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Teach, take and Tell

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 two year age span: from a 24-month-old to a 48-month-old. The three year olds may be ready for every element of the curriculum, while the two year olds--especially the youngest ones--may be ready for only parts of it, maybe even just the Bible story! Feel free to use only portions of each lesson. Change the order of things. You will very likely use much fewer of the cues and motions suggested for the action rhyme and story when working with the youngest children, while you will probably incorporate most of them with your older children. 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, in just the way 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. For example, start with just the Big Question Box, Bible story and Bible Verse the first week, adding in the action rhyme during the second week. With the youngest twos, whose attention span is so short, you might want to do the Bible Verse and Bible story first, then save the Action Rhyme--requiring less "sitting" energy and has more built-in movement--to after the Response Prayer and Song. Also, realize 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.

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!

The "Getting Started" section from Appendix A of the Teach, Take & Tell Books may help you think through what you want to use and how to begin implementing the curriculum.

Download "Getting Started" pdf