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How to Help Children Memorize Scripture

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 13:00

How to Help Children Memorize Scripture

Children can memorize almost anything very quickly and easily, but they need encouragement and support from you as they memorize Scripture. Parent and teachers are crucial in challenging children to continue pursuing Scripture memory, developing a memory routine and helping children understand and apply the verses they learn. The best way to memorize is through repetition. There is no substitute for reviewing a verse repeatedly. However, specific memorization techniques can vary from age group to age group. The following are ideas that we have found helpful.


youngkidsmemorizequoteMemorizing by repetition works well when teaching verses to young children:

  • Say the reference: First, clearly pronounce the reference (“address” may be easier for some young children to understand than “reference”). Then have the child repeat the reference.
  • Repeat the passage in sections: Say the passage in several bite-sized sections, having children say each section after you. Repeat the sections.
  • Repeat the reference again.
  • Review the passage several more times, lengthening the sections each time.
  • Discuss the passage. After the passage is remembered (usually in 3-4 repetitions), it is good to dissect it. Discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words. Rephrase the passage and try to help the child discover how the passage applies to his life.

Foundation Verses are the perfect verses for 2-5 year old children to be begin memorizing. This set of 76 short verses includes picture prompts to help non-readers remember the passage. The vision of Foundation Verses is to lay a firm foundation of basic biblical truth that will pave the way for faith response, and to establish the habit of hiding God’s Word in the heart.


For older children, memorizing the entire list of Fighter Verses is a great goal. The program is designed for children (first grade and up) and adults to memorize one passage of Scripture a week for five years. One of the best ways to encourage children to memorize Scripture is to memorize alongside them. This compilation of 260 verses will help you and your children fight the fight of faith through the joys and trials of life. The passages provide the encouragement we need daily, channeling our thoughts in three main directions: fixing our hearts on the character and worth of our great God; battling the desires of our flesh; and rejoicing in the work of Christ in the Gospel.

Helping Older Children Memorize ScriptureYou might consider the following steps to help develop or strengthen the habits of memorization:

1. READ the passage.
2. UNDERSTAND the passage.

  • Context: Look up the passage in its context in the Bible.
  • Paraphrase: Have the child say or write the passage in his own words.
  • Most Important Word: Have the child say what he thinks is the most important word and why he thinks so. Then you do the same.Explain: Have the child read the passage silently and explain what it means. Then you do the same.
  • Apply: Have the child explain what he thinks a Christian should know, feel, and do in response to the verses. Discuss how this applies to him personally.
  • Illustrate: Have the child illustrate the verse by drawing a picture.
  • Pantomime: Have the child act out the passage, or a situation in which it would apply.

3. LEARN the passage. Knowing what the verse means and how to apply it prepares the child to memorize it. There are several ways to memorize a section of scripture:

  • Read the verse through completely several times.
  • Write the verse in a notebook.
  • Repeat the verse a section at a time. Repeat a section several times. Add another section until the whole verse can be said. Always review before going to bed.
  • Games can add a fun element to memorization and help provide variety as children repeat the verses and test themselves.
    • Add a word: The child says the first word in the passage, then you say the next, the child says the third and so on.
    • Puzzle: Make a puzzle and put each word of the passage on a piece. Mix the pieces up and have the child put the puzzle together.
    • Erase a word: Write the passage on a chalkboard or on paper and erase one word. Have the child repeat the passage. Keep erasing and repeating until all the words are gone and the child can say the passage from memory.
    • Mix up cards: Write each word on a separate card. Mix the cards up, put them face up on the table, and have the child put them in the correct order.
    • The Fighter Verses App: The app includes several different types of review games for children to play.
    • Illustrate the Verse: Children can illustrate the different parts of the verse to help them memorize it or color a picture of the verse in The Fighter Verse Coloring Book (for Set 1)
  • Put the verse into practice.

