Teaching Children

Created on August 11th, 2012

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Articles for teaching children (new teachers, training).
Teaching Children Bible Skills

Teaching Children Bible Skills

By Mary Jane Pierce Norton
While Tim, a soon-to-be third grader, was helping me straighten classrooms one day, he suddenly asked, "When will we get our Bibles?" "The first Sunday in September," I answered. … read more
Four Keys to Great Teaching

Four Keys to Great Teaching

By Joyce Riffe
People are Primary When I lead workshops with teachers, I ask them their most vivid or important memory of childhood Sunday school. Almost invariably the answer involves a… read more
6 Steps to Effective Lesson Planning

6 Steps to Effective Lesson Planning

By Sheri Baltzer
I often hear questions regarding lesson preparation for children's groups: “Where do I start? How do I choose what to do? How do I make the lesson meaningful to my… read more
Seven Learning Hooks

Seven Learning Hooks

By Barbara Bruce
Learning hooks (in educational jargon they are called “pre-teaching strategies”) focus on identifying student knowledge or experience (what is already known)… read more
Eliminating Substitute Nightmares

Eliminating Substitute Nightmares

By Janet Porfilio Westlake
When a children's class teacher is unexpectedly absent, the options are to recruit a substitute teacher on the spot or to combine two classes. In some cases, combining may be the… read more
Christmas in Two Homes

Christmas in Two Homes

By Jenni Duncan
A suitcase, step-families, many grandparents, a manger, Santa, and maybe Hanukkah. Airplanes, long car rides, and different beds. Quick stops in many places. Gifts, food, and… read more
Expectations of Children

Expectations of Children

By Sue Isbell
Frustration was written all over the face of the new teacher of two-year-olds at our church. Although she had taught other ages of children for several years, I could see as I… read more
Teaching Children to Pray

Teaching Children to Pray

By L. Cecile Adams
For the third time in one night, Samuel came to Eli's bed and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Twice Eli, the priest, had told Samuel to go back to sleep, for he had not… read more
Growing Spiritually as a Children's Teacher

Growing Spiritually as a Children's Teacher

By Sue Downing
Reaching children is a team effort that involves parents, teachers and the wider Christian community. The ministry of a teacher starts with their own spiritual growth. If you're a … read more
Experiencing the Mystery of God

Experiencing the Mystery of God

By Judy Gattis Smith
It is an exciting thing to experience with your Sunday school class the awe and mystery of God. We have gotten quite good in our classes teaching facts. We are quite good at… read more
The Wonderful World of Boys

The Wonderful World of Boys

By Mary Jane Pierce Norton
Brain research has revealed ways to interact, communicate, and learn recognizing gender differences. Please remember, there are always exceptions. And our goal is not to place… read more
Is Your Church "Girl-Affirming"?

Is Your Church "Girl-Affirming"?

By M. Garlinda Burton
According to some researchers, by the age of three, girls get the message that they are in a lifelong beauty contest, with men and boys as the judges. By age ten, girls get the… read more
Children's Ministry Books You MUST Have

Children's Ministry Books You MUST Have

By Donna Reed
Between planning VBS, and recruiting new teachers, take some time to curl up with a good book that will enrich your ministry and encourage your soul. Check out these must-have… read more
How Do I Explain Easter to My Child?

How Do I Explain Easter to My Child?

By Carolyn C. Brown
A good starting point is to realize that Easter is bigger than any of us ever fully understand so we do not have to know all the answers. No one ever does. Easter is new life, an… read more
Especially for First-Time Teachers

Especially for First-Time Teachers

By Elaine Alling Lilliston
If the midst of teachers' meeting, new teacher Carolyn announced, "The gifts survey recently completed by our church family showed that I have no gifts for teaching!" We laughed… read more
Teaching Children About Stewardship

Teaching Children About Stewardship

By Dana and Joyce Bunn
It's fall, and in local churches, that means talk of stewardship, pledges, and funds. It may mean renewed emphasis on the Christian use of time, talents, gifts, and service… read more