Classroom Management

It’s amazing how a few simple techniques make all the difference. Sharing the gospel and a love of missions with your children is a monumental task. But that doesn’t mean you should be monumentally stalled by classroom management problems. To learn a few simple ways to help your group stay on task during your meetings, take a look at the suggestions below. 

Provide an Appropriate Environment

  • Is there enough room for everyone? Make sure everyone has space. Provide a little extra room for possible guests!
  • Cover your walls with pledges, mottos, and posters. Make your children feel they belong, and point to these visuals as you walk through the lessons together.
  • Keep distractions out of reach! Keep candy and other objects of interest put away and out of sight until you need them.
  • Create a space for supplies and resources. Keeping magazines and markers organized can cut down on pandemonium and a lengthy cleanup.

Establish a Rhythm

  • Children crave guidance. Set a meeting schedule and stick to it.
  • Follow the curriculum guide each week (Opening, Story, etc.) to keep your children focused.
  • Set a timer before each activity to keep track of how much time you have left.
  • Don’t be afraid of the occasional tangent! Allow children to ask questions if they have them, but always try to direct them back to the lesson at hand.

Do Your Homework

  • Always be prepared. This is the most helpful tip for leading children. If you are confident about the lesson, they will be too.
  • Read the recommended Scripture verses ahead of time, and add your own thoughts and reflections to the lesson.
  • Decide which activities work best for your group. Circle the ones you choose in your leader magazine to make sure you stay on track.
  • Stay after the lesson to look over the material for next week. Preparation takes time and effort on your part, but aren’t the children worth it?
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