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.
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!
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 Year One and Year Two Children’s Curriculum in individual PDF digital lessons/units
Support our mission to nourish children spiritually and to teach them the foundation of the teachings of Jesus and other wisdom teachers:
A Joyful Path- The Inner Wisdom Series
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
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.
*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.
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
Fun and Creative Activities- Art, Crafts, Music, Movements, Meditations
Spiritual Affirmations with a Full Page Affirmation Art
An Original Story with Story Art
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
(Please share these!)
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 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.
Please help make this dream a reality, Donate today!
The menu bar at the top of this website has more info on our curriculum project, keep reading!