Have you been asked to teach Vacation Bible School? Maybe you are in charge of at your church. Don’t panic. As an educator, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study curriculum writer, and 20 year VBS veteran, I’m here to help. If you need to choose a curriculum for your church, see my blue sidebar. Whether you are scared because you’ve never done this before, or feel like you need a refresher because you’ve done this so often, these tips for how to teach should help make your week go smoother. Most people make a decision to become a Christian while they are young. So your week with these kids may be the most important evangelism event in your church this year.
So start by being motivated that teaching VBS is very important. Moreover, a Barna Study in 2009 found that fewer churches are offering programs. Pastors say they can’t get volunteers. No one has time. You probably don’t either, but you volunteered anyway. The smiles of your class will make it all worthwhile. Does your church seem to have a decorating contest? Sometimes, I’ve felt people spent so much time decorating their room that they were too exhausted to spend time preparing the Bible Lessons. A fun atmosphere does draw in the kids, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money. Use 2-3 colors of blown-up balloons hanging down on yarn from the ceiling (this year I did green and blue). Scatter colored beach towels on the floor for kids to sit on, or hand on walls or ceilings.
Hang up Bible pictures from the stories you will tell. Use streamers on doors or across the room, like you would for a birthday party. One warning: Don’t get too caught up in the theme. In an attempt to catch the attention of media-saturated kids, many Vacation Bible Schools use exciting themes like Space Exploration, the Amazon Rainforest, The Wild West, Trip to New York, or Under the Sea. While all these themes can be exciting and fun, they are also distracting. Some kids who are unfamiliar with the Bible might even think that Jesus lived in the Amazon! So have fun with the theme, but don’t let it overwhelm the Bible Story.
As an 80-year-old pastor once told me, only two things will last eternally: God’s Word and People. If you spend your time preparing your Bible stories, loving the kids, and praying for your class, you will have Vacation Bible School week which has an effect on eternity. Key Words: Tell students to respond to a keyword by saying or doing some motion. Character Acting: Come dressed as a character in the story and tell the Bible lesson as that person. Drama: Dress the students up and have them act out the story. Show and Tell: Use puppets, a flannel graph, dolls or other objects to help you act out the story.
Puppet Re-telling: You can even use a puppet to do a follow-up closing by having the puppet and teacher talk about the story and how the lessons in the story can apply to a child’s life. Kids Read the Bible: Read the story right from the Bible and have the kids read along. Have the whole class read with you on some verses, or assign some students verses to read. I’ve used this method in 2nd-4th grade the past few years and liked the way it helps kids to know they can read the Bible themselves. Whole Class Acting: Have the whole class act out a story.
For example, use a sheet for a boat when acting out the story of Jesus walking on the water. If your VBS has a recreation time for kids to let off steam, that’s great. Not every game has to relate a Bible point. However, if you have classroom time for a game, try to use it to reinforce the lesson. Instead of elaborate games which are complicated to explain, keep games and activities simple and familiar. If you want to make up a game, try to make a version of something your kids already know how to play. Unscramble the Bible Verse (put words on index cards, time girls, and boys teams!).
Hangman using Bible Verses or Words from the Bible Story. Put the Books of the Bible in Order (use empty CD cases, cereal boxes or index cards). Find hidden Resurrection eggs (with symbols inside like dice, thorn, money, cloth for remembering the story of the death and Resurrection of Jesus). Pop the balloon for a Bible question (or answer). Bible Baseball–teams answer questions to make bases and runs. Answer the questions posted on the walls like: What is your favorite Bible Story? What are some names for God? When did God answer your prayer? 4th-grade class–I had to come up with more question posters mid-week!
Disappearing Verse: Write the verse on a chalkboard. Say it a couple of time aloud together. Then have students erase 1-2 words at a time. Challenge the class to say the verse. Continue until all the words are erased and the class generally can all say the verse! Unscramble Challenge: Have verse written on index cards, 1-2 words per card. Divide the class into small groups or do boys vs. Using a cell phone timer, see how long it takes each group to unscramble the verse and say it aloud. Verse Wave: Taking the index cards of the verse, have everyone stand in a circle and take one card. Doing a “wave” have students put their card in the air and read it in order.
Then have students pass the cards around. They have to unscramble back into the right order and “wave read” the verse again. Back and Forth: In pairs, the students say the verse, each child reading one word at a time until they are done. See if they can do it faster and faster. Christianity for ChildrenWho Was King David? Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Very interesting and Helpful, I think a VBS is another means of evangelism and Bringing soul to Christ through their kids. Virginia–thanks so much for sharing!
I have never been to Alaska and am so glad to know you are doing Bible School there. You are so right that kids who don’t have clear direction at home are hungry to hear about God. I’m in the middle of VBS at my church right now. I will tell everyone to pray! Thank you for this information! We live along the Bering Sea and there isn’t much to do when Schools out. This is our second year of Bible School and plus I am a Sunday School teacher. Many of the Children come from dysfunctional homes, but they TRULY enjoy learning about God.
