Babies Can Learn
If you are a teacher and reading this post, please know how very important you are to the child you teach. If you are a parent reading this article, know you can use some of the same ideas or techniques to engage your child as they learn about God.
Teaching babies can be fun and joyful. As teachers, you have the joy of seeing babies in your class change from week to week as they grow and develop their personalities. When they see you from week to week, they are learning to trust you and that is one of the most important things they will every learn. Yes, you are teaching babies and here are a few things to remember:
- Greet each child with a smile.
- Welcome parents and ask for any new instructions about the care of their child. Encourage them to indicate the information on the Baby Information Card.
- Meet each baby’s physical and emotional needs on demand.
- Speak softly as you interact with them. Allow them to focus on you.
- Place items such as books, pictures, or toys within their reach. Identify their actions in the words you speak. They will learn language as they hear you speak about what their play.
- Play background music as they arrive. Music helps to set the atmosphere for the morning.
- Sing simple songs to babies, using their names in the verses. Use the melodies of the songs you sang as a child and incorporate a Bible verse, too.
- Use the Bible, books, and biblical pictures as you hold babies and relay conversations about God, Jesus, or the Bible.
- Use Bible verses and phrases frequently as you teach.
- Continue to encourage parents as they wait for you to bring their child to you. The classroom will remain calm and secure.
Babies develop feelings about being at church. They will experience your loving care and develop positive feelings about being with you. Babies soon recognize you and look forward to being with you the minute they hear your voice.
If you are new to teaching babies at church, try one or two of these tips.
Now have fun teaching a baby about God, Jesus, the Bible, and the church.