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Visuals All Around the House u train DVD

If you’ve discovered that a picture really is worth a thousand words, information pills then you know the value of a visual in children’s ministry (and ministry in general for that matter).

Downside to that fact:

  • Visuals can get expensive.
  • Ordering the props and visuals in time to arrive before the class means you've got to plan ahead. Which for some of us is difficult. Especially if your creativity goes into overdrive at the last minute.

 

Solution:

  • Organization is essential to save money and equip yourself with great props that facilitate the learning process.
  • By planning ahead you have time to look for the best prices.
  • Be creative. Use stuff you already have on hand for your visual. You can find them in the kitchen, the toy box or at your local resale shop.

And that’s my favorite kind of visuals…the ones that don’t cost any money or hardly any money. Now don’t misunderstand me, I love tricks and grand props as well, but some of my favorites are novelty items or stuff from my pantry.

Maybe you’re thinking what kind of  visual can I find in those places?

It's amazing. Visuals are all around you!

  • Do you realize that anything and everything can be a visual?

Start with the end in mind.

  • What do you want to teach?
  • What is your goal?
  • What do you want the class to take away from your teaching?
  • Then what do you have that will visualize that truth?

But I realize seeing is believing.

That's what I've done dozens of times in conferences all over the country. I show you how to use stuff from your pantry, your child's toy box and thrift stores as a visual to help your students understand the principle you are trying to communicate.

Now we have produced the video from a workshop that I taught in Virginia.

So I can show you how you can save tons of money and have great visuals too.

This video  is just one visual after another, that I have used to teach children. I include a brief description of how to use the object to illustrate a spiritual truth.

It will jump start your brain and get you thinking about how to use the junk, I mean wonderful treasures at your house that you’ve been hoarding…I mean saving because you are such a resourceful teacher!

This is a great video that you’ll want to share with all the teachers in your church. Use it at your churches next teacher’s meeting. Just encourage them to bring a notebook cause there’s 30 great ideas to jump start their personal creativity!

Some things to remember when using a visual.

VISUALS

  • Can the visual be seen?
  • Can it be passed around the room, so everyone can see it better? Or is it something that would cause too much distraction to pass it around?
  • Do you need make a close-up video of the visual to project make it bigger?
  • Can you move closer to the class, then move across so the visual is seen by everyone?
  • Is the visual attractive?
  • Is the visual colorful?
  • Is the visual culturally relevant?
  • Does the visual reinforce the message?
  • Does the visual take away from the message?

Teacher Training to help Sunday School teachers, Children's Pastors, volunteers and Christian Education Directors that will equip, inspire and develop strong teaching and leadership skills.

Visuals All Around the House u train DVD

If you’ve discovered that a picture really is worth a thousand words, and then you know the value of a visual in children’s ministry (and ministry in general for that matter).

Downside to that fact:

  • Visuals can get expensive.
  • Ordering the props and visuals in time to arrive before the class means you've got to plan ahead. Which for some of us is difficult. Especially if your creativity goes into overdrive at the last minute.

 

Solution:

  • Organization is essential to save money and equip yourself with great props that facilitate the learning process.
  • By planning ahead you have time to look for the best prices.
  • Be creative. Use stuff you already have on hand for your visual. You can find them in the kitchen, information pills the toy box or at your local resale shop.

And that’s my favorite kind of visuals…the ones that don’t cost any money or hardly any money. Now don’t misunderstand me, ask I love tricks and grand props as well, but some of my favorites are novelty items or stuff from my pantry.

Maybe you’re thinking what kind of  visual can I find in those places?

It's amazing. Visuals are all around you!

  • Do you realize that anything and everything can be a visual?

Start with the end in mind.

  • What do you want to teach?
  • What is your goal?
  • What do you want the class to take away from your teaching?
  • Then what do you have that will visualize that truth?

But I realize seeing is believing.

That's what I've done dozens of times in conferences all over the country. I show you how to use stuff from your pantry, your child's toy box and thrift stores as a visual to help your students understand the principle you are trying to communicate.

Now we have produced the video from a workshop that I taught in Virginia.

