Deanna Barnes is a field editor for Word Aflame curriculum. She writes about connecting with students.
What are we serving our preteens?
Do we know their favorite flavors?
From eleven to twelve years of age, children stand at an intersection. They are leaving childhood behind and looking ahead to the opportunities of their teen years. Changes emerge from all directions. Independence whispers. Parental influence fades and opinions of peers become much more important.
Connecting with Students
Connecting with preteens can be tough. Their physical, mental, and emotional changes cause restlessness, moodiness, confusion, and even increasing appetites.
These kids are not only hungry for snacks, but they are also searching for answers. We should be aware of their questions if we want to connect with them.
The following method would be beneficial for parents as well as for teachers:
Begin with a simple survey. Click on the link for the survey: Connecting with Students
Ask get-to-know you questions. Ask students to write about their thoughts, fears, goals, and dreams. Use their answers to customize family activities, discussion points, Scripture study, and teaching moments.
When we used this tool for a group of preteens at our church, we saw connection happen. We purchased the students’ favorite snacks, and they responded warmly. It was extremely rewarding.Ask students to write about their thoughts, fears, goals, and dreams. Use their answers to customize family activities, discussion points, Scripture study, and teaching moments. Click To Tweet
Our relationships with students deepened. We watched them develop coping skills for their unique challenges.
Resources and Links
Backyard Bible Stories with Crash McDash (a great, new resource for families)