Recommended Curriculum for Children's Education
There are so many good curricula out there, but many of them are prohibitive because of cost or the time it takes to implement them well. Read the descriptions below to see what we recommend.
Lesson Plans that Work is a free downloadable resource for younger children, older children and adults. It is lectionary based and pretty easy to use for beginning teachers, and open enough for experience teachers to be creative. It is also Episcopal. episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/
Weaving God's Promises is also downloadable, but there is a cost associated. We have purchased a Diocesan license, so if you'd like to use it and are in the Diocese of Western Michigan, please let me know and I will sign you up. www.weavinggodspromises.org/
It is not lectionary based, but is thematic. Sharon Ely Pearson, from Church Publishing, has connected the themes and lessons to the lectionary.
Click here to find the Weaving God's Promises Lectionary Connection (year A)
Click here to find the Weaving God's Promises Lectionary Connection (year C).
Weaving now has take home pages. Click here to view page 1 example. Click here for page 2 example.
Faith Lens is also free and downloadable and is made available by our partners in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America). It is a weekly Bible study that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life. http://blogs.elca.org/faithlens/
Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world. www.godlyplayfoundation.org/
Curricula and resources from Forward Movement
Forward Movement is an Episcopal Publishing house (you may know their Day By Day booklet). They have moved into more curriculum, including classroom and at home resources. www.forwardmovement.org/
Meet the Saints: Part of the Celebrating the Saints curriculum from Forward Movement, Meet the Saints: Downloadable Facilitator's Guide and Family Storybook equips educators and offers children the opportunity to follow Jesus while learning more about twenty-six of the monks, missionaries, prophets, doctors, evangelists and more who are named saints in The Episcopal Church's calendar.
Support materials and additional resources
The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education
Holy Women, Holy Men
Sermons that Work
Building Faith Curriculum Center