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The summer time is the normal period where Sunday School Superintendents, Christian Education Coordinators, pastors, teachers and parents make their decisions concerning the curriculum for the new year in their church or home devotions.
This year, why not make a decision that will permanently impact your children through the use of a visual curriculum for 4-12 year olds. This material will help to avoid the main2 complaints of much Sunday School or home curriculum which usually are:
Children's Ministry International (CMI) found that teachers desired materials that could teach the truth and that the children would retain and use in their lives. We also found that teachers wanted materials that weren't consumable and were capable of being taught to various/mixed age groups. We knew that children retain 10% what they hear, 60% of what they hear and see and 80% of what they hear, see and do.
The answer to the problem was right under our noses. Over a hundred years ago the "Catechism for Young Children" consisting of 145 questions and answers was written by a Bible believing Presbyterian who wanted to ensure the children in his church would retain the basics and build upon them. He patterned the questions and answers after the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession of faith.
These questions and answers of the Children's Catechism had never been visualized or put in Bible lesson form along with songs and crafts to underscore the truths. An experienced Sunday School woman teacher on CMI staff, Dot Musante from Milton, Florida, came up with the idea and began to prepare visuals for each question and answer. Today all 145 questions and answers have been completed.
Each lesson consists of the same five parts:
A typical lesson (for instance Series A: "The Who, What, Why and How of Creation") can be taught in three sessions: the first session teaching the question, answer, memory verse and song; the second session reviewing the 1st week, repeating the memory verse and song and then teaching the Bible lesson; and the third session reviewing the 1st and 2nd weeks, playing the review game, doing the creative expression and of course singing the songs. Therefore the typical series can easily last a quarter.
Below is a eight-year plan for introducing "The Bible Building Blocks of the Faith" into your church or home.
For families which desire to teach the lessons at home we have another schedule available.
Can you imagine having your 5th and 6th graders knowing all the important doctrines of the Bible? This includes the attributes of God, the books of the Bible, how the Holy Spirit works, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacraments, Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King, how to fight the devil, Christ's coming again, atonement, sanctification, justification and glorification, and this is just a start. Yes, it can happen; the curriculum exist today for you to start.
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