An example of a scope and sequence that groups stories by "themes" each year.
Posted by Rotation Friend in New Prague, Minnesota
I will also list the theme for the year, but this is a loose theme, more of a reflection to ponder. (the words in parentheses are reasons why list in this year, not the main concept) Christmas & Easter Rotations
Year 1: "Who are you?"
Bible (History of and how to use)
Jesus Parable of Pounds/Talents (Use your Gifts)
Stepping Stones of Joseph's Life (He used his talents)
Trip to Bethlehem
Jesus-Child in the temple (Chosen and knew it)
Parables of the seed in the soil (Which one are you)
Jesus the Good Shepherd (This is who he is)
The Call of the Disciples (Who were they)
Year Two:"Who can you become?"
Moses Birth to Bush (Not always who you think you are)
Moses Bush to Desert
Ester (Capable of saving a tribe)
Christmas, Mary's story
Jesus-the 1st miracle
Beatitudes (who will be chosen)
Palm Sunday (the chosen one)
Pentecost (What the disciples became)
Saul into Paul
Year Three: "Where He/we came from."
Abraham (Father of all nations)
Jesus, son of David
Jesus - The prophecy fufilled
Jesus the teacher
The Seder Meal and Gethemane
Paul (and early Christains)
Year Four: What you should be."
Bible (Worth doing again)
Ruth & Naomi (Be with the family and with God's family)
Job (a man of conviction)
The 3 wise men
Jesus the friend
Jesus on the Cross
Golden Rule (Parable of the unforgiving servant)
Year Five: How you believe.
Moses & the 10 Commandments
Into the Promise Land
Christmas "through the eye's of Isaiah"
Jesus the Healer
He is Risen
Doubting Thomas (Blessed is he who has not see but believes)
Jesus and Peter on the water
Year Six:What Should you do?"
Psalms the book of praise
Elijah the power of prayer
3 Men in the furnace (Faithful to God)
Angels and the shepherds
The parable of the Good Samaritan
Most important command
Casting the first stone (Do not judge others)
Seder Meal and the Last Supper
The Great Commission
We have also started a summer Sunday School that is much more relaxed. I used this opportunity to give the volunteers an occasional break so they can truly worship and renew their spiritual self without distraction and it did (but that's another subject). Plus I had a great time with teaching children of all ages.
Last summer we studied the not so famous people of the Bible. Things I would like to bring into summer Sunday School is more about Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Valley of the Bones, our Bible and beliefs and of course the life of our Lord and Savior.