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FAITH JOURNEYS CURRICIULUM by Potter’s Publishing

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CURRICULUM USES


Q. Can FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum be used with the Workshop Rotation Model?

Yes!
First and foremost Potter’s Publishing curriculum is based on best practices in education, the multiple intelligences, multi-dimensional learning, and a desire to radically change children’s hearts and minds leading to a mature Christian faith.
There are six lessons in each unit of FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum which we call workshops. Each workshop delivers the lesson through a different modality or learning style like art, drama, cooking, science, computers etc. Children can easily rotate to different workshops each Sunday and experience God’s Word in ways they learn best.
For your ease in planning we even supply you with a rotation schedule.

Q. Can FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum be used in a traditional classroom setting?

Yes.
Kids don’t have to rotate each week to enjoy the rich benefits of a multi-dimensional/multiple intelligences curriculum. Rotating is a tool or model. It does not drive the lessons.
Suggestions: If using traditional grade level classrooms, we suggest each grade level start the unit with a different workshop lesson. In this way teachers can pass on their preparation and materials to another teacher, minimizing preparation for each teacher. In essence the materials rotate!

Q. Can FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum be used with preschool age kids?

Yes, with adaptions and some work.
Children in preschool benefit from having the same classroom teacher each week and are not mature enough to handle a rotation model. It is important that the teacher previews the lessons in advance, simplifying language and lesson focus. Most of the lesson activities can be done whole group with the teacher demonstrating.
Some churches have included their preschool children in Celebration Sunday activities with K-6 children. They see it as a bridge preparing the little ones for the K-6 program.

Q. Can FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum be used with middle school/junior high school age kids?

Yes, with adaptions.
The lessons/workshops in our curriculum provide a depth of content that can be used as a springboard to go even deeper. Many churches use the same curriculum unit with junior highs as K-6. They use the content as an opportunity for junior highs to create a project – a play, puppet show, video etc. Sometimes reluctant junior highs realize they need to delve into the Bible story in order to create a production. Isn’t that exciting!

Q. Can FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum be used for Home Schooling?

Yes. Enrich your kid’s homeschooling experience with Potter’s Publishing curriculum. Add faith formation to their day. Our curriculum provides an opportunity to get your kids into the Bible, grow their faith while providing them with activities in the arts, science, math, mission and other areas.
Suggestion:
Take a break from regular studies to introduce a Bible story which involves them in experiences with God’s Word while integrating other disciplines. Choose from our many titles.

Q. What other uses are there for FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum?

Besides the Sunday school setting, Potter’s Publishing curriculum can be used for:

  • VBS
  • Midweek Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Workshop Rotation Model
  • Denominational Summer Camps or Retreats

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THEOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL BASIS

OF FAITH JOURNEYS BY POTTER’S PUBLISHING


Q. What is the theological basis for FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum?

A. FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum is grounded on an array of theological and spiritual concepts. These concepts are interconnected and mutually supportive when a church’s clergy and educators sustain the curriculum’s integrity by using:

  • Trinitarian theology in a more holistic manner in a unit’s concepts, learning objectives, and spiritual practices.
  • Covenant theology as the model for how God relates to us as children of God. Covenant theology also provides the basis for identifying our faithful responses.
  • Incarnation theology as the model for living faithfully, guided by the ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • Faith, its development and practices, as the desired outcome of all learning through the curriculum.
  • The Body of Christ as the model for the church, the community that forms the social reality to communicate its faith, being particularly evident in use of the Workshop Rotation Model with our curriculum.
  • Multiple Intelligences as the seedbed for developing the multiple gifts of the Spirit in each learner.
  • Ministry and mission as basis for learners to use their faith in their daily lives.
Q. What are the multiple intelligences?

A. To recognize our intellectual gifts in ourselves and others is to recognize God's awesome creation. To recognize them in Christian education opens up new doors of opportunities for children to know God. Outlined below are descriptions of the seven intelligences. Do you recognize your intelligences and how you learn best? Take a Multiple Intelligences Survey to find your multiple intelligences. Click on the link: www.surfaquarium.com/MI/inventory.htm. For related Articles click on the links to view the PDFs:>

VERBAL/LINGUISTIC - Your ability to use language adeptly. You are a communicator. You learn best by verbalizing, reading, writing, and hearing words. Verbal linguistic kids may enjoy writing, storytelling, journals, movies, drama and more.

