Multi Age Sunday School Classes
Small churches regularly have one or maybe two Sunday School classes that provide for a wide range of students. While this has its challenges it can also provide leadership opportunities for the older children.
Here are some tips to help you manage the classroom.
1) use the older children to help mentor the younger ones. They can help teach the actions to songs / buddy up with a younger child and be the scribe for an activity/ read the Bible passage / help with craft
2) make sure that some part of each lesson is aimed at each age group. Younger children may not always understand everything that is being said but it is amazing what they will remember and apply.
3) start together and do singing / praying / stories and then give a different activity related to the theme to different age groups. At the end of the lesson each age group can report to the others about what they have done. This will reinforce what they have learnt.