7. Hit as many learning styles as possible. Kids learn in different ways. Try to use as many of these learning styles as possible when you are creating your lesson.
- Visual (Spatial)
- Aural (Auditory-Musical)
- Verbal (Linguistic)
- Physical (Kinesthetic)
- Logical (Mathematical)
- Social (Interpersonal)
- Solitary (Intrapersonal)
8. Use current kid culture. Tie in some of the popular toys, video games, movies, sports teams, music, etc. Connect it to a Biblical truth you want the kids to remember.
Here’s an example. Talk about how you strive to get to the next level when you are playing a video game. As Christians, we should also be striving to grow and get to the next level in our spiritual walk. Then share some of the ways you can grow and thrive as a Christ-follower.
9. Use as many senses as possible. Tap into their senses and kids will remember what you taught.
Here’s an example: You are teaching about John the Baptist. Give the kids a small taste of honey so they can taste what He ate. The locust? Probably not. But you can have one to show the kids. On a side note, I have had a volunteer who agreed to eat a locust for the kids and did so.
Here is a list of the senses.
10. Teach one truth per lesson. Have one key truth you want the kids to remember. Repeat it throughout the lesson. When you hear something 6 times, your retention rate goes up to 90%. Make sure kids hear the key truth at least 6 times per lesson.
Our curriculum (Connect 12) hits on all of these tips. Using all of these elements, we created a grid and ran all the lessons through the grid so it includes all of the elements. You can see sample lessons, games, videos etc. at this link.
So, there you have it. Use these 10 things in your lessons and I guarantee your lesson will be a home run.
This article about how to teach kids the Bible originally appeared here.