Online Children's Ministry Course

How Kids Learn

Course Goal

Transform the process of faith formation based on insights regarding learning styles of kids and adults.

Course Price
$198.00
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Course Overview

What makes a lesson great? Is it the teacher? the topic? the supplies? Or might it be the kids themselves? When you discover how kids learn best, every lesson becomes impactful and memorable. In this training course for children’s ministry workers, you’ll unearth fresh discoveries that will revolutionize how you teach and lead children. You’ll learn how to capture kids’ attention, keep them engaged, give them a solid understanding of God’s Word, and encourage a life-changing relationship with Jesus.

Course Outline

Getting Started

Discover how to navigate your online course, get connected to our ministry network, and download a copy of the Course Notes.

Welcome

Meet Shannon Vasquez, an elementary school teacher and KidMin enthusiast. She’ll energize you on the journey to discover an effective approach to teaching children based on Jesus’ model, brain research, and learning styles.

Module 1. A Teaching Parable

Using the Parable of the Sower, you’ll shift your perspective from being just a “teacher” to a “sower” to help kids not just hear, but truly understand God’s Word.

Module 2. Authentic Learning Helps Kids Understand

Discover how to cement learning through experiences, avoiding busywork and incorporating a variety of learning styles. You’ll practice how to use kid-friendly language and realize five ways to focus learning on understanding.

Module 3. Authentic Learning Is Memorable

If we want the seeds of God’s message to take root in kids’ hearts and lives, we need to think beyond short-term knowledge and instead practice strategies for helping kids grow a lifelong friendship with Jesus. This module will unlock secrets of brain research that lead to long-term memory.

Module 4. Authentic Learning Is Meaningful, Not Manipulative

Explore why rewards and competitions may actually hurt kids’ spiritual growth. You’ll discover a Jesus-style method to offer intrinsic motivation for authentic learning.

Module 5. Authentic Learning Bears Fruit

When you plant seeds of faith in good soil, it’s God through the holy spirit who makes it grow. Discover how you can recognize signs of a successful crop as you explore 10 “good soils” for learning today.

Module 6. Wrap Up

You’re now ready to capture kids’ attention, keep them engaged, give them a solid understanding of God’s Word, and encourage life-changing relationships with Jesus. Download your course completion award and determine next steps for your ministry.

Course Outcomes

U Discover

How to help kids not just hear but truly understand God’s Word.

Methods to unlock secrets of the brain that lead to long-term memory.

Strategies for using authentic learning to help kids become eager to learn.

U Will

Develop an effective approach to teaching children based on Jesus' model, brain research, and learning styles.

About the Instructor

Shannon Vasquez

Shannon Vasquez is an elementary school teacher and VBS aficionado. Before serving as a Children’s Pastor in Denver, she spent many years on Group’s VBS creative development team, firing up the fun for millions of children. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Denver. She’s been passionate about KidMin since she was a kid in min! When her peers moved up to youth group, she stayed behind as a teacher’s aide and then a Sunday school teacher. VBS is Shannon’s “Super Bowl” where she’s head cheerleader, continuing to add spice and excitement to Group’s annual field tests.

Ministry Certification

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