In Sunday school, we want to do more than just give students information. Teachers that model love for God and others and treat their students with respect are giving them an important lesson which can’t be communicated through printed materials.
However, printed curriculum can be an important tool in giving our children information which will help to form their attitudes, values, and lives.
Printed curriculum usually includes teacher and student books as well as other items such as posters, DVDs, music CDs, and take home sheets. Recently, curriculum publishers have been offering more reproducible and online components as well.
Some questions to ask when deciding on a Sunday school curriculum include:
- How many students will we have? Will we have a one room Sunday school or multiple grades?
- What is our budget?
- What are the needs of our teachers?
- Do we want to use a traditional curriculum, a lectionary curriculum, a rotation model, or something else?
- What are our learning goals? Does the curriculum we select help us to achieve those goals?
Keep the answers to these questions in mind as you examine the various curriculum available and make sure the one you select fits your needs.