07 Jan The Best Bible Lessons for Kindergarten
Bible Lessons for KindergartenIf you’re preparing to teach Bible lessons to a group of kindergarteners, you’re in for a treat. Children in kindergarten are just reaching the age where they’re able to focus for slightly longer periods of time, dream about the future, and ask meaningful questions about life.
The typical age to begin kindergarten is 5 years old. If you’re intimidated by the thought of teaching Bible lessons to this age range, or you’re just looking for some good lesson ideas and inspiration, we put together this guide to help you. But before we get started, we’d like to mention the kindergarten Bible lesson curriculum that we’ve prepared.
Bible Blast is a fun and engaging Bible curriculum that’s been used in churches and learning institutions all around the world. What makes our kindergarten Bible lesson curriculum different from other options? It’s inexpensive, simple, and effective, and well-structured to help you easily map out your lessons. If you’re interested in seeing our pricing and learning more, you can go here.
Without further ado, here are our top tips and ideas for teaching Bible lessons to a group of kindergartners.
Kindergarten Bible Lessons: Focus, Fun, Focus, Fun, Repeat…Something important to consider when teaching Bible lessons to kindergartners is the length and format of your lessons. Kindergartners can focus in short bursts, but they quickly become distracted and bored. And when this happens, chaos might ensue.
A strategy you can use to help combat short attention spans to keep things as engaging as possible! When there are moments that you want to drive home deeper and more serious truths to your students, try to sandwich them between other fun activities that will help them stay focused.
How to Make Your Bible Lessons More Engaging And InterestingNow that you know the secret formula for teaching kindergartners, you might be wondering what exactly kindergartners find fun and engaging. We’ve put together a few tried and true methods below to help point you in the right direction and make your lessons successful.
Play Games Throughout Your Kindergarten Bible LessonsOur first suggestion for making your lessons engaging and interesting for kindergartners is to play games! Coupling a point that you want your students to remember with a fun game that somehow relates can take a point that would normally be forgotten in just a few minutes, and help your class remember it for a lifetime.
While there’s certainly a time for quiet reading and listening, studies have shown that hands-on learning is far more effective. If you’re searching for a curriculum to use for your kindergarten Bible lessons, we encourage you to choose one that helps children learn by inviting them to engage through games.
It can be difficult coming up with games on the fly while you’re in the middle of a lesson, so having a Bible lesson plan that maps out activities for you to use with your class can be a game-changer for both you and your students.
Ask Questions During Your Kindergarten Bible LessonsOur next tip for keeping kindergartners engaged during Bible lessons is to encourage them to respond by taking time to ask them questions. Rather than going through and asking everyone the same question, (this can be time-consuming depending on the size of your class,) we recommend sprinkling the questions throughout your lessons and asking them at random to your students, or to students who need a little help re-focusing.
When you create the expectation that questions are going to be asked about the material that you’re covering, it can become a fun game for your kindergarten students to try to always be prepared with the right answers. In addition to keeping your class engaged, asking open-ended questions to your students are a great way to get a feel for how well they are absorbing the information, and whether or not it would benefit your students to slow down or speed up your pace. Every class is different, so catering your kindergarten Bible lessons specifically to your class is important if you want to see the best possible results.
Encourage Kindergartners to Focus By Using Visual AidsAn engaging teaching tactic that works well with all ages is the use of visual aids. There’s something about having a physical object relates to the subject matter you’re teaching that can make it all feel more real and interesting. Especially to a group of kindergartners.
The best visual aids are the ones that children can actually hold and feel for themselves. Passing an object around the room is a great way to grab everyone’s attention so you can dive back into the meat of your lesson. Another visual aid option that we love is edible visual aids!
If you’re teaching about a specific region, having something small from that area for children to try is always exciting. If you plan on going this route, try to avoid messy foods and foods that children might have allergies to.
Tell Stories In Your Kindergarten Bible LessonsEveryone loves a good story, and the Bible is filled with the best stories ever told! You can capitalize on this throughout your kindergarten Bible lessons to make your lessons more interesting. Many Bible lesson curriculums like Bible Blast are structured around the great stories of the Bible.
One of the challenges that teachers face when teaching the kindergarten age range is making sure they include all of the important subject matter that they need to include throughout the course of their lessons.
The great thing about pre-formatted Bible lesson curriculums is that they often come with some type of syllabus that gives you an overview of the Bible stories and key points that you need to touch on throughout the course of your class. Having this overview allows you to speed up or slow down your pacing accordingly in order to touch on the most important points if you start to run low on time.
Our next tip when teaching kindergartners Bible lessons is to ask them to respond physically throughout your lessons.
Asking for these responses doesn’t need to be a long process or a game necessarily, it’s just an easy way to give everyone an opportunity to break up the routine of sitting and listening.
Ask for Physical Responses Throughout The Lessons
Consider asking your students to raise their hands, jump, shout, clap, stomp, or anything else you can think of that might somehow relate to your lesson. If you find that certain students in your class have a hard time settling back down after these types of requests, you can focus more on the other ideas we’ve listed here instead.
Use Music With Kindergartners to Encourage Memorization and EngagementAnother great way to help your kindergarten students participate in lessons is with music! Music is great when working with children because it helps them memorize things without them even realizing it. If you grew up hearing scripture verses as songs, you can still probably sing them today.
Give your students the same experience by incorporating it into your lessons. You can make things even more fun by choosing songs for them to learn that have motions or coming up with some of your own and teaching them to your class.
Reward Kindergartners For Learning and Positive BehaviorLast but not least, you can help your kindergartners get more from their Bible lessons by consistently rewarding them for learning and demonstrating positive behavior. Giving out small prizes for weekly scripture memorization is a classic method for encouraging learning.
Thank you for taking the time to read these tips, and best of luck as you teach kindergartners about the Word of God. Teaching a child about Jesus is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do! If you’d like to try out Bible Blast to see why it’s a great option for teaching Bible lessons to kindergartners, you can get a free sample by going here.