How do children learn? How do children More open, less analytic learn differently Eager to learn than adults? Short attention span (about 1 minute per year) Need practical, active teaching More concrete—not as able to think in abstract or general terms
How does that work out in practice? They need fast-paced, interactive teaching Use multiple senses Dramas, stories, puppets shows Games, activities, action songs Action-oriented (not theoretical) Frequent changes of activities Put what they learn into practice, showing others and through community projects
Teaching through games: When can you use games? Why? Divide into small groups. Give out the handouts, Memory Verse Games, Review Games, and Games Prepare to demonstrate one game. What is the purpose of using games? What is the purpose of this game in particular?
Storying Read and act out the health story, Bad Medicine (but don’t ask the questions yet) When can we use stories? Health stories Islamic Incidents and stories Other stories Why tell stories? What can children learn from storying?
Telling the Story What are some other ways to tell the story? Puppets Flannel graphs Dramas, mimes Children can draw pictures or illustrations Use songs or poems Add sound effects and different voices Use an object to illustrate the story
Understanding the Story How would you introduce the story? What questions do we ask after a starter or story? Think SHOWD: Observation questions: What did you See? Interpretation questions: What is Happening? Why? Application questions: Does this happen in Our place? What should we Do about it?
Asking Questions Why do we ask questions? Give some examples of questions for the story Bad Medicine: Observation questions Interpretation questions Application questions When can you ask these questions?
Involving the Children How can you involve the children in the story? They can name the characters or change the animals. They can act out the story. Ask them questions during the story, such as, “What should he have done instead?” Have them give another ending to the story. Ask them to relate the story to their own lives.
Adapting the Story How could you adapt the story to your culture or context? Change the names and the details to fit your context. Adapt stories to match the ages of the children. Use shorter stories with younger children. Focus on health needs that are common in your area. Change the time period or context. Tell a Bible story in a modern context or an urban context. Change the illustrations so they fit your culture.
Tell the Story Finally, the children will practice telling or acting out the story. Sometimes there is a coloring page. During the week, they will tell the story to their family, friends and neighbors.