Foto Friday. . . Graduation and VBS

Wow, what a season this is! Kids are getting out of school for the summer, graduations are happening and VBS’s are gearing up.

Speaking of graduations, I had one last night. Actually my daughter (Sadie) had her graduation last night. . .graduation from preschool! It’s was a fun and sad time for me. Here’s my baby girl, my only child, graduating from preschool and getting ready to start school!

So, I start thinking about her future teachers and how they will have an impact on her life. How they will help her learn to read, write and do arithmetic. Some of my favorite teachers were the tough ones!

I also think about her future Sunday School teachers and all that they will teach her. . .learning about our Lord and Savior, Jesus. I think back to when I taught 7th grade Sunday School and one of my first SS kids, Steven (he goes by Steve now). Steve came every Sunday and he was a great kid! He now is all grown up and has a family of his own and has a calling to help dads be more Godly.

I also start thinking about her future VBS teachers and what all they will teach her and how much of an impact they will have on her. Some of my fondest memories are from when I attended VBS at First Baptist Church, Millington. . .and when I helped teach VBS as a youth at FBC, Millington.

So, as a daddy, I would like to thank all the teachers (present and future). . .school, Sunday School and VBS teachers for taking time to encourage, love, and teach my daughter!

Thank You!

Teaching Tips 101

Hey! I’m Candace and I am the production editor on the VBS team for all things children! I want to talk to you about helping your teachers feel comfortable preparing to teach the curriculum, especially those who have never taught before.

  • It’s important to make sure you have the resources you need. If you are teaching a Bible study, then make sure you have the leader guide, leader pack, and Bible Study Cards in plenty of time to get familiar with each piece before it is time to teach. This will also give you time to print off the CD-ROM items from the leader pack.
  • For most teachers, it is easiest to organize things by day. In preparing all the leader pack items, separate them out by the days each item will be used. As you look through the leader guide, see what other supplies you will need for each day. Then designate a sack or box for each day of the week, and put that day’s materials in it. This way the supplies will be organized and you will have what you need and not be looking for supplies in the middle of teaching the kids!
  • An important thing to remember is that there are a lot of ideas in the leader guide, and you may not have enough time to do every activity that is suggested. That’s OK! Teachers can pick and choose the activities that will work best for their class and for the time limits they have. The curriculum is there as a guide, but you should feel free to adapt and make it your own.
  • Teachers should also try any activity before trying to teach it to the kids. This helps to work out any kinks you might find and to make sure you understand how to explain it to the kids.
  • Also don’t try to do everything by yourself! Assign different parts of the lesson to different teachers. This way you are not responsible for every activity that will be taught.
  • Remember to have fun. VBS is a great time to get to know the kids in your church and the visitors from the community.
  • The most important thing a teacher needs to remember is to pray! Pray that God will use you as you teach, and pray for each child that comes into your class each day. As teachers, we may never know what seeds we have planted, but it’s happening all the time. Be confident and know that you are doing God’s work as you tell kids about Jesus.