This post contains several ideas from a previous thread on the subject of "Other Times and Places to Use the WoRM" other than Sunday School, originally discussed by members Lisa M. Neil MacQueen, and Valerie.
You are welcome to share your experience using Rotation or "rotation-like" learning outside of Sunday morning.
The answer is YES, Rotation and Workshop concepts work in other locations, times, and age groups other than the usual Sunday School time and venue.
VBS, Wednesday Night Fellowship, Afterschool Programs
"Rotating" through various media based stations or lessons has long been used in preschool, and public school curriculums.
One of Howard Gardner's disciples, Bernice McCarthy, developed an entire format for public school based on multiple-intelligence infused lessons. She called it the 4-Mat system.
In many ways, NON-SUNDAY "Rotation or "rotation-al" models have it easier than Sunday morning because they often have MORE TIME to do their lessons, or more freedom to move their learning around the building because they are not hemmed in by Sunday morning.
These non-Sunday morning Rotation programs also have the freedom to include mealtimes, games, children's worship around their workshop experiences.
Perhaps the MOST POPULAR PLACE to use the Workshop Rotation Model is as a Vacation Bible School.
In fact, when the WoRM was first created in 1990, some folks called it "the VBS Model" because it was so similar to certain VBS curriculums.
Church leaders would create four or five workshops around a subject and rotate their VBS classes into them during the week. A popular lesson set at Rotation.org, 2001: A Sheep Odyssey (Psalm 23), was originally written as a VBS.
Where rotation churches run into trouble with VBS' is that existing VBS curriculums are TOO SIMILAR to what the kids are used to doing in their Rotation Sunday School. So they have to look for something different.
Children's Fellowship is also another popular place to use the Workshop Rotation Model.
The church where Neil MacQueen (Rotation.org founder) landed after creating the WoRM in Chicago, used the WoRM for it's Wednesday Night learning model two years before adopting it for their Sunday morning model as well.
Following dinner and a game, students split into a Computer Lab, Art Workshop, and either Drama or Bible Skills and Games workshop, before reconvening together as a group for closing Music and Worship (workshop).
After School programs have adopted elements of the Rotation Model to structure their learning times and pace through stories.
Some begin with a snack, followed by a 30 minutes of homework tutoring, a brief game, and then 40 minutes of Bible education. For the Bible education, Monday may be "Video Day," Tuesday may be "Art Workshop Day," and so on. If you have more than one group afterschool, Monday might be Video Day for all, and then Tuesday might have two or three workshops, which students begin rotating through. Friday might be a "Big Game or Gameshow Wrap-up" for the story they are studying.
YOUTH Events, Adult, Intergenerational...
"Workshop" learning and "Rotating" are not age-specific. Many churches have had their youth and adults occasionally using a workshop or rotating through "workshops" or stations for a night.