Hey parents of Real Life kiddos! There is some great news to share about some big changes in how your little ones are learning about God each week at church. KidsLife is now using a new curriculum called Orange!
This program helps to combine the heart of the family (red) and the light of God (yellow). Red + Yellow = Orange!
“The curriculum we were using before was a bit outdated and while the kids were still learning things, it was time for a change,” Sara Laferte said. “I had been stalking the Orange curriculum online for at least six months and after RLC’s most recent growth spurt, it was time to make the change.”
The new program provides a newer, more modern approach to teaching core biblical principles and utilizes technology to make Sunday morning lessons more engaging.
“Nowadays, children are attached to electronics, Sara said. “We have to meet them where they are in order to teach them. That means fun, upbeat music for worship that is comparable to what they hear on the radio. It means video lessons. Then we wrap up with more focused time in smaller groups where questions and conversation can flourish.”
Another important aspect of the new program is more consistent teachers in classrooms at Real Life in order to help children build relationships with their leaders.
“We want children to learn that church is a safe place to be who you are,” Sara said.
Here’s a few reminders for parents: First, children are sent home with papers each week so that parents can reinforce during the week what the children learned on Sunday. Secondly, there is a reward system for Kindergarten through fifth graders. Each child gets a punch card when they come in their class. They can also earn punches for the following activities: attendance, offering, a donation to the current outreach ministry (right now it is Room in the Inn), bringing their bible, bringing back their completed sheet from the Sunday before, bringing an offering of $5, reciting the memory verse, and bringing a friend.
At the end of service, there is a prize cabinet and the kids get to pick something off the shelf that coincides with the number of punches they got that day. A simplified version of the rewards system is also coming for the preschool kids.
And no matter what, Sara wants parents to know one important thing:
“More than anything, I would want them to know that the KidsLife Team LOVES their kids,” Sara said. “This is not babysitting so parents can enjoy service. We have a passion to give the kids a foundation in Jesus!”
If you are interested in joining the KidsLife team, they are always looking for more people! And the requirements are pretty easy: show up on Sunday and love on the kids. To get started, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.