LOGICAL/MATHEMATICAL - You are a problem solver, critical and abstract thinker. You learn best through measuring, categorizing, analyzing, or quantifying in some way. Mathematical logical kids may enjoy listing facts, using symbols, computers, experiments and more.

VISUAL/SPATIAL - You have the capacity to think in visual images. You learn best through seeing and observing. You are creative. A visual spatial kid may enjoy creating charts or posters, creating with color and shape, drawing and painting, pretending to be someone else.

BODILY/KINESTHETIC - You have an acute sense of body position in space and timing. You learn best by acting things out or with hands-on experiences. Bodily kinesthetic kids may enjoy role playing, dancing, sports and games, puppets and more.

MUSICAL/RHYTHMIC - You have a capacity to use rhythm, tone, and pitch. You learn best when things are put to music. You probably express your feelings through music. Musical kids may enjoy writing or singing a song, choral reading, moving to the beat, creating dances and more.

INTRAPERSONAL - You have the capacity to be reflective. You know yourself and your inner feelings. You have the ability to be intuitive. You learn best by working alone. Intrapersonal kids may enjoy journal writing, self reflection time, asking why and more.

INTERPERSONAL - You possess the ability to interact with others. You are a team player, good at mediating conflicts, and a socializer. You learn best through group activities. Interpersonal kids may enjoy working with others, cooperative learning, giving feedback to teacher, and more.

NATURALIST - You have the ability to discriminate among living things. You have the capacity to appreciate nature and care for plants and animals. Nature kids may enjoy learning in a natural environment, global environment concerns, working with plants and animals and more.

EXISTENTIAL - You have the ability to ponder and pose questions about life, death, and realities. You enjoy probing deeply. You enjoy philosophical issues. Existential kids may enjoy asking why questions, probe further into information and issues and more.

Q. What is Multi-dimensional Learning?

A. Basically, it is learning through more than one dimension or modality. Traditional Sunday school has long taught relying one dimension – verbal/linguistic. Or to put it simply – “sit and listen.” Research indicates that only 10% of us learn this way.

Multi-dimensional learning uses the multiple intelligences through a variety of engaging ways that appeal to different learning styles and intelligences of children.

Potter’s Publishing’s FAITH JOURNEYS and FAITH EVENTS curriculum engages children in a variety of learning experiences through which they interact with God’s Word through art, science, games, drama, cooking, computers, and more.

Q. Does Potter’s Publishing use the multiple intelligences and multi-dimensional learning?

Yes! Why?

A. Educational studies show that we learn in a variety of ways. Our own personal experiences verify this. Educational theorist Howard Gardner has verified we possess at least nine different intelligences. He contends that we possess each of the intelligences, but in different degrees. We do our best learning through our dominant intelligence. But we can strengthen our less dominant intelligences by practicing them. Knowing this, how do we then teach God's children? Traditional education generally focuses on a verbal approach with passive listening. Some children learn this way. Many do not.

Based on these best practices Potter’s Publishing changes the method of teaching from "sit" and "listen" to "learn by doing." Since each workshop focuses on a particular learning style, children come to know and understand God's word in ways that they can understand.

Q. What does this kind of learning look like?

A. Kids in one church were learning the miracles of Jesus through a six-week rotation with each workshop focusing on a different miracle. The concept threading through the rotation was faith. In the Science Workshop children heard and participated in the miracle of Jesus walking on water. The teacher then presented them with an orange and asked them, “How do you think this orange is connected to the story?” The teacher challenged them to discover the answer to the question by performing a ‘sink or float’ experiment. Will the orange sink or float with its peel on? Will the orange sink or float with its peeled removed? Kids discovered that the orange floated with its peel intact and sank when it was removed. Kids learned that the orange peel is like our faith. When Peter kept his peel (faith) on and kept his eyes on Jesus he was able to walk on the water but when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked around at the swirling waters he started to sink. Following the experiment the teacher engaged the children in a discussion of troubled waters in their lives.

