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How do you instill wonder as you teach the Bible?

by Rebecca Rutherford -

Looking for ways to enhance your virtual Bible lessons with kids?


As you continue teaching Bible lessons through the use of a screen, here are some ways to spark the curiosity of the children in your ministry.


A sense of wonder and prediction enriches a child’s ability to gather and retain information. That's why wonder questions are so important. The purpose of wonder questions is to hook your child's curiosity.


Without further ado, here are some things to consider as you encourage your children to wonder, as well as some tips for crafting your own wonder questions. If you're a Celebrate Wonder Sunday school curriculum user, you'll find examples of wonder questions in the curriculum.


Age Level. Take age and grade into consideration for asking age-appropriate questions. Younger children need more concrete questions, while older children have begun to think more abstractly. Example: While introducing Zacchaeus to preschoolers, you might ask, “Have you ever had to stand on your tiptoes in order to better see something?” For older children, you might ask, “Have you ever wanted something so badly you were willing to do something unusual to get it?” 


Environment. Ask leading questions that make sense to your student’s surroundings and environment. Example: While talking about Noah, you might ask, “Have you ever been caught out in the rain?” 


Connection. Create connections between what the children know and what they don’t know by starting with something that is familiar. Example: While introducing King Solomon, ask, “Who is the smartest person you know?” “How do you know they are so wise?” 


Imagination. Ask questions that engage a children’s imagination. Example: “I wonder what it would be like to be in the middle of a storm on a small boat.” Or “I wonder what it would have been like on the third day of Creation.” 


Narrative. Use narrative to help capture interest. Invite a child to share a story related to your main idea. Example: “Have you ever been fishing?” Or “What kinds of tools did you need?” 


Point of View. Ask questions that take a character’s point of view in the story. Example: “I wonder what Peter was thinking when he denied Jesus.” 


Metaphors. Ask questions that frame the story with another story. Jesus used this all the time while telling parables. “How is the kingdom of God like a mustard seed?” 


Empathy. Use a sense of empathy for a character or event to set up a question. Example: “Why do you think the father might have been sad for his son to take his inheritance and leave?” When developing your own wonder questions, it is important to keep in mind that you are providing a guide for students to connect with the content or idea. As you ask questions, it’s important to follow up with feedback or another question that keeps leading them to the point you want to make. Though these questions guide students in a direction, it is important to allow them to discover and investigate along the way.



This is very helpful. I am often at a loss on how to engage my 3 year old in the Sunday School lesson. I sometimes think they are just listening politely and not absorbing much. I will save this blog for next Fall when I start teaching again.
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Glad it was helpful to you, Helen!