Ok, so I'm not interested in getting bombarded by all you wonderful curriculum representatives trying to sell me your stuff.  I want some real life, in the trenches, opinions of what good curriculum is out there.  We are looking for what seems not to exist.  We used Standard in our Sunday School for years until they sold Heartshaper, and for our LG/SG program we used PromiseLand from Willow Creek that has been out of print for years. Then we went to Tru.  When Tru first came out they were amazing but too expensive.  What I love is that they have Sunday School & LG/SG curriculum for all ages and they, for the most part, have the same teaching for all ages so the family has the opportunity to learn together.  This helps parents, and siblings to engage one another about what they are learning.  But since they've been part of Disciplr, their writing is so disjointed and weak.  You may get an overall theme that has nothing to do with the bible passage, and may not even be mentioned in the lesson.  It is also not very well laid out.  Love the concept of teaching through the bible as the Big God Story, as well as all the family ministry resources but just not meeting needs.  We are paying for a curriculum that we are having to rewrite.

We have Sunday School and LG/SG hours.  Need curriculum for both. Wanted to use orange but a little more expensive and they have resources for LG/SG, not Sunday School.  They have a lot that could be used for both hours but would require so much time to reorganize and basically rewrite all our curriculum for all our classes.  

Is there a curriculum out there that is good, offers 2 hours, has a unified scope & Sequence, is well written and not just "surface faith" teaching, and provides curriculum for Toddlers thru 5th grade? And that does not require a complete rewrite for every lesson? I do not have a curriculum team. Just me and my wife.

What is your opinion.  I know this is not a new concept and there are probably thousands of posts about this. Still, anyone out there found the gem of children's ministry curriculum?

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I am a developer but also in the trenches - I began developing just because of what you shared above. Those who use Sunday Plus have really liked it. Take a quick look - first at the philosophy Why Sunday Plus  and then to see the Scope and Sequence and samples Curriculum  

As a Children's Pastor I wanted something that would provide a framework for intentional discipleship of the children beyond Sunday mornings. I also wanted something that would engage the kids but also challenge them by taking them deeper into the Bible. 

I no longer serve professionally; however have just moved from California to Atlanta to be close to our son, who is a Children's Pastor and uses the curriculum. About two months ago I was in the supply room  when a young mom,, a Craft Specialist, was gathering things together, I asked her "What do you think of this curriculum? Do you like it?" 

Her response, "The best way to answer is for the first time my daughter can't wait to get to church on Sunday." I have been blessed by parents(when they learn who I am) telling me how they are amazed at what their kids are learning, that they talk about it. 

In the Sunday School hour the kids actually experience the truth they are going to study that week. One Sunday we were going to take the kids through the story of Jesus walking on water. The truth was to stay focused on Jesus when things in life are bombarding us. We put a two by four on two chairs and had the kids walk across it. One kid stood at the end of the board with a picture of Jesus. The kids were told to not take their eyes off off Jesus - as they walked across we had fans that blew on them and sprayed water on them the other kids yelled at them. It was amazing to see that every kid who stayed focused on Jesus made it across, every kid who took his focus off fell.

What was really awesome from this- the next week, one of our tougher boys had a bad day at school. That evening he told his mom, I'm sure glad I learned about staying focused on Jesus this week. I wanted to get so mad and do something but I just kept seeing Jesus.

Over the years I've heard a lot of these stories - we call it Reality Learning. The kids get into their Bibles every Sunday.

Preschoolers and Elementary study the same truth and Scripture. There is Bible Focus, Worship & Wonder, Weekday Celebration, and more. In all Gatherings for a week the same scripture and truth is taught but in different ways.

The first year they go through the Old Testament and second year The New Testament. Everything points to Jesus. We have tried to make God the hero in every story - such as David and Goliath, David isn't the hero God is. 


Thanks Wanda,

Does this curriculum just provide Sunday School or does it have 2 hours, both Sunday School and Worship?


Wanda Parker said:

I am a developer but also in the trenches - I began developing just because of what you shared above. Those who use Sunday Plus have really liked it. Take a quick look - first at the philosophy Why Sunday Plus  and then to see the Scope and Sequence and samples Curriculum  

As a Children's Pastor I wanted something that would provide a framework for intentional discipleship of the children beyond Sunday mornings. I also wanted something that would engage the kids but also challenge them by taking them deeper into the Bible. 

I no longer serve professionally; however have just moved from California to Atlanta to be close to our son, who is a Children's Pastor and uses the curriculum. About two months ago I was in the supply room  when a young mom,, a Craft Specialist, was gathering things together, I asked her "What do you think of this curriculum? Do you like it?" 

Her response, "The best way to answer is for the first time my daughter can't wait to get to church on Sunday." I have been blessed by parents(when they learn who I am) telling me how they are amazed at what their kids are learning, that they talk about it. 

In the Sunday School hour the kids actually experience the truth they are going to study that week. One Sunday we were going to take the kids through the story of Jesus walking on water. The truth was to stay focused on Jesus when things in life are bombarding us. We put a two by four on two chairs and had the kids walk across it. One kid stood at the end of the board with a picture of Jesus. The kids were told to not take their eyes off off Jesus - as they walked across we had fans that blew on them and sprayed water on them the other kids yelled at them. It was amazing to see that every kid who stayed focused on Jesus made it across, every kid who took his focus off fell.

What was really awesome from this- the next week, one of our tougher boys had a bad day at school. That evening he told his mom, I'm sure glad I learned about staying focused on Jesus this week. I wanted to get so mad and do something but I just kept seeing Jesus.

Over the years I've heard a lot of these stories - we call it Reality Learning. The kids get into their Bibles every Sunday.

Preschoolers and Elementary study the same truth and Scripture. There is Bible Focus, Worship & Wonder, Weekday Celebration, and more. In all Gatherings for a week the same scripture and truth is taught but in different ways.

The first year they go through the Old Testament and second year The New Testament. Everything points to Jesus. We have tried to make God the hero in every story - such as David and Goliath, David isn't the hero God is. 

It has a Sunday School hour and a Worship Hour. It also has a midweek. I will give you links to the first week's lessons.

Bible Focus (Sunday School)

Worship & Wonder

Car & Table Talk

There is also Preschool so the family can continue talking at home about what the kids learned Sunday.

Bible Focus preschool

Worship & Wonder preschool

Car & Table Talk preschool

If you want to talk about it contact me at wanda@kidtrek.org  

Hey Robert,

I am a Children's Minister in Texas and we just switched to DiscipleLand for our Sunday Morning Small Groups and both of our worship times. They use a scope and sequence setup and the curriculum is THICK. So far our teachers and kids are enjoying the content, though I have heard it takes more time to prep. However, I don't know if that's a bad thing since the stuff used in the interim was usually looked over on Sunday mornings. What I liked most about DiscipleLand was the emphasis on growing kids to make disciples and tell others about Jesus. The first couple of years are focused on foundational information to build each child's understanding and relationship with Christ, and then moves into more abstract thinking and challenges to share, while also giving them the tools to do so.

Good luck! I would be happy to share more of our experiences should you have more questions!

-Kelsey

Not sure if you've found what you're looking for. But The Meeting House in Canada is making available their video-driven Sunday School curriculum.  Meeting House

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