Need a Bible curriculum for a very wide age range? Teaching a multi-age class is challenging–especially when you can’t find good lesson plans for multiple ages. The resources on this page include all-in-one Sunday School ideas, Bible lessons for kids of all ages, and other top resources for one room Sunday School classes, homeschool families, Bible study groups, and any other situation where you teach God’s Word to a mixed age group.
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Searching for Bible curriculum for a mixed age group?
Recently I asked the ladies on my email list if they taught a mixed age group. I was shocked by how many answered yes! And my heart went out to them as they described their struggles:
- How do I make lessons understandable for younger kids, but not too “babyish” for older kids?
- How can I keep them all interested since they’re at different levels?
- How do I prevent the older kids from getting bored and disrupting my multi-age class?
Do you face the same problems?
In this post on adapting lessons for multiple ages, I gave a few tips for how to handle those challenges.
And today, I want to give you a short and sweet list of all the resources I think are best suited for a multi-age Sunday School or any other mixed age group you teach.
Best resources for a multi-age Sunday School class
1) King of Glory
I love the thoughtful, accurate illustrations on each page.
I love that the text is simple–yet it catches your curiosity and your imagination and draws you in.
And I especially love that the book starts at the beginning and traces the concept of redemption all the way through the Bible, culminating with Jesus Christ and the message of salvation. The book is broken down into just 70 “scenes,” yet it effectively hits all the key parts of Scripture to make its point. It’s very well done.
King of Glory isn’t a full curriculum, but it’s a beautiful foundation to work from. The simple text and beautiful illustrations will keep your younger ones interested, and the deep topics that the text brings up will give you a good starting place for talking with your older kids. We used it with great success for our kindergarten to sixth grade mixed age class.
2) Prepared to Stand: The Armor of God for Kids
I love taking a “hands-on approach” to teaching the Bible because it helps kids understand the Bible so much better. The more demonstrations, illustrations, and activities you can use, the better.
Hands-on learning is especially effective for mixed age groups. You cut out some of the talking, reading, and writing when you go with a more “multi-sensory” teaching style–and that means you can include your younger kids more easily.
Prepared to Stand includes many multi-sensory ideas to begin with, and it lends itself to even more hands-on learning if you want to add to it.
3) Firm Foundations
I’m a huge proponent of teaching God’s Word from beginning to end. I believe that the Old Testament stories lay the foundation for the message of the New Testament.
When you teach the Bible chronologically, your kids are primed to understand the Gospel by the time you start teaching it from the New Testament. Read more about this approach (and be sure to check out the video too… it gives me goosebumps!!).
Because I’m such a huge fan of chronological Bible lessons, I absolutely recommend Firm Foundations–because that’s exactly what they do. They start in Genesis and work through to the New Testament.
Firm Foundations is very similar to King of Glory, but Firm Foundations goes more in-depth. The curriculum is targeted to a fourth-grade level, but we used it with our mixed age group very successfully. Firm Foundations works for multiple ages because the content is very thorough and solid. You get a lot of material to work with, which makes it easier to skim over some things for the sake of your littles, while still giving your older kids some meat to chew on!
Other curriculum ideas for a multi-age class
I've personally used all the ideas I've shared so far. But now I'll also list a few that I haven't personally used but think would be high quality and useful.
All-in-One Sunday School
13 interactive Bible lessons specifically designed for multiple ages. Lesson topics include "God keeps His promises," "God will guide us," and "Families are important to God." Each lesson includes life applications, handouts, and more. Find details about All-in-One Sunday School here.
All Together Now
Answers Bible Curriculum
This is the Sunday School curriculum from Answers in Genesis. They are always extremely thorough and their materials are usually top notch. This curriculum isn't for a mixed age group, but you can get manuals for each age group and combine the material so that you have something for everyone in your multi-age class. Learn more about the Answers Bible Curriculum.
The best resources for a multi-age class
There you have it--my top recommendations for books and other resources to use when you teach the Bible to a mixed age group.
After purchasing a curriculum, you may also want to check out these tips for adapting lesson plans to a mixed age class.
And have fun "passing the faith along" to your kids!