Two weeks down…
We’ve completed two weeks of this curriculum in Children’s Church and I’m ready to make my final verdict. If you missed the beginning of the review, check out Large Group DVD lesson, Small Group lessons, and testing it out on the kids. After the first week of Molly Chickens (as the kids so fondly call her), everyone was begging to continue the video. I was a little wary about whether or not they were really getting any biblical application from the Fantastic World, but choose to reserve judgement for another week.
At the start of week two, I asked the kids what they had learned the week before, and to my amazing their recall level was great. They knew the memory verse, which I thought was important since there wasn’t a whole lot of biblical content besides that during week one’s video. During week two’s DVD lessson, the biblical content was stronger, but not as much emphasis on the week’s Bible verse. I particularly liked how during week one, the verse was introduced pre-DVD during small group and then was recited by Molly in the movie. The kids loved that and it seemed to really drive the importance of the verse home. That didn’t happen week two, and I wonder if it will during other weeks.
Looking at the big picture, I think this would be a great “summer time” curriculum. Something that is a little less intensive, but a lot of fun for the kids. Certainly it’s wholesome and engaging, easy for any newcomer to pick up on, and super teacher friendly (if you are computer/media savvy). As far as long-term disciple making, I think it’s missing the mark a bit. The lessons are too abstract for kids (power of love, power of faith, etc). The week’s Bible story is only briefly mentioned and could easily be lost among the story line, crazy antics of Bill and Charles and funny one-liners (speaking of which, the kids go crazy about the “Charles, you smell!” lines). If the teacher spent some time post-DVD actually in the Bible with the kids, reviewing the story and talking about life application, it would be better. As it stands now, many of the spiritual themes seem applicable mostly to Molly and the Fantastic World, but not as tangible faith actions for the listening audience.
Final take: Good resource, but not the greatest curriculum I’ve come across. I hear the makers of Molly are working on another series, so I’ll be anxious to see what they come up with this time!
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