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Children’s Curriculum

 

 

***UPDATE: We have started creating Year 3! But we need to raise $30,000.

 

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Are you searching for a way to connect children with an authentic spiritual experience that is inclusive, creative and multi-layered?  A Joyful Path is truly progressive curriculum that is nature centered, joy-full, compassionate, and intelligent. This behavior over belief curriculum is non-dogmatic, inter-spiritual, and heart centered with an emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and how to follow them in today’s world.

 

A Joyful Path teaches children to:

 

Ask questions and be curious

Go within and find their own inner guidance and wisdom

Stay focused and calm when needed and to discover and harness divine energy

Be creative, share their gifts and continue learning about their passions

To take action toward their own successes and happiness

Find compassion for all beings, to be inclusive and tolerant, to find the divine in All

Honor, protect, serve, and be in awe of Mother Nature

To know the history and mythology of our world religions and spiritual paths

To be heroes and heroines- to be brave, courageous, and to stand for peace and justice…

And much more!

 


 

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Products

 

We have Year One and Year Two in hard copy teacher’s handbooks for purchase, Year One and Year Two in digital download, all 38 Year One individual lessons and all 8 Year Two individual units for digital download:

 

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, Year One as a full digital download

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year Two as a full digital download

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum Year One in DVD Version.

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum Year Two in DVD Version.

 

Click here to purchase A Joyful Path Year One and Year Two Children’s Curriculum in individual PDF digital lessons/units

 


 

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What is A Joyful Path About?

 

Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds

 

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, other teachers, and real life heroes 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.  ProgressiveChristianity.org 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.” 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 Frederic Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

 

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.

 

What is 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 for more information and to see the full lesson list for Year One!

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What is 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

 

 

What is Joyful Path Year Two Like?

 

We are thrilled to announce that we are now beginning Year 3! This will be our 3rd and final year in the Joyful Path series. And we are confident it will be our best and most meaningful volume yet.

 

Year 3 will dive into the theme of: ALL LIFE IS SACRED, drawing upon the idea that a deep spiritual connection to Mother Earth provides a meaningful and life enhancing path toward wellness and wholeness.

 

More specifically, Year Three is looking directly to Earth for the lessons She readily provides. As Jesus reminded us repeatedly, through parable and metaphor, nature and the life happening all around us continually teaches us what we are here to see and know is this life.

 

We will be focusing on Interfaith and Interspiritual Mysticism as well as drawing heavily upon Indigenous Wisdom.

 

Read More Here

 


 

Using This Curriculum

 

This spiritual curriculum is intended for ages 6 to 10 (Year 1 & 2) and ages 8 to 11 (Year 3) 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 the teachings of Jesus and other wisdom teachers, as well as real life heroes and heroines to their lives in the present. Experiential learning also helps to create a solid foundation for a child’s life-long spiritual journey.

 

*NOTE: We are happy if you blend your curriculum resources together — you don’t have to abandon your own denominational curriculum in order to enjoy A Joyful Path. We get emails from churches all the time about using more than one curriculum and how A Joyful Path blends well with almost any denominational curriculum out there.

 

A Joyful Path works great for Summer Bible Camp! Just send us an email to contact@progressivechristianity.org and we can walk you through it!

 


 

What is included in A Joyful Path?

 

A Joyful Path is designed for teaching in everything from home environments to multi-classroom environments.

 

You can purchase the curriculum in digital format, in the full curriculum or individual lessons for teaching from a media device.

 

Visit our store to purchase the hardcopy, the digital copy or individual lessons here. 

Each year has 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

 


 

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 are currently in the process of completing the final year, Year 3, for this series and it is our hope that, in the years to come, we will be able to create a curriculum series for older kids, ages 11-15. We need your help in order to complete Year 3 and begin the next series. Each Year of the curriculum costs us around $80,000 to create.

 

Please help make this dream a reality, Donate today!

 

 

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