Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a series and a level?
Is there a Teacher’s Guide for each level?
Why does the Teacher’s Guide not include the lesson content to be taught?
Should students be allowed to take their workbooks home?
How do the Bible Knowledge Expectations (BKE) coordinate with the curriculum?
Why do the Bible Readings for each lesson begin on Thursday?
When will additional Young Teen materials be available?

What is the difference between a series and a level?

“Series” describes a 13 week course of study. Shaping Hearts for God curriculum contains 12 series, each having a title that expresses the primary theme, such as All Things Made New or The Gospel Is for All. Student workbooks are available at four levels in each series. The vocabulary, Bible readings, memory work, and Bible Knowledge Expectations in the student workbooks are graduated according to difficulty.


Is there a Teacher’s Guide for each level?

Each series has one Teacher’s Lesson Guide which applies to all levels. The Guide provides several ideas and suggestions for illustrating, applying, and reinforcing each lesson. The teacher can choose to use any or all of these ideas, modifying them according to his or her students’ ages and according to time or space restrictions for that particular class.


Why does the Teacher’s Guide not include the lesson content to be taught?

Each teacher should have both a student workbook and a Teacher’s Lesson Guide. The student workbook for each level presents the Bible readings, memory work, lesson content, and Bible Knowledge Expectations for each lesson. The Teacher’s Lesson Guide presents ideas and suggestions for illustrating, reinforcing, and applying each lesson.


Should students be allowed to take their workbooks home?

Yes. The curriculum is designed for each student to have a workbook and to take the workbook home in order to prepare for class. The workbooks are not intended to be used for reading through the lesson or going through the questions during class time, but students are encouraged to bring their books to class each time so that they may refer to the lesson content or to the maps for various class activities. Lessons are written at different levels so that students may be able to complete their own lessons, ideally with some discussion and input from parents. Younger students will, of course, need help in reading the daily Bible readings, the lesson, and the questions. A Parents’ Page for each lesson in Levels 1, 2, and 3 provides theme, objectives, memory work, and daily Bible readings for that week. Families are encouraged to read the Bible readings and discuss the lessons and memory work together.


How do the Bible Knowledge Expectations (BKE) coordinate with the curriculum?

The Bible Knowledge Expectations contain general Bible facts that children (and adults) should know as a foundation for studying God’s Word. Each lesson in the curriculum contains three BKE to be reviewed and reinforced, both at home and during each class period. These have been carefully and systematically distributed throughout the curriculum. The BKE may not directly coordinate with the content of the lesson in which they appear, but they supplement all lessons.


Why do the Bible Readings for each lesson begin on Thursday?

Each lesson is designed to be taught on both Sunday and Wednesday. Since a lesson will be completed with the Wednesday night class period, a student may begin studying a new lesson Thursday.


When will additional Young Teen materials be available?

Old Testament materials for young teens are presently in production. They will be published in order beginning with All Things Made New (Genesis). You may check the publishing status on our Facebook page.