So I can show you how you can save tons of money and have great visuals too.

This video  is just one visual after another, that I have used to teach children. I include a brief description of how to use the object to illustrate a spiritual truth.

It will jump start your brain and get you thinking about how to use the junk, I mean wonderful treasures at your house that you’ve been hoarding…I mean saving because you are such a resourceful teacher!

This is a great video that you’ll want to share with all the teachers in your church. Use it at your churches next teacher’s meeting. Just encourage them to bring a notebook cause there’s 30 great ideas to jump start their personal creativity!

Some things to remember when using a visual.

VISUALS

  • Can the visual be seen?
  • Can it be passed around the room, so everyone can see it better? Or is it something that would cause too much distraction to pass it around?
  • Do you need make a close-up video of the visual to project make it bigger?
  • Can you move closer to the class, then move across so the visual is seen by everyone?
  • Is the visual attractive?
  • Is the visual colorful?
  • Is the visual culturally relevant?
  • Does the visual reinforce the message?
  • Does the visual take away from the message?

Teacher Training to help Sunday School teachers, Children's Pastors, volunteers and Christian Education Directors that will equip, inspire and develop strong teaching and leadership skills.

This is written for a teacher to use in their class. For visuals, web you will need your favorite candy bar in two sizes, check a bite sized and the biggest size you can find. The sad thing is you won't get to eat the big one, information pills you will be giving it away. Think of it this way, it’s better to give than receive or you just saved yourself from eating a million calories. Print out three words strips in 125 font or as big as you can make, “Better in God”; "Bow Inspect Give"; and "Believe in God". Fold each word strip so only the letters B I G are showing. Study the story line and have some fun with this illustration. But everything in the biggest bag you can find.
Storyline:
I have two candy bars. (Pull them out of as you talk.) Does anyone here like this candy bar?(Describe the candy bar and explain why you love this one so much!) Would anyone like to have one of these candy bars? (Select a child and offer him/her choose the candy bar.) Which one would you like? (Offer the tiny one and try to convince them to take it.) This little bite-sized one is so good. It has gooey caramel, creamy nougat and crunchy peanuts. Are you sure you don't want this little bitty guy? You want the big one? I thought that might happen. I guess I'll left with the little one. You know big is better.

 

And what about the rest of you. If you had your choice which would you choose? If you go to your favorite pizza buffet and you see your very favorite pizza on the buffet, fresh out of the oven, do you pick a tiny little sliver or do you go for the big piece? I go for the big one. My favorite is the spinach pizza with lots of jalapeños.
Why do we do that? Because most of us believe big is better. We like big amusement parks, big toys, big allowances, big television screens...because we believe big is better, more valuable, more filling, more fun, and more satisfying.

 

But somehow our craving for more isn't being satisfied...the more we have the more we want. We want more and more games to play even though the cabinet is bulging with old ones. The bigger amusement parks leave us tired and irritable at the end of the day instead happy. The big pizzas and candy bars leave us fat and unhealthy. I'm not bashing big, I'm just saying maybe the real problem here is not the big we have, but the BIG that we neglect is the real problem.

 

Sound confusing? Let me explain...(Show the  BIG strip, then open it to show Better in God.) Things and stuff will never satisfy you...but God can. Jesus purchased your salvation, your joy, your peace. He offers unconditional love and a relationship that is out of this world, literally! Then when He reigns as King or boss of your life, you understand how to really enjoy the things you have. When you understand the Better is found in God, your big just got bigger and better. Not always easier, but better.
How do you take yourself off the throne in your life? Here's another BIG. Bow. Inspect. Give.

 

Bow: Surrender to God. God I don't want to boss my life. I want to do what pleases you.

 

Inspect: Father, what is an area that I am ignoring your rules, the Bible? Where am I missing your best?

 

Give: I give my desires to you. I want to love the things you love and hate the things you hate.
Understand if you want God's BIG, you must practice another BIG; Believe in God. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He wants to bless you with things that enrich your life, not drain them. Fill your heart with His Word and His promises. Obey His rules. Purpose in your heart that you will have God’s Big that satisfies and not the world’s greed that robs.

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