Children’s Bible Lesson Plans
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To those of you teaching children’s groups around Senegal:
Even if the primary language of your church is French, Wolof may be a better choice for your Sunday School class or kids’ storying group. As a Bible teacher, you want to speak into the lives of your students and allow God’s Word to shape their developing worldview. And you want the children to understand that God knows them intimately and loves them and wants to speak directly to them! The best way to convey these truths is through the heart language of your students.
These lesson plans are designed for English speakers to use when teaching Wolof-speaking children. I have taught through all of these lessons myself and am happy to answer any questions or hear any feedback you might have. Click here to email me.
Chronological Bible stories
I would recommend using this series first. It is based on the 52 chronological Wolof Bible storying booklets developed by J. and B. Vaughn. You will need to have the storying booklets, which you can get by clicking on the button below if you don’t already have a set. This series is great for kids who have never heard anything about the Bible or Jesus. It starts with Creation and covers 33 Old Testament stories before getting to the New Testament stories.
I designed these lesson plans to use with village storying groups of kids of all ages that meet outdoors but they can also be used for Sunday School classes that meet in a classroom. Each lesson includes a game that relates to the Bible story and another fun activity.
Chronological Bible storying booklets
Stories from Old and New Testaments. Wolof only.
Storying lesson plans for children
Lesson plans for teaching the 52 stories to kids. English instructions, Wolof interaction.
These 12 lesson plans are based on the book of Acts and follow after the 52 stories. You will need the 12 Acts Wolof storying booklets written by the Vaughns for this series. They are available by clicking on the Download button under Chronological Bible storying booklets above. These lesson plans were written to use with a group of children of all ages meeting in a classroom. In addition to the games and other fun activities, there are seven memory verses that the children learn over the course of the series. At the end, there is a short skit the children can present which includes the Bible verses they have memorized and which summarizes the Gospel message. Of course, as with all of these lesson plans, please feel free to adapt the content to fit your needs.
Storying lesson plans for kids on Acts
Lesson plans for teaching the 12 Acts stories to kids. English instructions, Wolof interaction.
This series of 18 lessons is based on The Growing Disciple materials written for oral learners by Johnny Norwood. I have adapted it and simplified it for use with children and added some games and other fun activities. (Note: the original document by Johnny Norwood is also included here. It would be ideal to use this to teach the adults in the church at the same time as the children are learning it.)
18 lesson plans for teaching Johnny Norwood’s Growing Disciple to children. English instructions, Wolof interaction.
In this series, twelve basic elements of the life of a disciple of Jesus are taught and explained (for example: baptism, prayer, stewardship). Each time a new element is taught, the students learn to add something to the drawing. This helps them to remember the lessons and be able to share what they know with others about how a follower of Jesus lives. The illustration here shows the final drawing. Even the 5-year olds in my Sunday School class could do this drawing beautifully by the end of the series!
Ideally, this series is taught after the Acts series and in a classroom setting. It is best for students who can read, so those aged 7 – 15. This series also available in French.
Parables of Jesus
This series consists of 31 fun lessons plans for primary-school age children (ages 6-12). Each lesson plan includes visual aids, games, and activities with supplies easily available in Senegal. As you teach about each of Jesus’ parables, the students will add a key Bible verse and a colored picture of that parable to their own notebook. So at the end of the series, each student will have created a book they can keep with pictures and verses to remind them of the stories Jesus told.
Parables lesson plans
Lesson plans for teaching the parables of Jesus to kids. English instructions, Wolof interaction.
This series is aimed at older students, approximately 10 – 16 years old, and covers stories from the first 6 chapters of Daniel only. These are exciting stories like The Fiery Furnace and The Lion’s Den, and the lesson plans include some games and activities. The Wolof Scripture portion is included as a separate document and may be printed out for the students to read along. The themes encourage the students to think more deeply about topics relevant to pre-teens and teens in Senegal today, including standing up against peer pressure, the persecution of believers, and trusting God in difficult circumstances.
Daniel lesson plans
Lesson plans for teaching Daniel 1-6 to kids. English instructions, Wolof interaction.