Chin chin is a Christian stay-at-home mom with five children. She' been a Sunday School teacher for about 30 years now.
How do you prepare Sunday school lessons for kids? I know that there are a lot of teaching guides available on the market. Still, I would like to share the steps that I consider in preparing a lesson myself. It is something that you can simply do on your own plus you get to tailor the lessons more personally to the kids in your Sunday School class.
Why Teach Sunday School?
It (Children's ministry) is the goldmine of the church (Clarence H. Benson)
Successes (or failures) in children's ministry will determine who is in the congregation a generation from now.
Children are the church of tomorrow, but they are also part of the church of today. As such, it is important to get them involved in the church. So why should we teach Sunday School to kids?
We should teach them not just to produce learning but to lead them to Christ. The children should be taught the things of the Lord while they are still young so that when they are old, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Moreover, children have the capacity to believe in God and should be taught about Jesus Christ and His love. Because every man (including children) was born a sinner, he needs to be taught how to be saved from the penalty of sin.
This ought to be a responsibility of every parent to their children. But the Sunday School teacher's goal is to support the family in this endeavor to lead a child to Christ.
Prepare yourself. If we want our children Sunday school class to be a positive experience both for the kids and for ourselves as teachers, we need to prepare. I cannot overemphasize the importance of preparation. Skip this step and you're sure to have a stressful and messy time with kids. They'd know if you're not prepared.
Prepare your heart and soul. It is essential that the teacher knows and believes by heart why she is teaching the kids. You know why, right? This becomes a strong motivating factor to a teacher to help her do her best with this God-ordained task at hand.
Prayer is also an essential part of the teacher's preparation. Pray for yourself. Pray for wisdom in preparing and teaching the lesson. Pray for the kids that they may understand and be a willing vessel to receive God's Word.
Gather your resources. If you have a curriculum which your church provides, be sure to read beforehand all the that is included in the lesson. If you are preparing the lesson yourself, I find these 2 material resources indispensable in teaching the kids. It would be wise to consider investing in a good Bible Picture Book and Bible Coloring Book. With these 2 resources, you can follow teaching the different stories in the Bible Picture Book then you can reprint copies of the coloring page as an activity to complement the lesson.
An alternative to buying these books would be to search for reprintable coloring pages online. Choose those which matches the theme of your lesson. Print several copies. Nicely color a copy, which you will use as visual aid as you teach the lesson. The rest will be for the kids to color as their hands-on activity.
If, in case, you have no access to the internet, then you can still use your creativity to draw pictures (ask someone if you can't) to serve as visual aid as you tell the stories.
Make the Lesson Plan. To make a lesson plan effective, the teacher should first make an instructional objective. The instructional objective is a statement that describes the teacher's intent for the student. It also describes what the student will be able to do after completing the lesson.
A good objective is specific, achievable and measurable. It should also clearly state observable expectation from the students and specify the conditions (like the time and materials needed) in achieving the objective.
In writing the objective, begin with " At the end of the session, the student would be able to ..." Then follow with an action word such as identify, compare, explain, apply, show, summarize, demonstrate, etc. An example of a good instructional objective is: At the end of the period of study (30 minutes), the student should be able to visit an elderly person in church to share a gift.
A very simple lesson plan usually just include a Bible story to tell, songs to sing, Scripture verses to memorize and hands-on activity for the kids like coloring pages. However, if you wish to enrich the teaching-learning process, consider mixing different activities that are verbal, visual, simulated or direct experiences (see more suggestions below). Consider also dividing the lesson plan into 3 parts: the beginning, middle and ending activities.
The beginning of the lesson plan is the opening segment and could be as brief as one minute or as long as 10 minutes. Some ways to open the session are: to open in prayer and sing a song together; allowing the students to read a definition of a concept; letting the students listen to a song, story or view a film which introduces the topic; the teacher and students can brainstorm a subject.
The middle of the lesson plan aims at developing the subject or lesson topic. It includes presenting the subject, exploring the subject and responding creatively.
In presenting the subject,
the pupils are given basic information related to the concepts to be
discussed. The teacher could either make a lecture, read or tell a
story. The students may view a film or a puppet play or read a
selection from Scripture. The students may also be asked to memorize Scripture verses.
In exploring the subject, the students are allowed to work individually or in small groups to explore the subject further. This helps encourage participation of the kids in the class. The kids may do a filmstrip or simple dramatization of the story, discuss or have question and answer or participate in role playing or simulation game.
