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.