Techniques for teaching children

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  • 1. Techniques forTeaching Children
  • 2. Teaching Kids
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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?
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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?
  • 9. 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?
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.