, it ultimately comes down to how you can do the most for your students to see that they receive and retain what you’re trying to teach them.