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As a Christian Educator I enjoy looking at new curriculum. Recently I heard about a new lectionary based curriculum called “A Place for Everyone” produced by Woodlake books. The entire session is printed on one place mat, which has Bible readings, activities, questions for discussion, suggestions for movie clips to watch and books to read, and  raises issues of social justice and care for the environment. It is a very different approach to Christian Education and I’m intrigued.

The website states “Some curricula attempt to bring children into the world of the Bible. A Place for Everyone Placemat Curriculum turns this movement on its head. It brings the Bible into the world of children by pointing out ways and places where the hopes, concepts, themes, and stories in the Bible are already present in their lives in the popular culture they engage with, and in the social justice and ecological situations and challenges they encounter and care about.”

Watch a presentation about the curriculum here

You can download samples here

I have some  thoughts, but I want to hear from you first. What do you think? Do you think this approach would work in your church?

What curriculum do you use? Why did you make that choice?

Sharon Harding

About Sharon Harding

I was born in England and immigrated to Canada almost 30 years ago. A graduate of Gloucestershire University (B.Ed.), I have been involved in children’s ministry since I was 16. Over the past 12 years I have written for a variety of Christian Education curriculum resources. I also write a blog at rediscoveredfamilies.com encouraging parents to build strong connections with their children. When I am not working I enjoy painting, reading, and pottering around the Internet.
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