Alternative Curriculum Plan for 6th Graders
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Alternative Curriculum Plan
for 6th Graders
I’ve been thinking.
I’ve been thinking, “If I were responsible for designing curriculum for 6th graders, what might I design?”
I think I might develop my own curriculum for 6th graders. Why would I even consider doing such?
Let me share a few thoughts:
• Many of our 6th graders are in middle school; they are yet in the Youth division in our churches.
• Because 6th graders are in middle school, they don’t “feel” like children.
• Curriculum isn’t the printed materials that we use with children. Curriculum is everything we do with children. Curriculum is composed of our
relationships with children, participation of children as valued and capable people, worshiping with children, serving with children. Curriculum is
alive and always changing.
• Our emphasis should be on the children we teach rather than the content we teach. We teach people. We teach people about the Bible. Teaching
implies a learner.
I’ve sketched a potential framework for an alternative curriculum for 6th graders, knowing their developmental needs, social, cognitive, and
September: “Character Chronicles” (6 sessions)
This is a wonderful study to begin a new venture, being a middle schooler! The study deals with honesty, courage, integrity.
October & November: “When I Get Mad: Helping Children Control Anger” (6 sessions)
All of us need help in dealing with our anger, especially as the emotional needs vary greatly in these pre-teens.
December: Christmas Unit
We may have guests in our 6th grade group who do not know the wonder of the Holy Season.
January: “Talent Search” (6 sessions)
This study deals with spiritual gif