- Strong Bible Base: for this age group we wanted them to really know the stories of the bible and apply the life application to them. (They are smarter then we think.)
- Chronologically ordered stories: (Embed in their minds that these are real places and events that really happened in real time and space. God’s events have an order to them and they make more sense if they flow in that order.) Although, I did decide to separate the old and new testaments so that the children heard the stories of both each year. Part of the Year we do the Old Testament and then part the New.
- Repetition: The core stories are repeated every year at Christmas and Easter time.
- Age appropriate learning crafts that reinforces the main idea of the story. Not just coloring pages! But crafts made from things found around most households. If you don’t have it, call someone else in the church. They most likely will.
- Decreased paper trail for the parents: The finished product will be a Bible the children make for themselves. I keep the pages each week and put them into piles I will soon organize into Bible Binders.
- Teaching Object: I try to have an object for the children to look at while you tell the lesson. I’m very thankful that God created puppets just for times when I can’t think of anything.
- Activities and teacher devotionals for the later lessons (I had child-care help for these lesson creating times. I got a lot more completed.)
- Reproducible student pages: This insures that it is affordable for small churches.
- Organized and easy to read: So that who ever is teaching that day can “read and go.” They don’t need a four year teaching certificate to decipher what is to be taught to the students and what is just for their information.