The best way to increase your confidence when teaching kids is to practice. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been teaching for a month or a decade, practice will always make you better. Whether you’re a newbie or a Kids’ Ministry veteran here are a few tips to help practice well:
1. Write it down
Getting your thoughts down is the first place to start. Create a system where you collect all your ideas about any given lesson in one spot. As you come across great ideas, jot them down using your system (I like to use Evernote, but it’s less about the medium and more about what works best for you). A week or two before you’re ready to present, organize your ideas and write out what you’re going to say, when you’re going to say it, how you’re going to say it, and what supplies you’ll need to help you say it well.
2. Say it out loud
Practice saying your lesson out loud like you were actually teaching it to a group of kids. Thoughts that looked good on paper don’t always sound as well once spoken aloud. Practicing your script out loud will help you work out the kinks in your message. Make it a point to practice each lesson out loud two or three times BEFORE actually giving it to a live group of kids. This will feel weird at first, but you’ll be glad you did it (and so will they).
3. Pray it through
I’ve listed this as the last step, but really it’s the first. And the last. And the step in-between the other steps. Having a well thought out lesson that sounds good is important. But having a well thought out lesson that sounds good and is backed by the power of God is best. Let Him guide your preparation.
The more you practice each lesson the more comfortable you’ll be when you actually teach it for real. And the more comfortable you are, the better it will be.
For more tips on teaching kids check out my post on 5 DOs and DONTS of Teaching Kids.