Saturday, May 11, 2013

Curriculum Review - Large Group/Small Group - Empowering Kids!

Empowering Kids is another DVD based curriculum with high energy and a great deal of creativity from Craig Jutilla. While they do not make all of their curriculum available for review, you are able to review one complete lesson from each series - this gives you a pretty good idea what the curriculum is like. This curriculum is intentionally designed to, "answer four questions in each and every lesson; we will provide a creative, edgy, fun and biblically based lesson which is designed not only to be 'learned' but “lived” during the week." The four questions in each lesson are:
  1.  What Should I See? (The Story or Biblical Example)
  2. What’s The Key? (The Main Key to Unlock The Life Lesson In The Story)
  3. What’s That To Me? (Answers How The Story Applies To The Student’s World)
  4. How Should I Be? (An Application for Each Student To Live Out During The Week) 
Allow me to share with you some information about Empowering Kids video curriculum!
  • Publisher - Empowering Kids  
  • Website - 
  • Price - varies from $100 - $160 per age level per study - each study varies with lessons for four to eight weeks.
  • Scope - Topical
  • Available for Preschool and Elementary for most studies
Strengths -
  • Biblically Sound
  • Print materials are reproducible
  • Most lesson are available with a unified scope and sequence
  • Strong emphasis on what a Bible lesson means to me and then how should it effect how I live
  • Approximately a four year scope and sequence if you use all studies which are currently available.
  • Strong focus on mentoring and developing relationships among kids and with their Small Group Leaders
  • Parent materials are included so they are able to continue the learning at home throughout the week
  • Options to print student materials full color or add your own logo/info, but print in black and white
  • One sample lesson available for each age level for each study.
  • Quality DVDs with high energy
Would like to see - 
  • More affordable pricing - while I appreciate the quality of the dvds, the pricing is a bit high - if they aren't on sale - since you have to print the student materials as well and only receive five to eight lessons per series.
  • Quarterly service projects to "Put Feet to Their Faith"
  • Teacher devotions
Empowering Kids video curriculum is written with the goal of intentionally engaging children so they are able to remember, understand and live God's Word for genuinely changed lives. If you are looking for a video/dvd based curriculum, this curriculum is well worth taking a look at to see if it may be a good "fit" for your ministry! Empowering Kids says, "In essence we want our kids to 'walk the talk.' We want kids to KNOW Christ and GROW in Christ. We want our Leaders to SHOW children by their example and we want our Program to FLOW in an effective and efficient way that would make the lesson 'sticky' or memorable to each child.

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