"Point your kids in the right direction— when they’re old they won’t be lost."
Proverbs 22:6, The Message
"Help, someone's sick and I have to
teach 3rd graders on Sunday!"
Have you ever had to whip together your own curriculum by quickly snagging something off of the internet because it was easy and someone gave you two minutes to prepare!?! Or maybe somebody was sick and they thought of you to substitute, giving you, again, two minutes ... and maybe a book or some crafts or some curriculum that isn't easy to follow quickly.
I can guarantee that you, after hearing about this approach, you will want to implement this Christ-centered curriculum and develop an appropriate, positive learning environment, your children will leave each time challenged, excited, and motivated to gain a closer relationship with their Lord. To top it all off, they will also want become a better Bible student! They will come to Bible class with an excitement, with their fun assignments done, and loving it. Even the ones without much help or reinforcement at home will surprise you with their accomplishments.
So no panic, no worries, and remember this: there is no overworking for adults required at all. The mission with The Scripture Scout's Sleuth for the Truth Sunday School curriculum is to help YOU feel better equipped to teach very simply and easily. And it's so much fun! It will also give you a bird’s eye view of how your children’s attitudes CAN be toward the Lord’s church and spiritual things.
So. Are ya ready? Here are
8 Ways to Make Your Sunday School Amazing in 2020
RELYon the Word of God: use on commercial materials to supplement a deeper study in the scripture but don't put your entire confidence as teachers on them.
IGNORE WORKBOOKS. Variety is desperately needed in a Bible class approach and setting your classes goals based on a deep study of the Word will assist you in finding original and creative lessons. That being said ...
YOUR CREATIVITY IS INSPIRED. Your OWN ideas work better -- believe in them and don't find yourselves restricted to manuals. Click below to see a step-by-step standard lesson plan of Sleuth for the Truth which covers 52-weeks in 4 quarters.
EXCITEMENT & ENTHUSIASM! If the teachers are excited, the kids will be too. I can't say this enough. If you have kids of your own you already know that they can 'read' everything, including your attitude and motivation. It can be creepy, right? Haha.
Strong CONTINUITY OF YOUR LESSONS. Set a GOAL you are all working toward together. Reign your focus in where the children can see a plan, not only in what you are doing for them, but also in God’s Word. You can implement anything you feel necessary to reinforce the teaching. Get ready to EXPLORE the bible in your Sunday school lessons of 2020!
HIGH EXPECTATIONS -- this challenges our children and brings wonderful results. I firmly believe this as it has been proven over and over again!
REWARDS: I know their are many opinions on giving rewards, but even in Sunday school it is true that if our children feel well rewarded, they will absolutely work for it! (see HERE for much more about implementing rewards in Sunday school)
ENCOURAGE DAILY HABITS (amoung our teachers and the students)…
You know well that serving others is so important and it is first of this list for a reason. Train kids to serve others by modelling it yourself. The best way to start showing your young Bible students the blessing of helping others is to participate yourself! Children learn by example, and the most significant way to stimulate their interest is by being committed to some level of community service. (Hint: seeing you enjoy it is an even bigger example! *wink*)
Daily Bible Reading - you already know the beauty of getting into God's Word, but a friendly competition between classes and adults can actually ignite their time with the Bible
Prayer Time - to encourage and enhance their relationships with Jesus
Note Taking - actually taking notes during sermons can be the mortar that ties everything they are learning in class together; show them a simple and appropriate way to do it -- make it fun!
Bring their Bibles (and notepads) to church and class every time!
Implement a strong Memory Workprogram of important, vital facts that will give them a firm foundation. Here are some easy, exciting and fun ones to achieve! (p.s. their also FREE lol):
Saving money is always another positive factor and a "soapbox item" for us as every time it has been implemented it cut ¾ our curriculum budget. Your church's bookkeepers and accountants will definitely love that!
NOW if you ever find yourself trying to snap together your own one-off Sunday school curriculum by quickly swiping something off of the world wide web because you found out you needed to teach class, like, NOW (you know it happens lol), you will have some tools in your belt with The Scripture Scout's Sleuth for the Truth that make saying, "Sure, no problem!" a no-brainer because there is a year's worth of curriculum available that include varying age ranges and Sunday school discussion topics, not to mention free printables to enhance the classroom experience.
Not only do I believe these simple ways to 'make Sunday school amazing' work, but I have witnessed several generations of young, committed Christians who KNOW what THEY believe and are committed to making the religion they were taught into the “pure, undefiled" stuff of which the Bible speaks.
Employing these 8 simple things while following the WORD, we won’t have to watch our children leave home and leave the church. We WILL see them with their heads-on-straight about the distinctiveness of the church, about what worship really is, and any other thing that may confront them, for they will know HOW to study the Word and not just accept what anyone tries to teach them.
There are some free printables for you below and these methods cover many ages from Sunday school lessons for preschoolers through middle school. We believe in this do-it-yourself style curriculum, but the methodology is even more important! Does managing all of this sound impossible? Well, I’m not lying, it IS NOT. ;-) But check it out for yourself and decide...