So please take time to PRAY for Children in Alaska. I will certainly pray for you Lyssa that your church VBS will help both the leaders and the kids to grow in Christ. There is going to be a VBS taking place at our church this week and I am an assistant music teacher for the preschoolers. Prayer would be appreciated- that God’s will would be done and that we’d all learn to trust Him more through it. Amanda– Thank you for volunteering to help lead your church while you are in a difficult situation. I will pray for you that this VBS ministers to the kids and the church and that you find God’s presence with you as you step out to do this work.
Lots of great advice! Feeling a little overwhelmed leading music at vbs in the midst of a terrible division at my church home! Still learning the sound system and don’t have a lot of volunteers but the Lord will provide! Priya–so glad that this article helps you. I love teaching VBS and wanted to help others so that this is easier! Awesome ideas to lead the children towards the love of God, m greatly helped by the hub. I especially love all of the memory verse games. Thanks for reminding us not to get caught up with the theme, but the message!
Love your examples and the help in keeping VBS organized and simple. I’ll bookmark for these helpful links too. So glad I helped you Larry. Have a great time with the kids! I find that I often learn more than they do! I have been asked to teach at an upcoming vbs event. I am only 20 and this is my first time doing something like this. Your tips and advice really helped my nerves diminish and have been an encouragement. Di–I am so glad that you’ve had a chance to volunteer at VBS. It is such a wonderful week. My youngest daughter accepted Christ this last year at VBS.
I so appreciate all the young people like you who “loved on her” there! Sweet and genuine ideas! In going to a private, Catholic school all my life, I would attend and volunteer at VBS. Not only was it so much fun, but rewarding. In actually participating, I learned what worked best in trying to teach young kids. I’ve been teaching Sunday School the last few weeks as a substitute and have so enjoyed getting to know this new group of kids! Interesting hub. It is always good to get refreshed and reminded of the privilege and importance of working with young children.
I appreciate the comments Maddie. I do love teaching VBS! Hub and seeing the kids as little ones! Your experience teaching Vacation Bible School really comes through in this article, and your original photos really enhance the information you’ve provided. Thanks so much Dorsi. I really did write this Hub with my heart because I so believe in the importance of VBS. I actually wrote a VBS curriculum of my own that I’m planning to write up and give out for free. I’m hoping to convince my husband to write music for it. What an awesome hub. We aren’t doing VBS this year because our pastor is on sabbatical, but I am going to forward this to the leaders at our church for next year.
Lots of great ideas and my mother-in-laws favorite photo of my son is from a craft that he did one year at VBS – his photo with Popsicle sticks decorated as the frame. Very well written and your love for kids shines! Shared, FB’d, tweeted and pinned! I love your comment about the VBS programs that bring kids back to Bible times. I tried to find my very favorite curriculum online but couldn’t. I think it came from Beth Moore or her church. It lead the kids through all sorts of Bible times activities. It wasn’t in any sort of a published form when I used it at two different churches, so it may have been just something passed around, but I would gladly do VBS like that every year! This is an excellent hub! I have also found that our entertainment-oriented culture sometimes interferes with the Bible’s message. I have turned my nose up at quite a few VBS and Sunday School curricula, but I really enjoy the ones that recreate a Bible setting. Adults and kids would appreciate God’s word so much more if they understood Biblical culture, rather than trying to plug the Bible into our culture.
Problem: Create a multiplication table to help your kids in school. In Fig. 176 (click any image for a larger view), you want to enter a single formula in cell B2 that can be copied to the entire table. 1, so that Excel would not change from column C or row 1 as it copied the formula. To create a multiplication table, you need to use a mixed reference. B1, will lock the formula to column B, while allowing the row to change. 1, will lock the row to row 1, while allowing the column to change. The formula that you need for the multiplication table is a formula that will multiply whatever is in row 1 above the cell by whatever is in column A to the left of the cell.
Summary: Using a single dollar sign in a cell reference will create a mixed reference. Only the row or column will be fixed as you copy the formula. For more Excel tips and tricks, be sure to check out the hundreds of other articles in Bright Hub’s vast collection of Excel user guides. In particular, you may be interested in one of the following articles. 91 Tips for Calculating with Microsoft Excel – This directory links to a collection of 91 Excel tips, compiled by Bill Jelen, also known as Mr. Excel. Here you’ll find quick and easy solutions for everything from extraction portions of a cell value to calculating multiple scenarios for a loan payment. How to Use Functions in Microsoft Excel – Learn more about the various functions available in Excel and when to use them with these easy-to-understand explanations that include screenshots and examples. Excel Formatting Tips from Mr. Excel – Having trouble getting your Excel chart or table to look just right? Or, do you want to learn simple formatting tricks that can help you better organize and analyze data?
