Jeanette Windle is an award-winning novelist, author of 16 fiction titles, missions journalist, editor and collaborative writer. She grew up in South America, has lived in 6 countries and traveled in more than 30. Jeanette represents BCM International, whose core Genesis-to-Revelation children’s curriculum, Footsteps of Faith, and children’s ministry leadership training curriculum, In Step with the Master Teacher, has been reproduced in dozens of languages.
Producing biblically-centered, culturally-relevant curriculum is neither as difficult nor as costly as you think. Click to watch this 5 minute video.
The purpose of a children’s curriculum is to help children know love and obey God.
Here are the core values that any curriculum for children needs to include:
- Bible centered. Curriculum is only as effective as it gives children the opportunity to engage with God’s Word. This is even more so for kids who are not from a Christian background. Center on a chronological presentation of God’s Word.
- We teach for response and application. It needs to be a living story for today’s children, interactive and relevant to their lives.
- Holy-spirit dependent. Remember the Holy Spirit is the Person who changes lives and impacts hearts. We can’t use curriculum to pressure or push children to make decisions.
- Culturally relevant. Even when writing for children within one country, remember that children may be from non-Christian homes, be at risk and dealing daily with great tragedies.
- Financially and physically practical. Most effective curriculum is not dependent on space, personnel or resources. Remember that your Bible content centers around the Bible story. Create a Bible toolbox to augment the basic story according to the group size and resources.
In summary, you can make your curriculum easily affordable and widely used among a variety of children.
How do you write a children’s curriculum?
One lesson at a time. Every lesson has five parts:
- One Bible truth and one way for a child to respond to each lesson
- An intro to pull children into the lesson, whether drama, questions, role play or…
- Bible content based on careful study of Scripture
- Summary/application that takes the Bible content and applies it to where the child is today
- The response activity—what the child can take away and apply immediately to their lives