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Big Questions and Answers

Big Questions & Answers for little people is a three year children’s systematic theology for three to pre-kindergartener five-year-olds. It presents 52 key biblical truths that expand the children’s understanding of the same12 Big Questions and Answers used in Teach, Take and Tell. There are 3 weeks of curriculum for each of the 52 biblical truths. A Bible story, reflective of the truth is presented along with the concept each of three weeks. This allows the children to master the concept and the story. Actions rhymes, songs, games and crafts reinforce and add variety to this basic core lesson.

The extended session version of Big Questions and Answers for little people is for use in a double session, such as both Sunday School AND the Church Hour. It uses the exact same format as the Regular Session Version, except that an extra circle, called "First Circle" is added at the beginning of the Church Hour portion of the session, as a review time for the new children who have just joined the class.

see an overview diagram of both the Sunday School and Church Hour portions of Extended Session format pdf

Part I: Sunday School Hour Activities

The extended session uses the Intake Activities and Opening Circle materials during the Sunday School hour. It finishes up Opening Circle Time with the Music, Movement and Memory Activities, before dismissing the children to Play Time.

see an overview diagram of the Sunday School portion of Extended Session format pdf

Intake Activities

Two different intake activities are suggested: the Mystery Concept Picture Coloring Sheet on Week 1; and then a Concept Review Game on Weeks 2 and 3.

Suggestions for these are included in the unit resources. Refer back to the Activities section to see samples of these.

Opening Circle Time

In Opening Circle Time, the children say the Class Rules Chant; the teacher prays the Opening Prayer; then introduces the Big Question, the Key Concept, the Key Concept Action Rhyme, the Concept Bible Verse, and the ACTS Prayer. The children finish up this teaching time with Music, Movement and Memory Activities.

Refer back to the Activities section to see samples of each of these activities.

Music, Movement and Memory Activities

The teacher concludes the Sunday School teaching time with Music, Movement and Memory Activities. The Music, Movement and Memory activities use simple homemade (or store bought) musical instruments or has the children do certain movements as they sing songs or way the Bible verse. A simple hymn and praise song as well as the unit Bible verse and Big Question Song are suggested for use. A short blurb describing how each song ties in with the unit is given. The lyrics and music to these songs of this song are included in the unit resources. The audio versions to both versions are found on the Unit Music CD, with corresponding tracks listed in the curriculum.

Refer back to the Activities section to see samples of each of these activities.

Play Time, Potty Time, Snack Time, Transition Time

The children play the rest of the Sunday School hour. This is also a good time to take potty breaks and serve any snacks. It can also be a very helpful transition time if you have a different set of teachers who come in to teach during Church Time. If your Church hour teachers can arrive even ten minutes early, they can be debriefed and help the class adjust as the new arrivals for the church hour join the class.

Part II: Church Hour Activities

The church hour includes three Circle Times: First Circle, Second Circle, and Closing Circle.

see an overview diagram of the Church Hour portion of Extended Session format pdf

First Circle Time

First Circle Time is a basically a repeat of Opening Circle from the Sunday School Hour. It is a chance to introduce the key concepts to children who have just joined the class for the church hour. It acts as a review time for the children who attended Sunday School. Many teachers like to use the Sunday School attenders to be their helpers in introducing the concepts to the new arrivals. Children are then dismissed to a time of play before gathering together again for Second Circle Time.

Second Circle Time

Second Circle Time features a review of the Concept Bible Verse and the telling of the Bible story. Children are dismissed to the Go & Tell Craft Activity at the end of this Circle Time.

Refer back to the Activities section to see samples of each of these activities.

Go & Tell Craft Activity

The children do a different craft related to either the Bible story or the key concept they are learning. As the children work on their craft, teachers may choose to engage the children in discussion about what they've learned, using the Busy Hands Discussion Sheet. Children are dismissed from their craft activity to play time before gathering in the last few minutes of class for Closing Circle Time.

Refer back to the Activities section to see samples of each of these activities.

Closing Circle Time

The children gather back together again in the last minutes of class for Closing Circle Time. During this brief time, the teacher and the children review the "big news they have to Go and Tell." They say the Big Question and Answer and key concept they have learned; and hold up the crafts they made to remind themselves of their meaning. The teacher closes with a brief Closing Prayer.