Welcome to post #6 in the Engaging Kids in the Classroom through Learning Styles series.
Today, we’ll be discussing the verbal learner. Verbal learners love words — writing, reading, and rhyming. Also called a linguistic learner, this student delights in creating and interacting with language.
In Your Weekly Routine
Weekly Journal: Many teachers include a “daily journal” time for the students. This would be a great practice in the Sunday school classroom as well. Provide journals for your students and encourage them to either write a summary of the day’s lesson, a poem about the characters, or draw a picture about the story. Bring the journals out at the end of each week so students can work on them during the last 5 minutes.
Board-Writers: Every once in awhile, hand over the marker or chalk to a (responsible!) student to write notes from the lesson as you talk. You’ll have to give them pretty clear direction on what to write, but it’s a great way to keep students interested in key points of the lesson.
Reader’s Theatre: If your students are good readers, a reader’s theatre might be fun way to learn about the Bible story for the day.
Foreign Language Memory Verse: A few weeks ago, we learned the memory verse “Nothing is impossible with God” in German. Our special guest was a mom who had recently moved from Germany. She had a fun teaching the kids absolutely loved it!
Haiku: Have older students write a haiku on a given topic or concept and then share with others or put on display.
Advice Letter: Begin telling the Bible story, but stop at a point of decision. Have students write a letter of advice to the main character, backing up their suggestion with at least 3 reasons or explanations. After students complete the letters, have them briefly share and then finish the Bible story.
Writing Fables: Last year, the kids in my Children’s Ministry came back from summer camp brimming with stories to share. Each night, the camp speaker told an animal fable which illustrated the bottom line for the night. I couldn’t believe the level of detail the kids retained with these stories! Perhaps the older kids in your church would enjoy writing their own animal fables to coordinate with the bottom line from the day’s story. As a bonus, they could visit the nursery and share their fables with the younger crowd.
Name Game: Assign the characters from the day’s Bible account an alliterative name such as “Maniac Moses” or “Strong Sampson”. It would be ideal if the alliterative adjective could build into the bottom line or main point of the lesson, but either way it will help the kids remember the names!
Minute Paper Shuffle: After teaching the week’s lesson, have student write a relevant review question on a piece of paper (they only have a minute to write). Collect the papers, shuffle, and then redistribute. Go around the room and have students answer the question they were given out loud.
With Classroom Decorations and Displays
Rhyming Rules: At the beginning of the year, collaborate with your students to develop some classroom rules or expectations. Dedicate a big chunk of time to the process so you can have fun with it and be really creative. Can you get the rules to rhyme? Can you make an anagram with the word “Class”? Stretch your verbal skills and then hang the students work with pride on a beautifully decorated poster.
That’s it for now! Tune in Wednesday for more on Learning Styles in the Classroom!