Don’t let them Loose the Art of Reading!

1 Sep

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Ps 119:105.

As children read, understanding grows. Reading is hard work but do it in your classes anyway.

This verse speaks of growth. Grow in your learners a desire to read the Word of God.

As the digital era grows and expands it is easy to relegate books into the annuls of history.

South Africa today has a high illiteracy rate, but you as a Sunday School teacher can help reverse this and you can be part of preserving the art and love of reading.

Letting your learners read in class may be slow and painful but persevere in letting them discover for themselves the joy and reward of reading and studying God’s word.

During lesson time use your Bible and keep your lesson plan and notes in your bible and refer back to it rather than only using your lesson book. This will show the children that you teach from God’s book and not from man’s book.

Encourage the children to read God’s word at home. If they don’t have their own Bibles encourage the adults in the church to donate some or have a fund raising drive to buy some.

Most of the children today are exposed to a high-tech world, so picture books can be a great high-touch interest corner for your class.

  • Try to have books about the Holy Land so that children can see what a well is or a water jar.
  • Use a Bible atlas along side a modern atlas to help children realise that the people and places of the Bible really exist.
  • For younger children have books with a few clear pictures and not a lot of words.
  • For older children include more advanced picture books and some children’s Bible story books.
  • Have someone around to talk about the books with the children and who can ask them open ended questions to stimulate their thinking.

    Life is caught not taught and the model of the adult, will shape the child. You will soon have them longing to read on their own.

    Give them a thirst for God’s Word – Jesus Christ!

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