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Tips for the First-Time Teacher – Part 7

written by on the topic of Sunday School on May, 2009

Regardless of what age group you teach or how lacking you think your vocal abilities are, you ought to include singing together as a class on your list of things to do during the Sunday school hour. The reasons range from the spiritual (preparing the heart) to the very practical (waking up the class).

Bro. Ryan Thompson, one of our adult Sunday school teachers and the administrative pastor, includes a song in his class bulletin each week. The songs are generally more up-tempo and ones with tunes that can be picked up rather easily, even for first-time visitors:

  • At Calvary Count Your Blessings
  • Dwelling in Beulah Land
  • He Is Mine
  • He Keeps Me Singing
  • Heaven Came Down
  • Higher Ground
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • I’m Bound for the Kingdom
  • I’m So Happy
  • Isn’t the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful?
  • Love Lifted Me
  • Mansion over the Hilltop
  • My Savior’s Love
  • Nothing but the Blood
  • Oh, How I Love Jesus
  • Oh, I Want To See Him
  • Send the Light
  • Tell It to Jesus
  • The Unclouded Day
  • There Is Power in the Blood
  • Victory in Jesus
  • What a Day That Will Be
  • What a Lovely Name
  • When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • Where Could I Go

and many others…

In one of the children’s classes I teach, the workers and I have made a game out of singing time. It’s basically “Name that Tune” using my instrument. Miss Janelle, my helper, will whisper a song to me.* I’ll play the first few notes on my viola; the child who raises his hand “like a rocket” first can guess the song. If he is right, he receives a sticker or some other small prize. Then, we sing the song together—with me on the viola and Miss Janelle leading.

*Permit me to interject a somewhat related tip. Perhaps I might further explain this next month. We workers in that particular children’s class have discovered that we need to over-exaggerate everything we do—and it works. So when I say that Miss Janelle whispers a song to me, she doesn’t just whisper the song. No, the kids see her take slow, deliberate strides toward me from the other side of the room, moving as if she were acat burglar. As she leans in to whisper the song, she’ll look suspiciously at the class. What she says is never really audible to me—it sounds more like the crinkling of candy wrappers—and I end up choosing the song myself most of the time. The children seem to like it because they like to try to guess what is being said even though all they hear is what I hear—white noise. But the point is that the kids seem to enjoy singing more when we workers throw ourselves into the activity.

If you’re a first-time children’s teacher, you might want to consider compiling a list similar to the one below. Of course, there are scores upon scores of good children’s songs not listed; these are just a few to help you get started.

  • 1, 2, 3 Jesus Loves Me
  • Behold, Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock, Knock, Knock
  • Every Promise in the Book Is Mine
  • Give Me Oil in My Lamp
  • God Is So Good
  • God Made the Mountain Tops
  • Hallelujah Anyhow
  • Here Am I, Lord, Send Me
  • He’s Able
  • His Banner over Me Is Love
  • I Am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N
  • I Love Him Better Every D-A-Y
  • I May Never March In the Infantry
  • If You’re Saved and You Know It
  • I’m Happy Today
  • Inright Outright Upright Downright
  • Happy All the Time
  • It Was On a ____Day, Somebody Touched Me
  • I’ve Been Redeemed
  • I’ve Got the Joy
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • Jesus Loves the Little Children
  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, I’ve Got Him on My Mind
  • Let the Lord Have His Way
  • My Bible I Left On the Church Bus
  • My God Is So Big
  • Oh, Be Careful
  • Oh, Clap Your Hands
  • Rolled Away
  • S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N
  • Stand Up and Shout It
  • Stop
  • The B-I-B-L-E
  • The Sunday School Song
  • The Wordless Book Song
  • There’s Been a Great Change
  • This Is the Day
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Walk the Bible Way
  • Whisper a Prayer

About the Author

Crissi Hussin works as the Director of Children’s Ministries and Sunday School Administration at North Valley Baptist Church.

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