Tips for Teaching the Preschool Class

  • Expect these students to sit still, follow directions, participate with the group, etc.
  • This age is excellent at memorizing lists.
  • They recognize most if not all ABCs so a list made with letters is exciting.
  • This age particularly wants to please the teacher.
  • They do not like change. Routine is still important.
  • Learning is fun to him. There is almost no limit to what he can learn if it is put on his level.
  • Review stories for several weeks to make them permanent in memory.
  • Flash cards with pictures make a good review tool.
  • Sing songs that tell stories and teach facts.
  • Fill their hearts with a Bible story instead of their hands with a craft.
  • Tell the story with passion. Tell it more than once per class with a variety of visuals.
  • Ask questions, listen to their retelling, etc., to review and gauge students’ understanding.
  • Attendance or memory work charts are important to this age. Keep charts of their achievements on the wall so they can add stickers, etc.
  • Visualized verses help them "see” the verse. Students are able to learn many verses this way.
  • Application of lessons usually needs to be only a sentence or two. It does not always need tobe a grand activity of its own. Use situations and people that are real to them instead of a made-up story.
  • Teach from an open Bible. Continually remind students that the lesson is real and from God’s Word.
  • Teach the boys how to lead the prayers and/or songs. As the authority in the class, the teacher may do so. However, little girls should not lead in a mixed class so they have the pattern God established engrained in their understanding.