You know that kid. The one that tests you to your limit and makes you want to scream or pull your hair out. Do you have that kid in your mind now? I’m sure he comes every time you teach.
How do you handle that kid? Do you just pray for the end of class? Here are some practical ways that you can minister to this kid:
1. If he behaves well, brag on him to his parents like crazy and use him as an example in front of the class. Make him your helper. Tell his mom how great he was.
2. Don’t let your class be derailed by her misbehaving. Keep going. Have another adult tend to Jenny’s fit. If necessary, an adult can walk outside with her and offer her some choices.
3. Give him a choice. Make sure they know it is a choice and that choices have consequences, but you are hoping that he makes a good choice. Make good choices can be one of the rules you go over at the beginning of class. “Bradley, you have a choice. You can either stop hitting Ellie with your pencil and listen or you can go sit against the wall” or “Jason, you have a choice to make. You can either continue playing when we should be listening or you can tell your mom about why you just couldn’t pay attention today when she comes to get you.”
What are some ways that you have seen are great ways to redirect poor behavior? What are some ways you really seek to invest in those kids?
Check out these other posts within this series and watch for more coming in the next few weeks:
Ministering to the Artsy Kid
Ministering to the Smart Kid
Ministering to Kids with Sick Parents
Ministering to Kids with Divorced Parents
Ministering to the Non-Cooperative Kid
Ministering to the Kid that Doesn’t Want to be There
Mary Carlisle serves on the CentriKid office team and is the director of CK3 at Millsaps College. Mary loves teaching kids at church and at an inner city ministry in Nashville and is passionate about kids discipleship. Follow Mary on twitter and check out her personal blog.
Preteen dating is not something that should be taken lightly. In fact, statistics show that preteen dating can lead to serious problems. Depending on whom you talk to, each of the following terms can have a different definition. But this glossary should give parents an idea of what their children are talking about when they mention dating or a relationship. Discussing these terms with your child now can help you set guidelines for the future as you seek God’s plan for his life.
It’s important for parents to set guidelines and expectations for their preteens and to talk openly and regularly about their relationships.
Mia Pinson writes regularly for ParentLife magazine and is a middle school teacher in South Carolina. Check out the ParentLife blog and get regular updates on the ParentLife Facebook page or from Twitter – @ParentLife.
Mary Carlisle serves on the CentriKid office team and serves as the Camp Director for the CK3 team at Millsaps College. She trains our staff on what registration should look like, and wants to make sure that you always have a great experience as soon as you get on campus. Follow Mary on twitter.
One person is “it.” Whenever someone is tagged by “it” they must hold a bandaid (their hand) on the spot where they were tagged. Then the game continues. When someone runs out of bandaids, (they get tagged three times), they are frozen until two other people come over to them and “operate.” The two other people need to tag the frozen person at the same time and count to five. Let the game continue for as long as it remains exciting and fun. Switch the person who is “it” often.
Kingpin is similar to the game Jailbreak. This activity works well with groups sized from 14 to 50+ kids.
Each team has 5 cones or bowling pins set up roughly 20-30 feet from a mid-line. On each side, there is also designated a jail for the other team, a 6′ x 6′ mat works well. Line up all balls, rubber-coated foam ball are best, on the mid-line.
Teams should line up behind their cones or pins. On “go,” the teams rush the mid-line to gain control of the balls. After a countdown from 5, the players may start to throw the balls in an attempt to knock down the other team’s cones or pins. The first team to knock down the other side’s cones or pins is declared the winner. (Once a pin is knocked down, even by the team guarding it, it must remain down.) This is the FIRST way to win.
While attempting to knock down the cones or pins, players may also be knocked out by being hit with a ball OR having their thrown ball caught on the fly by the opposing team. Once out, the player must cross to the other team’s jail. While in jail, should any “jailed” player catch a ball thrown to them by their own team, everyone in the jail gets a free walk back to their side. If a team knocks out ALL the players on the opposite team, they win the match. This is the SECOND way to win the game.
