Saturday, March 28, 2009

Teaching Middle School Kids How to Study the Bible

5th and 6th graders are a special group to teach. They are in the process of learning how to study the Bible themselves and take on a faith of their own. Many people are always asking how to teach them and things they can do with this age group. One of our ministers' wife taught this age group and developed this system that other teachers have continued. It has been a big hit with the teachers, students and parents. Each child was given a 3-ring binder. Before class, each child was given a copy of the text for the next class. You can find different versions of the Bible that you can print off on the internet. The teacher would print off and copy the text for each child to have. This way everyone had the same version of the Bible to study from. Before the class meeting, the students were to study this text by following this formula in the picture. 1. Pray - before you read
2. Circle and define words you do not understand
3. Highlight the verses you like
4. Ask yourself these questions:
a. What is this about?
b. What don't I understand?
c. What's one thing I know now but didn't know before?
d. What does this have to do with me?
5. Pick a verse to memorize.

All of these questions were done before class so when the students came to class they were able to discuss questions, words and ideas that came up in their individual study time. Of course, with anything, you can take this and make it your own. I hope this helps your middlers learn more about God and His word


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