~ Claire’s Spiritual Connection –
Three months after her experience in the science workshop, Claire came to Sunday school jumping up and down shouting, “I kept my peel on!” As Claire tells the story, she arrived home from school one very cold winter day only to discover she had lost her house key. She started to cry and panic. With tears streaming down her cheeks, she sat on a bench in her backyard. It was then she remembered her PEEL! She wiped her eyes and immediately began praying. A next-door neighbor happened to see her and helped out. Because of the engaging learning experience Claire made a valuable spiritual connection from the miracle to her own life.

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Q. How do I know kids are learning in this way?

A. The traditional method of testing learning with paper and pencil multiple choice or fill in the blank tasks has proven to be an unreliable measure. These tasks only measure retention or understanding at the moment. William Glasser maintains that we retain and understand most when we "do" or teach others. “Learning must be experienced.”

Other research indicates that ultimate learning happens when learning moves from one set experience to somewhere in real life. Ultimate learning does not occur in a vacuum of fact or story memorization.

Potter’s Publishing follows that philosophy. Observe and listen to your children. Watch for understanding as children act out stories in drama. What meaning is displayed in their art? Does their game playing show knowledge of the story? Does their conversation demonstrate that connections are being made? What are they writing in their spiritual journals? We have had parents tell us how lessons have had impact on their children's daily lives through things they have done or spoken. Recently one group of junior high students, while on a retreat, remembered a workshop drama lesson from years ago which led them to a new level of understanding on the current lesson. We have churches that have told us that our mission component has their children begging to do mission and are coming up with their own ideas.

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WORKSHOP ROTATION MODEL BASICS


Q. What is the Workshop Rotation Model?

A. The Workshop Rotation Model (WRM) is a relatively new paradigm for Sunday school dating back to the early 1990's. At that time it was a grass root movement by Christian educators, including those at Potter’s Publishing, to change the way Sunday school was done.

The Workshop Rotation Model is a tool or a model through which multiple intelligences and multi-dimensional learning can be implemented.

The workshop rotation model is based educationally on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory, which determined that we all have multiple intelligences and learn best through multiple ways. It is Biblically grounded using biblical concepts from Bible stories that connect to children's lives through experiential learning experiences in workshops. In this model children learn a particular Bible story through multi-dimensional learning experiences by rotating to a different workshop each Sunday.

Each workshop utilizes a particular learning modality for its approach to the lesson. A Bible story, its concept and spiritual connection to daily living is taught through the workshops over the course of 4-6 weeks. Children come to know the Bible and God through a variety of different ways - puppets, drama, art, storytelling, games, and cooking, science to name a few. Workshops are flexible.

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Q. What are the benefits for kids using Workshop Rotation Model?

A. Variety of learning activities:
Kids are motivated to learn when there is variety. Each workshop provides a variety of activities which stimulate children's desire to learn.

Based on current learning theories:
The design of FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum fits the philosophy of the workshop rotation model and current research on ways children learn. The curriculum provides a variety of workshop activities that incorporate the multiple intelligences, knowledge of child development, and interest of children.

Kids are learning:
Children learn through repetition. Our curriculum and the workshop rotation model offer repetition in a new and stimulating way. Children do not learn if the same thing is repeated over and over in the same way. If they didn't get it the first time, more of the same thing will get the same results. However, if the same concepts are repeated through different learning experiences, children experience greater retention.

Teachers can see light bulbs go on and connections made. This is why children benefit from rotating to different workshops each Sunday. Over the course of a rotation unit children learn the same Biblical concepts and story in a variety of ways.

Kids are making connections:
Research shows that children do not learn in isolation. Opportunities to make connections in learning need to be provided for learning to take place and be meaningful. Potter's Publishing curriculum provides experiential activities, mission projects, intergenerational activities/lessons, and reflective thinking opportunities that help children make meaningful connections from the Bible to their daily lives. Children do not only learn the Bible but live it.

Kids get the whole picture:
Our rotation units challenge kids to learn. An advantage of rotating to different workshops is that each workshop covers different aspects of the story. Kids get a total picture. This cannot be done in the limited time allotted for a lesson in a traditional Sunday School situation. The range of experiences in one story can be endless through workshops. Children can learn feelings of characters through drama, foods of the times through cooking, geography of an area, customs of the time, and architecture of buildings...all creating greater meaning for the story.

