Is It Okay to Not Finish a Lesson? | BE BOLD Teacher Tip

Is It Okay to Not Finish a Lesson? | BE BOLD Teacher Tip
January 14, 2020 Ali Thompson
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Yes! While we’ve written BE BOLD lessons to have a good flow from welcoming to energetic games to experientially exploring questions to action to prayer and empowermentthe key thing is that your preteens are engaged. 

So if your preteens are so engaged in a topic that they just want to sit around and discuss it, that’s amazing! We know that preteens often like to move and be active, so we built those elements in to keep them engaged. If a topic really hits home and they don’t need that, that’s great! You’ve done an awesome job giving them a safe place to explore their faith questions. Give yourself a pat on the back! 

Taking cues from what your preteens want to talk about is a great way to let the Holy Spirit lead in a way that we as curriculum providers couldn’t have anticipated. God is at work in your group! 

So, if you’re hitting on something that really matters to preteens, you have our full permission to set the lesson book aside and let the Holy Spirit lead you to dive even deeper with your preteens. They’re telling you they’re ready! 

Ali Thompson is the managing editor for Group’s children’s ministry curriculum. She lives in Loveland, Colorado with two dogs and a cat. Ali loves teaching 4th & 5th graders every Sunday morning.

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