Friday, April 6, 2012

Curriculum Review - Large Group/Small Group - TruWonder & TruStory from Cook!

Kids holding Tru LogoDavid C. Cook has long been known as a publisher of curriculum. They have two new resources which I will be including in my review - today we will be looking at tru. I'm happy to say David C Cook gave me full access to their tru curriculum which allowed me the opportunity to fully review tru! I really like tru and believe it will prove to be a great "fit" for many churches! Allow me to share with you some information about David C Cook's tru wonder and tru story curricula!
  • Publisher - David C Cook   
  • Website -
  • Price - from $80 per month . . . the price goes up from there based on the package you select
  • Type - Large Group/Small Group
  • Scope - Chronological through the Bible
  • Available for Preschool/Kindergarten and for Elementary age children
Strengths -
  • Biblically Sound
  • Entirely reproducible 
  • Children are intentionally engaged throughout the lesson with activities and questions/discussions - the older children are engaged in the lessons by being able to help with some of the lessons
  • Scope is built around "revealing the wonder of Who God Is" for preschool and kindergarten children and "revealing the Big God Story of God's redemptive plan" for elementary kids."
  • Parent materials are included so they are able to continue the learning at home throughout the week
  • Colorful graphics
  • Teacher devotions/Bible backgrounds are well written and help volunteers understand and see the "big picture" of what they want the kids to learn
  • Each lesson closes with an opportunity for teachers/parents to pray a Scripture to bless each child - love this!
Would like to see - 
  • More affordable pricing - even at $80 per month, this can add up pretty quickly
  • Unified Scope and Sequence 
  • Weekly - "live-it" activities to help children take what they learn out the doors of the church and live it in their everyday lives every day
  • quarterly service projects to "Put Feet to Their Faith"
tru wonder and tru story are written with the goal of intentionally engaging children so they are able to remember, understand and live God's Word for genuinely changed lives. There are an abundance of options and tru begins their time with small group and then moves to large group time followed by small group time once again. This curriculum is well worth taking a look at to see if it may be a good "fit" for your ministry! Cook says, "Spiritual development can and should begin from the earliest age with parents as the primary nurturers of their children's faith. Tru resources support both the church and home with a focus on knowing God personally, igniting an passion for Christ, learning to listen to His Spirit, keeping Biblical content true to context and cultivating a concern for people's needs in our communities and the world." 


  1. I just had an anonymous person post two highly negative comments about Tru. While I understand not everyone who uses a curriculum will find it is a great "fit" for them, I can not publish such a negative comment when the person who posted it was not willing to post their name.

    And to answer your question/comment, no, I do not work for Tru or Cook and never have.

    I am sorry you did not find Tru was a good "fit" for your ministry, but I try to keep the content of this blog on a positive note. This does not mean I won't post comments which tell how something didn't work for someone - I have done so with other curriculum. But again, since the person who posted the comment remained anonymous I have to moderate the comment and not post it.

  2. So did you actually use this curriculum and/or see it in action or is your review based just on looking at the materials?