Children's Sunday School
2010-2011 marked Trinity's 8th year using the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School. Trinity Children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade attend Sunday School in their very own Faith Forest. Here they learn the Bible stories through different methods of teaching and learning.
What is Faith Forest?
What is Rotation Sunday School?
Developed in the early 1990s, Rotation Sunday School creates a Sunday School environment that is child-friendly and incorporates theories of multiple intelligences into our classrooms.
How it works:
We take one Bible story and, instead of trying to teach every detail of the story in 45 minutes, we spend five weeks learning about that story. Children are grouped by ages and travel to a different workshop each week to learn something new about the Bible story.
For example, our first rotation of 2006-2007 focused on the story of Joseph. The kindergarten and first grade class traveled to Tent Tales, our story-telling room, for their first week. There they saw a video that brought Joseph's story to life. The next week, the K5-first grade class went to Cabin Creations, the art room, where they made a colorful windsock and learned more about Joseph's special coat. Next they traveled to Mystery Mountain, where Mrs. Katy used brownies to show about jealousy and favoritism. Who knew brownies could teach so much?! The next week the class traveled to Bug Bytes, our computer lab, where they used the computer to look up more information about Joseph's story. They finished the rotation in Tree House Trivia, the game room, where games and activities reinforced the Bible story. Our other grade levels attended the same workshops over the 5 weeks- they simply visited each workshop in a different order.
Why it works:
The rotation model is based on years of research that suggests that we all learn in different ways. It's called the multiple intelligence theory. So we use hands-on activity, art, stories, games, and technology to bring each story to life. Because each workshop- and therefore, each week- is different, kids don't get bored. And the repetition of the story each week helps to reinforce the details.
Rotation Sunday School is also easier on teachers. A teacher commits to teaching five weeks. Better yet, they only have to prepare one lesson. Because they have a different age group each week, they teach the same lesson five times. (Although, to be fair, some adjustments have to be made because the lesson for K5-1st grades has to be different than that for 5th graders!)
It is our hope that after participating in Rotation Sunday School for five years, students will have learned major Bible stories and key points of the Christian life.
Come find out more about Rotation Sunday School! Join us on Sundays in the Faith Forest!