Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday School Question

Okay. If you had to give up either up front teaching or small group time for primary school aged Sunday School, which would it be and why?


  1. Um, what do you mean by "small group" time?

  2. Like classes with a teacher. Where maybe 7 kids meet in a group with a leader and look at the bible together and pray and do some colouring in.

  3. Up front teaching. Connecting with kids in a smaller group seems to be more effective. It is too easy for kids in a larger group just to drift off in concentration. Unless, of course, you are a super teacher like Mrs R!

  4. Do you mean giving up one in your sunday school program or just you as a teacher not doing one part of the program anymore?

    If you mean cutting one out of your sunday school program, I would say ditch the up front teaching. Kids learn a lot more by doing, than just listening. It is also easier for them to ask questions in a small group and for you as a teacher to check their understanding.

    If you mean, as a teacher, just to doing one part (but somebody else does it, then I think it depends a lot on your personality, time available, and program being used.

  5. Cutting one from the program for a whole term.

    We are having issues with one of our groups at church. Because of the age spread of our kids and a lack of leaders, we've got preps-year 2 in one group. And within this group there is a great diversity of personalities and christian experience. Very hard group to manage. Preps can't read at all. Years 2s can.

    I taught this class last term and felt no one learnt anything in group time. The kids went away knowing more and I felt better able to answer questions in a group of 200 than in this particular kid mix. I wonder if to make the small group thing really work, you need to have really small groups (3 or 4 kids) rather than 7 to 10 kids.


  6. The large group is good for quality control - you get a decent return on the time invested in making something topnotch. If you're worried about overloading group leaders, time wise, this is a good way of filling a program. Or if they're terrible. Etc - really depends on the situation.

    We're a very small example group - we run three ages that some weeks may only have one or two in some of the age groups. Not a model of efficiency, but aiming for a model of appropriateness. So our youngest group reaches into primary school, but once they can read, they move up to the next group (shock, horror, even in the middle of a term!), and then at yr 4 they go up to the oldest group.

    Aside from a kids spot in church, we've pretty much got no all-in time.