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Praise Factory

 

The Praise Factory is a six year, multi-age children’s systematic theology curriculum for elementary school children. It is comprised of 104 key biblical truths -- called "Big Ideas"-- divided into 16 units, common to a systematic theology. These biblical truths expand the children’s understanding of the same 12 big questions and answers used in the two preschool curriculums and add four additional big questions and answers. Within each 3-week Big Idea, there is an Old Testament, New Testament and Church History/Missions story presented. Each week’s curriculum includes 8 different activities to reinforce the Big Idea concept and story.

How Praise Factory Is Structured

Big Idea Cycles

Each of the 104 Big Ideas is studied in three-week cycles. During the first week, the Big Idea is introduced and illustrated with a Bible story and key Scripture Verse that highlight the Big Idea. During the second week, the Big Idea and Scripture Verse are reviewed, but a "Story of the Saints"-- a story from church history, missions, or everyday life--is used, instead of a Bible story, to illustrate the Big Idea. The third week of material incorporates a Bible story from the Testament of the Bible not used in Week One. All three weeks of material may be used regularly as part of each Big Idea cycle. For churches standardizing the curriculum to two Big Ideas a month, you would choose two of the three weeks of materials, except in months with five Sundays, when you would add in the third week from one of the two Big Ideas used.

Large Group-Small Group Session Format

Every session includes both Large Group and Small Group time. The Big Idea, Scripture Verse and Big Idea story are introduced in Opening Large Group time. The children then break up into small groups. Small Groups are the centerpiece of The Praise Factory. Each Small Group has a story-related snack, discussion, prayer time and then alternates through a series of up to eight different activities, one per week, depending upon the size and needs of your church.. The eight activities are: Drama Group; Scripture Verse, Story Review and Big Idea Games groups; Hymn and Scripture Song groups; VIPP (Very Important Prayer Person); and Big Idea Craft Group. The Praise Factory concludes with Closing Large Group Time, in which each small group makes a presentation to the rest of the group that is related to their activity.

Combined Class Session Format

While Praise Factory's curriculum is structured for use in this Large Group/Small Group framework, it also can be easily tailored for use in a combined class format by choosing a succession of activities in which everyone participates. Instead of making presentations to other children during a Closing Large Group time, the children may present to their parents when they arrive to pick them up fro class.