One of the more common problems you’ll run across when restoring old photos is the inevitable creased photograph where the paper has split open and you have a nice line running through the image. Sometimes the crease is down in a corner and it’s not so noticeable, but other times the crease can be right in the middle of the photo, like it was folded in half years ago and stuck inside a book. While the techniques for how to fix a creased photograph are not perfect, there are tricks you can use to restore the image enough that most people can’t tell the difference.
In this article, we’ll go over the basics of how to fix a creased photo. In the sample photo here, you see what the original photo looked like before and how it appeared after I removed the creases. I zoomed in a little on one corner to show detail so we could focus on one area for the purposes of this article. Since this is a basic tutorial, I want to stick to basic patterns and colors. Once you get the hang of that, you can move on to more complex restoration like rebuilding textures, people’s faces, and so on. The general idea here is to find the ‘good spots’ in a damaged photo and make copies of those sections, then paste them over the ‘bad spots’ in order to cover up blemishes like creases and tears.
It’s a painstaking process that can’t be done all at once unless the photo has one minor issue. In the next section, we’ll go over all the steps required to take the original photo and clean it up. Note: These instructions are for Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, but the basics still apply depending on what other photo editing software programs you use, so long as they allow you to select portions of an image and paste layers. Since this photo has a lighter color border, we will start by cleaning up that outer border. This will need to be done for both the top and the sides.
Select a small portion of the border that is clean, then copy it and paste as a new layer. Drag that new layer over part of the border that you want to fix. Keep pasting new layers until you get it all covered. Repeat the same process for the left side. Use both top and side pieces to rebuild the corner, then take a sliver of the light color area to fill in the upper right corner. Now that the borders are cleaned up, it’s time to fix the middle section of the photo. Since this is and older image, it has a nice brownish texture that is easier to copy.
Color photos are much more difficult to clean up, but the same principle applies. Use the Lasso tool to select the cleanest chunk of the middle section, then copy and paste it as a new layer. Drag that new layer over the creased area, and keep doing so until it is covered. Once you got the crease covered, keep filling in the space until everything is clean. Once you have all the ‘bad spots’ covered, you may see some hard lines around the borders of the smaller layers you pasted. If so, use the Smudge tool in Adobe Photoshop to smooth them over, and you’re done.
Back in high-school you were taught how to read, write, and speak English in the proper manner. Well, the rules are a little different when speaking Spanish. So take the time and care to learn your proper Spanish grammar. This is important in a world where following every instruction to the letter is important. While this part is very discouraging, it is not impossible. You already know a lot of words right? Now put them together correctly! Spanish is very similar to English and has a lot of parallel words due to both languages deriving much from Latin. One other fact you should know is as you become more fluent, and fluid in this language, the rules actually become easier and natural to speak.
It will seem a little slow at first, but maintain patience as this does get better. Soon you will be correcting others and finding amusement in what they say. Start with the basics, everybody does. When you learn the basic ways a language works, the more difficult rules will come across more easily. You should start noticing, as you progress, that the fluidity of the language will become more natural. This is the trick to becoming fluent! The basic mechanics is the verbs, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. How to describe things is important too. So think about how t put descriptions and instructions together in short sentences and try them out. The resources are countless, from books and e-zines to the everyday translations you see on grocery store items! Everything has a potential lesson in it. Whether it be conjugation of verbs , or simple descriptions. I know this is a tough task, but have confidence that soon you will have proper grammar in Spanish.
Don’t you hate it when you break or snag a finger nail? It’s annoying and dangerous. Anyone that has cut their nose with a rough nail knows this. Don’t even go near your eye – ouch! No file – no problem. I learned years ago how to take care of a rough nail without a nail file. Call me cheap or call me ingenious – I don’t care. It is easiest if you are staying in a hotel to find an alternative to a nail file. And isn’t this when you need a file the most – away from home?
It’s hiding in that nice big bathroom that you don’t have to clean. It comes in many colors and many sizes. It always works and will not only cure the rough edges but can help reshape the nail. Shower tiles, or more specifically, the grout between the tiles are nail-wonderful. All you need to do is rub your nail along the grout line and viola – smooth again. You can take the drive-by approach or attend to that snag in the shower – whatever fits your time line. Best of all – you know the shower is cleaned daily. Of course, this works in your own shower if you can’t find a file. The other no-file approach I find helpful is the underside of desks or stone counter tops. One is wood one is stone. Either will work in a pinch. Usually the tops of both are as smooth as glass. But the bottoms are a goldmine. File away. This will keep you from hurting yourself until you find a file. Just pick clean places to file your nails. Don’t try these tricks in the subway or in the airplane bathroom. You never know what will work. Remember, you don’t need a nail file to file that nail.