We were asked to teach Bible at the local Christian school here in our community. On Tuesday mornings I teach 1st-3rd graders for an hour and a half and on Thursday mornings I teach 4th-6th graders for an hour and a half. On Thursday evenings from 4:00-5:00pm, David teaches the 10th-12th graders.
While the school curriculum is mostly in Spanish, they allowed us to teach Bible in English (since we just started Spanish language classes a couple of months ago and we are far from fluent). With the younger kids, I am using NewSpring Network KidSpring Series materials. I love this material because it is Biblically solid, it comes with everything you need from videos to lesson plans, to games and crafts, etc. Plus each month we can have a theme (for example, this month is Down on the Farm and we are learning the Fruits of the Spirit). The kids really have gotten into this material too and they love it each week. With the older class, I am using the same KidSpring materials but I’m also incorporating Children Desiring God‘s “In the Beginning” materials. This way the kids still get a fun theme each month but they are also learning the redemptive history of the Bible. We believe it is vital for children to begin to understand the redemptive history of scripture at a young age because it is foundational building blocks for their spiritual growth.
David started out the school year giving them an overview of the Bible – how it is really 66 books that are one seamless story that all point to Jesus. Once he completes these lessons, he will be using the book “Hearts, Heads, & Hands” which was written by our mission board President & Founder, Dr. David Sills. While it is written as a training manual for discipleship and training pastors/church leaders, he has taken some of the module lessons and brought them down on a youth level. He also opens up each class with live worship music and prayer.
(video above is of one of the younger classes doing one of our opening praise songs)
Being able to teach these students each week is SUCH a blessing! I’ve said it many times that I hope they are having as much fun each week as I am having. Not only do we get to form relationships with these students (many of whom do not attend our church here) but we also get to know their families as well. It is fun to be out in town and see them or their families and hear them call “Profa!” or “Profo!” (what they call teachers in school) and then see them smile and run up to you to get a hug or a high five.
It has also been encouraging to see their excitement for Bible each week. They actually look forward to coming to class, they are doing their homework each week, and several parents have told me the kids are even singing the praise & worship songs at home too. We are so thankful the Lord gave us the opportunity to teach in the school this year. We pray that the seeds being planted will continue to grow in their lives as the Lord waters them.
“Train up a child in the way he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)