Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Children's Church Curriculum Reviews - KidsTime!

When it comes to resources for children's church, definitely take a look at Gospel Light's KidsTime curriculum! Not only is it one of the best curriculum buys you'll find anywhere, but each kit provides focused resources to help you teach God's Word in an active and engaging way! Allow me to share with you some information about KidsTime!
Strengths -
    God's People Celebrate Starter Kit (Kids Time)KidsTime Passport to Adventure: 13 Choices That Shape a Kid's LifeJourney with Jesus: Kids Discover Where Jesus Went, What Jesus Taught, and How It Is Relevant Today [With Music CD] (Kids Time)
  • Biblically Sound
  • Entirely reproducible and churches are welcome to make as many copies as they need for use in their ministry!
  • Focuses for one quarter or one year - depending on which materials you select - on one "big idea" which it teaches then re-teaches for the entire month - Preschool materials are available in two boxes - one focuses for 52 weeks on Discovering God's Love and the other 52 week resource on Growing with God. Elementary materials are available in three 52 week resources - God's Big Picture, God's People Celebrate and God's Kids Grow - 13 week resources are available with all ages - preschool - elementary - in one book and cover Agents in ActionBig Wave DiscoveryJourney with JesusParable QuestPassport to AdventureRock-Solid Followers and Treasure Seekers (these resources correspond with Gospel Light's VBS, but can absolutely be used anytime!)
  • Unified scope across the board with each kit or book
  • Strong emphasis on kids living what they learn
  • Colorful graphics
  • each 52-week kit includes music, teacher resource visual resources and more
  • preschool materials uses "Gospel Light’s three-step teaching method: play, listen and talk to learn about Jesus."
  • elementary materials involve children in the teaching of the Bible lesson with American Sign Language or drawing or using clay depending on the kit
  • elementary materials include object lessons - really love this feature!
  • each resource is full of options as there are more resources for each lesson than you will have time to use in one week! 
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"
  • Parent materials to continue the learning at home
KidsTime resources 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. If you are looking for a Large Group/Small Group curriculum which, as Gospel Light says, are "flexible" and "affordable" and focus on the truth of God’s Word, this curriculum is well worth taking a look at to see if it may be a good "fit" for your ministry! Gospel Light says, "KidsTime is fun and easy. Choose what activities are right for your group! Whether your church is large or small, this is the affordable children’s ministry solution you’ve been waiting for. " 

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