This Children's Chapel curriculum is designed for children ages 2 - 5
Take your children Beyond Basics!
The Beyond Basics Children's Chapel curriculum complements the Bible Basics Sunday School Curriculum. Beyond Basics may be used following Sunday School as an extended session to reinforce the Sunday School lesson. Or, Beyond Basics may be used independently of Sunday School at any other time, such as Sunday or Wednesday evenings.
Quarterly Studies & Ordering
We Learn About
The children will experience God's daily power, provisions and presence.
Unit 1—God Gave Us Our World
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We Learn About God's Greatest Gift
The children will learn to appreciate God’s gift of His Son.
Unit 1—Jesus Is Born
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About Beyond Basics
The purpose of Beyond Basics is that the children will have an extended lesson from their Sunday School lesson. Both the Sunday School and Beyond Basics lessons are tied together so the children will learn about one Bible story each week. The activities that are given in the lessons help the children to grasp the concept of the lesson being taught. Beyond Basics is children's chapel material. The children must learn from an early age what chapel is. Coming to church is a time to worship the Lord for both adults and children. The worship concept must be taught early so, when they do go into the sanctuary, they will be able to sit and listen while the Word is being taught. These lessons of Beyond Basics start with a quiet time for the children. Remind them what the purpose of coming to church is. In the beginning of some lessons is a Scripture reading about prayer. Take the time to read these so the children will learn how important prayer is. God is always waiting and desiring that His children talk to Him. It is true that young children cannot be still for long periods of time. They must be trained (Prov. 22:6). The spiritual training that children learn is the most important training they will receive. Even though it may be hard for them to sit and listen, continue to gently remind them where they are and what they should be doing. Over time the concept of worship will begin to blossom. Since you are teaching little children, there are several different activities in each lesson to teach the concept of the main Bible story. Throughout the lessons, if the children get too rowdy, continue to remind them that they are in God's house. Each lesson has a game, music, Memory Verse activity and a craft. At the end of the lesson is review time and quiet time. Over all by the end of the lesson the children should have a good understanding of the Bible story.
Beyond Basics—The Mission
Beyond Basics is a Bible-based curriculum designed to provide early childhood teachers with resources for leading young children to love Jesus, know God’s Word and obey His commands.
Little ones readily respond to Jesus. He loves children and is a gentle, compassionate friend. His caring ways explained in the three units of this material furnish the base for developing faith in the Son of God.
Extended session for young children, conducted during adult worship or during a mid-week session, provides opportunities for boys and girls to participate in personalized Bible instruction and training on their level of understanding. Beyond Basics complements Bible Basics Sunday School curriculum, but it is written to use alone as well.
Corresponding themes for the lessons in both courses provide more effective learning experiences. Bible Basics Sunday School lessons introduce the Bible story and theme. Beyond Basics extended session carries students along the same thought line to further examine the Bible story but with emphasis on life application. Keeping the same theme and using the same Bible story promotes more permanent learning than if the two sessions go in different directions with unrelated themes and stories.
The materials included in Beyond Basics Resource Kit will help you guide meaningful involvement in the learning process. Your investment of time in planning, preparation and sharing multiplies as God puts His blessings on your efforts.
Children will sit in child-sized chairs to listen to an appealing story accompanied with pictures to help them visualize action. It has to be short, however. Attention span for early childhood is the age plus or minus two minutes. These children’s teachers have to be resourceful to change activities often.
Most are too young to have good cutting skills. The children will, however, benefit from and enjoy having practice paper to cut, but when preparing a resource pattern, cut it out ahead of time.
Four- and five-year-old children feel quite advanced when they promote to a class designed especially for them. If possible, have separate groups for most effective learning. If you must share a room with the younger children, try rotating both groups around the activities to involve them at different times. Enlist a support team to help as needed.
Early childhood teachers accomplish much more in extended session than keeping children from hurting themselves or each other, furnishing snacks, singing choruses and telling a Bible story. Students in a class setting had much rather do an activity than sit and watch a video, no matter how animated it is.
Difficult concepts are taught through active learning, rhymes, songs and stories. Young children learn by doing, not sitting. Play is their work. It is the way they will learn the Bible principles you stress. Have lots of color, pictures and visuals.
Four- and five-year-old children come in such a variety of personalities and temperaments that it’s difficult to say “this is what he is like.” Some are in preschool or kindergarten class where they have learned to recognize letters and, in some cases, have begun to read.
Teaching the value of reading God’s Word is a priority. Some of the Memory Verse activities suggest helping them find the Memory Verse in their Bibles and letting them read it from there.
These students can color a picture with more details and “stay in the lines” fairly well. However, we stimulate more creativity when we offer a blank sheet of paper with the suggestion of painting or drawing his own picture.Cutting skills have advanced.
Most have accurate control when cutting along printed lines. Most children feel good when allowed to do their own cutting, gluing and making a lesson reminder. Encourage independence whenever possible. Learning new skills is part of growing up.
Love the boys and girls as Jesus would if He were in your place. You represent Him to your students.
Unit 1—Listen to God
Three Special Guests
The Talking Donkey
Samuel’s Call from God
The Fish God Prepared
Unit 2—Do God’s Will
Crossing the River
The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Power To Serve
Saul Sees a Bright Light
Unit 3—Be a Witness
Peter Learns To Tell Everyone
Paul Goes to Macedonia
Paul Tells the King
Paul Tells the Men on the Ship
Paul Tells the Island People
1Paul Tells the Romans