by Chris Young | Nov 12, 2013 | Free Resources, Music, Resources
Fresh out. A new kids worship curriculum from Hillsong Kids. And it is FREE!
All you have to do is head to their page, sign up for their newsletter, and then you can download the videos and curriculum.
This nine week curriculum includes lessons for both elementary and preschool children. It has messages on video, music on video, and print curriculum to guide you.
This would be a great summer curriculum! And, as I mentioned, it is free!
by Chris Young | Nov 11, 2013 | Music, Resources, Tips Trends and Thoughts, Training
Awana Help with Verse Memorization
I had a parent of a kindergarten student contact me today asking for help with Scripture memorization in Awana. Every child will learn and respond to teaching differently, so with that in mind, I simply shared how I teach my own kindergartener.
Wednesday night is our Awana club. We get started immediately the next morning on our new verse.
Here is our schedule for learning verses:
Thursday morning– On the drive to school we listen to the new verse song on the Awana cd. We try to learn it. If it is tough, it is no big deal. No pressure on Thursday because we are just starting to learn it.
Thursday afternoon– Try to say verse on the drive home. It will at least be a little familiar with your child at this point.
Friday morning– We listen to the song and usually break the verse down into sections… sometimes two, sometimes three sections. I never move on to a section of the verse if they don’t have the first part down yet. Don’t overwhelm. And I always start with the location of the verse (Genesis 1:31) and end with it. This will help with association.
Friday afternoon– If he can say the verse now, I offer an incentive. Maybe a starburst. Maybe a snowcone. It may be getting to do hospital visits to visit sick church members with me (he loves doing this.)
Weekend– Break time, but I will randomly ask the verse. Still no stress.
Monday morning– It is now time to know the verse. From here on out, it needs to be repetition. They need to know it and have confidence in saying it. How I usually phrase it, is I say that for the last few days he has been learning the verse. Now it is time to teach it. I’ll tell him to act like the teacher and teach it to me. I ask him to use a teacher voice. He gets into it and is confident with it.
Tuesday & Wednesday– Continue repeating it. Keep playing the songs each day. It is nice to have something to sing to, and not just have to repeat with words.
Key: I make it fun. I don’t get upset at my son if he is struggling. I don’t want him to associate any negative feelings with Scripture memorization. I want it to be a joy for him.
Feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comment section below!
by Chris Young | Jun 4, 2013 | Free Resources, Music, Resources, Video
A great way to enhance your children’s worship or children’s church is by using a projector and presentation software. You can show lyrics to praise and worship songs. You can show promo videos for upcoming children’s ministry events. You can present hilarious videos that will give your kids belly aches from laughing so hard. Lots of options are on the table when you can get a projector, a computer, and a good presentation software.
Votive Praise has a listing of 12 FREE presentation software programs that are sure to help your budget. Check out the article for a full description of the programs, or you can just click on the links below to go to the programs.
*Children’s Ministry Network does not endorse any of the above programs.
Has anyone tried to use any of these programs? If so, let us know what you think in the comment section below.
by Chris Young | Mar 28, 2013 | Free Resources, Music
Seeds Family Worship
Free Scripture Song
Seeds Family Worship is offering one of the great songs for absolutely nothing.
They have a desire to help families to teach God’s Word to kids.
Head here to get your free song.
As a children’s ministry leader, hopefully you will direct your families to great resources that build families just like Seeds Family Worship.