by Ashley Alden
“1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! Ready or not, here I come!” Without fail, whenever I just start playing “hide and seek” in class without giving any warning, I have got the kids’ attention! What am I going to do next? Could it be fun?
Yes, learning about God’s Word in Sunday School CAN be fun! With just a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can get children excited about learning God’s Word, understanding what it means, and applying it to their lives. It all starts with one key word: Introduction.
When teaching children, it can be easy to announce the next part of class by saying, “Now we’re going to…” and then fill in the blank. But what if you could make the next part of the class EXCITING? What if you could completely catch them off-guard so that they’re not even sure what part of class is next?! A good introduction can help you with that.
You can use introductions for all kinds of things in class: songs, memory verse time, Bible lesson… even games, or crafts. The next time you’re tempted to say to your class, “Now we’re going to…” see if you can apply the following tips and make your class extra exciting.
I like to think of an introduction as a “hook” on which the rest of your teaching hangs—it’s something short that grabs the attention of the listener so they can’t wait to see the next thing you will say or do. Here are a few tips for an effective introduction.
1. It should be SHORT. The introduction to a memory verse shouldn’t be too long—you want most of your time to be spent explaining the verse and helping the children understand how the verse applies to their life.
2. It should be ENGAGING. The introduction should be something that children can relate to. Playing hide and seek is something most children can relate to because they play it.
3. It should CONNECT. The introduction to a memory verse, song, or Bible lesson should have something to do with what you will be teaching (more on that in a minute). Think through what the verse is saying. What idea could you pull out that would make a GREAT introduction that would be SHORT, ENGAGING and CONNECT with the content?
Okay, now that we’ve talked about what makes a good introduction, let’s talk about some examples of introductions. I’ll share some of my favorites and maybe these will help you think of some for your next class!
Using a QUESTION—
Using an OBJECT—
Using a SKIT—
Using a STORY—
Using a GAME—