Welcome to the Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom series! Hopefully you caught the introduction post a few days ago. If not, you can read it here. Today, we’ll be talking about preparing a lesson.
As you probably already know, it’s impossible to teach an effective lesson if your eyes are glued to your curriculum book. Not only does this prevent you from making eye contact with the kids (and keeping an eye on classroom activity), it stifles your creativity and your ability to be led by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the first step in making your classroom an exciting place is to know your lesson inside and out.
I know what you’re thinking! You don’t think you can learn a lesson “inside and out” every single week.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Presenting the Bible in a way that is exciting and engaging is worth it. Making your class the highlight of a child’s week is worth it. Creating an environment for the Holy Spirit to move in is worth it. Actually seeing the kids growing spiritually proves just how “worth it” it is.
Maybe you’ve already had a moment or two like this – when a child comes running in and tells you how he applied the previous week’s lesson in his life. Or perhaps it was the moment you witnessed deep, heartfelt prayer coming from the lips of a five year child in your class. Maybe it was the week your preteen student told you she had been feeling convicted about some shows she was watching and decided to give them up in order to honor God.
It’s amazing, isn’t it?
It’s why we got into ministry to begin with. But things like this can’t happen if you’re busy trying to get kids to sit still and listen the whole class time. You’ve got to get prepared in order to have an effective and engaging classroom. Bringing the Bible to life in your classroom will take some work. But the reward is worth the work.
You can do this every week, by preparing a little bit every day. If you have to do it during your own devotional time, that’s okay. If you have to do it over your lunch break, that’s okay too. You’ll need about twenty minutes each day to prepare. You could cram the whole 1.5 hours into Saturday night, but I really wouldn’t recommend that. By preparing a little bit each day, starting on Monday, you allow the Holy Spirit room to speak into your heart about the lesson. You’ll be able to relate the lesson to your own life more easily, giving you real life examples to share with the kids. You’ll have your eyes and ears open for things that relate to the lesson, like a great new song on the radio, a story you heard from a friend, or even an activity that gives the kids some hands-on experience with the Scripture passage.
Tomorrow, I’ll share a detailed list of suggested daily preparations in an easy-to-follow checklist format. I find printing out checklists and keeping them in my teaching binder to be extremely helpful. Perhaps it will help you stay focused and on task as well!
Stay tuned for more in this series!