In responding creatively, the
students are encouraged to respond in one or more creative ways to what
they have learned. Sample activities would be writing activities
(letters, poems, scripts), drama activities (dance, role play, puppet
play), painting or drawing activities, craft activities (collage, paper
The ending of the lesson plan concludes the
session so that there is a sense of completeness. Some ways to conclude the session are: to let the teacher or a student summarize the what has been learned; let the students complete open-ended sentences; teacher and/or students close with prayer and sing a song together.
Additional Preparation Tips for Teaching Preschool Sunday School
Helpful Sunday School for Kids Resources
- Clubhouse Jr. magazine
Clubhouse Jr. is Focus on the Family's award-winning Christian children?s magazine for kids from 4 to 8 .
- Bible Activities from DLTK-Bible.com
Printable templates for children's Bible activities, crafts, coloring pages, and more.
- Children's Bible Lessons
FREE Childrens Bible Lessons including Bible stories, activities & games, Scripture memory, fun links, and children's books that teach values!
- Children's Ministry Lessons & Ideas from Ministry-To-Children.com
Get practical help for your children's ministry. Free teaching materials and fresh ideas for kids ministry, Sunday school, VBS, and Church Nursery.
- Sunday School Lesson Planner for One Year
A planner for Sunday school teachers to use when making their lesson plans. It includes 52 pages for writing lesson plans, an index page and a one-year attendance chart.
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on May 29, 2012:
Thanks, Mary Jacob, for taking the time to leave your comment. It is much appreciated.
Mary Jacob on May 28, 2012:
Good work, Chin Chin. God bless you for your great suggestions and work.Fantastic insights into teaching our young ones.Thanks for sharing. Bless you.
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on February 20, 2012:
Thanks for letting me know Joice. God bless you.
joice on February 20, 2012:
thank you for your suggetions.iam blessed
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on October 18, 2011:
I agree Bronwen Scott, singing should indeed be part of teaching the Kids Sunday School. It reinforces the memory biblical truths expressed in the songs.
Bronwen Scott on October 17, 2011:
I do so agree with DeBorrah. Singing is such an important part of Sunday School lessons. The songs help to reinforce the lesson and are fun at the same time, which means the lesson will be remembered, possibly for years.
Ingenira on April 18, 2011:
Excellent suggestions, Chin Chin. Thank you !
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on September 02, 2010:
Thanks Carmen for reading. God bless you, too.
CarmenRosales from Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia on September 02, 2010:
Excellent article and great suggestions and resources. God bless you!
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on February 05, 2010:
I do love children though there are times that I also run out of patience and they drive me crazy but let me just say that I can't live without them around. Thanks febriedethan for reading this hub.
febriedethan from Indonesia on February 02, 2010:
Wow this is a great hub, you're really have a heart for children. Thank you for sharing and God Bless You !
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on January 29, 2010:
Beth811, nice to know that your husband is also teaching Sunday school. I'm quite impressed when guys join the children's ministry because usually more ladies join the ministry. Thanks for dropping by.
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on January 29, 2010:
Thank you heart4theword and prettydarkhorse for leaving your comments. As I've said in the hub, spiritual preparation is vital especially in teaching kids. It's a real spiritual battle in the Sunday school class. The enemy wouldn't want us to win the children for the Lord early on in life. So we have to pray. God bless you both.
Beth Arch from Pearl of the Orient Seas on January 29, 2010:
Nice hub, Chin. Very true, I helped my husband in preparing for his sunday school classes before.
prettydarkhorse from US on January 28, 2010:
be prepared spiritually, nice hub chin, your heart always shows what kind of person you are, Maita
heart4theword from hub on January 27, 2010:
You are right it is so important to be right yourself spiritually and in prayer prior to giving a Sunday school lesson. Nice Hub-Page!
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on January 24, 2010:
DeBorrah, thanks for your nice comment. Teaching children in Sunday school is indeed a wonderful and fulfilling experience. It can be tough dealing with the little ones, but once you see the fruits of your labor, all the time spent teaching them makes it all worth it. I've been teaching kids Sunday school for more than 15 years now and when I see those kids that have grown up to be God-loving Christians, it makes me feel so happy.
DeBorrah K Ogans on January 23, 2010:
Chin Chin, Wonderful hub! Great suggestions! Teaching children can be a wonderful experience! Making it a fun and enjoyable experience learning Bible Stories is a great idea! They get so excited when they enjoy what they are doing and its amazing how much they remember! Singing is an added plus and reinforces what they have learned...
Thank you for sharing, Blessings!