How Children Learn


By: Diane Estes


I. Have a burden for your class.


II. Make each child feel comfortable and a part of the class through:

A. Interaction with class

1. party or picnic
2. contest
3. talking before class

B. Know that child

1. Acknowledge
2. Praise
3. Encourage


III. Have specific teaching goals for the year. (Your number 1
goal should be that each child understands the plan of

A. Preschoolers

* God is great.
* Jesus is our loving friend.
* God created the world for us.
* The church is God’s family.

B. First and Second Grades

* Getting along with others.
* To show kindness it
* Forgiveness; to ask for it, and to give it.

C. Third and Fourth Grades

* More of the same
* Start teaching how to study the Bible and how to use it.
Old and New Testament
Maps, etc.

D. Fifth and Sixth Grades

* Encourage them to practice devotion with and prayer time at home.

E. Junior High and Up

* Practice what they have learned
* Encourage them to use their talents
* Encourage them to be an individual for God and to stand for right even
if they stand alone.


IV. Be prepared. Study, Study, Study!

A. Know it well.


V. Use Variety

*Stories *Lectures
*Skits *Puppets
*Group Discussions *Quizzes
*Object Lessons *Games


VI. Make your teaching interesting.

A. Teach your lesson. Don’t read it.

B. Relate to your Age Level.

1. To their problems
2. To their language
3. To their world

C. Have a good attitude toward your lesson. Your attitude is contagious.

D. Use personal stories and illustrations

E. Have children participate


VII. Class Structure

A. Present the Topic

B. Bible Learning

C. Bible Application

D. Life Response


VIII. Review

A. Ask yourself:

1. Is it interesting and important to the students?
2. Is it helping students to think on their own?
3. Can they relate it to their own life?


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