Thursday, April 12, 2007

Review: Walk With Me

Here's a review of the "Walk With Me" Sunday school curriculum from Faith Alive Christian Resources (anyone heard of them?). As usual, I'm reviewing the materials for the age I teach. Since they don't have a 3rd & 4th grade bundle, I'm looking at 4th & 5th. Let's do this guy with plus and minus scoring

+ Based on multiple intelligences learning
+ non-dated curriculum allows reuse of materials from year to year.
- one year repetition cycle (our classes go in two-year cycles)
-- "retelling" of the story rather than asking the kids to read the scripture for themselves.
- singing along with a CD
-- Said sing-a-long involves hand motions
--- Completely absurd Bible-time to play-time ratio. Seriously. Bible time--and I'm including time directly talking about the story, rather than playing Go Fish--for these classes averages only about 10-15 minutes.

Thumbs down!
And it looked so promising in the beginning, with all the talk about multiple intelligences and such. Have the people who wrote this ever met a ten-year-old? Yeah, they'll crawl around and do songs with hand motions... right. Several of these lessons would be really great for the 1st and 2nd graders, I think. Not for my kids, though.

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