If you’re just now finding this post, please don’t think I’m being negative. We have recently added Elevate Jr. to our Early Childhood way of teaching, and I’ve detailed earlier how we are using it, as well as what I love about the changes. Today I would like to simply address what we have found lacking with Elevate Jr.
I believe that there is no such thing as a perfect curriculum. Just as there is no perfect person, church, or children’s pastor. I do not expect these things to be changed, but I am simply trying to share the things that have been limiting about our Elevate Jr. transition.
- The take home portions are very, very, very weak. We spent a great amount of time looking into First Look, by the Rethink Group; and when you compare Elevate Jr. with First Look only taking into account the take home ingredients it isn’t even close. Overall, this is the biggest weakness with Elevate Jr..
- There needs to be more ORANGE elements with the curriculum to provoke spiritual conversations at home. I would love to see take-home DVD’s, refrigerator magnets outlining the 8 week series (this is a First Look thing), take-home songs, and a more beefed up family devotional.
- I also wish Elevate Jr. had a more assessable website for families to interact with the current series from home.
- The music portions are weak. The songs are very professionally arranged, and the audio is fine; I just think there are plenty of current songs that kids hear on radio stations and with their parents that would be a better fit.
- On that note, I would love to send families home with music from the series so they could play it in the car and around the house. I think music is quite possibly the best take home product for kids to continue spiritual conversations at home.
- Maybe this is the case with future series on Elevate Jr., but I wish the activity portions were more age specific. We are using Elevate Jr. with our 3 year old children through Kindergarten, and it would be nice if there were a few 3 year specific activities. I know that Elevate does this with the Elementary versions, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
This has been the most uncomfortable post I’ve done in months. I really hate to point out the negative things, but felt that it was important to state what wasn’t working. Overall, we are all very happy with the change and I’m looking forward to what this change mean for our church and families. I’ve already had testimonials from parents about the excitement their kids are showing about attending church, and from parents that are impressed that their little ones can retell the lesson so well.
If you haven’t already please take the time to look over my previous posts about Elevate, and if you are using Elevate or Elevate Jr. please joing the conversation. We need your voice!