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CLICK
UK version expanded by Alison Mitchell, The Good Book Company

£13.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

CLICK is a Bible-based programme for teaching and discipling children from 3-11 years. The CLICK curriculum is based on the belief that the Bible’s own theological framework should direct what is taught and how it is taught. CLICK is Bible-based, teaching the major events, concepts and doctrines of the Bible. It’s also great fun!

What do you get and how?

Leader’s Pack: A leader’s Pack with all components for session running, instruction and children’s resources for activities. Leader’s Manual: Leader’s manual with instructions and ideas. Child Component: Participant resources. Available from the Good Book Company.

Who is it for?

3-5 year olds, 5-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds. Preferably Sunday school groups or mid-week groups with church-going children.

Cost?

Each 10 week unit can be run using the Leader’s Pack: £13.99. Alternatively, Leader’s manuals and child components can be ordered separately. Leader’s manual: £9.99, Child component: £1.49. Leader’s handbook and sample pack can be ordered initially to try the resource for: £2.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Brilliant. Very comprehensive detail is given in the ‘Leader's Handbook and Sample Pack' on how to run the rest of the units and sessions. Material is quite dense but easy to understand once familiar with the layout. ‘Ideas Menu' and activity resources well presented.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims and outcomes are explicitly stated at the beginning of every session to help focus the leader.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Material is quite dense but easy to understand once familiar with the layout. Fantastic extra advice on working with children, considerations when working with different age groups and genders and the importance of each session. The leader's notes also outline how to make each section effective.

    Who could lead it?

    Children's workers in the church who have a fair amount of experience with kids' work. Other people may take up other roles, but the material requires quite a lot of decision making with regards to what is included - this is best decided by an experienced church children's leader.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Fantastic, engaging, relevant and facilitate sessions well. Some resources may seem a little advanced for children so this is worth considering when running sessions. Leaders should have a good existing knowledge of their group's reading/writing level.

    How good is any digital material?

    CD's accompany the sessions. These are specified in each Unit but include CD's such as ‘Earth movers'. CD's are available at The Good Book Company and leader's can choose which they want to use, or use none at all.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Quite a significant amount of preparation is needed. Activities have to be chosen and prepared for and materials may need to be purchased. Also, as there is extensive information about how to make these sessions most effective, it is important to spend time going over all of this so the children get as much from it as possible. More time may be needed for more preparation if you have a larger group and lots of leaders involved.

    Is there website support? Links?

    None mentioned.

    Is it dated?

    Not particularly, CLICK series has already been adapted for the UK from kids@church programme from CEP Australia.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    This is inherent to every session in all units with all age groups. Interaction within the group is key and provides a safe environment for children to be honest with one another. Extensive interaction is essential between leaders and children, as well as between children and their peers.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Extremely well. Visual, auditory and tactile activities and delivery allows children of all backgrounds to access the material. There are also lots of helpful hints on how to help children learn verses in a fun and memorable way.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Sessions have a lot of variety and choices so cater for children's groups with little to lots of resources. This also allows leaders to adapt sessions to a suitable time slot; however sessions are best run in around 60 minutes. Preparation is key and a little extensive and access to external CDs may be necessary. Can be run with large or small groups depending on leader capacity. These sessions are quite Bible focussed and are intended to be run as a series so are best used with children who are church goers.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Encourages children to apply material through leading questions and activity sheets.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The majority of the resource is heavily Bible based, and fun.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Presentation and use may seem quite complex at times, however this shouldn't put leaders off. Clear and detailed instructions are given on how to present the ‘Teaching time' sections well, this includes constant in put and engagement of the young people. Presentation of verses is different for most sessions, this enables individual leaders to identify what works best with their group. Material is used effectively by then getting the children to engage with key challenges/concepts via fun mediums such an array of activities and discussion choice.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is more evident in the CLICK Units aimed at 8-11 year olds as they perhaps have a greater ability to apply what they are hearing. Gently applies material to everyday life for younger ages by simple questions asking about how they live.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    The CLICK curriculum is based on the belief that the Bible's own theological framework should direct what is taught and how it is taught.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Suggests this in most sessions by teaching about key events and people in the Bible. Not an explicit focus as children need to first understand the backbone of Christianity. Memory verses allow children to perhaps remember what they have learnt and apply it later.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    The CLICK unit resources take in to account the fact that children grow and develop at different rates and in different ways. Each unit successfully encourages growth in knowledge of different topics, from Jesus, the Son of God, to living the way God wants for us. Children can grow in their faith by learning about the different aspects of faith as outlined in CLICK: believing, imagining, trusting and doing.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Children are constantly challenged to live as God has written in the Bible. Good coverage across all units of different aspects of God's purposes and vision. In some groups, this may seem quite extensive, however if children are needing more of a light-hearted session, adaptations are easy.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Evident in all sessions. This is done in sections on ‘Bringing it all together' and ‘Prayer'.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Covered in Units 11 and 12 for 8-11 year olds. Also in Unit 6 for ages 5-7 year olds. Mentioned sporadically throughout other units for younger age groups too.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Gently encourages children to have local involvement by copying Jesus in his approach to people he did not know.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Indirectly by explicitly allowing children to know that Jesus came to save all people from all nations (E.g. Unit 6 for ages 8-11 years, Units 6 & 8 for ages 5-7 years).

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Indirectly by explicitly allowing children to know that Jesus came to save all people from all nations. Units 6,8,11 and 12 best cover this.

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