We’re entering our first Review and Recitation week with our new curriculum,
Kids’ Quest. If you haven’t read the background on why we chose this curriculum, check out my introduction to the Children’s Catechism here. So far, the kids have really been engaging with the lessons and they have been remembering the answers to the questions. Admittedly, the curriculum does move a little slow (we only do 1-2 questions and answers each week), but I would rather really dig deep than rush through it too fast and have them forget everything within a month.
It’s Party Time!
In the lesson book, we are encouraged to make this review week a lively week with a party atmosphere. Games and special snacks are encouraged as well as balloons and party decorations. Sign me up! We’ll be doing the party thing as well as making our own video — recording the kids asking and answering the questions we’ve done so far. My hope is that we can use this video as a review tool each week at church and to share with the congregation on Sunday to show what we’ve been learning. We also plan to upload the video so that parents and kids can watch it at home if they’d like.
Games! Games! Games!
We’ll be playing some structured games as well as giving the kids some “free time” to run around with their friends (we meet in the church’s gym). I’ll be pulling my game ideas from the following places:
- Recess Games by Malpass Corner Elementary (includes age chart)
- 15 Indoor Active Games (plus places to find more!)
- Recess Playground Ideas Pinterest Board
- Creative Recess Games (and books to check out)
Small Group Time
For the small group time (we have 15 minutes), leaders can either do something they didn’t have time for in the previous week’s or work together to make some kind of creative display of the questions and answers. Here’s where you can find the previous week’s activities:
- Week One: Who Made Me? & What Else Did God Make? (Q1-2)
- Week Two: Why Did God Make All Things? & How Can You Glorify God? (Q3-4)
- Week Three: Why Should I Glorify God? (Q5)
That’s it for now! Are you doing the catechism or some other systematic theology? I’d love to hear about it!
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