About two years ago, we began using our own volunteer-written curriculum in our preschool programming. We saw the need to be able to communicate Biblical truths using the "language" that we use as a church as a whole. Instead of focusing on behavior, we want to center our curriculum on the attributes of God. From there, we are teaching preschoolers how we should respond to Him.
For example, our current series is centered on the Divine attribute of Jealousy. Of course, we avoid using the phrase, "God is jealous" because of how it could be misconstrued by young children. Instead, we explain that God wants what is rightfully His, and we should respond by giving Him all our worship. We are using the 10 Commandments and the account of the golden calf to highlight these principles.
In our next series, we will teach that God is Judge, using the life of Jonah as a backdrop. We should respond in obedience, knowing that God will judge us for our rebellion.
We believe that it is crucial that young children get an understand of who God is. In our Camp Grace curriculum, we go to a deeper heart-level, as we go through a variety of characters in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, over 2 years. Our goal there is to help expose the hearts of children as sinners, so that they would see their need for a Savior.
To see our upcoming preschool curriculum outline, see our website. And many thanks to the volunteers who have worked on this for almost 3 years now!