This section helps you structure your teaching time.
1. Warm Up
This is a question that goes along with the story for the day. This is designed to get your kids talking and to build a connection with them.
2. Teach the Story
This is the most important part of the lesson. Use all the creativity you have to tell the story in an engaging, and interesting way. Use props. Be sensitive to the age of your children and tell the story in a way they can understand.
We always encourage you to use a Bible storybook if you have one available (here is a list of ones we know about)
3. Bible Mastery
If you would like to have your students read out of the Bible themselves, these are good verses to do it. We recommend they do this after you teach the story, however, and certainly not as a substitute for you teaching a holistic story. While it is a good thing that kids get used to reading out loud and reading the Bible for themselves, elementary-aged children do not typically have the reading skills necessary to be able both read out loud and comprehend at the same time. Also, it is difficult for the other students to really understand what they are hearing. So teach the lesson first, then let them read the Scripture out loud.
4. Comprehension Questions
These questions can help you ensure your students understood the story. Also, use this time to take the topic where the students want to go. Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal to them what truths he wants them to learn from the story, and help them understand how this story can be applied to their lives. Keep in mind that elementary school children are rarely capable of abstract thought, so don't boil it all down to a simplified principle for them. But let the Scripture and the Holy Spirit speak to them and be sensitive to where the conversation can go.
5. Faith Questions
These questions help the children think about how this story applies to their own life today. Keep in mind that only your oldest elementary school children will be able to think in abstract terms, but you can ask some basic questions that will hopefully open up a conversation about what the children believe. By the prompting of the Holy Spirit in response to His Word, you can encourage your children to surrender their lives to God and present the Gospel to them. Also, feel free to share your own faith experiences with them (being careful not to delve into "adult" struggles, like marriage, sexual sin, etc).
6. Memory Verse
We typically include a memory verse every 4 or 5 lessons, so you can work for several weeks on the same verse. Feel free to give out rewards to the students who successfully memorize the Scripture.