Sunday school at church gives kids a fun and relaxed way to discover God’s teachings, the Gospels, and Bible scripture. Your children may have questions about what they learned, which is why having Sunday school at home is a fantastic way to maintain your children’s interest. Today’s blog from St. Cecelia Catholic School discusses how to have Sunday school at home as part of extracurricular activities related to what kids learn at St. Cecelia.
Extracurricular activities like Sunday school are a great way to keep kids’ engaged in various subjects in a less formal setting, and your child’s curiosity continues after Sunday services are over. The best way to get your kids talking about their Bible lessons is to ask open-ended questions.
Ask your child to repeat the story they heard in their own words. Ask which character in the story is your child’s favorite and why. Keep asking “why” and “how”; for example, “Why do you think a certain person in the story acted the way that they did?”
Open-ended questions are two-fold. They let your child talk about what they learned, and they open up new opportunities to think about the story in a deeper context.
There are tons of videos on the internet that teach Bible lessons. Kids love videos, as this medium has both visual and auditory elements that make Bible stories seem real. Find an appropriate video to watch that shows your child the scripture they heard in Sunday school. Remember, extracurricular activities like Sunday school should be age-appropriate and engaging with your kids. Make a video playlist on your phone and keep it handy for when your child wants to watch a particular clip again.
Are you afraid you don’t know the Bible well enough to teach your son or daughter God’s word? Search for Bible lessons and stories online to guide what you say during a home-based lesson. You may receive insights on a Bible story you didn’t consider before now. Despite your misgivings, parents are always the best teachers for their children, even with extracurricular activities. Your child will absorb what you have to say and soak it up like a sponge. You can always consult with the pastoral staff at your church for guidance on what to say, in addition to finding online resources.
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The St. Cecelia Home and School Association wishes you and your family well during these trying times. As you enjoy more time at home with your children, make extracurricular activities as fun as possible! Your kids will thoroughly enjoy them. Contact St. Cecelia for more information or if you have questions.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.
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