Dr Tock’s Traveling Clock (Elementary)
NewSpring Church, 2015

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What does it say on the tin?

In this series we’ll travel through time and take a look at the life of Joseph. As we do, we will develop good character and learn what God wants from us in how we treat others through Micah 6:8! The Need to Knows repeat for two weeks in a row throughout this series to give kids the repetition that helps their hearts grasp these truths.

What do you get?

All session outlines, notes, graphics, music and media for the 8 week series. Available at: https://newspringnetwork.com/resources/kids/dr.-tocks-traveling-clock-elementary

Who is it for?

Children aged 4-11years old (also available for children aged 3-4years)


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  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Easy to read, appealing layout.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated in each session, however the series is aimed at learning through the life of Joseph, so lessons he learns are presented to the children throughout the course.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Accessible once initial outline material is read through, as there are quite a few files which need to be pieced together.

    Who could lead it?

    Children's leaders in church services (groups). Leader's cards are provided with each lesson.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Very good. Relevant to learning, interesting to complete and age appropriate. Facilitate the sessions well.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material includes songs, sound clips, dramas and other audio files. These are good, however in some cases leaders may opt to act out the scene themselves, in order to engage their audiences best. The songs are pop-like music and are unique to the course. Leaders may choose to do their own songs.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation varies depending on the section of each session. Small group time needs less resources so preparation in advance is quicker, however large group sections need more resources and more prep with regards to the dramas and group interaction. With small groups, prep in less time consuming. In all cases, materials for crafts will need to be gathered, instructions read through, and setup must be thorough. There are clear lists on each session description outlining what you will need for each lesson. Note: it may take leaders a while to become familiar with the various PDF files associated with sessions.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Website support comes in the form of downloading all relevant documents from: https://newspringnetwork.com/resources/kids/dr.-tocks-traveling-clock-elementary

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged through activities and the Bible story section as children are presented with story cards with the leader going through the story asking them so answers e.g. Who in this picture looks mad at Joseph? Answer: his brothers! Interaction is also encouraged through crafts as children may need support from their leader to complete the craft.

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

    This is done really well. There are story cards which visually encourage the children, material for dramas which ask children questions to keep them engaged, and written material for children to complete. There is also a session layout for children who may have special needs to learn, this layout is more tactile and the crafts are slightly simpler.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Adaptable to a point. Sessions are designed to run for 1 hour from start to finish with optional extra activities at the end. There are layouts for small groups grades 2,3 and 4, this would need converting to the British Educational system for ages. All lessons will require pre collection of craft materials and for the leaders to read through them. For larger groups, if choosing to act out the dramas instead of using the videos, time is needed for rehearsals. There are also very simple bullet pointed sessions for toddler groups. This course runs for 8 weeks and should be done in chronological order so memory verses link in to the next session.

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

    Children apply material by completing their crafts and colouring sheets. The leader is also encouraged to ask the children questions as the session goes on to make sure they are understanding concepts throughout. There are colouring sheets children can take home to remind them what they have learnt too.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    15% explicitly on Bible reading/teaching time, but activities are relevant to the Bible story too.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Material is presented differently depending on what session layout is used, i.e. small groups or large groups. For small groups it is presented using story cards and talking, for larger groups, via dramas. Children use material by applying it to their activities and answering questions asked by leaders.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Does so in teaching children to apply basic principles of Joseph's life to their own, for example, to be kind.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open, prayer is included in each session.

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

    Gently encourages this (as the target age group are very young) by teaching about how God wants us to live, for example, to do what's right'.

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

    Again gently as children are small. They are encouraged to ask questions about what they are learning, and to take their questions home to their mums and dads too. Children are also given practical ways of applying what they have learnt to their lives, for example, they are not simply told to ‘obey God' they are also told that they can do so by ‘forgiving others'.

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

    Outlines God's plan for Joseph, children learn God has a plan for them too!
    How well does it connect with real life issues? Not a huge focus, again encourages children to think about how Joseph's life can apply to their own.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a focus as children are encouraged to grow their own faith first.

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

    Encourages children to treat their communities well e.g. to forgive and help others.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus, although dramas are based abroad.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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