Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #3 Do Not Forget God Created Children to Learn by Moving

For the past couple days I've been writing about my, "Top Five Do-Not's" when it comes to Children's Ministry . . . today I'm sharing my #3 Do Not . . . 
  • Do not forget God created little children to wiggle, move and learn by doing these things. Do not require preschoolers in particular, but all children, to have to sit still and listen. Yes, they need to listen and not be a "distraction" to other children, but some of them may not be able to sit still. They may need to lay down or move between sitting and laying down. Be flexible. Allow children to sit - or lay - however they need to, as long as they listen and do not distract other children during the Bible Adventure.
So, if you are going to commit to remember God created little children to wiggle, move and learn by doing these things, what can you do to be sure you are able to balance allowing children to move with keeping all of the children focused on the Bible events? Consider the following ideas . . . 
  • Build opportunities into your class time for children to move and wiggle . . . have them sing active songs, plan for active times before the Bible event is presented, utilize curriculum which engages children during the Bible event - all opportunities for children to wiggle, move and learn by doing so!
  • Do not have children sit in chairs during Bible events. Let them sit/lay on the floor - again, as long as they listen and do not distract other children.
  • "Break up" your Bible event - share part of the event, then have children "act" it out . . . march around Jericho, travel with Abraham, or row their boat to the middle of the Sea of Galilee.
These are just a few ideas . . . what might you do to help children wiggle and move so they are able to learn as God created them to do?

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