Six Tips for First Time Teachers

So, you are teaching VBS for the first time? Or the first time in a long time? You are in great company! All of us were first timers at some time! Here are a few tips that might help you: Don’t Panic! You can do this! Page 1 of your leader guide has a quick outline of the steps you need to take from preparing yourself to teach through keeping the connection with kids alive long after VBS. Pray! It’s hard to realize just how important this step is. Pray before you start, while you are ... Continue Reading

VBS C.R.A.F.T.S - More Than What You Think

Is crafts rotation one of your favorite parts about VBS? It is for lots of people. I’m one of those people and I get excited about picking which crafts I’d like to do at my VBS. However, it’s easy to get too focused on the end product and forget what we are really creating in the VBS Craft Lab – great experiences for kids. Here’s a little reminder for those of us on the crafts team.   C – Conversation: As kids work on the their crafts, leaders have a great opportunity to get to know ... Continue Reading

On the Eighth Day of Christmas ...

On the eighth day of Christmas I'm thinking about traditions. Well, at least what have become traditions when Christmas is different every year. My husband is a pastor and our traditions have had to be very flexible so we could work around church events. As our kids were growing up, Christmas time also meant an eight to ten hour trip back to Tennessee to visit grandparents. We tried to “choose” our Christmas day rather than letting the calendar demand that it was December 25. Sometimes ... Continue Reading

Unpacking the New VBS 2014 Starter Kits

They are here! We are so excited about the new Kids Starter Kit (for Grades 1-6) and the new Preschool Starter Kit (Babies through Kindergarten). We’ve listened to your comments that you want “everything you need to get started” in one box, so here it is. Special packaging created just for the Starter Kits makes the VBS Director’s job super easy. Let’s unpack those kits and take a look. Inside the Preschool Starter Kit, the three age group resources have been carefully packed together and ... Continue Reading