As you know, I ALWAYS have some sort of EAA (Early Arrivers Activity) for my KIDDOS. I usually have the same EAA for 2 weeks. I try to CHANGE out the EAA'S often...yet keep a bit of consistency during a particular lesson.
If this is your first time coming to the HANDS ON BIBLE TEACHER website, let me explain what EAA'S are....If you have been here before, just SKIP ahead! :)
I believe it is very important to use EVERY minute of Bible Class time as TEACHABLE Moments. From the second a KIDDO comes into the room....it is time to be teaching. And, do to the fact that I have several "EARLY ARRIVERS" I want to make sure to have something that is relevant to BIBLE LEARNING for the KIDDOS to do....Thus became the need for EAAS.
By the way, these PERSONAL size whiteboards came from LOWES. I purchased a LARGE sheet of WALL BOARD and then had the very sweet and helpful guy, that ran the saw at the store, cut them down to size for me. There were several cuts that had to be made....but, when I explained that they were for teaching Bible Class...they did not even charge me for all that cutting!!! (We now have these personal whiteboards in every classroom!!!!!)
This past Sunday I wanted the KIDDOS to draw me a picture of their Favorite story about David. So, before Bible Class I coded each board with "Favorite Story About David." When the KIDDOS arrived they were instructed to draw their FAVORITE STORY about the life of David.
He really enjoyed DRAWING me a picture of his Favorite Story About David. This KIDDO decided to draw a picture of KING David singing Psalms to The LORD. I LOVE David's ROBE and CROWN!!!...and the "LO, LO, LO, LO, LO, LO" is David Singing. (I LOVE KID DRAWINGS!!!)
This KIDDO decided to draw me a picture of David and Jonathan. She says she LOVES that they were BFF'S. I LOVE her drawing!!!! She said Jonathan needed curly hair!!!! :)
I was impressed at how much the KIDDOS remembered about the life of David. Even though the KIDDOS were having FUN drawing....this gave me an opportunity to SEE what the had learned about the life of King David. This was a way of TESTING my past teaching....gives me a way to know if they are really "GETTING" the lessons I am teaching. These "TESTS" are fun...and the KIDDOS do not even realize I am "TESTING" their memory!!! :)
I always try to find FUN and EXCITING ways to make sure the KIDDOS remember their past lessons. This just happens to be one of my FAVORITES!!