Why Teach This Way
Older Elementary continues a shift in the method of teaching and learning. The emphasis is on students seeing truth for themselves through observation, interpretation, and application of Scripture. In Younger Elementary, the teacher told a Bible story and students did activities to apply the biblical truths. In Middle Elementary, the teaching style changed to a combination of storytelling, teaching, and interactive discovery. In Older Elementary, interactive discovery takes center stage as you ask open-ended questions and use other methods to help students dig into God’s Word. As facilitator and instructor, you will help students discover for themselves what God’s Word teaches, trusting the Holy Spirit to engrave it on their hearts, minds, and lives.
Preteens use the InQuire paper in class to help them discern and apply biblical truth. Timelines, maps, and other creative visuals enable students to understand the story of the Bible—God’s story—showing how individual Bible stories fit together in the big picture of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.
Older Elementary also focuses on teaching Bible study skills. The weekly Devo paper provides Scripture readings, questions, and activities. The weekly take-home paper, G2R, is filled with fresh and fun activities to help preteens get into the exciting world of the Bible.
The Bible is God’s story, and his redemptive plan through Christ is the central focus. You and your students will grow in getting to know God in his Word. By God’s grace, you will gain a deeper hunger and thirst for God’s Word and a greater love for and trust in its Author.