Winter 2013-14 Preschool Leader Extras with Suggested Dates

Winter 2013-14 


Unit 1: Jesus Taught*

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


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


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


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

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


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

Session 6: Living (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 Gave Us the Bible (Suggested date: 2/9/14)

Session 5: Who Made the World? (Suggested date: 2/16/14)

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





  1. Our church was in shock when the month of December had one lesson on the birth of
    Jesus in the Preschool material. December is the most important month to teach our little people about the Jesus birth from Luke and Matthew. Thanks for adding some extra material. Super disappointed in Lifeway!

    • Hey Mina,

      We’ve had the Christmas sessions the entire time. I’m glad you found them though!

      • Brenda Dyer says:

        I just found the Optional Christmas Sessions. Were we given the choice of ordering Christmas material or what we received? If we were, I did not know it and I apologize for my frustration but to use it now, is added costs to print for everyone. This is not good stewardship of our church’s resources.

        • Hi Brenda, this is the only version that we offered. I’m sorry for your frustration.

          • I have to agree with Mina and Brenda. Lifeway’s customer service is GREAT, therefore a very helpful agent emailed me the links to these this morning. But I have to agree with Brenda – it should be in the book…

            Church wide we emphasize the birth of Christ for the entire month of December. And for years, this emphasis was included in our Sunday School department. Would love to continue that for years to come. Thank you for providing this supplement – it shows that you care about your customers. But I will go on record with these two ladies in saying that our church would prefer them to be standard issue, not supplemental options.

          • Jeff Land says:

            Hi Trey,

            It was already in the plans to be next Winter’s curriculum. I’m sure you understand our dilemma in trying to meet the needs of our total customer base.

  2. Thank you for sending these extra lessons. I too am very disappointed that the entire month of December was not lessons on Jesus’ birth. I was also considering changing our literature next quarter. We have one month to teach preschoolers about the true meaning of Christmas while it is being celebrated all over the world. I was very surprised that only one lesson was in our packet. I know that the other lessons are great, but December should be about the birth of our Savior. For many children it may be the only time they hear the real story of Christmas – and you can be sure they will hear about Santa Claus and presents all month long!

    • Jeff Land says:

      Hi Vickie,

      The stories will be printed next year. What are your reasons for changing curriculum next quarter? I would love to help if possible.

  3. In response to: “I’m sure you understand our dilemma in trying to meet the needs of our total customer base.”

    I *do* understand the dilemma in trying to meet the needs of your total customer base. I’m just curious who in your customer base thinks Sunday School sessions in December should be about a topic other than Jesus’ birth. And, before you go on about how your church began using the Winter curriculum earlier and some churches used the Winter curriculum later–any curriculum piece that is labeled “Winter 2013-2014” is surely going to include the month of December and therefore should include a month of teaching sessions related to Jesus’ birth. And don’t try to tell me “Oh, they were there. You just had to go and find them.” I shouldn’t *have* to go and find them. If some of your users are planning to do something different in December, they’re the ones who should have to go looking for different sessions. In “Winter 2013-14” (or “2014-2015” or “2015-2016”), the first month is going to be December. Pretty much every time. Your customers shouldn’t have to go searching.

  4. Jeannie Patton says:

    I have taught 30 years using Lifeway and have always loved it. But this quarter and the last have been very disappointing, confusing and has taken needless extra time and work. First, being undated has caused much confusion with many in our church as well as myself. Then, the fact that we choose to teach Christmas stories during Christmas meant that we had to print out copies and get to all teachers. That also leaves almost one third of the material unused. Also, some of the stories and words used are a little too difficult for the 3s-Pre-K age group.
    On the other hand, the teaching pictures are much better.

    • Hi Jeannie, the dates will be back starting in the Spring. I’m sorry about the Christmas confusion. They will be printed next year. I’m glad you like the Teaching Pictures.

    • Hi Jeannie, the dates will be printed in the Table of Contents starting in the Spring. I’m sorry about the Christmas confusion. The stories will be printed in next winter’s curriculum. I’m glad you like the teaching pictures.


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