Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Curriculum Reviews - Best Buys - DiscipleTown

This year I'm including DiscipleTown - a Large Group/Small Group curriculum written by Karl Bastian the Kidologist - as one of my Best Buys for the following reasons . . . 

  1. It is reproducible
  2. They often run great specials which if you watch for these, you can save a lot of money
  3. Once you purchase the units which best fit with your vision, you can re-use it for years as you rotate through a scope and sequence which you design for your ministry
Please allow me to share some information with you about DiscipleTown . . .

Strengths -
  • Biblically Sound
  • Entirely reproducible 
  • Children are intentionally engaged throughout the lesson with activities and questions/discussions - the children are actively engaged in the lessons by being able to help teach the lessons
  • Scope is built around the idea of "teaching practical 'Disciple Skills' which every follower of Jesus Christ must develop in order to grow and live victoriously."
  • Parent materials are included so parents are able to continue the learning at home throughout the week - "DiscipleTown Table Talkers challenges families to set aside three times a week to discuss the principles kids are learning at DiscipleTown" 
  • Colorful graphics
  • Excellent, engaging videos, object lessons and crafts throughout the lessons capture children's attention and help them remember, understand and live God's Word!
  • Unique and intentional "multi-cultural emphasis to help children learn Jesus loves and saves children all over the world, from every race and nation!" 
Would like to see - 
  • 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"
  • Resources for Preschool age children
  • An opportunity for volunteers to pray Scripture for each child to bless them
I really like DiscipleTown and appreciate it 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. They say, "DiscipleTown exists to make disciples. Each unit teaches a discipleship skill essential to a child's walk with Jesus. DiscipleTown will help your kids become dynamic disciples who: develop a reservoir of KNOWLEDGE based on a Biblical worldview, displays Christlike CHARACTER in every area of life and demonstrates faithful CONDUCT which honors God and helps people."

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