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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 10, 2013
I've been looking for a fruit of the spirit curriculum to teach our k-2nd graders and this is perfect. I love how you can tailor the lesson from a whole class setting down to a short 10 minute devotional. Perfect for our group!
We use this in our children's ministry. We have between 2 and 15 children at a time, ranging in age from 5 to 11 though we occasionally have ages 2-13. This is the most economical resource for us because it serves multiple ages well, requires only craft supplies likely on hand, and includes different learning styles so everyone gets something out of it. For the teachers, we have found this very easy to implement so that good programs for the children can be thrown together last minute (5 minutes before children arrive) or excellent programs planned in less than an hour.
The only color in this resource is the cover but we like that it keeps the cost down. We have the children color the reproducibles themselves. To adapt the stories to all ages and engage the children, we add some relevant commentary and frequently ask questions. Children who do understand a more advanced concept/word get to share and teachers can ensure that everyone understands the story. Everyone loves the games and skits. It has worked very well for us.
This book has great ideas for activities/crafts that go along with the Bible story. Unfortunately, the story at the beginning is suitable for an adult or an older student, not young kids. That's okay, but when you're reading to young kids, you want a storybook with bright pictures and simple wording to engage them to go along with the crafts, etc. You have to hope you can find a children's Bible with the referenced story in it. We're using this for our Wednesday evening program for kids aged 3-10.