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Reply to "Creative Ways to Read and Discuss the Bible with Children"

Our teachers and shepherds met and compiled a list of creative ways to review the Bible story after Week #1 of the rotation.

We tried some of them out in March -- and it went fairly well. It's going to take some time for our teachers to adjust to this.

We also decided to give a SPECIFIC suggestion in each rotation lesson of how to modify it. That means a little extra work for me to edit all the lessons to include these suggestions and to go ahead and do the preparation or get someone to do it. But, I think it will be worth it. Time will tell!

Jaymie

Ideas for retelling the Bible story 

  • Use visuals – 85% of people are visual learners (story cards, story strips, props, etc.)
  • Ask them to tell you the story – then fill in details or ask others to fill in the missing information.
  • Ask questions – start with basic, move toward complex, deeper level. Use background information to guide discussion.
  • Socratic method – kids do more of the talking and discovery. Ask questions to get them to think.
  • Partner readers with non-readers in K-2.
  • Have K-2’s describe what is in the first picture – next, next and so on.
  • Pictionary style activity. Ask kids to draw the first thing that happens in the story on the white board/flip chart. Check Bibles for accuracy.
  • “Around the World Game” – ask two kids a question, first to answer correctly, chooses the next two kids to answer a question.
  • Encourage kids with own Bibles to highlight memory verse, key passages, title of story, etc.
  • Purchase small sticky notes and encourage kids to use these to mark passages, even draw a reminder on them.
  • Use “Final Words” before leaving classroom… “What is one word or concept you learned today?”
  • Discussion: Ask for more than one answer.
  • Remember K-2’s need to MOVE. Have them move or add motions during the story, during memory verse review, etc.
  • Tell the story with inaccuracies (pausing after a sentence or two). Have kids tell what is wrong – maybe use a bell to note when it’s wrong. (don’t do this until late in the rotation)
  • Let kids do as much as possible with all activities. When a few kids are doing something with the teacher, shepherd could discuss – using story cards, strips or question ball or review memory verse.
  • At beginning of class tell them what they will learn – can also write it down in the room.
  • Tell them a word to listen for – maybe assign a word to each child. They raise hand when they hear it.
  • Randomly assign readers rather than going around the circle. Kids can always pass.

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