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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.

Shaping the Curriculum

Any curriculum is but a set of tools in the teacher's hands. The teacher's knowledge of his or her particular group of children with their own set of needs and abilities is always necessary to make an understandable, enjoyable learning connection...as well, of course, as the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of you and your students!

Finding a Good Fit

In general, you can expect there to be a huge difference in the abilities and attention span in this three year age span: from a 3-year-old to a 5-year-old. The 4's and 5's may be ready for every element of the curriculum, while the 3's--especially the youngest ones--may be ready for only parts of it. Feel free to use only portions of each lesson. Change the order of things. Experiment with what works best for you and your children. The main point is to connect with your children where they are, not to "make it" through everything suggested!

Transition Takes Time

As you introduce the curriculum to your children, also remember that everything in it will be new at first. New ideas and structures use up a lot more attention and energy than when they are familiar and routine. It takes time for them to become routine. With this in mind, you may want to decide on lesson elements to introduce gradually. Also, bear in mind that the children will be doing a lot more watching and a lot less direct participation at first as they are learning the routine. Give yourself and the children a few weeks to settle into the routine before deciding what is the right amount of suggested activities to include each week. As the children become at home with the weekly routine, you will find the children have more attention and energy to devote on the learning activities.

Think about your Preschoolers

This curriculum was designed for flexibility. This is necessary since there is a world of developmental difference between 3's, 4's and pre-K 5's; and, because preschool classes come in all shapes and sizes. This curriculum can be used as a three-year joint-age program for 3's, 4's, and 5's. It also can be split into three consecutive years, with the 3's learning the first third of the curriculum, the 4's the second third; and, the pre-K 5's, the final third. You also can choose to do a one year review of the entire curriculum by using just the first week of each lesson; or, a two year version (for just 4's and 5's, for example), by using just two weeks of each three week concept.

Do I Have to Do It All?

Absolutely not! Use as much or as little of each unit as fits your children and your situation! You will probably find the planning checklists of the Regular and Extended Session versions useful in helping you decide which parts you want to use. These will also aid you in printing out whichever of the signs you want to use. The checklists are found in the Teacher's Binder at the end of the Introduction.

see the Planning Checklists

Regular Session Planning Checklist pdf

Extended Session Planning Checklist pdf