One of the first things I did when getting ready to start preparing this lesson, was get myself into a comfortable position to read through the lesson outline in the young womens manual. My chosen space was my bed. I lay down with a bunch of pillows under my head The resources I had to help me prepare this lesson were as follows:
- standard exercise book
- Young Womens Lesson Manual
- Young Womens Personal Progress book (achievement book for girls in the young womens programme)
Now 12-13 yr old girls don't really want to talk about this kind of stuff with their Sunday school teacher, so I decided to incorporate a technique that would relax the teaching envrionment - food. I decided I'd take some pop-corn for the girls to pass around in a circle to help open the girls up to sharing thier thoughts on dating. I also made up an idea for a dating game in which I would ask the girls one at a time to tell me what they would do if they were in a sticky date situations. Some of the dating scenario were - "If a boy you don't know asks you to dance, what do you say?" , or "If a boy you've been on a couple of dates with leans in for a kiss, how would you react?". Real cute and simple stuff like that. The girls love games, and learn sometimes more from them.
The girls absolutely loved it. They were laughing and gigling and really opening up to the awkward topic of dating. I loved teaching this lesson. I felt relaxed and confident with what I was teaching, and was happy with the end result - smiling faces leaving the room.