Winter 2013-14 Grades 1-6 Leader Extras (with suggested Dates!)

Winter 2013-14 


Unit 1: Starting Over*

Session 1: Hope (Suggested date: 12/1/13)


Session 2: Forgiveness (Suggested date: 12/8/13)


Session 3: Love (Suggested date: 12/15/13)


SPECIAL FOCUS: Jesus Was Born (Suggested date: 12/22/13)

Session 4: Change (Suggested date: 12/29/13)


Session 5: Renew (Suggested date: 1/5/13)

Session 6: Faith (Suggested date: 1/12/14)

Unit 2: Real-Life Questions*

Session 1: Does God Love People? (Suggested date: 1/19/14)

Session 2: Who Is God? (Suggested date: 1/26/14)

Session 3: Why Should I Tell About Jesus? (Suggested date: 2/2/14)

Session 4: Who Wrote the Bible? (Suggested date: 2/9/14)

Session 5: How Did God Create the World? (Suggested date: 2/16/14)

Session 6: Why Is There Sin? (Suggested date: 2/23/14)


*Suggested dates are for churches who are using the December-February quarter.


  1. At the KidMin Conference we talked about having a supply list that I as the director can gather or at least be sure we have the supplies available for each group. Once I give the leaders their book and cd I have no way to know what they need unless they actually look ahead and tell me. Is a lesson specific supply list coming or do I need to go through and read each book before I pass them out? Thanks for your help.

    • Jeff Land says:

      Hi Bethany,

      A total resource list for every book would be quite and endeavor. We will work on it, but I’m not sure when that could be ready. I did put the unit overviews and Bible stories online so that they can be easily referenced.

  2. Are the pages where the review questions are located listed in the table of contents in the winter quarter’s leader guide?

  3. I am not sure why LifeWay would not automatically incorporate a Christmas lesson in the curriculum for December. And still virtually nothing for December 22 in this “Optional Christmas Session.” Since when is Christmas an optional topic in our Sunday Schools? I feel like listing reasons why we should be teaching Christmas lessons at Christmas time but that is really a silly thing to do. Our staff and most of our Children’s ministry leaders, if not all, are very confused and pretty upset about this decision. Could you give me some sensible reasoning for doing this? Have we just missed something here? Thank you.

    • Hi Dwight,

      Our curriculum now runs under general dates instead of “hard and fast” dates. That means many churches, like the one I attend started using the Winter curriculum weeks ago. It also means that until a few weeks ago, people were still heavily ordering our Fall curriculum, which would put them using the Winter curriculum at the end of January at the earliest. Because one of our guidelines is being flexible, we wanted to make sure that everyone had enough lessons, so for Winter, we provided 17 sessions instead of 13. 4 were available for extra Christmas sessions both on the post where you commented and on the Enhanced CD. I’m sorry for the confusion, but our intent was to make the curriculum easy for all churches to use. Please make sure that you notice the 4 additional lessons on this post and the the similar post which lists the preschool Lessons.

  4. I am very disappointed in the new children’s materials and how it has been changed so drastically. It is not user friendly and most of it doesn’t make sense for first and second graders. It’s too far over most of their heads. Why weren’t those of us that use this material consulted before such drastic changes were made? All of our children’s workers feel the same way about their materials.

    Some of the adults in our church aren’t happy with the changes in their material either. The Senior Adults would like NIV Bible verses, but that isn’t offered so, unless they change to another study, they are stuck with the Holman version. How are workers that don’t have access to the internet or aren’t internet users going to know there is optional material for the children’s December lessons online?

    It’s about time you got on track and included Christmas lessons for the whole month of December with the children’s Bible material. Why did it take so long? I was appalled to find that you only included the birth of Jesus and then it wasn’t even for the Sunday it should be. Most appalling was the lesson presented the week before the birth of Jesus. Fortunately, I saved my 2012 packet of material so I have all the lessons, games, etc. for the month of December and I am using it this year. I do not find the weekly take home papers or the devotional books of any use any more. The kids used to ask for them, but now they don’t want to take them home. Sorry, but these are the messages I’m getting from our children and workers. Thanks for listening.

    • Jeff Land says:

      Hi Sandi,

      I would like help you with your frustrations. I am sorry that you are so frustrated.

      We did consult with users over the past year and during the process. In fact, we actually kept everything much the same, except for changing the names around a bit. I actually wrote a post recently where I explained how things had changed.

      The Senior Adult curriculum is available in NIV digitally, but not in print.

      As far as Christmas goes, I wouldn’t say that it took us long to get on track. The additional sessions have been included from the very beginning. In your leader guide, under the Table of Contents just below the Special Focus session, we noted that additional sessions were available on the Enhanced CD. As far as them being online, we loaded them over a month ago, so they have been up a while for users who wanted to access them that way.

      Again, I’m sorry for your frustrations and I hope that my explanations help.

      If you wouldn’t mind, can you email me the things in the first and second grade curriculum that are over your kids head. That is the same curriculum that I teach on Sunday mornings, so I want to compare your notes to mine.

  5. I agree with Dwight. We shouldn’t have to go searching through a website or CD to find the Christmas curriculum. I think this new formatting is completely confusing & don’t like it.

  6. I generally like the changes in the children’s curriculum, but the Christmas lessons should not be something that we have to search for and print off ourselves. This created additional work for me at a busy time of year, not to mention the expense of copies for all our children’s Sunday School teachers. Then there are the unused materials that we have paid for and are not going to use. You certainly could have done a better job of communicating how and where to find the Christmas lessons. What percentage of your subscribers did you accommodate by not including Christmas lessons in a printed format with the regular curriculum?

  7. Jeff,

    Thanks for your work on this curriculum. Speaking personally, and from what I can gather from the majority of my fellow children’s teachers, the transition to this curriculum has been fairly smooth. The new format seems cleaner and better organized, which helps make for smoother planning. The Bible is always the foundation of my Sunday School class. Bible Skills For Life is the framework for each morning’s session. These elements plus my own teaching experience help build a fun, Biblically-centered learning environment. My first graders are enjoying learning about the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Thank you for making these extra lessons available online. Keep up the good work!

    Similar to your second graders, my first graders like Cartwheel, but not Mayflower. Will he and the Mayflower crew continue indefinitely or will they be replaced by other presenters or segments? Thanks, again!

    • Hi Matthew,

      Captain Cartwheel and the Mayflower videos will change significantly for the fall. Can’t give away too much just yet! Keep watching!

  8. Elaine Hardin says:

    I appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the new cirriculum but find it very difficult for the children as well as the teachers. There is no lesson in the childrens books, only scripture references. The children read the Bible but some are too young to read well and they are frustrated. Please return to the simpler, easy to understand lessons for grades 1-6.
    Elaine Hardin
    Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
    Pickens, SC 29671

  9. Jeff Land says:

    Hi Patti,

    Thanks for the positive feedback. You will be happy to know the dates will be back in the Table of Contents starting in the Spring. Also, there is an optional memory verse every week. We are working to lift this option up as it seems many people have missed it.

  10. Janet Mitchell says:

    It is not that helpful to move the dates from the back page to the Table of Contents. We really need every lesson to be dated in the Leader Guide and the Student Book and all the Pack Items to be dated as well.


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