Teaching Tip of the Week

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“I Already Know This Story!”

You can almost hear the little door shut when one of the children says, “I already know this story!” in that here-we-go-again tone of voice. Don’t despair. To get their attention, explain that although they may have heard the story you are about to teach, they will still hear something they haven’t learned before if they listen closely. This should challenge them to listen for that something new. Of course, if you tell them that, be sure you have some things in your lesson that would be new to all of them. And don’t forget to make it exciting! Then, for reinforcement, after the lesson ask them to tell you what it was that they learned.

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