Faith Foundations
'Teaching your child the heart of God'

'Thanks for all the hard work you have put into this. It is so hard to find material that is Biblical yet enjoyable and challenging. I am the Resource Teacher for our congregfation of 1200 so am too busy to teach also. I long to someday be able to teach the book of Acts using your material. Thanks again.'
- Wanda Hebbard Barnhart, Overland Park Church of Christ, Overland Park, Kansas
Faith Foundations Philosophy & Objectives
by Sally Frazier

Biblical
  • Story driven - not themed, thus stories are presented in chronological order and Bible truths are drawn from each story.
  • Godís great plan is woven throughout the Bible and is evident.
  • In most lessons children read the Bible, answering and asking questions about what they have just read.
Interesting (to present Godís Word as boring and irrelevant is sin.)
  • The goal is for the students to come to realize that the Bible is the living, meaningful, vital Word of God , and He has granted us the privilege to read His Word.
  • Since people must be motivated in order to learn, lessons are presented in such a way so that students are motived to learn the truths being taught.
  • Lessons are fun and engaging so that kids will want to come to class.
Biblical truths applied to everyday life
  • Whatís the point of knowing about God if it doesnít change your life?
  • Clear, concrete links are made between what the Bible says and what the response should be in the lives of the students.
Expectation of retention
  • Educational theories are applied to insure retention.
  • Knowledge builds confidence and self-esteem.
Foster Fellowship
  • Christian fellowship is key to living a successful Christian life and is often missing at the elementary level.
  • Activities are included that help students build relationships.
Read and understand the Bible and Bible resources books
  • This skill is a tool for life.
  • Faith Foundations is based on The Easy-to-Read version, which is written on a third grade level, so that the students can read and understand the Bible for themselves.
Memory Work
  • Students learn a memory verse each month. By the end of the year they will be able to recite and explain 12 verses. (As opposed to introducing a new verse each week and expecting the students to remember 52 verses each year.)
  • Additional Bible facts are also memorized (see scope and sequence).
  • Students are encouraged tp hide Godís Word in their hearts so they can resist temptation. (Example: Exodus 20:12)
  • Some verses are chosen to be used as meditation for peace. (Example: Nahum 1:7)
  • Students learn to use scriptures in order to pray in Godís will ((Example: Phil. 1:9)
  • Some verses are chosen so that God can prompt the students in certain situations. (Example: Luke 6:27-28)
Maps
  • Noting locations of Bible stories on a map help the story to be more real.
  • This often neglected skill is woven through the lessons using a variety of methods.
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