Survival Pack

Substitute teacher survival pack: Do not leave the classroom without it.


It's early Sunday morning, the sun won't be rising for a couple more hours and you've just been woken up by a bad case of the flu. Hopefully you won't have to face this scenario very often, but when you do, it's comforting to know that there are people willing to fill in as substitute Sunday school teachers.

In some cases, the absence of the regular Sunday school teacher may be planned ahead of time. In these instances, the sub will have adequate time to plan the lesson and/or obtain the needed materials from the regular teacher.

  Subsitute Teacher Supplies

Unfortunately, sometimes the sub will not have adequate time to prepare for the lesson; therefore, it is always a good idea to have a substitute teacher survival pack prepared for each classroom.

The survival pack should include enough age appropriate material to enable the substitute teacher to instruct the children for the entire length of the class. The first thing included in the package should be a short lesson outline. The first activity should be relatively easy, a page to color or a word search. This will keep the kids busy while the sub has a chance to review the rest of the lesson and prepare. You may want to include some or all of the items listed below in your substitute teachers survival pack:  

Short lesson outline
Word searches
Bible stories
Children's Christian songs
Bible based coloring pages
Group games
Simple crafts
Activity pages
Attendence sheet

The list of additional material you can add to your survival pack(s) is almost endless and will most likely change over time. Remember the wise saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Take an hour or two and create a package that both the children and the substitute teacher will appreciate.