Tips for Using Lesson Plans and Curriculum Schedul
We design our curriculum schedules to cover a wide range of scripture and Biblical applications during the course of the year to give students a broad basis for their faith and spiritual growth. Lessons are discussion based, and for use by small to large groups of students regardless to their spiritual maturity.
Each lesson has a workbook in PDF format. When appropriate, the workbooks are availalbe in both NIV and KJV. You can find the links at the top of each lesson page. Workbooks can be printed one lesson at a time, or you can print the entire series with one click.
Workbooks follow the general flow of the lesson, providing scripture verses studied, discussion questions with space to record answers, and other workbook activities as they are found in the lesson. Workbooks also provide scriptures for memorization, and suggested homework assignments.
Workbooks are a great way to keep the students involved and interested and to reinforce the lesson. We suggest providing folders or binders for the students to keep their workbook organized.
LESSON SERIES GRAPHICS
Where available, we provide an original graphic image to use with the lesson series. Click on the link for a full-size image that you can copy to your own photo-editing program. Use these designs to promote your class study, create postcards, enhance workbook covers, or for whatever you like. To use the image, right click on the full-size image and either "save picture as" or "copy" then past into the open photo or graphic program on your computer.
Many of the lessons provide short video introductions to the lesson series. These introductions are a great way to grab the student's attention and immediately draw him or her into the lesson. See for example: Colossians or Evangelism (Be a Big Mouth).
If so desired these videos can be downloaded to your computer by right clicking the link to the video (either SD or HD) and then clicking "Save Target As." Depending on your needs the video can also be burned to a DVD once the file has been downloaded to your computer.
THE LESSON OUTLINE
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To start off right, lead the class in a prayer. Ask for guidance so the Word of God can be shared in a meaningful way, and that hearts will be opened to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of this section is to help the students build their relationship with each other. You may find icebreakers, games, or simply a few discussion questions. In most cases, the group building exercises will relate well to the lesson objectives.
The purpose of this section is to introduce the lesson, and to provide a transition from the group building time to the more structured portion of the lesson.
This section contains the meat of the lesson or study, scripture reading, research and discussion questions. Depending on the lesson, you may also find additional workbook activities, object talks, and other material in this section to complement and bring emphasis to the teachings.
Make it Real
The purpose of this section is to give personal application to what was learned, by using various methods of communication such as discussion questions, activities, and personal challenges.
Each lesson will contain some form of memorization work, be it one or more verses, books of the Bible, etc. The students should be strongly encouraged to participate. Along with introducing this week's memory suggestions, allow time to review memory work from the previous week.
The closing prayer should include praise to God for the opportunity to be able to hear His Word and learn from it, along with summarizing the application of the lesson. Conclude by asking that others may see Jesus in our lives.
KEY TO LESSON TEXT
Normally, regular text such as this sentence can be said out loud to the class. This applies only to lessons, specifically the "digging in" and "making it real" sections, and not other material found on the site.
(Regular Text in Parentheses)
Regular text, within parentheses is intended to be instructional, or to provide clarification for the teacher. It is not intended to be read or spoken during class. For example; Everyone close your eyes now, (as they close their eyes, turn off the lights) and pretend it is dark.
Italicized text alone is to give emphses to specific words or phrases.
(Italicized Text in Parentheses)
Italicized Text in Parentheses is used for suggested answers to questions, or suggested actions. In some cases these may be shared in your own words when appropriate.
"Words or Phrases within quotes"
Quotes are used to indicate words or phrases borrowed from other sources or individuals, titles, or to give emphasis to specific words.