How does this all work?
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download site for curriculum products published
by Foundations Publishing.
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curriculum, lessons, journals, music, and other
resources. Access is given to all people in your
organization, church, school.
Membership is FREE. You
can download as much as you want. We only
ask that you do not use it for commercial
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products are available to download?
Our curriculum products are
constantly be expanded. Currently there are
curriculums and products for these levels:
Kindergarten, Early Elementary, Children’s
Church, Middle School, Family Small Groups, and
download area to do a search on
topics and age levels.
use the curriculums at any time or are they
specific to a year like other programs?
All our products are
designed to be used at anytime and can be used
over again each year as your students get
older. You do not have to always be ordering
new curriculum each year. If you wanted to you
could download all our curriculums and only pay
the one year fee. This amount of curriculum
would keep you going for years. Our goal is to
provide people with the resources to teach
children the core concepts of the Christian
How do I order printed
versions of KidsFaith products?
Printed versions are still
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between 2-4 weeks depending on the product
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How do I print out the
curriculum after I download it?
The best way to print is to
use a printer that prints on both sides. This
is called duplex printing. It saves on paper.
If you do not have a duplex printer then you can
just print on one side.
If the document is large,
you will want to use a binder (comb/wire etc) to
bind the whole document together. If you do not
have a binder, you could also use a 3 ring
binder to keep it all together. You can also
just print the pages that you are going to use
As an option, you could
load the file onto your laptop and use the
laptop screen to teach from. This might be a
good idea when the curriculum has lots of color,
e.g. Early Foundations.
Is the curriculum in
Some curriculums are very
color intensive, like the Early Foundations
series. Others have a moderate amount of
color. You can choose to print the curriculums
in both color and B/W.
What is your statement
Our statement of faith can
Why modern and Biblical
stories in some of your
Standard Sunday curriculums
revolve around Bible stories. Foundations
takes a different tack. Although Bible stories
are an integral part of any Christian
curriculum, Foundations strives to
connect these Bible stories with the truths of
Christianity; thereby using the stories as
evidence of the truth or an example
of the truth. We hope that children will
understand why these stories matter, not just
that they happened a long time ago.
also balances Bible stories with modern stories
attempting to make modern connections and create
thoughtful answers to everyday challenges and
questions. This brings the tenants of the
Christian faith into a useful context, where
children can apply what they learned, and it
becomes a part of their lives, instead of
segmenting them into a “church” category.
This dual focus allows
Biblical stories to remain fresh and relevant.
Too many children graduate from Sunday school
knowing every pertinent Bible story, but not
knowing why it matters or how it connects to
their lives. They become bored with the stories
and don’t see the meaning and nuances that they
hold. The Foundations curriculum
strives to make the connections between the
lessons learned in the Bible and the child’s
Why teach a song?
Because it works. The early
church knew this as they created thousands upon
thousands of hymns for the church audience to
remember the Biblical truths that they could not
read. Likewise, young children will quickly
learn songs, and sing them spontaneously
enjoying every fun movement, note, and word. It
is a time tested way to teach knowledge, and
once learned will seldom be forgotten. For a
list of songs and sample music downloads
Aren’t they too young to
Children are never too
young to memorize verses, and they are an
important part of understanding God’s word.
has picked simple, easy to memorize verses,
which correspond with the monthly topics for
children to learn. It has also given ample time
to accomplish this task.
Do we have to use the
The scripted prayer is
meant as a guideline or starting point. It is by
no means meant to be the only prayer for the
month. It is given as a reminder that prayer is
essential in our daily walk, and must be taught
to our children.
What’s the difference
between the Sunday school questions and the
The Sunday school questions
are brief and to the point. They were written to
give the teacher an informal assessment tool to
ensure that their students were listening and
understanding the text.
The parent/child questions
are much deeper and more thoughtful. They were
created to explore the deeper meaning of the
story, and to create spiritual connections
between parent and child.
Does this work?
Absolutely. The combination
of the stories, verse, song, prayer, activities,
questions, repetition, church and parent
connections is a powerful tool to teach
How long will it take?
Raising spiritual children
is a lifelong endeavor, but using the
Foundations curriculum at home only
takes 10-20 minutes a day, depending on the
emotional maturity of your child.
Will I see any other
Many extra benefits will be
noticed by using the Foundations
curriculum at home. Most notably will be the
connection between parent and child. Your
children will begin to see you as the spiritual
leader of the family, and will look to you as
the example of Christian life.
Nightly discussions will
open doors to dialogues about your Christian
faith, life situations, and emotional hurdles.
Parents will begin to
understand their children at a deeper, more
Children will also improve
their reading and comprehension skills as well
as critical thinking and analysis skills.
Teaching Early Foundations:
Why don't you have a
reproducible page for the stories each week
instead of having to purchase books to send
When you send a child home
with nicely printed and bound book with the
story in color and the parent/child study
questions, the likelihood is greater that it
will be read to the child during the week.
Why are there two
different versions of some stories?
When Foundations was tested
in a Sunday school classroom, many of the
teachers wanted to accommodate a younger
audience (toddlers and younger.) They requested
that their be an easier, younger rendition of
the more complex stories, thereby giving
teachers and parents a choice when reading to
different age groups.
Many of the stories are
simple in their origin, and didn’t need a second
version; therefore they remained the sole text
of the story.
Why are the crafts so
crafts are not meant as a trophy or
demonstration of art skills, they were created
to become a talking point for parents and
teachers, and to reinforce the story. Therefore
they are very simple, meant to require a minimum
amount of preparation, and are intentionally
drawn from the pictures and text. Crafts, in
many instances, can be overdone, haphazardly
performed, and completely non-related to the
lessons learned. Foundations
strives to remain on focus with simple,
Every month we do the
same “verse sign” the first week. Why?
is not just a Sunday school curriculum, it is
program that transcends into the home with the
parents and the child. It attempts to equip
parents with the necessary information and props
to do a home study with their children. The
verse sign, created the first week of every
month, is part of that program. It is our hope
that parents will take that sign home, hang it
somewhere in the home where it can be referred
to and used to memorize the verse.
