This post begins a brief tour of the learning centers in our SojournKids classrooms. I'll be posting one per week for the next several months.
Preschool Story Circle
This center provides a place for story-telling. Transition kids to Bible Time each week by using a few simple props. Show the kids your large story bag (in which you have visual aids and other items you will use to tell the story) then hold up your Bible, open to the Scripture passage and keep it open as you teach.
Use the Center:
- Be expressive. Memorize the story and tell it with enthusiasm. Be familiar enough with the story to tell it without reading it.
- Maintain eye contact and react to the children’s body language. Are they interested? Do they understand?
- Explain the terms and describe the setting, but beware of adding extra-biblical thoughts to the story characters.
- Use the visual aids to keep the kids’ interest.
Clean Up: Stack the pillows neatly near the teacher’s chair.
In Coming Weeks: Regular blogging will return in coming weeks with an installment of the Thursday Book Club and another Learning Center. Also, an edition of the Children's Ministry Think Tank is forthcoming. And Advent Resources are right around the corner!