I teach the "Pre-Teen" class at our church and am loving it. Fifth and sixth graders are mostly pliable, teachable and cooperative. A delightful age to both have fun with, but also to nudge up against some pretty necessary teachings for their present and future.
Here's the problem. Most (not all) of the kids we have in our class, even the ones that have been around for their entire lives, are basically unable to grasp the basics of the Bible. Many of our children are from homes where the Bible is not taught. One student attends Christian School.
I've been using Grapple material and have enjoyed its relevance and ease of use, but have become increasingly displeased with the material's "assumptive-ness" about the size and condition and culture of the class ("Now divide your class into groups and have them discuss...") and about their familiarity with the Bible.
Is there a "Bible Survey" class for children, Pre-Teens, that takes a few weeks to cover the basics...Old Testament, New Testament, history, prophets. gospels, church history, global expansion, etc.? I am very concerned now about turning bunch of basic pagans over to Student Ministries (teens).
Four children from my class opened their hearts to Jesus as Savior and Lord yesterday. This has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of all my ministry. We had sixteen in the class yesterday! My goal is to have 24 before the end of the year! One reason this has been so fulfilling to me is the statistic that 80% of all who receive Christ do so before age sixteen. If that is the case, it makes sense to me that most of our major emphasis should be on exposing children to Truth!
I'm very seriously open to your ideas about how to "disciple" kids through Sunday School.