CREATING A LESSON
Occasionally I receive a request for help for specific lessons. I appreciate these requests because they give me ideas for new material. However by the time I can put together a lesson for you, it may be too late for your class. So I see a need to teach how to put together a lesson for your own use. The best way for me to help you in this is to show you how I put together a lesson.
First of all I need to know, who am I teaching? Know the age of the group or individuals being taught. Then I need to know something about the time-frame, and structure of the class. Is this a Sunday school or Vacation Bible school or home school or day care or teen or adult class? Where is the class being taught? What resources are available?
Then I look for a theme. Is this a single lesson or part of a larger theme? If it is part of a larger theme, how many lessons do I need? For example, the lessons I have posted on Sample Lessons are all part of the theme “Who is Jesus”. In order to create these lessons I first designed a calendar with a sub-theme for each month. The 10 month calendar shows the overall plan for the theme with a single lesson for each week.
Then I begin to create the individual lessons. For this I begin with a template. The template was created with an excel program. My page is divided into segments of time. Each segment is then filled in with the necessary parts of the lesson. Keep in mind that students learn with all their senses and children need to be active, stimulated and involved. The individual segments of the lesson template can cover all these needs and every segment should be lesson related. For example: when meeting the child’s need for a snack, look for one that can enhance the lesson. Then as the children are enjoying the snack I have opportunity to repeat part of a Bible story or a lesson theme or a memory verse. Every toy and activity in the class should be one that can be used as an object lesson or a teaching tool.
To make it easier for you I can share the Lesson plan template I use. If you download the template in Word format you should be able to type your information into it. I always keep a blank copy of the template for a new lesson. You can also just do this on a sheet of paper. If you are preparing a lesson for the next week, I suggest that you put your template sheet on a bulletin board and as the week of planning progresses you can add your ideas as God gives them to you. I look for ideas everywhere. (story books, coloring books, craft books, cook books toys, games, etc.)
First fill in your lesson theme and title. In the lesson area fill in a scripture and basic information about the Bible story. In a memory verse section add a scripture verse relating to the theme or story. Think about some interesting way to help children to memorize the verse and add this in the segment. Then find some appropriate songs or music to fit your theme and add them to a “Praise and Worship” segment. Then look for some lesson related activities to fill in the time when children first arrive in the classroom and the time at the end of the class when you are waiting for parents to pick them up. Beginning and end of the class time are segments where you can easily lose control of the class if you are not well prepared. Use these times wisely and the children will go home with the theme of the class in their hearts instead of thoughts about how another child took their toy! Include a lesson application. Pray with the children and help them discover specific ways to practice at home what they learn in the class.
I trust this will help you. ANN