Teachers

by Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:28

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom
Vicky Bergem

I am not expert in the field of technology but I am willing to use whatever means I have to help children connect to God. Times are changing – and sometimes that means reading a bible story from an i-Pad app, or simply allowing children to use electronic devices to follow along in the scriptures. No longer do we hear “Turn in your bible to…” often it is “Scroll through your bible to...”

It was only few years ago that people frowned on the minister preaching from a document written on his computer screen. Now it is widely accepted that a computer, i-Pad or smart phone is part of the church service.

How are we staying up with the times in our Children's Ministries? The younger generation is more comfortable with electronic devices than we might be. They are not afraid of pushing the wrong button or accidentally deleting something. While I am still in favor of paper bibles and small group discussions, are we reaching the next generation effectively?

It was great to watch a single brother with his new i-Pad 2 stroll into class and record the four and five year-olds acting out that day’s bible story. The children were eager and excited to watch themselves on a video. They recorded themselves over and over again, the class was fun and they were learning about God. It was awesome to hear the excitement in the children's voices and to see the joy it brought the brother who had not taught in some time.

I like to use my i-Pad in class to share pictures that help bring the bible to life. We also enjoy watching and singing to music videos from groups like the Go Fish Guys. We have even used Facetime to connect with children in other ministries. How fun is that?



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by Tuesday, 27 August 2013 23:45

5 Great Tips for a Disciplined Class!

5 Great Tips for a Disciplined Class!
by Pedro Fiqueroa

Hebrews 10:11-12
Discipline is important to God. Why? Discipline creates a context for sharing in God's holiness.

What is Discipline?
Webster’s Dictionary:
Systematic training of the mental, moral and physical by instruction and exercise resulting in self control.
New International Dictionary of the Bible:
2 Timothy 3:16 Teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Proverbs Teaches That Discipline In Instruction In Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

How do we create a classroom with discipline?

Preparation:
  • Know your lesson well so that it is interesting and engaging.
  • Be animated, enjoy your children, and have a clear picture of what you want to accomplish.
  • Have the crafts and other materials ready so that there is no down time.
  • Have your samples/models ready so children can see the end product.
  • Make a schedule so that you know in what order you will do your activities.
  • Give yourself general times for each activity – for example: 10 minutes for snack, 15 craft
  • Over plan but do not try to do everything.
Praise:

Children respond well when they are praised often. Use praise to point out the good children are doing. If a child is off task, praise a child who is on task. Restate what the children should be doing, e.g. “I like how Johnny is sitting on the rug with his legs crossed!”

Positive:
  • Smile a lot.
  • Say nice things like, “We are going to have so much fun today.”
  • Welcome new children with a high five, or some other fun greeting.
  • Celebrate successes, such as when the children complete a project, or when a child starts writing her name for herself.
Prizes:
If you have children with special needs or difficult behaviors, create a positive behavior system with rewards at the end. Incentives go a long way.

Perseverance:

Remember that different children are at different places spiritually. Just like the adults we reach out to, some children need extra time, care and attention.

by Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:38

Reference Guide for Teachers



Hello!


Here is a quick-reference guide that we would like to share with other children’s ministry coordinators.  If you print this out in a two-sided format, and fold it in half, you’ll see how it looks.

At the beginning of each teaching cycle, we give this to each teacher.  We encourage them to keep this handy (such as with their Bible) so that they can refer to it each week as needed.

You can circulate this or post it to the Web site if you think it will be useful.

Love in Christ


Tom & Allene Martin
(Potomac Valley Church of Christ, Virginia, USA)

 


by Thursday, 21 March 2013 01:24

Babies and Toddler Cradle Roll Songs

Babies and Toddler Cradle Roll Songs

Be Careful Little Hands

Be careful little hands what you do,
Be careful little hands what you do,


There’s a Father up above,
and He’s looking down in love,


So be careful little hands what you do.
Be careful little eyes what you see...
Be careful little ears what you hear...
Be careful little mouth what you say...
(point to different parts as you sing)

Heads, Shoulders

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Knees and toes,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Knees and toes
(point to different parts as you sing)


This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, Let it shine.
When I’m in the class... When I’m with my friends...

Pat the Bible

Georgia pats the bible, the bible, the bible,
Georgia pats the bible
coz she knows that its true.

(have each child pat the bible as you sing their name)


One, Two
One, Two, Jesus loves you
Two, Three, Jesus loves me
Three, Four, He loves you More, Than you’ve ever been loved before!
(use appropriate actions)

Jesus Loves Me
Jesus love me this I know, For the bible tells me so,
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, The bible tells me so.


Jesus loves the little children
Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world,
Red and yellow, black and white, All are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Did you come to bible class
Did you come to bible class in a car? Did you come to bible class in a car? Did you come to bible class
Did you come to bible class


Did you come to bible class in a car? Bus...
Train...


My God is so BIG!
My God is so BIG!
So strong and so mighty
There’s nothing that He cannot do.


My God is so BIG!
So strong and so mighty
There’s nothing that He cannot do.


The rivers are his,
the mountains are his,
the stars are His handiwork too,


My God is so BIG!
So strong and so mighty
There’s nothing that He cannot do.


(use appropriate actions)

Clap your hands

Clap your hands and sing to the Lord, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah,

Clap your hands and sing to the Lord, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah,

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, amen!

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, amen!