    • Ask the child to write the verse in a notebook and date it. Then have him list practical ways that he can put the verse into practice.
    • Each time he can put the verse into practice have him write a short account of it and date it. (This will show him the faithfulness of God in helping us live according to his word.)
    • If the child misses the opportunity to use a passage, help him see how a memorized word could have been applied in that particular situation.
    • Read the devotional on the Fighter Verses Blog together to better understand the verse and find discussion questions that will help you consider how the verses effect your life.
  • Sing the Fighter Verses Song for the verse.
  • Learn the verse in sign language.

4. IMPLEMENT the passage. Once the child knows what the passage means, he needs to learn to put it into practice.

5. REWARD your child once he can confidently say the passage and can explain its meaning, he can receive an agreed-upon reward. At first, the rewards should be small and easily attained in order to insure success. Gradually the rewards should be harder to secure.

When helping children to memorize scripture, avoid distracting or trivial activities such as seeing who can say the passage with the most marshmallows stuffed into his mouth or while hopping on one foot. These activities trivialize God’s word. They also disrupt the learning process. It is likely that the child will remember the activity more than the verse. If the activity does not strengthen the connection children make with the passage, it probably should not be used. Also, these activities tend to take a lot of time and “creativity” to plan so that it is easy to lose momentum and to stop memorizing. Having a simple routine provides greater continuity and also forms memorizing habits.



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8 Ways for Parents to Partner With Sunday School Teams

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 13:00

8 Ways for Parents to Partner With Sunday School Teams

Sunday school is a primary means for building intergenerational unity in the body of Christ. Discipleship on any level tends to knit hearts together, but Sunday school has the unique ability to partner all generations to bring the gospel joy of knowing Christ to the youngest in our churches. A strong partnership of parents (and grandparents) and Sunday school teams can begin now in your church.

If you are a parent, here are eight practical ways for you to partner with your child’s teaching team.

  1. Before coming to Sunday school, ask your child to pray for their time in Sunday school. Taking time to pray together will help strengthen their faith in God as they see His answers to their prayers. It also builds a bond with the class members in your child’s heart.
  2. Pray for the class with other parents. Ask the teacher if there are specific ways you can pray for the class. When you meet in your church community or life groups during the week, pray together for the Sunday school classes represented in the group. Ask your pastor to remember the Sunday school classes in prayers from the pulpit. Pray for the teachers as they prepare during the week and for the teaching on Sunday morning. Pray asking God to give wisdom to the Sunday school team, as they impart His Word, and soft, receptive hearts for the children.
  3. Meet your child’s teachers and small group leader. Spend time getting to know who will be teaching your child. Share with them about your child, their spiritual condition, and those things that especially affect how they behave in class (i.e. shy, energetic, not comfortable in front of a group, struggles with reading, needs help focusing, disabilities, medication, allergies, struggles at school). It can also be helpful to impart family situation information such as death in the family, chronic illnesses, divorce, or an upcoming move to a new neighborhood. Share your prayer requests. Your child’s Sunday school team will be blessed to know how they can be praying for your family.
  4. When the Children’s Ministry Director sends you an invitation to visit your child’s classroom, take them up on it. Young children are usually ‘busting their buttons’ when mom and dad or grandparents visit their classroom. It gives you and the class a connection and builds a memory for your child. You will also have the benefit of firsthand knowledge of the class schedule and what is being taught for discussion at home.
  5. Bring your child to class on time. If needed, make sure to take them to the restroom, have a snack between services or get a drink of water. Attention to these simple needs will help your child be comfortable and the class to stay on schedule.
  6. At home, review GIFT Pages and Memory Verses with your child. The weekly Growing In Faith Together (GIFT) pages give parents the tools they need to reinforce the biblical truths their child is learning in Sunday school. Take time to discuss the lesson, do the action steps together  and apply at home what is taught in class. Then, help your child memorize their weekly verses through repetition, discussion and application.
  7. Offer to help. Ask the teacher if there are practical ways you can help as a substitute, bring snacks, prepare a craft or decorate the classroom.
  8. Let your child’s Sunday school team know you are grateful to God for them and appreciate their ministry for the sake of the gospel in your child.