Kid Challenging:
We do not water down the Biblical message. We believe kids can be challenged to grow in their faith understandings. Our writers have years of teaching experience with children of all elementary grade levels and understand children's abilities and cognitive levels. Our years of working with children in the Workshop Rotation Model using Potter's Publishing curriculum proves this to be true. Children are remarkably living out their faith and even challenging their parents!

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Q. What are benefits for teachers using Workshop Rotation Model?

A. It’s teacher friendly:

In the Workshop Rotation Model teachers only have one lesson to prepare. For example if the teacher is teaching the art workshop, he/she needs only to prepare for that lesson and teach it over the course of the unit to different age groups that rotate. The advantage? Teachers improve each week as they teach the same lesson and grow in their faith as well.

FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum is laid out in an easy-to-read format. It provides teachers with background information, theological background and what children can learn from it. It provides flexible lessons with a variety of activities to use and ideas for dialogue. Lessons are intended to be springboards for the creative teacher, yet provide comforting structure for the novice teacher. Each lesson is developed fully and is in dialogue format for the novice teacher. Each lesson is supported by rich Appendix items.

Recruiting teachers is easier: Teachers love teaching in this model. Teachers can use their God-given spiritual gifts and natural skills. You'll find those that love to do drama or puppetry or those that haven't used their artistic talents in years and would love to use them with children. More dads are teaching in this model than ever before.

Teachers also find that teaching the same workshop each week is easier. Each week they gain experience as to what worked for them. Feelings of being the Lone Ranger with a group of kids is eliminated as the kids are shared as they rotate and the lessons in the workshops are connected.

Using the Workshop Rotation Model, you are not looking for a warm body to teach but are relying on the best gifts and talents of a wide variety of adults. This makes the teaching pool larger. It also is easier to ask someone to teach if it is in their area of expertise. Also, teachers do not have to commit to a whole year of teaching. They can plug into units of curriculum that have workshops that appeal to their gifts and talents.

Q. What are benefits for the church using Workshop Rotation Model?

The Body of Christ One very important advantage of using the Workshop Rotation Model is that it can be a vision of the Body of Christ in your church.

Adults serve in this model through their gifts, talents and abilities. But it’s not just about the gifts that they have to offer but what God is trying and can do through them with their best gifts, talents and abilities.

Take a look at your “Body.” What gifts, talents, abilities, and passions do you see? Who is the adult that loves art or cooking? More men are teaching in the areas of computers and science. Who’s the person in your congregation who has experience in Community Theater and can help with a drama workshop? The possibilities are limitless.

Churches using Workshop Rotation Model enjoy a wide variety of adults teaching and working together in different capacities. The Sunday school program becomes visible to the whole church.

Potter's Publishing curriculum is adaptable:

Potter’s curriculum is adaptable to church situations. FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum is produced on separate CDs. It is created in Word, so it allows for adaptability to your church situation and theology. You can make changes on your computer and tailor lessons specifically for your children and church situation, or you can use lessons as they are. We allow copies to be made for your church use only.

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POTTER’S BASICS

For FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum


Q. What is a Scope and Sequence?

A. Basically, a scope and sequence spells out the full content of a particular curriculum. This is called the scope. The order in which the curriculum presents that material is called the sequence.

Without a considered scope and sequence there is the risk of haphazard content and the missing of significant learning. Avoid the opportunities online for free Sunday school curriculum from popular sites. At best you will have a patchwork quilt of learning for your children.

Potter’s Publishing’s FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum has a six year Scope and Sequence. All six years of curriculum are available at any time. Each year of curriculum has a Yearly Theme and is composed of seven units of curriculum. Each unit of curriculum contains six weeks of lessons/workshops. Our staff has carefully planned the biblical understandings/concepts and related Bible stories with the faith formation of your children in mind. If you follow our curriculum scope, you will be assured that your children’s faith journey is on a reliable path.

In the educational field, the sequence part of Scope and Sequence is important as much academic learning depends on prior learning. This is not necessarily the case in Christian education. Potter’s Publishing curriculum formats each Yearly Theme in a sequence from Old Testament to New Testament with Advent/Christmas and Easter/Lent units in between. This approach to using the curriculum is linear.

