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Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year One and Year Two

 

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A Joyful Path- The Inner Wisdom Series

Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds

Is your community searching for a way to connect children with an authentic spiritual experience that is inter-spiritual, creative and multi-layered?  A Joyful Path is truly progressive Christian curriculum that is inclusive, joy-full, compassionate, and intelligent. This behavior-over-belief curriculum connects children with their own inner wisdom.  It teaches interdependence, self awareness, respect for nature, stillness, forgiveness, prayer, meditation, and integrity.  Using the Bible and other wisdom stories, A Joyful Path helps children learn how to follow the path of Jesus in today’s world.

“The great need in the Christian church is for a Sunday school curriculum for children that does not equate faith with having a pre-modern mind.  The Center for Progressive Christianity has produced just that.  Teachers can now teach children in Sunday school without crossing their fingers.  I endorse it wholeheartedly.

~John Shelby Spong, Author, Jesus for the Non-Religious

 

“One of the major challenges for Progressive Christians in the years to come is paying more attention to “equipping the saints.” The dictionary meaning for “equipping” is “to supply with intellectual, emotional, or spiritual essentials.” It is derived from an old French term which means “to put to sea, to embark.” The ProgressiveChristianity.org has picked up this challenge and provided congregations and parents with two years of relevant and imaginative curriculums for the 21st century. They have taken the lead in reframing Sunday school teachings and made them into invaluable resources for “equipping the saints” as they head out on the sea of our culture. Whether you are a parent, a Sunday School teacher, a preacher, a spiritual seeker, or just someone who likes to look at ideas from a child’s point of view, this one’s for you.”

~Mary Ann and Frederik Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

 

NEWS! A Joyful Path, Year Two is now available! Year Two focuses on the Eight Points of progressive Christianity, giving children a framework within which to experience their spiritual journey.  Each year of this curriculum can stand on it’s own, so even if you have not purchased Year One, the children in your community will love and benefit from Year Two! 

Read this awesome review of A Joyful Path, Year Two by Mary Ann and Frederik Brussat!

 

Using This Curriculum

This spiritual curriculum is intended for 6 to 10 year olds but may be adapted for children slightly older or younger. The lessons are written for a classroom setting and are also appropriate for use at home.

A unique and important aspect of this curriculum is that the lessons are both heart-centered and experiential. Through stories and activities, children’s bodies and feelings are engaged as well as their minds. Giving children experiences that are real and meaningful helps them integrate and apply the ideals of Progressive Christianity to lives right now. Experiential learning also helps to create a solid foundation for a child’s life-long spiritual journey.

 

What is included in A Joyful Path?

Both Year One and Year Two are designed for teaching in everything from home environments to multi-classroom environments.

Both have the ability for digital lessons and teaching from a media device (if you purchase one of the group packages that comes with a DVD*)

Both have 38 full lessons which include:

  • A Teacher Introduction

  • A Teacher Reflection or Meditation

  • Bible Verses

  • Wisdom Quotations

  • Fun and Creative Activities- Art, Crafts, Music, Movements, Meditations

  • Spiritual Affirmations with a Full Page Affirmation Art

  • An Original Story with Story Art

  • Discussion Questions

Plus Teacher Introductory Pages which include Classroom Management Tips, Bringing Nature into the Curriculum, Using the Affirmations, and Using this Curriculum

 

 *Which package is right for me? Do I need a DVD?

Here is a list of our Year One packages and what they include:

1) In Home and Small Group: $115. This package includes: 1) 1 full color teacher’s handbook with 38 lessons. We recommend this package for people using the curriculum in home or with small groups of 6 or less children and 1 teacher. If copies of the lessons are desired, teachers will need to make copies from the handbook on a printer. (This package will not include the DVD which is useful for churches or larger groups who have more than one teacher using the curriculum or more than one classroom. The DVD has each lesson in PDF format and a teacher training video as well as the promo video. With the DVD teachers can share the lessons via email or print out the lessons.)

2) Groups: $295. This package includes: 1) 1 full color teacher’s handbook with 38 lessons 2) 1 DVD. The DVD is useful for churches or larger groups who have more than one teacher using the curriculum or more than one classroom or just larger class size in general. The DVD, which is inserted into your laptop or PC has each lesson in PDF format and a teacher training video as well as the promo video. With the DVD teachers can share the lessons via email or print out the lessons, directly from their computer.

3) Groups with Music: $325. This package includes: 1) 1 full color teacher’s handbook with 38 lessons 2) 1 DVD 3) 2 music CD’s for use in the classroom- one, Ashana, is for calming, meditative, quiet time and the other, Butterflyfish, is upbeat, bluesy, folky, fun family music with progressive Christian language. The DVD is useful for churches or larger groups who have more than one teacher using the curriculum or more than one classroom or just larger class size in general. The DVD, which is inserted into your laptop or PC has each lesson in PDF format and a teacher training video as well as the promo video. With the DVD teachers can share the lessons via email or print out the lessons, directly from their computer.

