It used to be so easy. A denomination would produce a curriculum which Christian Education leaders would use. The internet, however, has changed all that. So much material is availabke - much of it free - that leaders may find it overwhelming. Where can they get good resources? How do they even know what qualifies as "good"?
Even more challenging - where do they find material to go along with whatever curriculumt they use - activities, projects, songs, maps, etc.?
This is where networking really becomes important. Here are some resources that I have found or others have suggested. Feel free to send me suggestions of material you have found! (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Biblical Archeology Society
This organization is non-denominational and dedicated to sharing information about archeology in the Bible lands. Lots that teachers can use, including free e-books.
Children and Worship Program
This program is "designed to immerse young children in the wonder of worship in an age-appropriate way. Influenced by the Montessori approach, the Children & Worship program involves storytelling, multi-sensory materials, wondering questions, and creative response time to help children learn about God."
Share Faith Kids
This "all-in-one church worship & outreach resources" site has a special section for developing a Sunday School program "like never before." Sunday School lessons, Vacation Bible school and other products are offered.
Bible Maps - Then and Now
This is an app that shows maps of historic Bible cities and their contemporary equivalents. The video on the page shows one example of how the app works with Scripture.
Horrible Histories: Nero Uses Christians As Candles..."
Search Youtube for Horrible Histories Romans videos. There are a number on ancient Rome - Roman food, army, manners - Nero... The videos are short (about 3 minutes) and funny in an off-...way. Not appropriate for younger children.
There are a number of apps that can be downloaded so you can see where Jesus walked, or what Jerusalem looked like in biblical days. Here are a few that I have found.
Want to see what the ancient Greeks, Romans, Mayans or Israelites saw? Download their app. You can look at the today's "old city of Jerusalem" and, superimposed on it, see the second Temple. Check it out.
Visit Jesus' Jerusalem with Virtual New Testament App
the Virtual New Testament app, available in different formats for different phones and tables, allows you to experience Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. It's great!
Does anyone have sites they could recommend that have skits or inter-generational resources?