8 Ways for Parents to Partner With Sunday School Teams



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Labor That is Not in Vain

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Labor that Is Not in Vain

Another Sunday school year is upon us. For those of us involved in children’s and youth ministry, we have another season filled with opportunities and responsibilities to teach the next generation the glorious deeds of the Lord. Yes, this is joyful ministry—at least it should be—but when done with the diligence it deserves, it is also hard work. Here is a great reminder from Jerry Bridges:

A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.

Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season.

(“The Pursuit of Holiness,” copyright©1996, p. 9)

Do you hope to see the students in your care grow in their knowledge of the Lord? Do you long to see them come to true saving faith through the Gospel? Is it your desire that they grow in love and obedience to Jesus? Then be ready to labor diligently! Plow, sow, fertilize, and cultivate. How?

  • Children Desiring God Blog // Labor that Is Not in VainSpend time during the week preparing the lesson—study, meditate, pray, and apply the truths to your own heart.
  • Pray daily for the students to whom you minister.
  • Enter the classroom well prepared.
  • Take time to get know your students—their likes, temperaments, joys, and challenges.
  • Display to your students the love, kindness, firmness, and patience of Jesus.
  • Make a significant effort to connect with the parents of your students.
  • Pray that God would be at work bringing about spiritual life and growth.

Yes, this kind of farming is hard work. But as Paul reminds us:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.—1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV


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TO BE LIKE JESUS: Download Free 5 Lesson Sample & Preorder Today

Tue, 29/08/2017 - 13:00

 Download Free 5 Lesson Sample & Preorder Today

What is salvation? How does someone become a Christian? What does it mean to become like Jesus? To Be Like Jesus, the newest revised Sunday school curriculum from Children Desiring God will help 3rd- to 5th-grade students answer these crucial questions as they learn how to follow Jesus. The curriculum will be released in late September, but do not miss the two special offers below!

The study begins with an explanation of nine elements of the Gospel message, its purpose and its promise. Then, the second half of To Be Like Jesus focuses on the doctrine of sanctification—the process by which a Christian becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of Jesus. Students will study 19 ways they can love God most and become more like him such as worshiping God, being merciful, rejoicing in persecution, being a humble servant and serving God with your abilities. Learn more about the themes of the curriculum in the Scope & Sequence.

 Free Five Lesson Sample

Would you like to start teaching the revised To Be Like Jesus with your class? Or, would you like to take an in-depth look at a Children Desiring God curriculum and try it for the first time? We are offering everything you need to teach the first five lessons of To Be Like Jesus as a free download. Just log in to your account (or create a new account) and place an order for your free sample.

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Thank you for your patience as we put all of the final details into place for To Be Like Jesus. Please contact our Customer Service Team at 877.400.1414 or with any questions about the curriculum or your preorder.



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Beyond Classroom Management: Training Hearts Toward the Savior, Part 2

Thu, 24/08/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Beyond Classroom Management - Part 2

Discipline is helping children to grow, not controlling behavior. It is a long process that needs to be mostly positive in nature, but firm and loving. So relationship building is incredibly important.

Managing a classroom—keeping it under control, is something we can do the first time we ever walk into a group of children, and maintaining a well-run classroom achieves another goal—training our children in righteousness:

  • teaching them to walk in a manner worthy of being called Christians
  • having their behavior match their beliefs
  • exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit because their souls have been touched

When we insist that a child raise his/her hand to ask a question, we are teaching politeness. When we do not allow a child to use crude language—we are teaching respect for others. When we encourage children to handle the Bible carefully—we are teaching them to respect the written Word of God. When there is a calm, controlled atmosphere, children are learning self-control.

These are worthy goals; they are positive, not negative. The following suggestions for handling misbehavior can be classified as corrective discipline.

