I used the Spark Rotation materials last year and will use a few of their materials this year as we round out the 5th year of our rotation sequence. My basis for comparison is limited because the first 3 years I used materials from another publisher.
I liked having one book that contained lessons from pre-school through upper elementary, lessons that were specifically for same-age kids as well as groups of mixed age kids. Lessons were organized by workshop, were succinct and organized on the page in a way that made them easy to use. I didn't use more than 30% of the lessons provided in any given book, but it was great to be able to "pick and choose" the workshops that fit our preferences. Having lessons printed in the same format and layout made it easier for my workshop leaders to follow. Because Augsburg hadn't rolled out its on-line access yet, I had to scan the lessons and create pdf files in order to email them to my workshop leaders.
We didn't have any frustrations with a lack of Spark Bibles in our first year. My 4th and 5th graders simply used the Bibles they had been given as 3rd graders. I made the Story Bibles available to the workshop leaders for the younger children.
Originally posted by Chris18:
Has anyone seen the Spark rotation curriculum from Augsburg? I did a search and couldn't find any discussion. I dismissed it last year since not much of it was ready, but several of our lessons for this year are available. Our Pastor seems to be pushing a bit to give it a try. Wondering if anyone has impressions on this.