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Teaching A Wide Age Range

Ever find yourself in a situation where you are teaching a group of children consisting of a wide range of ages? Don’t despair!

First, aim for the middle in your teaching. Adjust your vocabulary, applications and methods to suit the average age in the group. You'll want to try to make the lesson age-appropriate to the largest number you can.

Then give the children who fall at the extreme ages (youngest and oldest) added participation.

For example: You have a group that ranges all the way from ages five to twelve. Allow the younger ones to do things that involve action – helping hold songs, passing out memory verses at the end of class, etc. The older children can be involved more by helping to read the scripture passage or even by being “helpers” with the responsibility of watching the younger children or actually leading songs they already know.

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