  1. Redirect behavior (not defiant behavior, since that needs to be dealt with directly).
    For example, if a child is throwing blocks, you could suggest, “Let’s build the walls of Jericho,” or say, “The blocks are not for throwing, but you can throw the bean bag.”
  1. Let the child experience the natural consequences when possible.
    For example, a child who will not listen to instructions about a project may ruin the project.
  1. Take action! Don’t lecture or just threaten to take action.
    For example, remove privileges. Isolate the child who is misbehaving. Have a child who destroys property make restitution by fixing it, paying for the damages, or replacing a broken toy with a toy from home.
  1. Analyze causes for misbehavior.
    Where is there a need in the child’s life? Is the child seeking attention? Is the misbehavior a power struggle or a reaction to pressure? Talking with the child or visiting the family in the home may bring clarity.
  1. Pray!

While it is a worthy goal to desire attentive, well-behaved children in our classrooms, it’s not the ultimate goal, which is training hearts toward the Savior. God is the highest authority, and He has a created order to the universe. God has set parents and leaders over children to teach the fear the LORD. Children are to joyfully submit to God by submitting to their leaders. As leaders, we are to joyfully submit to God and lead our children with kindness and strength.

May we say with the psalmist…

Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack!…those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.—Psalm 34:9-11

(This blog post was compiled by Lori Myers, based on notes by Connie Oman
from a seminar Connie delivered during the 2009 CDG National Conference.)



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Beyond Classroom Management: Training Hearts Toward the Savior, Part 1

Wed, 23/08/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Beyond Classroom Management - Part 1

Attentive, well-behaved children sound like a teacher’s dream. However, our goal is not simply well-behaved children, but children who joyfully submit to God.

It starts with an understanding of authority structure God has put in place, which brings about calm order and joyful submission. Jesus is the best example of one living under submission (Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 22:42; John 4:34). Resentment toward authority structures is actually rebellion toward God’s hierarchy in creation.

Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want; freedom is knowing and loving God and living joyfully under the authority structures that he has ordained.
Tedd Tripp from the Biblical Parenting Conference
September 19-20, 2008

Children Desiring God Blog // Beyond Classroom Management - Part 1It continues with a right understanding of the nature of people. The traditional view of child rearing held that children are fundamentally bad and in need of rehabilitation; the new way thinking holds that children are fundamentally good. This is wrong thinking. Children are not fundamentally good; no one is. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23). Genesis 6:5 tells us that every intention of the thoughts of our hearts is only evil continually.

The condition of our evil hearts is reflected in the following mindset cited by John Rosemond (Parenting by The Book):

  • What I want, I deserve to have (entitlement).
  • Because I am entitled to what I want, the ends justify the means (pragmatism).
  • The rules do not apply to me; therefore, no one has the right to deny me or stand in my way (narcissism) (page 38).

The battle cry from childhood is, “You’re not the boss of me!” Our nature is hostile toward God; we are born with stubborn rebellious hearts in need of redemption and training. When children are rebellious toward their parents or teachers, they are rebellious toward God—first and foremost.

Rosemond admonishes us that it is not loving for a parent (or teacher) to permit a child to be “ill-behaved, disrespectful, destructive, and self-destructive, irresponsible, inattentive, careless, aggressive, self-centered, deceitful” (page 28). Therefore, a loving parent (or teacher) will not allow a child to disobey without consequence.

The parent (or teacher) should calmly enforce his or her authority (page 135). Those in authority need to say what we mean and mean what we say, clearly communicating instructions, limits, and expectations (page 225). There are some practical guidelines David and Sally Michael have developed to help

Here are some practical guidelines David and Sally Michael have developed to help you manage your classroom with this mindset.


Preventive Discipline in the Classroom

by David & Sally Michael
Because—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

  1. Pray before entering the classroom.
  2. Establish a sense of authority.
  3. Create a calm, quiet, ordered atmosphere.
  4. Be prepared and organized.
  5. Anticipate problems before they arise.
  6. Let children know your expectations. (Establish rules.)
  7. Make your rules consistent.
  8. Enforce rules.
  9. Let children know the consequences of misbehavior.
  10. Be as lenient in your rules as you can.
  11. Affirm positive behavior.
  12. Let children make choices when appropriate and possible.
  13. Make activities interesting and fun.
  14. Move quickly from one activity to the next.
  15. Make sure activities/expectations are appropriate for the age level.
  16. Give warnings before activity changes (especially with preschoolers).
  17. Arrange your room to prevent problems.
  18. Separate bad combinations of children.
  19. Make troublemakers into helpers. (Keep them busy.)
  20. Ignore attention-getting behavior (unless harmful or distracting to others).
  21. Be actively involved with the children (not chatting with other adults or doing your preparation).
  22. Know your children.
  23. Make children feel safe.


