I have always liked to use interactive and tactile activities when I teach, and have been challenged by Ivy Beckwith’s Formational Children’s Ministry about how to ‘teach’ or ‘unlock’ the Kingdom of God with children.
We know that the Bible is a living document and stories or passages will speak to us in a different way at specific times, however, do we acknowledge this when teaching our children? Do we teach in a way that is merely to impress our religious knowledge on kids (in a ‘this is what it says’ or ‘this is what it means’ way) or do we help them to unlock and explore for themselves what God is showing them in a story/passage and engage with them on the journey?
The phrase ‘I wonder…’ is a wonderful statement and tool to use when exploring God’s word or faith topics. ‘I wonder what God was saying to you in this story.’ ‘I wonder how you feel about that.’ ‘I wonder why that happened.’ And the list goes on.
Using ‘I wonder…’ statements is a great way to engage a child’s imagination and allow them to feel they are doing the learning rather than just being presented one way of understanding something.