The Workshop Rotation Model teaches Bible
Stories and other topics in a dynamic and creative format.
Children, grouped by age, rotate through different
workshops over a five-week period. Each workshop focuses on
the same story or theme but employs different activities
and media. Workshops include drama, art, cooking,
computers, music, games, videos and more. This approach,
which is based on Harvard Education Professor Howard
Gardner's theories of multiple intelligences, reinforces
the message with a fresh experience each week and helps
keep children engaged and motivated. (Click here here for
a website that describes the concept in more detail.)
We encourage parents to read along with their kids and
discuss what they are learning each week. By the end
of each rotation, we hope that the kids will know the
story well enough to tell it themselves!
During the 2005 - 2006 year, we explored the theme,
"Do the Right Thing."
We learned stories from the Bible about people like Joshua,
Ruth, David and Peter - people who trusted in God in order to "do the right
thing." The first five weeks in the fall we produced a play about
Joshua, which was performed in worship on Sunday, October 9 during the
During school vacation weeks, we have special assembly
sessions for ages four through sixth grade. All the
kids are brought together for a special program and
activity, often involving a service project of some
sort. Examples of assemblies include packing health
kits for victims of hurricanes, making Christmas
Stockings for children in Newark, or sorting
toiletries for Bridges.
Seventh graders meet in the chapel for their Sunday
School class each week except the first Sunday of the
month when they stay in church for the worship service
This year the seventh graders are using
the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, and they are
learning what it means to be a contemporary disciple
Eight graders spend the year in confirmation
classes with Rev. Chuck Rush. They meet on Sunday
afternoons or evenings, and are expected to attend
church on Sunday mornings.