(This blog post was compiled by Lori Myers, based on notes by Connie Oman
from a seminar Connie delivered during the 2009 Children Desiring God National Conference.)



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Hope and Help for Leading a Small Group

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Hope and Help for Leading a Small Group

In my opinion, being a small group leader entrusted with leading application after the Bible lesson is the most challenging role in the Sunday school classroom. So much depends on following the lead of the Holy Spirit as you try to discern the thoughts and attitudes of the students and then encourage their responses God-ward and heart-ward. And what a challenge that can be…with a group of seven wiggly first graders or a group of seven sports-obsessed fifth-grade boys! So maybe this year you have found yourself in this new role and are not sure what to do. Maybe you even feel frustrated and are ready to simply let the students have their way and be squirrel-y or talk sports. Don’t give up! There is hope and help.

Here is the hope: While it is challenging, being a small group leader can also be one of the most rewarding roles in the classroom.

Here is the help: You can grow in your ability to effectively lead a small group.

Here are a few pointers…

Before the Lesson
  • Study the lesson carefully and prayerfully. Ask yourself: How does this lesson apply to my own life? Are there things I need to confess to God? Are there areas of my life that need to be transformed?
  • Study the lesson and application questions in light of the students in your small group. Are there particular questions that you would like to zero in on? Make a note of these. Are there additional questions you believe would be helpful? Write these down.
During the Lesson Presentation
  • Listen to the lesson carefully and be ready to take notes if necessary. Sometimes a teacher might veer from the written lesson texts and/or key themes. If that happens, you need to be thinking about how you will address this in your small group time.
  • Observe how the students in your small group are reacting and responding during the lesson (i.e., are they attentive, bored, confused, etc.?).
During Your Small Group Application Time
  • Begin with prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide the discussion.
  • Ask questions that will encourage students to briefly summarize the main point or key themes from the lesson. For example ask, “If your parents ask you in the car what you learned, what would you tell them?” Sometimes a brief review will be necessary.
  • Move the discussion along—ask questions to get the children thinking along the right lines, and then move to the next question.
  • Ask the children to reflect on their own real life personal experiences and then direct these reflections God-ward.

Here is an example from a lesson titled, “God Will Be with You.”

Ask: Can you think of a time when it was a help to you that someone was with you—that you were not alone?

Child responds: When I had to get a shot, I was glad my mother was with me.

Child responds: My sister went with me to get something in the basement.

Ask: Can your mother or your sister be with you all the time?  No. Why not? Why can God be with you all the time?

  • Share a brief personal example to encourage the children to respond and open up—giving personal examples shows that you, too, are in need of the Lord, and this encourages them to open up.
  • Zero in on a child’s statement and follow it through to personal application. For example,

Child: I have to go to the dentist this week.

Ask: Brian, will you go to the dentist alone? [No, my mother will bring me.]

Application: God is good to give us mothers. Mothers are good helpers. Who else will be with you? [God] Yes, God is with us everywhere, all the time. He is the very best Helper of all! Brian, when you go to the dentist this week, tell Jesus that you are a little scared. Ask Him to help you. Ask Him to make you brave and strong.

  • Lead children to praise God/to pray for one another.

Let’s pray for Brian and ask God to help him when he goes to the dentist…

  • Use the Word to bring truth to specific situations.

Ask: What Bible verses did we learn today that can help us when we are afraid in these kinds of situations?

  • Give an application assignment; a way for them to follow through on the discussion—report the next week.
  • Be sure to include all the children in the discussion—draw out the quiet ones.
  • Relate to child individually at the end of the class (e.g., I used to be nervous about going to the dentist too, Brian. But I know that God will go with you. I will be praying for you. What day are you going to the dentist?).
  • Be verbally and facially encouraging to the students when they respond.


