Technology and Inductive Bible Study- Unlikely Allies?

“Kids these days with their whatzits and their gizmos! All they do is stare at the ding-dang things…”

Admit it. You’ve heard someone express this opinion. (Was it you?) Believe it or not, technology and Inductive Bible Study can be allies. Unlikely allies, maybe. But they can definitely help each other out, and the winner is the young Bible student.

Unlikely Allies: Tech & Inductive Bible Study [youngbiblescholars.com]

There’s no doubt that there are some ways technology can work against kids’ Bible study. I think there are two biggies: Continue reading

FIVE Reasons Kids Can (Absolutely) Do Inductive Bible Study

Most people hear “Inductive Bible Study” and think it sounds very complicated and is for the super brainy. But that’s not the case. The great thing about Inductive Bible Study is that it CAN be very complicated and appealing to the super brainy, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t start out that way. Your study can deepen over time, but the basics are, well, basic.

5 Reasons Kids Can Do Inductive Bible Study

So, can kids actually learn how to do Inductive Bible Study? I can tell you from first-hand experience the answer is a solid “yes.” I’ve seen children from ages 6 to 12 learn it and love it. Does that mean Continue reading

The Drawing Game (Which Can Easily Be Played as Charades)

Okay, so it’s not the most inventive name, but this is by far one of my class’s favorites. It works like Pictionary, but without teams or score-keeping. I type out strips of paper with characters, objects, events, or concepts, all spaced out enough that I can just print them and cut them into strips and put them in a labeled envelope. (Really, do yourself the favor of taking the four seconds it takes to label the envelope. You don’t want to end the year with a dozen identical-looking envelopes. You may want to take a few from each one at the end of the semester or year, or you may want to use them again or loan them out. Regardless, it’s always better to label than not!)

When it’s time to play, choose a student to get the game started. I usually Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 1 of 5)

A really, really big part of leading a class successfully is getting a handle on how you want to run it. The landscape of my class has evolved quite a bit over time, but I have a system now that is definitely working. It may change again if I have another idea I want to try, or if a particular group I get warrants doing things differently. But let me show you how I currently run my class.

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For reference, I have an hour and a half one evening a week. So, if you have less time than that, you’ll need to tweak my system.

Here’s the flow:

  • Get there early to set up
  • Challenge Verse
  • Start of Class
  • Memory Verses
  • Homework and Break
  • Activity
  • Question Time

I’ll take these a piece at a time. Let’s start with getting there early and the Challenge Verse.

I always get to my room early. I am incredibly fortunate to be in a church that is very supportive of my ministry, and I have a great classroom. It’s actually two classrooms with that accordion-style wall thing that pulls out to divide the room, but the first thing Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 2 of 5)

Here’s the flow:

  • Get there early to set up
  • Challenge Verse
  • Start of Class
  • Memory Verses
  • Homework and Break
  • Activity
  • Question Time

Okay, we’ve covered set-up and getting started with the Challenge Verse. All of that takes place before class, so let’s move on the next few steps.

Again, keep in mind that I have an hour and half with my class, so if you have less time than that, you’ll need to tweak my system.

 

Start of Class

I really try to start on time, but if there are only a couple of kids there, and say, the weather is bad or the material we’re about to review is difficult, I’ll give a little more time. I don’t want to leave anyone confused if I can help it, but I also don’t want the kids to think it’s okay to wander on in whenever. And if we’re being honest, it’s usually the parents who determine when they get there!

I always open class time in prayer. Nothing revolutionary there. But from time to time, Continue reading