Prepare your Sunday Church School classroom by dressing its walls with bulletin boards and/or displays. These can act as teaching aids to help your students focus on what they are learning in class. The displays can be very simple or ornate: it depends on your time and abilities, as well as your students’ needs. This mini-series will offer ideas of ways to decorate your classroom with decor which is useful, yet will also enhance the learning environment.
This third blog post in the series focuses on bringing the lives of the saints into our Sunday Church School room through classroom displays. A saints display can feature one saint or several. This display could change periodically, or stay the same (especially if it features many saints and you’ll be adding to it as the year goes by). It can feature the saint’s icon, objects related to the saint, snatches from the saint’s life, the troparion or kontakion to the saint, etc.
- One idea for a saint-related bulletin board is to create a “Secret Saint” bulletin board as illustrated above. Find items (pictures will do) and post clues that somehow relate to the saint’s story, and put them on the bulletin board. Allow your students to guess who they think the mystery saint is before revealing the answer and posting the saint’s icon in the place of the question mark. This could be a discussion item during snack time before a lesson, or it could be incorporated into your Sunday Church School lesson itself.
- Find great general instructions on making bulletin boards, including an idea for introducing saints from around the world, for your Sunday Church School classroom here: http://www.illumination-learning.com/blog/2013/10/interactive-bulletin-boards-for-our-church-schools-homes/
- Your students can make paper triptych-style icons of a specific saint to display on a bulletin board, as demonstrated in this idea: http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/03/quick-easy-saint-joseph-shrine.html
- Take this “Facebook Page” idea and use it to introduce various saints throughout the Sunday Church School year: https://orthodoxchurchschoolteachers.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/96dca-100_1171.jpg
- This is a Roman Catholic classroom, but it can give you some ideas for a “saint-of-the-month” display: https://orthodoxchurchschoolteachers.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/262d0-img_4144.jpg
- Here’s an example of one way to display a variety of saints on one bulletin board. The example is Roman Catholic, but the idea can easily be applied to Orthodox saints: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e5/c0/f0/e5c0f0e56f3a0cbe7ac8597a10783b93.jpg
- Feature a saints timeline like this one (only Orthodox) in a display area in your Sunday Church School room: http://www.equippingcatholicfamilies.com/2013/11/saints-timeline-for-visual-learners.html
- Check out http://www.biblefunforkids.com/search/label/bulletin%20board for many different biblical saints bulletin board ideas, including St. Paul (http://www.biblefunforkids.com/2015/03/apostle-paul-bulletin-boards.html) and a variety of Old Testament saints (http://www.biblefunforkids.com/2014/02/old-testament-bulletin-boards-part-2.html).
- Find a bulletin board idea based on the apostles here: http://www.biblefunforkids.com/2013/07/bulletin-board-for-12-apostles-of-jesus.html
- Use your own creativity to create displays teaching about the saints in your classroom. Or use the space as part of your lesson and invite the children to create the display! However you do it, consider dedicating a portion of your classroom display space to helping your students learn more about the saints who are praying for their salvation!
Holy saints, please intercede for us that we may follow God as you did, that we may teach our students to do the same, and that we may all be saved!