Most of the above was taken from Sally Michael’s seminar “Reaching the Heart: The Importance of Application.” I would encourage all small group leaders to listen to the entire seminar here and follow along with her notes. Better yet, listen together with other small group leaders and share and compare your own experiences, encouragements, and helpful solutions. Add some food to the event, and make it a special time of fellowship together!



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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:05

Children Desiring God Blog // Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

One of the most difficult jobs in children’s and youth ministry is recruiting a full staff of volunteers who are not only joyfully motivated, but also adequately trained and equipped. Along with that is the challenge of retaining these volunteers from year-to-year, if at all possible, so that there is a stable, spiritually mature core in your ministry team. How does a ministry leader do this? 

While it is true that every church has unique challenges in recruiting and retaining volunteers, there are some basic principles that can help every ministry leader in this endeavor. Here are some practical tips and guidelines from Connie Oman, Coordinator for Training and Classroom Support at Bethlehem Baptist Church. While they are not guaranteed to solve your recruiting problems, they may serve to foster an environment in which people feel more inclined to volunteer as they feel properly led, called, trained, and encouraged.

Principles for children and youth ministry leaders… Be a Spiritual Leader
  • Lead with the Word of God and prayer.
  • Model with integrity.
  • Shepherd with humility.
  • Be God-centered and people-sensitive.
  • Be a servant of servants—have a demeanor of “How can I help you?”
  • Care for people more than the volunteer roster.
  • Let volunteers see you in the classrooms as much as possible—walk around from room to room to encourage and provide assistance when needed.
Recruit People to a Big, God-Centered Vision of Children’s and Youth Ministry

People are more likely to commit to something when they see it as grand and important, not simply as a need to get enough “workers to help with the children.”

Set High Standards
  • Be choosers, not beggars—never beg, push, or prod for volunteers.
  • Don’t start Sunday school until fully staffed. Why? Because we value children, and starting short-staffed puts an added burden on the volunteer team and makes it more difficult for them to serve with joy.
  • Set qualifications—look for a sense of a call to ministry: “Why do you want to serve children?”
Be Clear About Expectations
  • Have job descriptions for each volunteer (e.g., Team Leader, Worship Leader, Teacher, Small Group Leader, etc.), and clearly communicate what each entails.
  • Ask your volunteers to “count the cost” in terms of work and sacrifice.
  • Ask them to take the job seriously. Consider having them sign a “Volunteer Ministry Covenant.”
Resource Your Volunteers
  • Provide both formal and informal training for each specific volunteer position.
  • Provide the necessary resources (e.g., curriculum, equipment, room requirements, etc.).
  • Meet known needs and address problems ASAP.
Express Appreciation to Your Volunteers
  • Communicate words of appreciation to each volunteer, in person.
  • Write notes (e.g., send each volunteer a card on his or her birthday).
  • Have special events that recognize and honor your volunteers (e.g., a year-end dinner banquet and program).
  • Have the church provide a uniquely designed yearly gift for each volunteer (e.g., a coffee mug, t-shirt, calendar, etc.).
Pray for Your Volunteers…
  • before their ministry begins when you are looking at an empty roster. God knows each name.
  • by name, throughout the year, as they are volunteering in the classroom.
  • that each would love the LORD with all his heart, soul, and mind.
  • that each would have a hunger and love for the Word.
  • that each would be a doer of the Word.
  • that each would love his neighbor as himself.
  • that each would not grow weary in well-doing.

For more tips and resources, you can listen to Connie’s entire seminar, “Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers.” 

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Why Students Workbooks?

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 13:00

Children Desiring God Blog // Why Student Workbooks

Student Workbooks are one of the most important tools for you to have in your classroom to teach and train the children in your church or school!

