Help! We are going to attempt to draft "exit outcomes" for our program as they finish their sixth grade year. (Bible skills/concepts... etc.) We will also create a scope and sequence for grades 1-6, with objectives at each level to get us there. We have lots of ideas, but don't really want to re-invent the wheel... so to speak. Has anyone done this??? Is there a place I can go to view other churches outcomes/objectives??? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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The first thought that comes to my mind is that you must have a very stable population if your congregation plans to do "outcomes" at the end of 6 years! Smile As you consider how to manage this, how will children who have erratic attendance be accommodated? Or students who have started coming to Sunday School in grade 5?
Who will write the test and what will be done with the results? Will some children "flunk" Sunday School and have to repeat certain years? Will the information be used just to tell leadership what has been learned and by which students over the course of the years? What will be done with the test results? What will motivate families to want to participate in the test? (or method of measuring outcomes?)
My thoughts are that you should think very carefully about the next step and how this will be communicated to children and their families. My concern is that there would be negative reaction that would not balance any positive feedback you might gain.
If your goal is to have an understanding of the effectiveness of your program, you can look at doing yearly evaluations by asking the children, their parents and the shepherds/workshop leaders key questions.
One way I like doing evaluations with the children is to play review games and make it really fun. It helps us know what the children have learned and retained in a way that is non-threatening.
Shepherds and workshop leaders often have a good sense of how things are going with certain workshops or even grade levels. What may have been a great workshop for the 4th grade was totally beyond the first grade. This is very useful information and gives you something to work with for future planning.
Having goals and objectives for each workshop, each unit, and for the entire scope and sequence makes good sense from an educational standpoint. Evaluation is important for the health of your program. Look at ways that make that possible in a way that will be positive for all concerned.
Then, perhaps we should all be doing outcomes for the adults in the congregation at the end of the year, based on their Bible knowledge and retention of sermons preached?? Big Grin
Jan Snell
Several years ago--before rotation-- I created a pamphlet to supplement the 6th grade curriculum--"stuff you should know". It covered some of the basics that the pastor, CE committee and teachers thought that the children should be familiar with by the time the were ready for confirmation.
We included hymns, important Scriptures, books of the Bible, order of worship, creeds, etc.
There were blanks to fill in after looking up Scriptures or hymns, there were check off for memory work and activities completed. It seemed to strike a chord with that age group and they responded eagerly to show their competence and what they knew. There was no grading or competing --it was more of a tool to review what they knew and to show how it fit together in the Christian life.
I don't know if this is the kind of thing you are talking about but maybe it will start some brainstorming on something that you can create for your situation.
I did something similar about five years ago for our confirmation kids -- I made up a Pre-Confirmation packet that gave them an overview of the Bible, reviewed Bible skills, encouraged them to memorize Lord's Prayer, Apostle's Creed, UMYF Benediction, etc. They are to complete the packet before beginning confirmation -- encouraged to do so with parents. We hoped it might "level the playing field" a bit for those kids who never are in church or SS, but came out for confirmation...

I'm curious to see what you have done. I am pondering the idea of mini-retreats with parents and kids together -- maybe once a quarter for each age group.... Sort of a "What your first grader needs to know...." and have it be interactive with fun activities. Anybody else done anything like that?

Jaymie

On the evaluation note... for those of you who do confirmation, it really is an informal evaluation of how your rotation is doing.... for the kids who come regularly, we have seen an amazing difference in their recall but even more important their understanding and connections that they are making.

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