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Beth Schultz

Beth Schultz is the first grade teacher at Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois and a mother of one. Since beginning teaching in 2012, she has loved working with all age groups: in middle school and youth group theater, primary grades teaching or VBS sessions, and preschool activities. She is blessed to share the message of Christ with her students and their families every single day through school and her opportunities to write through CPH.

Recent Posts by Beth Schultz

Connecting Crafts with the Mission of VBS

“Oh my! That is so cute! What a clever idea!”

This kind of compliment has met my ears when my students take home a project they have done in class. It is a sweet compliment meant to say, “Teacher! You are so creative. Great work with the kids!” but they aren’t really commenting on the learning that happened during or leading up to the project. That is what I most care about, even if it is nice that parents are impressed visually.

The cute factor is a familiar trap we all can face when planning crafts and art projects. It is an easy temptation to desire the cute compliment but do not succumb! Instead, keep your focus on the mission of crafts—to connect hands and hearts with the Bible lesson and reinforce the Gospel message from God's Word.

Techniques for Regaining Kids' Attention

Oh, spring time! The weather is warming up. The snow is melting. Spring break is coming. The children are wild. I love working with children, but I am always amazed at those times of the year when recapturing their attention seems impossible. This quick blog has my top tips for getting the eyes, ears and hearts of the kiddos back on you after small groups or discussion times. These could even be used to start your time with them.

Praying for and with Children

Download Prayer CalendarPraying for children and praying with children gives you the opportunity to serve and to build a relationship with them. By modeling how to pray, you can remind them that Jesus is their friend and will guide them as they spend time in prayer.

Capturing Kids' Attention in Bible Lessons

Imagine with me for a moment: you are in a fishing competition. You must win by catching the biggest fish! You are sitting in your boat on a quiet lake brimming with fish (the other competitors are somewhere else—don’t worry about them). You know this moment is big. You look over everything in your tackle box. You decide to throw an empty line of string into the water with nothing on it. What?! No! You won’t catch anything with an empty line! A fisherman knows what lures and bait to secure to a hook to make sure to catch that award-winning fish.