Curriculum

About the Curriculum

General Information:

Jay & Becca Crook initially created a one year children's Bible hour curriculum for preschoolers with the help of LaDonna Wilson, and Greg and Tina Beam. The Crooks expanded it several years later into a two year curriculum, and added lesson plans and puppet plays. Jay created the lesson plans and Becca wrote the plays. The curriculum was expanded to include elementary age students as well as preschoolers.

Several churches of Christ now use this curriculum for its Sunday morning/evening children's bible hour. Life groups have also found it easy to adopt. Congregations have been using it effectively since 2006. Several couples can rotate the teaching of this program on a weekly basis, without fear of overlap due to the perpetual calendar. This online schedule makes it easy to keep track of what lesson is being taught.

Purpose of Materials:

This curriculum is a chronological study of the Old and New Testaments. It goes from Genesis to Revelation in one year, but the lessons in the even and odd years do not repeat. The exception is the birth of Jesus and the crucifixion of Jesus. That is because the schedule for the curriculum aligns the birth of Jesus to Christmas and the crucifixion to Easter. This is the tricky part because Easter is based on the Jewish calendar which is based on the phases of the moon. So from year to year there may be additional lessons for the Life of Christ depending on the timing of Easter.

Each lesson plan comes with a goal for the class. The Bible story will reinforce this goal. All materials listed in the lesson plan are to either emphasize the goal or the Bible story. Some lesson plans include games which may be a slight alteration of well known games (i.e., Simon Says is used for the story of Peter, John and the Beggar, but is changed to Simon Peter Says).

There is a memory verse for the children that is repeated for the entire month. This is to reinforce learning.

Content of Materials:

We recommend using the NIV translation or the NKJV translation of the Bible. The Beginner's Bible may be preferable for preschoolers.

Almost all lessons come with a word search and coloring pages. Some of the coloring pages may be linked from other sites, so they are possibly unavailable at times. You will need pencils and crayons.

Various supplies will be needed for the lessons, which are easily found around the house. In addition, cardboard blocks are used in several lessons for building altars, building walls, or building towers.

One project that is used for the lesson about Messianic Prophecies are wooden books of the Bible. This will take time to make them out of 2x4s but they can be used before or after class for the children to play with and put into order.

Puppets are needed for the puppet play. These can be professionally made or as simple as sock puppets. Examples of sock puppets can be found online.

Instructional Levels & Target Age:

The lesson plans are geared for a mixed class of ages 2 to 10. If it is being used for preschoolers only or elementary only, some portions may be omitted.

Type of Instructional Arrangement:

The curriculum is designed with a classroom environment in mind. Children can be sitting in chairs or on the floor for the lesson and discussion. For activities, students may need to have access to tables or a hard surface. A puppet stage would be useful for the puppet plays. A simple stage can be created from a refrigerator cardboard box.

Teacher Involvement Requirements:

For mixed ages of children, we recommend husband and wife teams. College age students are also effective as teachers. It usually takes two adults for large classes. It is recommended to recruit teenagers to do the puppet plays. Most plays require three puppets.

Time Requirements:

Each lesson plan is designed for a one hour time span. This is variable depending on the teacher. Additional songs can be added to increase the time.

Teaching Strategy for Understanding Others:

In this curriculum, children will learn about people that are different. The song "Jesus Loves the Little Children" is often used which teaches love in racial diversity. Some lessons that teach multiculturalism include:
  • Blind Man Sees - what is it like to be blind?
  • Zacchaeus - loving your enemies
  • Good Samaritan - loving your enemies
  • 10 Lepers - what is it like being very sick?
  • David and Goliath - dealing with big and small?
  • Elijah & the Widow's Son - what is it like to be starving?
  • Woman Gives All Her Money - what is it like to be poor?
  • Ruth & Naomi - being kind to the poor
  • First Deacons - being kind to orphans
  • Cornelius - God loves people who are different than us
  • Great Commission - visiting other countries
  • Tower of Babel - counting and saying hello in different languages, sing Jesus Loves Me in sign language

Curriculum Features:

  • List of Songs - list of songs, their lyrics and a search function
  • Word Search creator - put in your own words and create a word search automatically
  • Crossword puzzle creator - automatic crosswords
  • Search Lessons - type in a word(s) to see which lessons have it (i.e., faith)

Provides Suggestions:

To give us feedback, please email Jay and Becca Crook.

2012