Welcome to my first Sunday School post!
This will be my fourth year teaching our mixed Pre-k and Kinder (Prep) class. I teach our church’s little dears together with Naomi, my sister-in-law. She is totally an amazing person and I love her so much and couldn’t imagine teaching without her! We do lots of hands-on activities because we believe learning should be fun and involve the learner – whether it’s ABCs, 123s or faith-based learning, it’s should be fun!
I believe this would be a good time to mention that we teach in a Romanian church where 99.99 % of the kids prefer to speak English instead of Romanian. What does this mean for us? We translate everything – we have one kiddo, to be exact, who speaks ONLY Romanian and a handful of kids who speak ONLY English. The others can understand basic Romanian but mostly speak English. Complicated? It can be at times, especially if we ramble on too much in Romanian and our little ones start to get restless and ask, “When’s snack time?” We then remember to switch back to English and that usually gets everyone concentrating again 🙂
So, let’s get into our first lesson!
We talked about rules. Yep. Because 3.5 year old children don’t know to raise their hand before speaking. 4 year olds think they can walk out to use the bathroom whenever they please and the older kiddos have done this last year so they think they know everything and there is no need to listen! And so, we need rules.
I know people say that you should keep rules to a minimum, but our class has seven because:
- 1. They don’t get that the first one pretty much covers all the others
- 2. They really do think it’s OK to run around and hide under chairs and
- 3. Rainbow colors – you can’t use ALL the colors if you only have 4 rules. So, you need 7. And that, friends, is why we have 7 🙂
(If you’d like either of these posters for your class, click on the language version you prefer to download your freebie!)
I’m sorry for the terrible photo, but this is what the rules look like in our room – they are right at the front and I attached them to the whiteboard with a huge clip. I got this idea from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten, and she has an editable version for sale here!
I made ours double-sided – the other side is in Romanian and I usually have that side facing the front.
After we talked about the rules and practiced them, we talked about whole body listening. We used posters to communicate what good listening looks like, and then we practiced being good listeners together to get a better idea of how it feels. (Click on the image below to get the English version.)
(Click on the image below to get the Romanian version.)
We also read a book about manners. I bought my copy from Koorong.
Then we sorted some pictures of good and bad behavior choices. (Get the English version by clicking on the picture below. There is a worksheet at the end that we can’t use with my little ones, but you might be able to use with your older students!)
I made a coloring book about our rules, but we were running short on time, so I gave it to my kiddos to work on at home. (Click on the rules poster of your choice at the top of this post to get your booklet).
I always make a Take-Home page for our munchkins. That way, parents are informed about what we learned and the kiddos have something to draw on during Sunday night service! (Click on either image to get the English version.)
We don’t usually have time to take photos during the our Sunday School session, but I’ll see what we can manage for future posts 🙂
And there you have it: our first lesson all done! I hope you find the printables useful!
Before I go, I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to my friend, Andreea, who helped translate everything into Romanian. She’s another awesome person who means a lot to me!