Sometimes we get so caught up in computers, videos and other digital teaching methods that we forget that some of those “out-of-date” methods were popular because … well … they worked.
(I’ll add here – that some of those old songs you sang in church as a kid also catch the attention of today’s kids. After all, the songs aren’t OLD to them, they are brand NEW.)
Donna Luce, a friend from New Hampshire, has discovered that old-fashioned flannel graph is one of the best ways to involve her kindergartners and keep their interest.
Once she found out kids liked interacting with the figures, she went on a flannel graph hunt around her church and found what she could in storage closets until she came up with figures for just about any Bible event.
Here’s what Donna says.
Two common responses I’ve had lately when I tell people I’m using flannel graph when I teach the kids in my class.
“Flannel graph…what is that?”
“Oh wait, I remember Bible stories being told with flannel graph figures when I was a kid.”
I also remember my Sunday School teachers using flannel graph figures when I was younger. In spite of all the time kids spend on screens, I found the children in my class are very engaged and involved when I use the flannel graph.
Here are a few tips if you’d like to try using this old but not to be forgotten method.
- Check with your church to see if they have flannel graph materials tucked away in a closet because materials on online are expensive. (Amazon has many different suppliers.)
- Figure out what you need before class that goes along with your lesson.
- Put the pieces needed in the order that they will be used in the story.
- Have the children sit on the floor or in chairs and place the flannel board where they can easily see it and easily help you with the figures.
- Take turns calling on each child to come up and place the piece on the board as you tell the story.
- Ask the children to independently retell the story using the figures.
My kids love it and I think yours might too!