General Bible Lesson Outline

General Bible Lesson Outline

  • Coloring/Activity Page:
    • Prior to the children coming into the Sunday School Classroom, lay out a coloring/activity sheet at each seat and crayon baskets at each table. The coloring/activity sheet can be a review from the previous lesson or relevant to the current lesson. As the children enter the room have them sit quietly and begin coloring.  This allows for the children to have time to settle in and for any latecomers not to miss the beginning of the lesson. Once you feel all the children have arrived, let the children know that they have 1 more minute of coloring and then you will collect the coloring sheets and start the lesson.  Also let the children know that they can finish coloring them at home or at the end of the lesson if there is time.
  • Opening Prayer:
    • Once all the coloring sheets have been collected and the crayons have been put away.  Have the children sit quietly at their seats and lead the opening prayer to begin your lesson.
    • An option here is to allow the children to participate in the prayer.  After you have lead the beginning of the prayer, you can have them raise their hands to request prayer; go around the room one at a time and ask if there is anything/anyone they would like to pray for, if there is anything they want to thank God for; use a prayer stick, bean bag, or other object that the children pass to one another and the person holding it can pray…
      • *This can also be don at the end of the lesson, before the closing prayer.
  • Hook (Introduction): Take this time to prepared the children to hear the word of God. This section describes ways to get the children curious and engaged in what they are about to learn.
  • Book (Bible Reading): In this section you will first read the passage directly from scripture followed by a recap of the passage to explore what God is trying to tell us.
    • *A felt board can be used here to help illustrate the story to the children as it is being read.
    • *After reading and recapping the story, the children can also briefly act it out to help bring the story to life.
  • Look (Life Application): In this section discusses with the children the principles being conveyed by God in the scripture passage. Help the children to look at how they could and should live their lives based on the principle God has just taught them.
  • Took (Personal Application): At this point you will be discussing wit the children how they can personally apply the principles they have just learned to their life; how will they do that, today, tomorrow, a week from now? Guide them to decide what they will take away from this lesson and place into their daily life.
  • Craft: This section will have a general craft that can be done with children around ages 3-6.  There will also be suggested modifications to differentiate the craft for lower and higher ages/ability levels as well as secondary crafts that can be used when there is extra time.
  • Memory Verse and Review: First, read the verse to the children and then have them read the memory verse a few times with you.  Ask the children how does this verse apply to what they learned today? Then continue to ask the children questions so that they are able to recap the story for you.  Followed by questions that will lead them to recap the “look” ad “Took” sections. You don’t want to just summarize the lesson for the children you want to be sure that they have internalized and understand what God is trying to teach them and why it is important.  In a way they are guiding the review so that you know what they understand and what needs further clarification.  You can then go over the memory verse a few more times.
  • Closing Prayer: With the children sitting quietly at their seats, lead them in prayer to close the lesson.
    • *As stated in the opening prayer section, you can use some time before this to open up prayer requests from the children.

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