There are four things that are critical when we
write #kidmin curriculum at Group.
1. Biblical Truth–First and foremost, writing
curriculum for children’s ministry is at its essence being a
steward of the Word of God. And that’s not to be taken lightly. We
must “rightly handle” the Word of God. It’s critical to understand
the context and meaning of the Scripture that we’re trying to teach
children. This requires diligence in studying the biblical
2. Age Appropriateness–Once we understand the
truth of the Scripture, we ask how this applies to the kids that
we’re writing for. All of God’s Word applies to all of us–but in
different ways at different points in our lives. If the text we’re
teaching is about glorifying God in all we do, older kids may apply
that to homework while preschoolers may apply it to cleaning their
rooms. This is where we ask the “so what?” question for kids. Also,
we need to ensure that whatever learning activities we create, the
questions we ask, the words we use are age appropriate so kids can
truly understand what God wants them to learn.
3. REAL Learning–We believe that the most
effective way for kids to learn is when the lesson is Relational,
Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-Based. (You can learn more
about REAL Learning here.) Using REAL learning in writing curriculum makes every
lesson engaging for kids and ensures that the learning will stick.
We create lessons that lead to aha moments of discovery for kids.
We eschew closed-ended, recall questions in favor of
thought-provoking questions that lead to rich conversation.
4. Ease of Preparation–The last thing that
we’re concerned about when we’re writing curriculum is that it’s
easy for the teacher. We know that volunteers are busy and don’t
have time to collect hard-to-find supplies so we keep the supplies
simple. This may sound like we’re not being that creative. On the
contrary it takes a lot more creative to work within the
constraints of fewer supplies than to waste creativity on a clever
What do you keep in mind when choosing or writing your own
curriculum? What’s most important to you? Let me know in the