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About Walk With Me

FAQs

  1. What makes Walk With Me unique?
  2. How is Walk With Me organized?
  3. What about holidays and summer programming?
  4. What and how do I order?
  5. Will Walk With Me work in my church?
  6. What about music?
  7. What about memory work?
  8. Does Walk With Me provide teaching on baptism and the Lord’s Supper?
  9. Will Walk With Me work with kids who don’t have much biblical knowledge?
  10. How does Walk With Me involve families?

1. What makes Walk With Me unique?

The values of a curriculum and how those values are achieved are what make a curriculum unique. Walk With Me has seven major values:

2. How is Walk With Me organized?

Our one-year preschool curriculum is followed by the Kindergarten-Grade 1 level (no reading expected or required), and then the Grades 2-3 and 4-5 levels. We grouped grades 6-8 together because that’s what many day schools do. We’ve included lots of tips to help leaders adapt these sessions so that they fit kids in grade 6 as well as challenge kids in grade 8.

We chose a 4-week-unit format because it seemed to best fit the needs of today’s children and churches. Smaller units are more flexible, they work better with kids who can’t come every Sunday, and they allow for the possibility of having teachers commit to teaching a unit at a time—instead of a quarter or a year.

Materials for each grade level include:

Preschool

Everything the leader needs to teach this level of the curriculum comes in a box that contains Old and New Testament stories, Christmas and Easter stories, patterns, action rhymes, songs, a CD, posters, and a complete set of children’s take-home cards. You should order a set of children’s take-home cards for each child in your group.

Kindergarten-Grade 1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4- 5

Each of the two years of the curriculum at these levels is divided into nine four-session units. For each unit you will need the following:

Grades 6-8

This level includes three years of curriculum—a total of 27 units. We’ve added even more take-home formats at this level, and the leader’s guide is packed with fun and challenging activities for young teens.

» See samples for each grade level

3. What about holidays and summer programming?

Christmas and Easter Units

We provide special two-session units for Christmas and Easter. In these units, all the kids in your church school—from preschool through middle school—focus on the same story. Each Christmas or Easter book includes complete session plans and a music CD.

Summer Units

For each year of Walk With Me we offer two five-session summer units. They provide creative ideas and options for all kinds of summer programs—from Sunday school to VBS to kids’ clubs. Each summer book includes complete plans for five sessions (easily used in a one-week VBS program!), a music CD, and ideas and helps for using the dramas, music, and crafts to present a special service or program for your congregation and/or community. Note: There are no children’s resources for the summer weeks. Everything you need comes in one book! (Order one book for each of your leaders.)

4. What and how do I order?

If you’d like some advice on creating a plan that will work well for your church, feel free to contact our customer service representatives. Note: No matter which approach you take to ordering, you’ll need to order the CDs and the Christmas, Easter, and Summer units separately.

Standing order: The most convenient option for many churches. Simply let us know each summer how many students and teachers you have at each grade level, and we will automatically ship the standard fall, winter, and spring quarters throughout the year. Quantities can be changed at any time, and any unused materials can be returned.

Order by quarter (three units): If the number of students in your program varies greatly throughout the year, or if you wish to substitute quarters, you may wish to order every quarter individually.

Order by unit: Walk With Me fall, winter, and spring quarters are grouped into 4-lesson units that are perfect for team-teaching or for customizing the scope and sequence to fit your church. Although there is a discount if you order by predetermined quarters, you have the option of ordering each unit separately. This approach allows you to choose the topics that you wish to focus on.

5. Will Walk With Me work in my church?

Every church is different, but you can adapt Walk With Me to fit your specific situation. The following features help create the flexibility you are looking for:

» Click here to tour a lesson.

6. What about music?

Our goal was to choose a range of age-appropriate songs including traditional songs, Scripture songs, contemporary worship songs, songs from various cultures, as well as some hymns, carols, and refrains.

We’ve included music in the back of each leader’s guide and on a song CD for all levels except grades 6-8. Kids in grades 6-8 often don’t like singing in Sunday school, so we’ve included other activities that incorporate music into the lessons.

We also offer a songbook called Sing With Me that includes many of the songs in Walk With Me plus other well-loved children’s favorites.

For more information about the songs and music used in Walk With Me, click here.

7. What about memory work?

Walk With Me includes a complete memory work plan designed to help the children you teach learn and remember key passages of Scripture. Because not all churches include memory work as an integral part of their program, we have usually included memory work games and other teaching activities related to memory work in the options and Overtime steps of the sessions. Click here for our memory work chart.

8. Does Walk With Me provide teaching on baptism and the Lord’s Supper?

In Walk With Me the sacraments are addressed in two ways. In some cases, as in the WWM middle school sessions, entire lessons focus on one or both of the sacraments. In other cases, such as the lesson called “Leaving Egypt,” in year 1 of grades 2-3, the teaching on the sacraments is woven into a Bible story lesson that relates to either baptism or the Lord’s Supper. In this story it’s natural to explore the connection between the Passover meal and the Lord’s Supper. In the lesson “Jesus Is Baptized” (Year 2, grades 2-3), the main focus of the lesson is on how Jesus' baptism tells us he is God's Son. But there is also a remembering-your-baptism activity that highlights the meaning of our own baptism and how it testifies to our identity in God's family.

The most comprehensive teaching on the sacraments comes in grades 6-8, which includes study of a book called Q&A: A Summary of Biblical Teachings. The four sessions in “Signed and Sealed” (Year 2, unit 6) explore the sacraments in great depth. “Discover Worship” (Year 3, unit 4) also includes four sessions on worship, baptism, profession of faith, and the Lord’s Supper. Year 3, unit 6 focuses on God's covenant; the session “Claiming My Place in the Covenant” specifically focuses on how we are included in God’s covenant and how baptism and the Lord's Supper assure us of that.

In short, the scope & sequence of Walk With Me brings children on a faith-nurturing journey through Scripture and doctrine that builds as they move through each new WWM grade level!

9. Will Walk With Me work with kids who don’t have much biblical knowledge?

Yes. Because Walk With Me is designed to help you reach out to your community, we’ve been careful not to assume too much knowledge of the Bible. You’ll frequently find tips for adapting the sessions for kids with little Bible background.

10. How does Walk With Me involve families?

It’s very important for families to support and enrich the learning that begins each Sunday, so we’ve included the following features in Walk With Me:

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