In introducing the material they point out that, amongst other things, they have assumed the following:
- you have no permanent classroom (so none of the activities require permanent fixtures);
- there is no place to leave or store materials (so we have kept materials and technologyto a minimum);
- your teachers are volunteers (so we have given as much guidance as possible on how to teach the lessons, kept preparation time to a minimum, but included a section of notes on the Bible text specifically for teachers);
- your teachers are scheduled on a rotation basis so that the children may not have the same teacher every lesson (so the lessons are self-contained);
- you have access to songs that tie into various Bible stories or themes and can teach them (we have suggested one or two points where a song will be useful, but the more songs you can include the better)
And, a final highlight for today, is that they have included a master list of all the additional resources needed according to each lesson. So I can go out at the start of each term and buy/find/borrow the craft materials and objects lessons that I need without having to go through each lesson individually to make my own list. I really appreciate that and I've not seen it in any other material I've used.
A small gripe so far is that the included advertising (poster, postcard, bulletin insert) is useless. Just looks like an ad for Zondervan. But that's a small thing.
So looking good so far. I'll check back in with details when I've actually taught some of the lessons and seen it in action.