The 4 MUST HAVES When Writing #kidmin Curriculum

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MusthaveThere are four things that are critical when we
write #kidmin curriculum at Group.

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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
text.

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
prop.

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What do you keep in mind when choosing or writing your own
curriculum? What’s most important to you? Let me know in the
comments below! 

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

3 Comments

  1. I love to take the "adult teachings" and make them reachable for the children. I think sometimes we assume some Christian teaching is too big for them. But with the right illustration and Biblical examples it can be achieved.
    One example I found, was a three leaf clover craft used to explain the Trinity. They are three but still one. How great is that?

  2. june valerie phiri on

    ive recently been involved in our sunday school as coordinator and part of my duty is to prepare lessons for all the class from preschool to the teens its a big challenge for me l need help june

  3. The problem with the three leaf clover analogy is that each leaf of the clover does not, in and of itself, comprise a whole clover.

    To make the analogy work, each person of the trinity would have to be "part of" God. I think you see the problem.

    The analogy of the three leaf clover does not point to a biblical understanding of trinity. Some modern Christians have applied the label "partialism" to this type of heresy.

    During the Council of Nicea, the orthodox doctrines regarding the ideas expressed in "partialism" were clarified.

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