Children Desiring God encourages teachers to center their class on two main elements—teaching and application. To aid teachers and small group leaders with the application time, we have developed students workbooks to accompany each curriculum. Our purpose for workbooks is two-fold:

  1. Workbooks help students synthesize the information they learn during the lesson and cement that knowledge in their minds.
  2. Workbooks are a tool to enhance the application process. Students are encouraged to move from head knowledge to heart application—responding to the truths learned.
Workbook Features

Elementary workbooks include two pages for each lesson. There is a review of main ideas, memory verses and Scripture from the lesson as well as age appropriate coloring and application activities. Here are some of our favorite features and benefits of the student workbooks:

  • Children Desiring God Blog // Why Student WorkbooksWorkbooks—especially in our revised curricula—are integrated into the Small Group Application found at the end of each lesson. Students will need the workbooks in order to complete certain portions of the application section. These exercises reinforce important truths taught in the lesson, encourage Bible memory and help students consider how the concepts learned apply to their everyday life.
  • Workbooks for younger children provide them with opportunities for “hands-on” activity—coloring, pasting, stickers, etc. This helps students focus as the adult leader reviews key lesson themes and leads the discussion time.
  • Workbooks for older children provide the students with a variety of opportunities for note-taking during the lesson, small group and individual activities, personal application and further study.
  • Workbooks provide students and parents with a resource that summarizes the precept-upon-precept study, in its entirety. In other words, if a student misses lessons during the year, he or she will still have a complete outline of the study from beginning to end.
  • Workbooks provide the students with a tangible, interactive resource through which the truths presented in the lesson can be reviewed and remembered.
  • Workbooks in our revised curricula feature beautiful, full-color covers with a quick reference guide on the back to remind students what they are learning and help them review truths about God.


Jesus, What a Savior! Workbook Sample

Jesus, What a Savior! // Kindergarten

Jesus, What a Savior! Workbook Sample

Jesus, What a Savior! // Kindergarten

The ABCs of God Workbook Sample

The ABCs of God // 1st Grade

The ABCs of God Workbook Sample

The ABCs of God // 1st Grade

Faithful to All His Promises Workbook Sample

Faithful to All His Promises // 2nd Grade

Faithful to All His Promises Workbook Sample

Faithful to All His Promises // 2nd Grade

How Majestic Is Your Name Workbook Sample

How Majestic Is Your Name // 5th Grade

How Majestic Is Your Name Workbook Sample

How Majestic Is Your Name // 5th Grade

My Purpose Will Stand Workbook Sample

My Purpose Will Stand // Sixth Grade

My Purpose Will Stand Workbook Sample

My Purpose Will Stand // Sixth Grade


To view other workbook samples, download the Curriculum Samples or take a look at the Workbook Reference Copy in your Classroom Kit.

Workbook Formats

To equip you best, we have made student workbooks available in two formats—printed book or electronic download.

Print Workbooks

Our original format is the traditional printed workbook. Each workbook is printed on sturdy, high-quality paper and spiral bound. They are designed to withstand scribbling markers, glitter glue, lots of writing and children’s fingers turning pages over and over through the year. Just write student names on the front and they are ready to go.

We encourage teachers to keep the workbooks in the classroom during the year for children to work on week after week. At the end of the year, the completed books can be sent home with children as a tool for them to review what was learned with their parents.

Electronic Workbooks

The electronic version is a PDF file that you can license, download and print. Each workbook license is valid for one child for one year. This is a great option if you have the ability to print in your church office or if you are a ministry partner outside the United States who wants to save on shipping costs.

We encourage teachers using electronic workbooks to have students keep their pages in a three-ring binder or folder in class through the year so they have a full book at the end of the curriculum. If storage space is not available in the classroom, you can partner with parents and have them keep a binder at home for the weekly workbook pages.


You are welcome to make a copy of a workbook page for one-time or occasional visitors. If your visitor becomes a regular attendee, don’t forget to give them their own book or purchase an electronic license for them.



To learn more about Student Workbooks, visit the curriculum pages and take a look at the curriculum samples. Feel free to contact us at 877.400.1414 or if you have questions about how to best use workbooks in your class, what format is best for you or how to order.


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