However, you may also pick and choose from all of our curriculum units to create your own year which results in an approach that is spiral in nature with reoccurring themes. With either approach you can be assured that your children will receive the necessary content and biblical concepts for their faith formation.

Link to Scope and Sequence

Q. What workshops does FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum use?

A. Our units all have six workshops, which translates into six weeks of lessons. Because the workshop rotation model is designed to be flexible, the kinds of workshops included in a unit often reflect the nature of the unit. There are some core workshops, which are generally used with most units. They are: Bible Knowledge or Bible Variety Workshop, Drama or Puppetry Workshop, Art Workshop, Science Workshop and Game Workshop. Other exciting workshops that are included in various units are: cooking, geography, missions, video production, journey, archeological dig … and more.

Children like variety. Therefore, we do not feel that presenting them with the same six workshops year after year is in their best interests. We choose the best workshop learning for the Bible story.

See further information on Workshops > Curriculum Features > Workshops

Q. How many workshops should I use?

All of Potter's Publishing’s FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum units have six workshops. We recommend that you use six workshops. That translates to six weeks of lessons. We realize that there will be times in the church calendar that you may have to limit a unit to 4 or 5 workshops. We have designed our curriculum so that six workshops provide well rounded, integrated, challenging faith learning experiences.


Q. Won’t kids get tired of the same Bible story over six weeks?

A. Not with Potter’s Publishing curriculum. We use a different approach to our curriculum than other publishing companies.

Our curriculum is based on biblical concepts rather than stories. First, we start by identifying the biblical concepts we want children to learn in six years. Then we choose Bible stories that best convey those concepts for children.

For example we have a biblical concept that relates to the miracles of Jesus. Instead of choosing one miracle story to teach that concept as many publishers do, we identified six miracles. The children learn six miracles over the course of six weeks that are undergirded by the same concept.

Our staff cannot imagine children enduring 6-8 weeks of “Jesus Walking on Water” followed by 6-8 weeks of “Jesus Calming the Storm.” Indeed kids will get bored.

Larger Bible stories like Joseph and Abraham lend themselves to a six week approach. Our curriculum offers different aspects of the larger story in each workshop with all undergirded by the same concept.

Q. How many units do I need in a year?

A. We design our Yearly Themes with seven units. That translates into 42 lessons. Most churches use anywhere from 5-7 units in a school year. The number of units you use depends on your church calendar and whether or not you will be using Celebration Sundays following each unit, and other church calendar events.

Q. How do kids rotate?

A. First let’s address how kids rotate in workshop rotation model. You probably already have your kids divided into groups, most likely by age. Each one of these groups becomes a rotation group. Many churches give these groups identifying names.

On the first Sunday of the unit each group is assigned to a particular workshop. On the second Sunday each group rotates to a different workshop. This continues each Sunday until each group has rotated to all six workshops. The teachers stay in the same place and teach the same lesson for the duration of the unit.

Potter’s Publishing provides you with Rotation Charts in each FAITH JOURNEYS unit of curriculum. The charts help you plan your rotation with the number of groups you have. The charts also indicate a place for the youngest kids to start the rotation.

For Rotation Charts > Rotation Grouping

Q. How can a small church rotate to six workshops?

All size churches can use the workshop rotation model and six workshops. You do not have to open all six workshops at a time. If you have only two groups of children, you would only have two of the six workshops open on the first and second Sundays, two different ones open on the third and fourth Sundays, and the last two workshops on the fifth and sixth Sundays.

Teachers only teach two times over the course of the six weeks. For instance the Art teacher would only have to prepare for the two times his/her workshop is open.

For Rotation Charts > Rotation Grouping

Q. How can a large church use the rotation model?

A. A large church would have all six workshops open each Sunday with six teachers teaching. Super large churches with more than six groups of kids can have two tracks of workshops going at the same time. Some large churches have used the team approach. For example the 3rd and 4th grade teachers rotate their children through the six workshops collaboratively, sharing the preparation. Churches with upward to 200 kids have used Workshop Rotation Model successfully.

