Learn from Mark Jones, Children’s Pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma, how to connect with your kids through great activities and bringing the Bible story to life… and hold the attention of kids for longer periods of time. Today’s episode brings you some practical ideas for fine tuning those classroom super powers!
The following post was written by Stephanie Chase, Childhood Ministry Team Leader of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
Here are five steps that are sure to help when you find yourself sharing a classroom:
1. Decide to share! Sharing space is a mindset. Decide today to SHARE with others. Each preschool and children’s class is there for the same purpose, to lay spiritual foundations in the lives of young children. Realize that you are a team working together to provide what is best for children.
2. Treat others the way you want to be treated! How do you feel when you find the classroom is a disaster? Determine to ALWAYS leave the classroom the way you want to find it.
3. Get to know the team! You can do this in many different ways: Plan a meeting with everyone who shares the room. Talk about schedules and activities of each ministry. Ask other teachers, “What can I do to help you?” Pray for each teacher and ministry sharing the room.
4. Make a plan! Standard preschool and children’s equipment remains in the classroom. Work together during the meeting to arrange the furniture in a way that benefits all children and ministries. Make a diagram of the room arrangement and post it in the classroom. Plan to leave the furniture the same from week to week. Bring in unit or topic specific toys and materials during each session and return the toys to the resource room at the end of the meeting.
5. Be the leader and set the tone! We want children to share, so let’s role model. Throw away locks and labels. Be the leader in your ministry who refuses to talk about others, forgives when someone leaves a mess, and determines to share with a good attitude.
Do you share a classroom? In the comments section, share a few of your own tips!
Before joining the LifeWay Kids team, I spent two summers working FUGEcamps and investing in the lives of students. Our staff used to throw around the phrase, “You have to show them you care before they’ll care what you know.”
That phrase has laid the foundation for my personal ministry, as I seek to invest in those who are seeking Christ. Relationship building, especially with kids, helps set the stage for sharing the most important truth of all.
- Listen. Get down on their level when you talk to them. Kneeling next to smaller children or having a conversation while sitting with older kids puts you in a great position to hear what they have to say. When kids aren’t looking up at you, they’ll sense that what they have to say is important to and that you’re listening.
- Let them overhear you praising them to a parent or guardian. Telling mom or dad that “Kristen is a great helper around the classroom” can help boost confidence.
- Remember birthdays! Recognizing a child’s birthday is a simple way to show you care. Have the class sing Happy Birthday or list reasons why they’re thankful a child was born!
- Be an encourager. When you notice a child is particularly good at something, encourage them to use that gift in a mighty way to serve the Lord!
- Tell them about Jesus. To teach a child about Christ’s love is to change their life for the better! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in activities and stories, but make sure you share the message of salvation with kids.
What are some of your favorite ways to show kids you care?