Here is a frequent question we get at CDG this time of year:
Do I really need to buy student workbooks that are recommended for each curriculum?
First, let me tell you why we developed workbooks to accompany each study.
- Workbooks for younger children provide them with opportunities for “hands-on” activity—coloring, pasting, taping, stickers, stamps, etc. This helps students focus as the adult leader reviews key lesson themes and asks children follow-up questions.
- Workbooks—especially in our revised curricula—are integrated into the Small Group Application found at the end of each lesson. Therefore, students need the workbooks in order to complete certain portions of the application section. These exercises are meant to reinforce important truths taught in the lesson.
- Workbooks for older children provide the students with a variety of opportunities for note-taking, class activities, personal application, and further study.
- Workbooks provide students and parents with a resource that summarizes the precept-upon-precept study, in its entirety. In other words, if a student misses lessons during the year, he or she will still have a complete outline of the study from beginning to end.
- Workbooks provide the students with a tangible, interactive resource through which the truths presented in the lesson can be reviewed and remembered.
In order to accomplish these outcomes, we strongly recommend purchasing the printed, bound workbook for each student or printing out a corresponding number of licensed copies of the electronic edition of the entire workbook and then binding it in some manner for the students.
What about one–time visitors or sporadic attenders? You’re welcome to print copies of workbook page for occasional visitors when needed, but if any of those visitors becomes a regular attender, then we suggest giving that child his or her own bound workbook.
In summary, Student Workbooks serve a two-fold purpose:
- They help students synthesize the information that was learned during the lesson and cement that knowledge in their minds.
- They are a tool to enhance the application process, whereby the students are encouraged to move from head knowledge to heart application—responding to the truths learned.
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