Young children, especially preschoolers, are notoriously bored during dull and lengthy lessons. Most preschoolers are between 3 and 5 years old, which means they are full of energy and are excited about the world around them. Preschool children are still gaining independence and beginning to explore their surroundings. One of the most important things to remember when you decide to teach a group of preschool children the Lord's Prayer is to try to make the lesson applicable to their lives. Choose teaching methods that keep your students interested and excited; if you lose their attention, try a new way of demonstrating the lesson.
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Things you need
- Poster or large piece of paper
- Pens or markers
- Craft worksheets
Write the Lord's Prayer on a large poster board. Use colourful pens or markers to write so that the words will be clearly visible and visually enticing to younger children. Hang the poster board on the wall so the preschoolers can see it each day. While the majority of young students cannot read, a few will know sight words and may pick up a few more words from glancing at the poster each day. For added fun, allow the children to decorate the poster around the words. Provide stickers, glitter and glue for their decorating pleasure.
Work on a craft project with your preschoolers that features the Lord's Prayer. Briefly explain the different lines of the prayer and what they mean. Try to use those meanings to influence the types of crafts you do. For example, one of the key points in the Lord's Prayer is the concept that God cares about us. Have your preschoolers draw a picture that shows how God cares about and loves them. If you are uncomfortable creating your own craft project idea, you can also download craft worksheets from various Sunday school websites free of charge.
Make up a song featuring the Lord's Prayer and sing it each day with your preschool students. You can create your own tune or sing the Lord's Prayer to a popular tune your children are already familiar with. Many students find it easier to remember new lessons when they are attached to music, so sing the song each day with your class and encourage them to sing along.
Read the Lord's Prayer out loud to your students each day. Take time to answer any questions or explain difficult passages to your students. Encourage your students to recite the prayer with you as it becomes more familiar to them. If any one of your preschoolers struggles with a certain portion of the prayer, slow down when you read and enunciate your words very carefully so that the child can understand what you are saying.
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