Our favourite curriculum—including Junior Soldiers, Godly Play, and 252 Basics.
We’ve put together a one-stop shop for all of our favourite curriculum! Have a read of what each has to offer and to see which could work best in your setting.
What is it? Junior Soldiers is a Salvation Army curriculum for kids approximately 7-13 years of age. To be enrolled as a Junior Soldier you need to want to be a follower of Jesus, agree with the Junior Soldier promise and work at keeping that promise.
The current curriculum is made up of 12 units, with 10 lessons in each unit. The lessons may be run in a number of different contexts that fit in your space, eg. kids church, kids clubs, segments in meetings etc.
How does it work? Once a child has made a decision to become a Junior Soldier they can participate in special Junior Soldier preparation lessons. These lessons might be run over a five week period or run as a special intensive over a whole day. These lessons are based on the Junior Soldier promise and what it means to be a follower of Jesus with The Salvation Army.
After completing the preparation lessons, a child can be enrolled as a Junior Soldier. They will sign their Junior Soldier Promise and will then receive a Junior Soldier badge.
There are four levels for Junior Soldiers: bronze, silver, gold, and crest. Children work through a Passport for each level, and when they complete each passport, they move up to the next level. The passports are not age specific and it is recommended each child starts on bronze.
Find more information and resources about Junior Soldiers here.
Orange offer a range of curriculum in line with their church+home strategy for kids and students, pre-school to high school:
First Look for pre-schoolers, 252 Kids + 252 Preteen for primary schoolers, and XP3 for intermediate and high school students.
These monthly, online-based curriculums include plenty of resources, such as:
- lesson plans
- group resources
- editable files
- ParentCue (resources to help parents connect with what their kids have been learning)
The best thing to do is to check out their website—it has heaps more detailed information and gives you a chance to try out or look through a free month of curriculum.
If you decide you like the look of it, we have a DISCOUNT CODE which takes 75% off the annual fee. Email: Children's Mission
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.
Lessons can be purchased as individual stories or themes, or as part of a volume. Godly Play requires the use of the resources to ‘show’ the story. Some of these resources can be expensive to purchase, but a lot of them can be reused for other stories, or we encourage you to try to make some of your own!