With all the changes taking place in the larger church, people have been looking for options in education materials. Since Sola Publishing exists to serve the specific needs of LCMC, WordAlone, Lutheran CORE, and NALC - I've been asked to put a priority on producing a basic Sunday School series for churches to begin using this Fall.
What I've come up with is something a little different from other things available on the market. Sola's new Sunday Schoolhouse series is a flexible curriculum focusing on the priority of God's Word. I am taking an "old school" approach with emphasis less on "activities" and more on teaching Bible stories. Multiple presentations of the story are built in to each lesson, including: story, rhyme, and drama.
Since more elaborate programs are available through other publishers, I've designed this series with the particular needs of small churches, mission congregations, and house churches in mind. The "all-in-one" reproducible style allows for children of varying ages and grade levels to meet together in a flexible manner, suitable to local needs.
For a bi-fold 11"x17" flier (pdf) describing the new Sunday Schoolhouse series, click HERE.
The series as a whole will be based on a three-year cycle, with a full Bible overview each year. Years A-B-C will each have four units of seven sessions each (two OT and two NT). Beginning this Fall, our first Classroom Resource Book will be available for Year A - Unit 1 (best provided as one book per teacher/class), with other books for 2010-2011 coming in the months ahead. There will also be a Leader's Manual ready this Fall, describing the whole series cycle and providing information for superintendents, teachers, and helpers.
In order to meet the immediate needs of congregations, the series will be added on to as time goes on. I am looking for small/mission congregations to serve as "beta test sites." If you would be willing to try out the materials this year, and share ideas on this feedback site, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send you a sample.
The Leader's Manual and the first Classroom Resource Book for Sola's new Sunday Schoolhouse series are now available for order.
(Product Code: S-0100, $7.99)
Aimed at Sunday School teachers, helpers, and coordinators, this book provides an overview of the whole Sunday Schoolhouse series. In addition to laying out the structure of a Sunday School program for pastors, coordinators and superintendents, it contains basic information for teachers and helpers on using the curricula, conducting class sessions, and creating a disciplined teaching environment. It also includes a number of ideas on incorporating into the classroom, including: story-telling, drama, memory work, and creative activities. (The same Leader's Manual can be used for all three years of the curriculum cycle.) Click HERE to check out some sample pages from the Leader's Manual.
Year A, Unit 1, Old Testament
(Product Code: S-A120, $9.99)
This book contains reproducible sheets with seven sessions of Bible lesson, pictures, drama, and worksheets. This first unit covers stories from the first half of the Old Testament, from Genesis through Joshua. Click HERE to check out some sample pages from the Classroom Resource Book.