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We live in a great time for teachers of any subject.  The internet has brought a wealth of activities, visuals, songs, etc into our home at a moment’s notice.  I often hear people say that their Bible classes were so inadequate when they were growing up.  They complain that the walls were not beautifully decorated, there were no laminated, full-color take home projects.  The implication is that the teachers “back then” were not  good teachers and were not even trying to be good teachers.  That is not true.  While there were probably some teachers that did not put much effort (just as there are some today), I’m sure that most teachers did their best with what they had.  I remember my mother would spend lots of time working on teaching her Bible class when I was younger.

We have so many advantages: computers, color copiers, laminating machines, fully stocked resource rooms.  We are able to produce professional looking activities and projects, decorate our rooms with life size characters or create a  creation scene that makes the kids’ jaws drop.   With all these tools at our hands, we must be careful how we use them.  Does the decor we’re using in our room aid the children to understand the lesson better or does it just impress the parents and the teacher next door.  We need to remember that the Bible is our focus and presenting the lesson is our focus.  Sometimes, I’m afraid our classrooms and our methods of teaching can be more of a distraction than an aid.

This is not to say that we should go back to bare walls and boring lesson books.  We need to prioritize our teaching tasks and make sure that everything we present to our children helps them to learn about God and His plan.  I hope to present some ideas and suggestions that will encourage and motivate you to do just that in this section of my website.  Below are the links to the articles or posts in this section.

QR Codes And The Bible Class

So You Want To Be A Bible Class Teacher

It’s Always The Teacher’s Fault

What Should We Teach The Children?

PVC Organization System

Snacks In The Bible Class

Bulletin Boards That Teach

Singing In The Bible Class

To Color, or Not To Color

Pop-up Book Tutorial

Project Folder Tutorial

God’s Gift To Me Today

Flannel Graph Cheat Sheets

From Burnout To A Fresh Start

Dinah Zike’s Foldables

A Teacher, A Student And A Bible

A Lesson On Being Prepared

Do Babies Benefit From Bible Class

Teaching The Little Ones

 

13 Comments

  1. Hi Diana! I am looking for an example of a lapbook I can make to review the books of the Bible. I am sort of envisioning it in my brain…but sometimes have trouble getting it to come out right! haha. Have you made a lapbook or file folder game of this sort? I am thinking about having the little flip books for the books for each section. But I also want to make it interactive in someway…maybe velcro the books in order. Any help or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated! I teach 4th quarter (Deut, Josh, Judges and Ruth). I am very excited!!

  2. I just discovered your blog. Do you have notebooks for the children’s memory work each quarter. I’m looking for new ideas for memory work. It seems as time goes by it is getting harder to get children and parents to do a memory verse for each week. I’m looking for new ideas to encourage both the parents and the children. I would also like to know how to find the link to the “Mark You Bible” leaflet. Thanks for all the hard work that you do.

  3. I too was sad to see the other site down, and then so excited to find this one up! I love, love, love your fresh ideas and precious songs. Thank you for all of your hard work and sharing it with so many. You have inspired me to be a better teacher to my children and to my bible class students.

  4. I am very excited and happy to learn that you have created a new website! When you announced that the old one was shut down indefinitely I was disappointed. Fortunately, among other materials, I printed out enough copies of the “Mark Your Bible” leaflet to provide enough copies for the 7 in the class I am teaching.

    Do you by chance have a “brief chronology of the bible” class that I might use for teaching the class here?

    Thank you for all your hard work and sharing.

    • One of the “easy” ways to do a “life of Jesus” lesson is to use the song “AMEN”. Put a picture up of each Jesus story as you tell it and have the kids make up a verse to go with the story. Each week the “AMEN” song gets longer and each week the kids see/sing the review of the stories that they have learned. We did this several years ago with our neighborhood kids’ klub and when we were done (we did about 13 lessons beginning with Jesus’ birth and ending with His ascension) we recorded the song and put it to the pictures and made a video of it for our whole neighborhood for Christmas.

  5. So glad to find the new location, I was bummed the links on the old site no longer worked. Thanks for all you do.

  6. Love the website. We are beginning a study in Genesis and this will help me out tremendously. I will also be checking back often. Thanks for the good work and ideas.

  7. Good job!!! I will be checking back for ideas. This will be helpful for those of us who have taught for years, as well as for those who are just starting out.

  8. Thanks for your time and work in putting this website together. I look forward to visiting it often.

    • Hi Donna, You are officially the first person to comment on this new site. Thanks for taking the time to visit. Diana

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