Partner Question: Quick Answers to Quick Questions

Do you have Ollie the Owl as a puppet?
We do not have Ollie as a puppet. We’ve never really thought about it. I wonder how many people would use Ollie as a puppet? What say you users? Ollie as a puppet?

Can I go back to a couple of months’ lessons?
We do have all of our lessons archived and available for a minimal retrieval fee. Just click the “Curriculum Vault” tab on download matrix. Remember, you must be under a current license with First Look to be using First Look curriculum in your environment.

Why did you change Ollie?
Ah, Ollie. He grew up! He actually went from 2D to 3D and now has the ability to be animated more and interact more with the kids. He’s now where we wanted him to be from the beginning of Wonder, but it took us awhile to get him there.

Will this work for two-year-olds?
We do have a two-year-old curriculum as part of the First Look curriculum. In fact, there is curriculum for babies and toddlers too. And, if you have only a few preschoolers that range in ages, you can take pieces of the two-year-old curriculum and the three- to five-year-old curriculum and mix them together.

Where do you get some of your stories?
All of our stories are from the Bible.

Where should I fit snack in the curriculum?
There are many places to fit snack into the curriculum. Typically, a child will sit longer when he has a cup of crackers in his hand. Knowing this, you may want to give them snack as you tell the story in two-year-olds or during “Make It Real” in the older kids. Just make sure that if you’re serving food, you put an allergy alert on the door.

Do you do any of these activities with toddlers?
We have a toddler curriculum that is a monthly curriculum. We provide four activities for them to do over and over all month long. For older toddlers, you can also use some of the activities from the two-year-olds.

Do you give every child a temporary nametag or have permanent ones made?
There are many answers to this one. In fact, maybe we should do a poll on Facebook to see how different people do this. I know some smaller churches that use permanent nametags that also serve as their security system. Most of the churches I know of use printed labels for their regulars and then just write the visitor’s name on a label. Whatever you do, make sure each child has a nametag so you can address him by name. You will want to make sure you tag them with a special tag if they have allergies. Finally, don’t forget some type of security tag in place.

Will the Bible Storytellers hold/have a Bible in the DVDs?
The Storyteller always tells the children he/she is telling a “true story from the Bible,” but because they are characters that have props in their hands do not currently hold an actual Bible. It’s something to think about, though.

Do the people who write the curriculum have a background with preschoolers?
Oh boy, do they. First, everyone involved is a mom or dad. So, we’ve got that experience going for us. ALL of us either currently work or volunteer in a preschool curriculum environment on Sundays that uses our curriculum. So, we do get to see what works and what doesn’t. The majority of us have worked at churches in a preschool environment. And don’t even get me started on the number of degrees in education and such we’ve got going on over here. So, the answer is yes.

As a parent of a preschooler and elementary kiddos, I have wondered why the lessons aren’t similar with the same verse, similar story, et cetera?
We have had many, many, many discussions about this in the Orange offices, and it comes down to this: We want what a child hears on Sunday to be real and relevant to them. Is that to say that any of the Bible is not relevant? NO, it’s not. However, the pieces that a preschooler can hear and truly understand are limited. Preschoolers don’t understand metaphor or symbolism. Everything in their world is concrete, real, right here, right now. They are able to grasp stories that are what we call “one step to application” stories. For example, the good Samaritan helped the hurt man so I should help the hurt man. Because we want to teach preschoolers three simple basic truths that are the building blocks for their faith, we want to make sure they really get them. So, we have a two-year scope and cycle. A four-year-old will hear the same stories that he heard when he was two. Of course, he’ll hear them in a completely different way. Our elementary curriculum, 252 Basics, builds on what our preschoolers have learned and introduces them to more complex stories.

This post is part of our series answering questions that were asked of the First Look team at Orange Conference 2012. For more answers to more questions, click here.

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