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

6 Simple Ways to Quickly Decorate for VBS

Stack a few copy paper boxes or office file boxes and label each one with the words "Top Secret," "Property of Agency D3," or "Evidence." Not only are file boxes ready-made decorations, they also pull double duty as easy storage for supplies. String red yarn between two hallway walls to create a maze of "laser beams" which kids have to crawl through and/or climb over. Attach sections of dryer vent hose to drape across ceiling tracks or to arc out from walls to give any room an "industrial" ... Continue Reading

6 Things to Know About Teens Working in VBS

Teens are ready to take on some responsibilities and leadership roles within the church. They can be great role models for younger children and preschoolers. However, before enlisting teens to serve in VBS, you might want to check out these tips to ensure a successful experience. Partner up. Always have an adult leader in the room with the teen helper at all times. This is for the safety and protection of your church, kids, leaders, and the teens themselves. Teens should not be given the sole ... Continue Reading

6 Things You Need to Know About Teaching Preschoolers

Teaching preschoolers is THE BEST! No, seriously. It really is! There's something incredibly rewarding about rooting spiritual truths in the minds and hearts of young children and then watching the ways they so naturally apply them to their every day lives. If you're gearing up to teach babies, 1s, 2s, 3s, Pre-K, or kindergartners this summer in VBS, here are 6 things you need to know about teaching preschoolers.   If you don’t have a plan, THEY will! Preschoolers are hands-on, ... Continue Reading