Stamp your feet...
Wave your hands...
(use appropriate actions)

Did you come to bible class
Did you come to bible class in a car? Did you come to bible class in a car? Did you come to bible class
Did you come to bible class


Did you come to bible class in a car? Bus...
Train...



If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it Clap your hands,

Stamp your feet...
Nod your head...
Do all three...
(use appropriate actions)


Roll the Gospel Chariot Along

We’re gonna roll the gospel chariot along,
We’re gonna roll the gospel chariot along,


We’re gonna roll the gospel chariot along,
And we won’t tag along behind.


And if Georgia’s in the way
we will stop and pick her up, And if Georgia’s in the way
we will stop and pick her up, And if Georgia’s in the way
we will stop and pick her up, And we won’t tag along behind.


(use appropriate names and actions)

Where is Georgia?


Where is Georgia? Where is Georgia? Is she here? Is she here?
Did she come to bible class?
Did she come to bible class?


Yes she did - there she is!

(use appropriate names and actions tune: ‘frere jacque’)










by Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:57

Babies and Toddler Cradle Roll Teaching Themes

Babies and Toddler Cradle Roll Teaching Themes

Below are some ideas for themes that can be taught to babies and toddlers. This age need repetition so singing the same songs for different themes is an ideal way of them remembering the songs. Add in any new songs that would suit the themes too. Use any toys to provide visual aids to stories.

God Loves Me

Visual toy doll for each child

Song ‘Jesus loves me this I know’

Story God Loves Me

God loves me so much! He gave me a beautiful world to live, a loving family to be part of, and friends to play with. God makes me happy!

Alternative:
Visual torch to pass for each child Song ‘This Little Light of Mine’

(pass torch around the toddlers to wave)

God Made Babies

Visual toy doll for each child

Song ‘Jesus loves the little children’

Story Baby Moses

God Made Animals

Visual soft toy animal for each child

Song ‘Old Man Noah’ (Old MacDonald)

Story Old Man Noah had an Ark

God told Noah to build an ark. What’s is an ark? It’s a big boat! God told Noah to take lots of different animals on the ark. Shall we see what animals are inside? (Make lots of animal sounds and have the children imitate).

Alternative:
Visual large story book or jigsaw with ark on it Song “Jesus loves the little [animals]’

God Made Me!

Visual dolls (multi-cultural if possible)

Song ‘Heads, Shoulders’

Story God Made Me

God made me because he loves me. He made my eyes, he made my ears, he made my nose, he made my hands, he made my mouth...
(do all different parts of body). I am perfect just the way I am because God made me this way!


Alternative:
Visual mirror for each child Song ‘Be Careful Little Hands’

God Made the Bible

Visual bible story books and visuals

Song ‘Pat the Bible’

Story God made the Bible

God gave us a very special book to tell us how much he loves us and to teach us how to love him.

Alternative:
Visual bible picture with reflective paper on reverse

for children to look at bible and themselves

Song ‘Read, read, read your Bible’ (tune: row, row, row your boat)

‘Read, read, read your bible, Read it every day,
Sing a song so joyfully,
And bow your head to pray.


Story God made the Bible

God made the bible because he loves us.
Can you point to the bible?
Can you point to (child’s face)
God loves (child) and so he has given you the bible!


When Moses was a tiny baby, his mother wrapped him in a blanket. She put him in a basket. The basket floated on the water. The basket floated to the house of the princess. The princess found baby Moses and adopted him because she loved him.

Alternative:
Visual mirror for each child
Song ‘One, Two, Jesus loves you’

God Made Families

Visual visuals of mums, dads, family members

Song ‘God made Mummies (Daddies)’ (Tune: Frere Jacque)

God made Mummies, God made Mummies, Yes he did, yes he did,
And we love them, and we love them
Yes we do, yes we do.


Story God Made Families

When Moses was a tiny baby, his mother wrapped him in a blanket. She put him in a basket. The basket floated on the water. The basket floated to the house of the princess. The princess found baby Moses and adopted him because she loved him.

Alternative:

Visual puppets of people who can be church family

Song ‘I’m glad we go to church’ (The Farmer’s in the Dell)

I’m glad we go to church, I’m glad we go to church, With all the other families, I’m glad we go to church.


by Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:44

Characteristics of the Pre-School Child

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRE-SCHOOL CHILD

(4 & 5 Year Olds)


PHYSICALLY
  • A player, doer, constantly active
  • Interest span five to ten minutes
  • Needs personal attention
  • Imitator and a wriggler
  • Needs short clear directions

MENTALLY
  • A questioner who needs his questions answered in an honest manner
  • Has no conception of time or space. May say yesterday for an event several weeks ago
  • Has plenty of curiosity
  • Imagination runs high
  • Growing in concept of sharing. Still lives largely in the world if I, my, we and mine
  • World becoming a more and more interesting place to live.

EMOTIONALLY
  • Fear – such remarks as “God will see you” or “God will get you if you do this”, creates attitude of fear towards God. Healthy fear is good – fire, streets, but not darkness, authority, etc
  • Shyness – Praise aimed at something child has done rather than at his peers accomplishments
  • Jealousy and anger quickly emerge
  • Needs to be aided by teacher to help create a desire in the child to want to come to Church and Bible School.
  • Needs to extend his love beyond self, family and friends.
  • Needs to understand what respect for God is and also the Bible.