Our test family hung it in
the room where the story was told before
bedtime. Others might hang it on the
refrigerator and practice the verse at
breakfast. Whatever the circumstances, it is
just one more piece of the equipping puzzle that
Foundations hopes will yield
Another positive product is
that the first week of the month, when a new
topic is introduced, can be stressful. Knowing
what the craft is ahead of time can ease this
pressure and make for a more relaxing week. Feel
free to modify and be creative with this craft,
adding new and unique touches every month.
Can we change the
Yes! The monthly letter is
suggested for the first week of the month, but
it can be changed and accommodated to fit your
church classrooms, teachers, and unique
qualities. We encourage you to make it your own.
This is the perfect opportunity to advertise
volunteer opportunities, introduce new teachers,
request materials from parents, and make
connections with your congregation.
It also provides a forum
for discussing the intentions of the
Foundations curriculum, and to encourage
parents to become the spiritual leaders of their
Every church and classroom
is individually operated; please feel free to
adjust the newsletter to fit your style and
How about posting the
verse, song, and prayer in our classrooms?
That’s a great idea and one
that we would encourage. It would create a more
relaxed flow to the circle time experience and
add reinforcement. Just like the ABC’s and
Months of the Year board found in typical
preschool classrooms, having the verse, song,
and prayer displayed on the walls can greatly
enhance the classroom experience.
What if I don’t have a
was originally tested in a mobile church, where
the teacher’s lounge of a high school was used
for the pre-k program with children between 6
months and 6 years of age. Still,
Foundations was easily implemented.
Every month they wrote the verse, song, and
prayer on a large piece of tag board, which was
transported with their collection of toys and
materials in large bins, along with the monthly
binder, which was used as a guide for the month.
is meant to be simple, with very few support
materials needed. Even the books are in a
smaller format, meant to be given away and
How can I keep track of
all these books?
The nice thing is, you
don’t have to. The books are meant to go home
with the children and not return. Our hope is
that they will read the books over and over.
We suggest that you order
the entire Foundations curriculum for one year,
and then store the materials until they are
needed. Because the books are compact, and the
binders simple, the space needed will not be
Then work a month ahead in
your preparation. As long as you have the
corresponding book packs for the coming month,
you are in great shape. If you need extra books,
because you class has doubled in size, for
example, they are easy and quick to procure.
Furthermore, if you have extra books at the end
of the month, tuck them away for next year. If
you lose them, you can easily replace them at a
Also, the months were not
created in a particular order. If you are
without books for the month ahead, skip to
another month where you are ready with supplies.
The mobile church where the
Foundations curriculum was tested
placed all of its materials into small storage
bins. Each bin was labeled with the monthly
topic. The storage bins were then transported
with the toys and other materials each week, and
at the end of the month was replaced with a new
monthly box. The used box was then placed in
storage with the other 11 waiting boxes. In
total, the entire curriculum with books,
binders, crafts, verses, songs, prayers, and
instructions fit into 12 small plastic storage
bins. At the end of the year, the books for all
twelve months were refreshed, and the process
Isn’t this a lot of
repetition for the students? Won’t they get
Yes, it is intentionally
repetitious and no, they won’t get bored. How
many times have you sung the ABC song? How many
times have you perused the pages of Goodnight
Moon with your young son or daughter?
Preschool children naturally enjoy repetition
and decide on their own their favorite stories
and songs. It is our hope that the repetition of
the stories over three years will ingrain in
them not only the stories and songs themselves,
but also the lessons learned.
Why do we repeat the
year over and over again throughout the
premise is based on the knowledge that children
need repetition and guidance to learn basic
skills. It is a spiraled curriculum, meaning
that it completes a full circle of ideas before
repeating the circle again. Foundations
needs to be taught for 2 to 5 years to have its
full effect. Children’s skills and memory
develop slowly but steadily throughout the
preschool years, and only repetition of the
basic knowledge over a long period of time will
fulfill the goals of the program.
Each year that the child is
enrolled in the Foundations
program they will develop a deeper understanding
of the concepts and will eventually leave the
preschool years with a firm grasp of the twelve
What if the classroom
questions are too old for my students? Or too
The Classroom questions are
meant as a guideline, not a rule. They can be
modified to accommodate the ages and emotional
abilities of your students. What is important
is that you conduct a dialogue about the story
with the children, not simply read the book and
then abandon it. Children learn best when they
can discuss their thoughts about and details of
was created for a multi-age classroom, with the
understanding that the classroom experience is
not to be scripted, but rather flexible to the
various needs and ages of the attendees. Feel
free to make the questions your own.
Why do we have to assess
our preschool children?
The monthly assessments
created in the Foundations
curriculum are informal and brief. They have two
purposes: to give parents an informal evaluation
of their child’s spiritual knowledge, and to
make the entire Foundations
curriculum more pertinent.
During the creation and
implementation of any curriculum, you want to
keep in mind the end goal of the lessons.
Assessments help the teacher focus on what is
important, while evaluating the effectiveness of
the system. Without some kind of evaluation,
there is no way to gauge how much the children
are learning, and how pertinent the curriculum
is to that learning.
The assessments are
completely optional, and should not be used as a
sole evidence of effectiveness; they are simply
another tool in the box.
With that said, however,
the assessments are really only designed for the
oldest students in their final year of the
curriculum. They are meant to evaluate the
program as a whole, not be a running tally, but
instead a cumulative assessment.