Avoid these common Sunday school mistakes to ensure that you keep the classes light hearted and enjoyable
When you are teaching Sunday school, it can be a tough thing to balance both teaching the class to get across the key parts of your message while also keeping the material enjoyable and relatable for the kids. You need to be both a friend, as well as a teacher, something which can be very hard to find the right balance for. All teachers make mistakes, so you will never get it perfectly right, but there are always certain steps that you can take to maximise the chances of getting your message across effectively. There are also certain ways in which you should deal with girls and boys. There are questions to ask a guy and questions to ask a girl, leading to different results. Whatever you decide to do, they key is to keep the class enjoyable so all of the children keep coming back and will properly take the message son board. Here is some advice to help you do just that.
Don’t be too serious or overly focused on a certain topic
One of the most common mistakes that you see Sunday school teachers make is taking the classes way too seriously. At the end of the day, you are teaching children at the weekend, a time when they will be restless and off of their regular school. This means that you can’t come across too seriously or they will zone out completely and not take any points on board and will begin to zone out. Sometimes the teachers will only focus on the lessons at hand, following a very strict structure. This is not the best way to approach the subjects, they should instead by explained and have the kids relate to the topics at hand. Don’t worry if the topic branches off away from the topic at hand, once it is somewhat relevant to the subject.
You want kids to explore the teachings in their own way, at the end of the day it is most important that they understand the teaching of God, rather than relying on one specific area of study. It needs to be a safe space where the children feel comfortable inn themselves and are not afraid to ask questions or provide their own point of views or thoughts on the subject.
Make sure that you are not overly inconsistent
While it is important to not follow a very strict structure every class, you do need to have some sort of structure to your teaching on a weekly basis. You should always prepare for a lesson by looking at what you have covered in previous sessions and what you still need to cover. This is where proper preparation comes in, you should sit down at the start of the year and plan out each of the lessons, what topics you will cover and when. While things will always change, it is great having a rough structure so you are able to get through as much material as humanely possible in the allotted time.