Friday, February 6, 2009

Bible Study Using the Senses

General Overview of the method:
Sensory Bible study uses all of your senses to understand Bible stories. It helps people to feel as if they are actually there and participating in the Bible story. It’s a neat way to get everyone involved using your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and touch. You use many different methods to bring your students into the action and scene of the Bible.

Age Level:
This is a good approach for all ages. I really like this with younger kids. Children need a hand on approach and to feel like they are included in the lesson and this is a great way to get the students there.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o Things that you can smell
o Things you can see
o Things you can feel
o Things you can hear
o Things you can taste
o Bible
o Any materials to help you be in the Bible

Step by step instructions for the model:
To do this type of Bible study you need to have different stations set up for your class. Have a lesson and exegesis ready and go over your Bible passage with your class. Have a candle burning or have something that might have a smell like the ones from your passage. Have some kind of snack that would help your study. You should have something your students have hold and feel from your verses. You should have something your class can see and you should have something your class can hear, like a song or noise or dialogue from that scene in the Bible.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
This way of teaching is a good method for all ages. It involves everyone and allows your students to be creative. There is always something to do so children won’t get restless. It’s a very good way to incorporate all of the learning methods.

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