Crowd Control

It is always a challenge for teachers to maintain order in a Sunday School class full of energetic youngsters in a Christian Preschool or Children's Ministry.  Below are a few ideas that may be useful.

Be a friend.  Children like to please their friends.  Visit individually with each student every Sunday.  Listen!  Encourage!  Praise!  Let them know you are interested in each of their lives and want to see each of them succeed.
Earn their trust.  Be reliable, consistent, and fair.
Earn their respect.  Be prepared each Sunday and know your materials well.
Encourage each child to participate.  Participation keeps the energy focused on the right things.
Adapt the teaching style to their personalities.  Some children prefer to read and answer questions alone while others learn better through interactive approaches such as games.  Some are shy, others are aggressive.  Some have been sitting in church for an hour and need a break.
Use a variety of teaching styles.  Variety adds interest.  Interested students are well behaved learning students.  Variety also appeals to the different personalities that will be in each class.
Move quickly from one activity to the next.  Students get rowdy when they have nothing to do.
Move on when they lose interest.  Even the attention span of the best student has its limits.  Recognize when it is time to move to another activity and recapture their interest.
Plan active times.  Children can learn while playing games such as "Who Wants to Be a Christian Heir?" or "Bible Baseball."
Establish class rules.  Let the children know your expectations.
Expect older children to remember the rules after reviewing them once.
Remind younger children of the proper behavior at the beginning of every activity.
Examples of class rules include.
Do what the teacher asks you to do.
Listen when others are speaking.
Treat the property of another with respect.
Treat your classmates and teacher with respect.
Be confident.  Children take advantage of uncertainty.
Keep it positive.  If you do have to correct a child's behavior, keep it positive.  Do not embarrass the child.  For example, encourage the whole class to listen closely instead of telling the one talking student to shut up.  It takes many positive comments to offset the damage caused by one negative word.
The difference between a well behaved child and a disruptive child.
The energy of the well behaved child is focused on the right thing.
Learn to focus their energy on the right thing and you will have a well behaved class.
If none of this works, consult with a member of your church staff before taking any disciplinary action.

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