Children's Ministry - Sunday School Schedule

Sunday School teachers serving in a Christian Children's Ministry should consider preparing a schedule when planning the days activities.
Even though preparing a schedule may not be any fun, there are advantages.
All the information will be covered before time runs out.
No dead time.  All time will be filled with worthwhile activities.
With the class planned, you will be more relaxed and able to enjoy the children on Sunday.
Plan to be there at least 15 minutes before class is scheduled to begin.  You can visit with early arrivers and get set up before class starts.
Be sure to take the time to visit with each child each Sunday.
Listen.  Learn about their families, their successes, their concerns.
Encourage.  Show your support for the things they do.
Praise.  Everyone likes a pat on the back for a job well done.
Snack Time.  Snacks as simple as crackers and water are as good as gold to children that skipped breakfast.  Students with satisfied tummies are better listeners and learners.  During Snack Time, the students can also get to know each other and you.
An activity which requires the children to sit should be followed by an activity that allows them to get up and release some energy.
Prevent boredom by using different Teaching Techniques during the class.
Repetition is good.  Consider using a variety of different activities that all reinforce the lesson for the day.
Time Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Assuming class officially begins at 9:15 and ends at 10:30
9:00-9:30 Visit Visit Visit Visit
Snack Snack Snack Snack
Beginning Activities Brain Teasers Life in Biblical Times Beginning Activities
9:30-9:45 Bible Story Activities Challenge Challenge Games for Review
9:45-10:10 Get to Know Each Other -- Form a circle and ask each child to say his or her name.  Ask a different fun question each Sunday.  For example, what is your favorite vacation spot, favorite sport, favorite food, etc.
Prayer Prayer Prayer Prayer
Tell Bible Story Tell Bible Story Tell Bible Story Tell Bible Story
Ask Questions About Story Ask Questions About Story Ask Questions About Story Ask Questions About Story
10:10-10:25 Challenge Memory Verse People of the Bible Memory Verse
10:25-10:40 Brain Teasers Ending Activities Ending Activities Life in Biblical Times

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