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Teach with Creativity – Creative Language Use

Capturing the attention of our children during Sunday School may prove to be more challenging than we’d like to admit. Many children have already heard the Bible stories, so it’s easy for them to ‘tune out’ quickly. What can we do to grab hold of and keep their attention?

Teaching with creativity is a great way to reel in those kids who are about to let their minds wander off in a different direction. There are many creative methods for us to choose from. Let’s look at Creative Language Use.

Here is an example from one of the Acts lessons.

Throughout the lesson the children are taught the phrases that summarize the key parts of the story. By adding motions to the phrases, different learning styles are utilized, and as they memorize the phrases, the kids will be more likely to remember the story itself.

So how can you use this creative teaching method as you prepare to tell a story?

First, divide your story into segments. Make sure that each segment contains an important event from the story.

After that, come up with two phrases or sentences that point out key elements of the story. Try to make rhythmic rhyming phrases. Count the syllables in each phrase to check your rhythm. For example:

“They were beaten but were glad (7), even if it hurt so bad (7).”

“Go stand in the temple and tell everyone (11) about God’s love and what Jesus has done (11).”

You can also keep them shorter, like this:

“We disobey (4), God far away (3). Be born again (4), Be God’s friend (3).” (From He Loves Me, lesson 4)

Finally, come up with simple, clear, interesting motions that flow with the rhythm of your lines. Practice them to make sure that they will work with the story and with your children.

As you tell the story, teach the children the phrases and motions as they come up in the story. After you teach them a set of phrases, repeat the entire set from the beginning of the story and add your new lines at the end. Then continue to tell the story until you finish telling the next key event. Teach the children the next set of phrases, repeat from the top, and continue your story again. This may seem repetitive, but many children will enjoy the challenge and at the end of the lesson they will have memorized all the key elements of the story in a fun way. The children will remember the story and they will be able to use the rhymes to tell someone else the story as well! Have fun!

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Acts Curriculum – Available now!

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Downloadable Children’s Ministry Curriculum.

So after Jesus went to heaven, what happened? Here’s a resource to help you teach your kids in creative, fun, engaging ways!

There are so many powerful, beautiful and encouraging stories in the book of Acts. They show us so many things, like how God wants to use us and encourage us, how we can tell others about Jesus, how we need to serve Jesus with a pure heart, how we can be guided by the Holy Spirit, and how we can praise Jesus no matter what our circumstances are. And so much more!

Download a free lesson sample here:  Acts Sample Lesson

Download a brief overview of the lessons here:  Acts Summary

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Storytelling Videos

How to explain some of the techniques used in storytelling…?
I figured that it’s better to use videos! Here are a few.

Here’s a video that shows how important it is that we pay attention to how we say words when we tell a story:

Do you know the story about Bartimaeus? It’s in Luke 18:35-43. It’s one of the great stories included in our He Loves Me curriculum. Here is a video that introduces the story:

Our Joseph curriculum tells the great stories about his life, and helps children discover how they can live their lives for God as well. The story of Joseph’s life was full of drama, hardships, unexpected twists and turns. If you don’t know the story, it’s found in the Bible in Genesis 37, 39-50. Here’s a short video from one of the lessons.

Get some great storytelling ideas! Read more about storytelling, and watch more videos about how to step into the story, how to switch roles as you tell a story, and how to step into the narrator’s role.

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Strategy 8: Value Storytelling Techniques

A room full of children. Eyes are on the teacher. No one makes a sound. The kids are not even aware of the fact that they are in the room. Hearts are fully engaged. Their imagination has transported them into the story. The story captivates them. They may have heard the story before, perhaps even many times, but this time the story is fresh and new once again.

Telling a story. When I started to realize how much I enjoyed telling stories from the Bible, I didn’t really want to learn about storytelling techniques, because I was worried that it would make storytelling mechanical and take away from the experience of engaging with the beauty of the story. I figured that beauty should not be reduced to a bunch of techniques, because it will come out damaged and harmed and it will never be as beautiful. But as I discovered storytelling techniques and tested them, I realized that I was wrong. Storytelling techniques can greatly improve the delivery of the story, do greater justice to it and help the listeners engage at a deeper level. The beauty of the story will actually shine through in a more powerful way.

So what are storytelling techniques? There are a bunch of interconnected things we can focus on as we figure out how we want to tell the story in a powerful way. Storytelling techniques are skills we can work on and improve and take to a higher level. Storytelling techniques help us conquer the Barrier of a Poor Presentation. This blog does not allow me to elaborate on them, so I have created some separate pages with training videos.

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I’ve done storytelling workshops in different places, and honestly, of all the training sessions in Children’s Ministry that I have done, these are the ones that I enjoy the most. My favorite part is when, after struggling to make it clear, suddenly “the light goes on” and the faces of the participants suddenly shine with joy as they discover the beauty and power of the story! Such joy it brings – to them and to me!!

Check out these pages:
Storytelling
Step into the Story
Switching Roles
Step into the Narrator’s Role

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