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A TYPICAL 5 WEEK ROTATION SCHEDULE IN A SMALL SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

 

Rotation Story:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
"YOUNGER"VIDEOARTCOMPUTERCOOKINGDRAMA
"OLDER"VIDEOCOMPUTERARTDRAMACOOKING

 

 

In the above schedule, we were able to show the same video to both groups because the video worked for both age groups.  It's a good example of how the particular RESOURCE you want to use might affect your schedule.  

 

The above schedule assumes you have two classes and two different spaces you can use each week.  The "Art" or Computer Workshop space could be converted to the DRAMA workshop for week 4 and 5, and the Cooking Workshop could move to the church kitchen.

 

A Note about the Cooking Workshop, ...combining then splitting in a Workshop.

 

Cooking Workshops are easier to pull-off with smaller groups than larger ones. This makes them a natural regular workshop in small churches, because even most small churches have kitchens. And it tends to be easier to combine age groups into one group for Cooking than it is for computer or drama, for example, because of the medium of food prep is less age specific. You might share the kitchen but still split into different discussion groups based on age.

 

The same can be done with Video IF the video is appropriate to show to both young and older, and then split the two groups when following up on the video in discussion.

 

This is harder to do with games, software, and drama.


 

 

A FOUR WEEK ROTATION with only two grade groups:

 

If we were using one video for younger, and a different video for our older kids, then we'd need to schedule two different Video Workshops.  If the computer software didn't work for the younger kids, we might do a "games" or "drama" lesson for them instead of computer. (See this in the schedule below)

 

If we were only doing a FOUR WEEK Rotation, we might CUT the Drama Workshop for the older kids and send BOTH classes to the Cooking Workshop in the church kitchen on Week 4.  It depends on the lesson ideas you have, your kids and your space.

 

Here's what those above ideas would look like in an example schedule:

 

Rotation Story:    
Week 1          
Week 2      
Week 3     
Week 4       
"YOUNGER"VIDEOARTDRAMACOOKING
"OLDER"COMPUTERVIDEOARTCOOKING

 

 

Of course, you can substitute in any other workshop for those listed in the examples.  Science for Drama, Games for Computer, etc.

 

Rotation Modelers love this kind of freedom to adapt to available space, resources, age ranges, and workshops ideas.

 


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