Sunday School Rotational Model
Each month we have a theme built around a Bible story or passage. One room is the Bible story and Bible games room. Another room is the cooking, arts and crafts, and science room. The computer lab, a third room, is where children play games and complete activities built around that theme. The fourth room is the discipleship room. In this room, the children learn books of the Bible, memorize verses, and learn about the Bible in general. Each week a different age group comes to the room and hears and learns from the Bible story/passage using a different approach. For instance, the children might be cooking food from a story or creating an art project related to the theme when their age group is in that room on that Sunday. In months that have a fifth Sunday, we have a kid friendly worship service for all the children.
What are the advantages of this approach? First, each child has a certain learning style. The rotation model allows children the opportunity to learn in a way that is best for them so they retain more information. Second, a child is considered by statisticians to be a regular attender if they attend once a month. So, if they come at least once a month, chances are they will have the opportunity to hear the stories/passages we feel are important to build a foundation of Biblical knowledge. Third, teachers do not have as much preparation since they will teach the same lesson for four weeks, only tweaking the lesson according to the age of the children. Thus we have better teacher retention.