SUNDAY SCHOOL: Ages 7 – 13

When

Every Sunday through June 9th, 2013
Time: 9:25 – 10:30am

Sunday School At Trinity

At Trinity we use a creative model of Sunday school called the Workshop Rotation Model. Bible story lessons are presented in three week units with children rotating with their age group to a different workshop each Sunday. Children might dress up and act out the story one week, then create a piece of art, watch a movie, play games, perform in a puppet theater, do a science experiment, or do a cooking activity (to name a few!) in the following weeks. By hands on participation in each of the workshops, children are better able to understand and remember the Bible stories. This model recognizes that kids not only love repetition, but they need it to develop a lasting memory and understanding of content.

Workshop Rotation is also very “teacher friendly” as volunteers teach in a workshop that plays to their strengths, and they teach essentially the same lesson plan, adjusted for age appropriateness, for several weeks in a row!

This month, we learn the story of the paralyzed man found in Mark 2:1-12 . Come join us in October for an obstacle course in the Garden of Games, creating a prayer blanket in Creation Cave, and making an edible storytelling kit in Parable Palace.  The memory verse for this rotation is 1 John 3:18: “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

Sunday School Slideshow

The Workshop Rotation Model in Brief

  • Re-organize your classrooms into 3 to 5 creative “workshops”, including: Art, Drama, Games, Computer, Video and more. You choose.

  • Rotate your grades into a new workshop each week.

  • All the workshops teach the same Bible story for a 3 to 6 week “rotation.”

  • Teachers stay put in the workshop of their choice -teaching the same lesson each week to a new group, and getting better at it each week.

The Results: 

  • The story gets explored and learned in-depth through a variety of creative teaching mediums over a period of 4 to 5 weeks.
  • Kids anticipate each new workshop while deepening their lesson memory.
  • The teachers don’t have to plan a new lesson each week. Instead, they plan once, modify each week, and get better and more creative as the weeks pass in the workshop of their choice & preferred teaching style.
  • Creative workshop design and creative lessons are easier to plan and pull off because the lesson gets taught for weeks in a row rather than “one and done”. This slower pace of lesson turnover allows for greater creativity, is more teacher friendly, and benefits the kids.
  • Classrooms get a much needed creative makeover that inspires the congregation and parents.

For these reasons and by the grace of God, the Rotation Model and Rotation.org continue to grow and evolve.

Rotation Workshop Model (Video Example)

For more about Workshop Rotation Model