**Additional DVD’s can be purchased by contacting us directly.

Here is a list of our Year Two packages and what they include:

1) In- Home: $125. This package includes: 1) 1 Full color 38 lesson teaching Handbook 2) DEAS…and Other Imaginings. Ten Spiritual Folktales for Children- a Picture Story Book, included for free for a limited time. (This package will not include the DVD which is useful for churches or larger groups who have more than one teacher using the curriculum or more than one classroom. The DVD has each lesson in PDF format and a teacher training video as well as the promo video. With the DVD teachers can share the lessons via email or print out the lessons.)

2) Small Groups: $295. This package includes: 1) 1 Full color 38 lesson teaching Handbook. 2) 1 DVD -The DVD has all the lessons in digital format- to use on any media device. Simply insert the DVD into your computer or laptop and you can email the lessons to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Open up the lessons and print from the file. Print out the Affirmation Art work or the Full Page Story Art to send home with the children. Or email the lessons to different teachers. The DVD has a Teacher Training Video included as well as a short Promotional Video to share with parents or members of your faith community.

3) Single Classroom Groups: $330. This package includes: 1) 1 Full color 38 lesson teaching Handbook 2) 2 DVD’s -The DVD’s have all the lessons in digital format- to use on any media device. Simply insert the DVD into your computer or laptop and you can email the lessons to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Open up the lessons and print from the file. Print out the Affirmation Art work or the Full Page Story Art to send home with the children. Or email the lessons to different teachers. The DVD has a Teacher Training Video included as well as a short Promotional Video to share with parents or members of your faith community. 3) 1 Copy of: Sing and Dance and Play with Joy, Inclusive Songs for Young Children- a hymnal book

4) Multi-Classroom Groups: $350. This package includes: 1) 1 Full color 38 lesson teaching Handbook 2) 3 DVD’s – each DVD has all the lessons in digital format- to use on any media device. Simply insert the DVD into your computer or laptop and you can email the lessons to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Open up the lessons and print from the file. Print out the Affirmation Art work or the Full Page Story Art to send home with the children. Or email the lessons to different teachers. The DVD’s each have a teacher training video included as well as a short promotional video to share with parents or members of your faith community. 3) 1 Copy of: Sing and Dance and Play with Joy, Inclusive Songs for Young Children- a hymnal book

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year One and Year Two

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum in individual PDF digital lessons

 

With Year Two complete, we are setting our sights on a third and final year of curriculum for this age group, and then we want to move into creating progressive, inter-spiritual curriculum for older children, ages 11-15. 

Please help us make this vision a reality by donating to this important project!

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum

 

Click here to download lesson samples from A Joyful Path

 

What Is A Joyful Path Year One Like?

In A Joyful Path, Year One, we focus on behavior over belief. Focusing on the teachings of Jesus, Year One is all about supporting children to find their own inner wisdom and to connect to the Spirit and God Within All.

Topics Covered are:

Energy

The body

Feelings

Heart nature

The Will

The Intellect

God Within All

Letting Go

The Universe

Prayer

The Bible

The Life of Jesus

Christian Holidays

Kindness

Nature

And MORE! Click here to see the full lesson list for Year One!

 

What Is A Joyful Path Year Two Like?

In A Joyful Path, Year Two, we focus on some of the main tenets of Progressive Christianity and Spirituality, giving our children the foundation they need to walk the path of Jesus in today’s world.  It has stories and affirmations written to help children clarify their own personal beliefs while staying open to the wisdom of other traditions.

Year Two will be similar to Year One, in that it will have 38 lessons, full color original artwork, a contemplative and introductory section for the teacher in each lesson, 38 original stories, incredible heart warming, feeling based activities, and tips to bring music and nature into each lesson.

Year Two will have be slightly different from Year One, in that we are going to focus more directly on our eight points, breaking them down into 3-5 lessons per point.

Topics Covered are:

The Teachings Of Jesus

Pluralism

Inclusion

How We Treat Others

The Search for Understanding

Peace and Social Justice

The Integrity of the Earth

Life-Long Learning and Selfless Love

 

Click Here for More Information on Using This Curriculum, Year Two

 

Promo Videos for Year One and Year Two

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About Our Children’s Curriculum Project:

A while back, we did a massive interview process of churches, scholars, theologians, and lay people asking them, what is needed most in the progressive Christian movement. Overwhelmingly, the response was a need for progressive, spiritual children’s curriculum. So, we created the children’s curriculum project, called The Inner Wisdom Series, and embarked on an exciting and groundbreaking journey. Our goal is to create progressive Christian children’s curriculum that celebrates a joy-filled life, compassion for all, and the wisdom found within, while staying true to the teachings and path of Jesus.

We have just finished production on  A Joyful Path, Year Two, for ages 6-10 which focuses on the Eight Points.  We hope that, in the years to come, we will be able to create a third and final year of curriculum for our 6-10 year old’s, and then a curriculum series for older kids, ages 11-15 year olds.

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