The Sixth of Six Articles Supporting
God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers
The Biblical Story – Start With Preschoolers
If you want to help children learn the biblical story and retain it for life, then you should start with the younger age groups. We recommend that you begin by encouraging older preschoolers to learn God’s Unfolding Story Narrative Elements (see Part Four). Churches will vary in how they define “older preschoolers,” but this typically will include children who are in the 3 to 5 year old range, but are not yet in 1st grade. They may be learning to read, but reading is not assumed.
God’s Unfolding Story Narrative Elements have been written to be appropriate older preschoolers. They are short enough that these kids can easily recite them, and they have corresponding icons that will help associate the elements with a visual image.
We have published God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers to help churches in this important task. God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers is a two-year, downloadable, ongoing Bible study resource that provides a carefully crafted study of more than 100 Bible stories taught in the context of the broader biblical narrative. The goal of God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers is to help preschoolers discover the love of God and His people in the context of God’s unfolding story so they develop a strong awareness of the story, as well as the ability to recite the God’s Unfolding Story Narrative Elements. We didn’t take a grade school plan and adapt it for preschoolers. Rather, we built it for preschoolers from the ground up.
Preschoolers who attend through the entire two-year suggested study plan will follow God’s unfolding story from creation to heaven primarily in a chronological approach. As much as reasonable and practical, stories are studied in their historical sequence with appropriate consideration given to Christmas and Easter each year.
Children will study God’s unfolding story from creation to Revelation through the course of more than 100 weekly studies. In the process, they’ll also learn that God’s story continues to unfold and they have a place in it just as surely as the characters they learn about in the Bible.
We created God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers because children need to understand the Bible isn’t just a collection of stories, but is one grand, ongoing story of God’s unfolding work in their world and in their lives. The God’s Unfolding Story Narrative Elements will be reviewed every week so children quickly learn to tell the biblical story in a way that is appropriate for them.
God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers supports long-term learning, and is developmentally appropriate. It provides balanced sequence. It has undated flexibility and is inexpensive for the church. In addition, the curriculum resource is supported by hundreds of free Bible study activities on SundaySchoolZone.com.
If you really want to help children learn the biblical story for life, then you should consider God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers and view this brief video to hear David Morrow, one of the creators of God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers, talk about the curriculum.
Imagine what a difference it can make in a child’s life to see that the biblical story hasn’t ended and they have a place in it!