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9:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Through September 7th
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor
Toddler care available during service
Rotational Sunday School at Trinity
Sunday Mornings 9:40--10:40
Opening in the Asbury Room
January workshops--The Journeys of Paul (drama, computer, storytelling and movie)
February workshops--Noah and the Covenant
March--Mary and Martha
April--Jesus' trial, Peter's denial
For more information, call the church office (860) 688-9245
What is rotational SS?
Here's the Workshop Rotation Model in a nutshell: Teach major Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops: an Art workshop, Drama, Music, Games, A-V, Puppets, Storytelling, Computers, and any other educational media you can get your hands on. Teach the same Bible story in all of the workshops for four or five weeks rotating the kids to a different workshop each week. And here comes the extremely teacher friendly part: Keep the same teacher in each workshop for all five weeks -teaching the same lesson week after week (with some age appropriate adjustments) to each new class coming in.
Why did we change from the traditional model of SS?
Here's why it works: The Workshop Rotation Model concentrates on the major stories of the Bible over and over again. It eschews the popular but educationally unsound lectionary idea of changing the story each week. The model's philosophy recognizes that kids not only love repetition, but they need it to develop a lasting memory and understanding of content. The multi-intelligences (creative methods) approach in the model isn't a fad or merely kid-friendly, it is calculated to take advantage of our student's God-given thirst for multi-modal learning. Traditional designs have long attempted to teach through multimedia, but their frenetic lessons with six or more different steps, a game, a craft, Bible study and music all in 45 minutes left our teachers breathless. And few had the gifts to teach in each mode properly. (from Rotation.org website)
The model allows teachers to get better at their lesson. By the second week of the rotation, the teacher is already improving the original lesson plan for the next class. No more "if I only would have...." in the parking lot after class. Because the teacher is assigned to teach in the creative mode they are comfortable with, the teaching and learning experience are enriched. (from Rotation.org website)
Most importantly, the students are actively engaged in learning. We have had few if any discipline issues since moving to the rotational model. The hands-on learning of the workshops keeps all students engaged.
At Trinity, we further challenge students with monthly Bible memory verses as well as weekly challenges that enforce the focus of the month. This year, our focus is the 23rd Psalm. As students meet the weekly challenges, they post their progress on an incentive chart.