What if you knew exactly what you would be teaching in your children’s ministry and when you would be teaching it?
- Plan further in advance with a strategy in mind.
- Stop wondering what you’ll teach next week.
- Shop themed decorations ahead of time.
With Orange Kids Curriculum, you get detailed insight on this coming year of ministry from August to July. We plan our year with the scope and rhythms of a family’s life from the start of school through the fun of summer! Orange Kids Curriculum includes preschool, elementary, and preteen.
What is a Scope & Cycle?
We use the words Scope & Cycle to describe the roadmap we have for our curriculum.
Our scope is the comprehensive plan that prioritizes what you teach and when. It basically tells you what we’re teaching now with our curriculum and what we’re planning to teach in the future. It’s the big-picture curriculum plan for Orange Kids.
Our cycle is the plan to recycle or revisit what you teach. It’s how we circle back to reinforce the topics we’ve covered to make sure what we’re teaching sticks effectively. It’s the way we think about what’s ahead for Orange Kids.
The cycle is really important because you can’t make kids show up more consistently. You can’t guarantee that they’ll be with you each and every week. And you also can’t make more hours in the week for yourself. You can’t build in more time to reinforce what you’re teaching to each and every student who may or may not be with you. But you can make the time you have matter more by recycling and reinforcing the things that matter most during the middle and high school phase. That’s exactly what your Cycle does!
So if your scope prioritizes what you will teach and your cycle strategically reinforces those principles again and again in new ways, then developing a Scope & Cycle is a balancing act of both strategy and structure and flexibility and freedom. And because we believe that both are so vital to the content in your children’s ministry, we want to give you a little glimpse into exactly how we came up with our Scope & Cycle, why we do it the way we do it, and what we’re planning to cover in our curriculum Scope & Cycle.
Teaching Plan Overview
First Look is the preschool curriculum, and 252 Kids is the Elementary and Preteen curriculum. These two groups work a bit differently in their scope and cycle. To start, First Look Preschool Curriculum works on a 2-year Scope and Cycle, and 252 Kids and Preteen Curriculum switches things up every three years. However, both offer the same great information in Focused Yearly Scopes to help you plan for the year ahead.
The Scope and Cycle illustrates the 9 Core Insights that connect the four curriculum age groups together.
First Look: based on what Jesus says in the Greatest Commandment of Love God (Wonder), Love Others (Discovery), and Love Life (Passion).
252 Kids: based on what Jesus says in the Greatest Commandment of Love God (Wonder), Love Others (Discovery), and Love Life (Passion).
You’ll discover a detailed look at what your kids will experience throughout each month. Within the plan you will see each of the monthly series titles for the coming year, along with theme art to jump-start your thinking on how to make the most of the various themes in your environment.
Each month is outlined with the Bible Stories, Memory Verses, Bottom Lines or Key Questions, and Virtues that will be taught. In addition, each theme includes a series description that explains how each month is a reflection or response to the character of God as seen through Jesus and Scripture.