Five Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Finish Their Awana Handbooks

Encourage your child to finish his handbook this year

For most kids, April and May are the final months to finish their Awana handbooks.

Is your child in need of a boost of encouragement? If so, here are a few ideas to motivate your child to complete this year’s handbook:

1. Set goals with them

Is your child in Sparks or T&T? Our Bookwalks for Sparks and Bookwalks for T&T are free resources that help you determine how many sections of your child’s handbook need to be completed per week through the end of the club year for her to finish her book.

Or ask your child’s Awana leader to assist you to figure out how many book sections your child needs to complete over the final weeks of the club year to reach this goal.

2. Work with them

Practice new Bible verses with your child each week. For instance, spend five or 10 minutes a night before bedtime going over verses. If you’re morning people, work on verses during breakfast or in the car. Try these Bible memorization tips.

And consider committing to learn the verses yourself. Make it a weekly competition between the two of you if your child is at an appropriate age. Who can finish more sections each week?

3. Reward them

Awana rewards handbook achievers with end-of-year awards. Many churches’ Awana ministries further reward kids with candy, prizes, Awana bucks or other external benefits.

But if you think your child needs an additional incentive, what would motivate him even further? Extra allowance? A gift? A special meal? A night out with Dad or Mom? This also communicates to your child that his Bible learning is important to you and to his spiritual growth.

4. Praise them

As they finish a section and move closer to completing their handbook, load on the encouragement. This will fuel most kids’ fire to press ahead. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

5. Prioritize their involvement

Learning God’s Word is essential to developing a strong walk with Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16 says Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Treat your child’s Awana “homework” the same as you treat her schoolwork. Our kids will pick up on this and take their handbooks more seriously.

How do you motivate your kids to finish their Awana handbooks?


This entry was posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 3:44 pm and is filed under Awana, Discipleship, Parenting, Setting Goals. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Five Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Finish Their Awana Handbooks”

  1. Wayne Wymore Says:

    April 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Re: Finishing the Handbooks

    Thanks! I really appreciate this article.

    I’ve been noticing how the time is growing short, and so this is very timely. The tips on getting it done look very helpful – I plan to share these with the parents.

    Thank You :)

  2. KimA Says:

    April 15th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So glad you found this helpful, Wayne. Hope it serves your parents well, too. Blessings!

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