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.
Want to see the Ten-Question Tool in action? This Curriculum Comparison Chart uses it to compare curricula from Orange, Faith Alive, and Congregational Ministries Publishing.
Choosing a Curriculum: A Guide for Churches: this tool takes a more in-depth look at curriculum options. It includes a checklist of important curriculum features and questions to help you find theologically and pedagogically sound resources that fit the unique personality and dynamics of your congregation.
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.
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.
Advent and Christmas
Check out these leader's guides for resources that contain everything you need for two different children’s ministry sessions on Christmas themes for kids in kindergarten through grade 8.
Looking for an easy, fun, and meaningful Advent devotional for families? We think This Might Be the Best Jesse Tree Set Ever. Click the link to access a fabulous set of free, downloadable devotions, ornaments and ideas for how to use them.
Check out these leader's guides for resources that contain everything you need for two different children’s ministry sessions on Easter for kids in kindergarten through grade 8.
Let’s Talk About Privilege is a resource written by Jane Genzink as a learning experience for the children in grades 1-5 in her church. Divided into three sessions, it covers the topics of privilege, people who are marginalized, and what it means to be a godly neighbor.
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.