Set-up—Create boundaries for a playing area. Make it big enough for the group to have enough space to run around safely. Choose a ball that is heavy enough to be thrown but not so heavy that it could be painful to the players. Gator balls work very well.
Play—The game begins with one Monarch. This person starts with the ball and is technically the “It”. As the only Monarch, this person can run with the ball and try to hit another player with it. As soon as another player has been hit with the ball they become a Monarch as well and game play changes slightly. With more than one Monarch whoever is holding the ball can NO LONGER MOVE WITH IT. All the other Monarchs can move without the ball but the person with the ball must stand still. The ball can be passed from Monarch to Monarch in an attempt hit other players with it creating more Monarchs. Play the game until there is one person left.
Check- In—Occasionally, it will be necessary to find out who the Monarchs are and who they are not. The leader of the game will call out “Monarchs show yourselves!” At this point, the game is paused and everyone who is a Monarch must crouch down and touch the ground. The game continues when the leader says “Monarchs go get them.”
Jessica Herrell, Department Intern, loves to play games… in fact, that’s what she studied in college! Jess posts lots of games on the blog, so check them out to find some you can use.
We are so excited about the Kids Ministry Conference October 8-11! We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and worship you won’t want to miss. Come and get rejuvenated for another year of ministry, while learning some of the newest ideas and networking with some great children’s ministers from across the country. If you love CentriKid, you will definitely love the Kids Ministry Conference that will be at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC.
Mary Carlisle serves on the CentriKid team and serves as Camp Director for the CK3 team at Millsaps College. She loves being involved in the Kids Ministry Conference and is always looking for vendors and fun people to invite to join us. Follow Mary on twitter.
We had a blast playing O M Tweet with you all yesterday. It makes us even more excited for OMC this summer! Thanks so much for playing! Here are a few photos you all sent in!
If you are familiar with CentriKid at all, you know that OMC is something we love. We love it because it’s funny, messy, and silly; yet, it still provides a great illustration of the Body of Christ and how we all play a different role in that.
In honor of today being Thursday, we are going to play a round of OMC. Are you ready!? Here’s how it’s going to work:
Love OMC so much that you play it at your church? Check out our free OMC Bonus Editions!
Jessica Herrell, Department Intern, absolutely loves OMC. In fact, after this summer, she will have participated in exactly 52 OMCs!!! Yes, she kept count. Check out some more fun posts about OMC.
I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership recently. A friend gave me an article about the greatest blessing of leadership. The blessing that the author talked about was having an unobstructed view. I completely agree…however, I know there have definitely been times when I have felt like the view was incredibly foggy.
With my experience as a Camp Director, I know that most days I’m the one that gets to see the whole picture. Not only do I hear about every first aid call, but I have the privilege of hearing about all of the really cool things that happen at camp, both from the team leaders and from the church group leaders. That’s such an exciting part of my job and leadership in general!
It’s not always a clear view, but here’s the fun part: As a leader, you get to see the most. It may be a really clear day where you can see forever or a cloudy day where you can see just enough. Don’t let those cloudy days get you discouraged. You have the ability to make the cloudy days clear for those who are following you. Tell them what you are seeing, where you are going, and how you are going to get there.
Jen Hall is our camp intern. She will be directing CK2 at Campbellsville this summer. Keep up with Jen via twitter.
It is mid-April and for CentriKid staff, we are just a few weeks from staff training … and just over a month away from our very first weeks of camp for the summer.
The “Camp Prep” series is all about getting you ready for arriving at camp, so today we’ve got a quick checklist of things that need to happen in the couple of weeks before you get to CentriKid.
Group Leaders…remember that detailed info and instructions are in Group Leader information which is online at our main CentriKid site.
Here are a couple of other reminders for preparation a couple of weeks before you arrive at camp:
We look forward to seeing what God does in the lives of kids and adults at camp. By taking care of these details up front, we’ll have a smooth start to the week so you can focus on your kids!