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Children's Game

Stacked BiblesAfter reading through the various teaching materials and the Biblical passages associated with them, one needs then to make a decision as to what to leave out and what to include in the lesson. This lesson analysis is often the most difficult task of all. Most workbooks contain over an hour's worth of activities, so the knife must be leveled at all but the most appropriate for that particular day and theme. It is better to complete a few things well than to cover everything poorly. On the other hand, it is a good exercise to try to condense what you have chosen. If it still retains its meaning and clarity with fewer words then perhaps you might want to introduce another item.

Grab their Attention

Children's GameYou definitely need certain things. With children, always give them some visual aid to help them understand the truth visually. You may want to begin with something that grabs their interest, something they can relate to well. This might mean pupil participation - a game or craft or using their sense of smell are a few ideas. Finally don't drag out a lesson for the sake of finishing it. Be prepared to adapt if necessary and to compress items or include others as the need arises. "Words are like the rays of the sun. If they are concentrated they burn so much hotter." This reminded me of the 37 storey skyscraper in London, England the south facing side of which reflects and magnifies the sun's rays enough to fry an egg on a 30 yard stretch of pavement at Eastcheap and scorch hair on your head! A Jaguar XJ had parts melted by the scorching heat! If striking visual aids will add this kind of extra intensity to your message then include them and cut down on the words.

"Lesson Words Analysis"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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