Ever wondered why some of the kids in your children’s ministry are alert and focused while others seem disinterested? Have you ever been frustrated that a lesson didn’t make the impact you wanted it to? The answer to more effective children’s ministry is in the Bible.
Psalms 139:4 “I will praise thee; For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
We are all uniquely designed by God for His glory. Because of our unique design, we each think and learn differently. God’s teaching advice can be found in Deuteronomy 6.
God told the nation of Israel to write His words on their gates, talk of them by the way (to discuss them, use the verbal, naturalistic, interpersonal and spatial mode of learning), to make them as frontlets before their eyes, (see them visually), to think of them, (intrapersonal) and to teach them diligently.
The more multisensory learning is or the more senses that are used in learning, the clearer the memory will be in the learning experience. So how do you have a 4-D Sunday School?
Be aware of the different modes of learning. Linguistic (Verbal), Logical (mathematical), Visual (Spatial), Interpersonal (Social butterflies), Musical, Intrapersonal (Self Smart), Body Movement (Kinesthetic), and Naturalist. Try to incorporate as many of these modes of learning into your classroom and sermon.
Let’s look at the story of Jonah and the Whale.
Verbal: Have your linguistic students help with the story telling, or have them make sounds.
Logical: Have these learners predict what they think will happen next.
Visual: Have these students paint a mural or help make props for the story.
Interpersonal: Use these students to help with bringing everyone together as a group or allow them to befriend new students.
Musical: Have your musically inclined students sing or play a song about Jonah.
Intrapersonal: Have these students reflect on what was learned by writing in a journal, or give personal response.
Kinesthetic: Have these students act the story out, use drama and as many hands-on activities possible.
Naturalist: Bring nature indoors, sardines, water or take them outside occasionally to teach the story.
Make your children’s ministry as 4-D and multisensory as possible. The rewards will be excelled learning for all students and many positive, fun memories. Learning is layer upon layer of memories. The more meaningful memories that are made, the greater chance that students will be learning and hiding God’s word in their hearts.
Note: Be sure to get pastor permission if this format deviates from your traditional program.
Please email me for a free multisensory lesson plan. My husband and I are also available to teach Sunday School Workshops and Seminars. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.