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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Children Desiring God

I've offered a critique of KIDMO (see below). What curriculum do I feel gets it right? Children Desiring God. For the best understanding of this curriculum, I must direct you to their philosophy and distinctives page. Be sure to also see their affirmation of faith and their mission and vision statements.

In contrast to a curriculum like KIDMO, which lacks a comprehensive scope and sequence, Children Desiring God's curriculum provides an intentional plan for your church to teach children from birth to seventh grade. It builds layer-upon-layer, precept-upon-precept. It is grounded in strong theology. Check out the scope and sequence for K-sixth grade here. They explain their scope and sequence as follows:
Man is not the key player in history; God is the engineer of all life, and His purposes are fulfilled throughout history. These 40-week studies purposefully present God as the main character in each lesson, rather than dwelling on man and man’s needs. Therefore, each lesson focuses on the magnificent character of the One who can satisfy all our longings. Showing children the greatness of God gives them a basis to respond to Him. This material presents a great God who is worthy to be admired and imitated.
For a fuller analysis of different methods of teaching children spiritual truths, see my "Faith of a Child, a book review" post, which reviews the book Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation. My KIDMO critique is here.

Please note: I am not a paid endorser for Children Desiring God. While I am privileged to teach CDG's third grade "In the Beginning...Jesus" curriculum at my local church, I do not benefit from recommending them.

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