What We’ve Learned about God’s Word in Revelation so Far (You May Be Surprised!)

As you may know, I teach Inductive Bible Study to 4th-6th graders. What is unique about my class is that I have parents not only help the kids with their homework, but also attend class. It makes for a great “vibe” in the class because the kids see the value of Bible study in the example of their parents, it makes the class feel more grown-up, and we often get deeper, richer discussions. Everybody wins.

Kids Bible Study Revelation

Right now, my class is studying Revelation. I’ve been Continue reading

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

Daniel, Part One- Zero Lesson/First Class Meeting

For the first class meeting, I always do what we call a “Zero Lesson.” That just means it’s a lesson before the first homework is assigned. We won’t dive into the book’s homework until the second class meeting. The first class meeting gives me a chance to introduce myself to the class and get to know a little about new students who are willing to speak up, and also to reconnect with returning students. I also go over the mechanics of the class, like the syllabus, the Challenge Verse, and Scripture Memory.

Once the “business” part of the class time is over, I go right into teaching what Inductive Bible Study is. Because I like my class time to be as interactive as possible, 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

My Class Flow (Part 3 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

As the kids’ piano teacher used to say, “Now we’re cookin’ with gas!” We’ve covered what happens before class and at the beginning of class, so let’s get to the bulk of the time we spend together—going over the homework.

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.

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Homework

By this time, we’re only about 10 minutes into class unless there are a lot of Memory Verses. And as a side note, don’t ever feel like you need to rush through the Memory Verses to save time. Working on those verses and reciting them publicly is important and should be treated as such.

Occasionally, I’ll have some other class business (“What would you like to study next?” Or, “Don’t forget there’s no class next week.”) or a relevant news item or something like that. But generally speaking, we head right on into the material.

Listen up, because this is important. The kids’ Continue reading

My Class Flow (Part 4 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

 

Take a breath, my friend, the “meat” of the class time is done, and now it’s on to some fun stuff!

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.

When you teach kids, individually or in groups, it’s really important to have some games or activities whenever possible. Because of time, I can’t always do this in my class, but I would never go two classes in a row without it. Kids like to get up out of their seats, and having a productive activity is good for them and good for the class as a whole.

 

Activity

Whenever possible, I try to come up with something unique to what we covered in the homework. Not only does it give some variety to our activities, but it Continue reading