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Choosing Your Curriculum

Choosing curriculum to nurture a deep and wide faith in children is an important task. It can also be overwhelming and time-consuming. With more than 50 curricula to choose from and five curriculum models to consider, the options may seem endless.

Below you’ll find three tools to help in your curriculum decision-making process. Choose the tool that will work best in your context, share it with those making curriculum decisions in your congregation, and use it to evaluate the children’s ministry resources you’re considering.

Curriculum Reviews

When you're choosing curriculum, theology matters! It's the framework that each curriculum is built on, and it affects how kids come to understand God's Story and God's world.

If you'd like free expert assistance with choosing the best curriculum for your church, contact the CRC's Children's Ministry Catalyzer at [email protected].

Check out how each of the following curricula fits with a Reformed worldview in the reviews below.

2- to 3-year-olds

God Loves Me

Preschool to Middle School

252 Kids
Deep Blue
Growing in Grace and Gratitude


Bake with the Bible
WE curriculum
LIFT (Living in Faith Together Everyday)

Options for Churches with Few Children

  • DWELL Flex is a new multi-age edition of DWELL, created to adapt to a variety of contexts. Dwell Flex sessions work with a wide range of ages in one classroom and in a wide variety of settings, including by video, at church, and at home.
  • Growing in Grace and Gratitude is a Reformed curriculum published by the Presbyterian Church (USA). It includes a multi-age version for use with children ages 5-10.
  • Feasting on the Word is a lectionary-based curriculum that offers multi-age sessions for learners ages 5-12.
  • Keep a box of God's Big Story Cards on hand. Pick the card you’ll need for the story you’re planning to tell; gather any supplies you may need; tell the story and have the kids roll the die to select the responses.
  • Consider joining the Birthing Cross+Gen Community Facebook Group where members regularly exchange ideas for nurturing faith in intergenerational settings.
  • Check out the Flame Creative Children's Ministry blog blog for a variety of storytelling techniques, crafts, experiments, games, and other resources for multi-age settings.
  • Theresa Cho’s church transformed Sunday school and found meaningful ways to fully include kids during worship. Find out what they did (and gather great ideas to jump-start your own thinking).
  • Churches with few children are often perfectly positioned to try more intergenerational approaches to faith formation. You’ll find a multitude of ideas and resources for doing so in The Intergenerational Church toolkit. 

Theme/Topic-Based Curriculum

Advent and Christmas

Beginning of the Education Year

rainbow chalk sticks

End of the Education Year

Holy Week and Easter


The Lord’s Prayer

  • The Lord’s Prayer is an intergenerational learning event that includes many easily adaptable ideas for children’s ministry.

Lord’s Supper

Vacation Bible School

Here are curriculum-focused resources for VBS. Explore additional resources in the Summer Ministries section.


Writing Your Own Curriculum

If you’re considering writing your own curriculum, you owe it to the children in your congregation to provide resources that are biblically, theologically, and pedagogically sound. That’s a huge challenge!

First, you’ll want to create a comprehensive scope and sequence that covers the breadth of Scripture while repeating and diving more deeply into key stories each year. That’s how kids become biblically literate—hearing a story once isn’t enough.

With that task in mind, we’ve created a scope and sequence tool for you. It can be used in a variety of ways:

  • as a template for writing your own curriculum
  • to check (and rewrite as needed) the perspective and activities in another curriculum you’re using
  • to shape stand-alone sessions you may be writing (for example, if your church is doing a series in which all ages are studying the same story at the same time).

Wondering what else goes into writing curriculum? Read Eight Things About Creating Children’s Curriculum That Might Surprise You to get the inside scoop.