Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Four Simple Ways to Spice Up Your Teaching Space, Part 2 - Teaching In the Round

In the last post we talked about some simple ways you can take a traditional stage/audience set up in a children's space and switch it up to bring some excitement to the room. 

Standard Stage Design

One way you can do this is by teaching in the round.  Teaching in the round simply means that you create a teaching space in the middle of your kids. 

In the Round
Obviously one of the biggest advantages to this approach is that you plop the action right into the middle of your kids' laps.  If you want to try teaching in the round, here are a few tips to make the most of it:

1. Give yourself plenty of room to teach. 

2. Mark off your teaching space with gaff tape so that kids clearly understand where they should sit and where their boundaries are.

2. Leave yourself (or other leaders who will be teaching) a path to get in and out of the crowd.  The last thing you want to do is step on a kid. 

3. Milk this teaching set up for all its worth by playing to all sides of the crowd.  Of course you don't want to keep your back to one side of the kids for very long.  Move intentionally to involve everyone.

What are some Bible stories or lessons that would lend themselves to teaching in the round? 

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