When children come to Sunday school, we hope they will learn many things about God. While facts are good and important for them to learn, head knowledge is not the ultimate goal of our curriculum. We want to help children move from head knowledge to heart knowledge. Children not only need to know the truth of God’s Word, but more importantly, they need to respond to and act on it.
Students Workbooks are the tool we have designed for this very purpose. Not only do workbooks help reinforce the main ideas presented in the lesson, using them in a small group setting will help engage children and enhance the application process.
In the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook, kindergartners will enjoy hands-on activities such as Dot-to-dot, coloring, matching, mazes, tracing letters, and cutting and pasting. While children are completing the workbook pages, small group leaders engage them in discussion based on questions provided in the Teacher’s Guide.
For example, some of the directions and discussion starters to accompany the workbook page pictured above include:
…have the children turn to Lesson 19 in the workbook, and have them fill in the missing word from the memory verse (“life”). As you discuss the memory verse, explain what the word “abundantly” means.
How was the young man given “abundant” life by Jesus? If Jesus had just healed his legs, could he have had the abundant life that Jesus was talking about? Why not?
Have the children color the picture of the healed man in the heart on the workbook page. Finally, help the children tape the darkened heart over the heart on the page. Place the tape along the sides so the darkened heart can open up like double doors to reveal the healed man and healed heart below.
Is it easy to treat little problems like big problems? What are some little problems? What problems do you have in your life? What is your biggest problem? Do you feel that sin is your biggest problem? Why can it be easy sometimes to forget that sin is our really big problem?
Take a look at this sample of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook pages. The revised version of Jesus, What a Savior! will be released soon but you have a chance to be one of the first people to receive a Student Workbook!
Friday Contest—We are giving away two free copies of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook (list price: $9.25). To enter your name in the contest, leave a comment below by Wednesday, November 6 with an answer to this question: What do the children in your class love to use most when decorating their workbook pages—markers, crayons, colored pencils or glitter glue? We will randomly select the two winners on Monday, November 11.