Q. What if I only have one group of kids?

A. Many small churches with one group of kids have successfully used Workshop Rotation Model with a multi-age group. Each Sunday the one multi-age group experience one workshop together. The next week they experience the second workshop. Each week a different workshop is taught over the course of six weeks.

Teachers can teach one week, two weeks, or up to all six weeks.

Q. What is Celebration Sunday?

A. Celebration Sunday is a Sunday after completing a unit where all children come together as a whole group to celebrate learning. On this Sunday kids synthesize their learning, present dramas or puppet shows, eat a cooking project and more.

Potter's Publishing’s FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum often includes ideas for Celebration Sunday and intergenerational activities that provide continuity for the unit. These activities are well developed, yet are flexible and can be used as a springboard for your own idea. Some of these activities include ideas for ways to involve your children in mission or stewardship. Intergenerational activities, which involve the whole church body or different age levels, are often included. If a unit has a definite theme, we include ideas for setting the stage for that theme.

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Q. What are spiritual journals?

A. Spiritual journals are journals in which the children write in weekly. In some fashion children respond to and reflect on the workshop lesson. Children start journaling as early as kindergarten with pictures, progressing through the years to concrete responses and eventually to more abstract responses. Hopefully writing about their faith through the years will help writing a faith statement in junior high confirmation less intimidating.

Potter's Publishing’s FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum provides a journaling idea to be used at the end of each workshop. Journals can be spiral notebooks or paper stapled together with a designed cover. We provide Spiritual Journal booklets for both Primary and Intermediate children in the Appendix of each unit. Journals may be kept together by grade levels in a central location for teachers to pick up each Sunday. If you are using shepherds for each "flock" of kids, the shepherds can be in charge of the journals. We suggest that you decide beforehand what you will do with the journals at the end of the unit or year. There are benefits both to sending them home or keeping them over the years.

Click on Articles > Spiritual Journals (PDF)

Q. What is a shepherd?

In traditional Sunday school children had one teacher for the whole year. That provided a caring person that the children would see each Sunday. In the Workshop Rotation Model shepherds provide that continuity. Since children rotate to different workshops each Sunday with a different teacher, the shepherds provide kids with stability, caring, and security. The shepherd is the consistent one who knows the children well and the one they know, recognize, and trust. The shepherd may call children when they are absent, send birthday cards, and also be a helping hand for the teacher.

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CURRICULUM SPECIFICS

FOR FAITH JOURNEYS BY POTTER’S PUBLISHING

Q. Do FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum units contain everything we will need?

A. No, but we do supply you with plenty of appendix items that would cost money or take time to create.

Q. What other items will we need? And how do we know what is needed?

A. Our curriculum comes with complete planning, organizing, and supplies lists. On these lists you will see all the other items you will need. We provide you with vendors and the estimated price. In some units, we offer “inexpensive” or “convenient” options for creating or purchasing supplies. Some of the items you will typically need to plan to buy are: computer software, DVDs, and other support materials. What is needed will vary from unit to unit.

Q. Can we preview FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum before purchase?

A. Yes, go to Preview Curriculum

Q. What are the ways we can order curriculum?

A. We recommend using our web store and ordering using Downloads Only because it is quick and efficient. When you use the web store, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal. In all these cases, you will be able to download in minutes. You can also order CD Only, which is mailed by USPS in 5 – 10days. Or, you can order Download and CD, where you receive the curriculum immediately and get a back up CD in 5 – 10 days. You can pay on an account, where you are billed by invoice, payable in 30 days, but you will not be able to download immediately. Our agents must approve your payment method first. Once approved, we will send you an email saying you can download. You can also order by phone, especially if you want a consultation on our curriculum. Or, order by email. Click on Contact Us

Q. What do I receive when I order a rotation unit?

A. You will receive your FAITH JOURNEYS curriculum unit on a labeled single CD. You will receive a complete and well-organized curriculum that will aid your teachers and help you teach your children.

Our entire curriculum is electronic media based. Typically, when you open the curriculum file, you will find 3 sub-folders: Appendix, Curriculum – Word, and Curriculum – PDF.

Q How do I know I have the latest version of your curriculum? Can we upgrade?

A. Yes, you can re-vitalize your older curriculum under certain circumstances.

  • If you have our old password protected CDs, you can upgrade these units to a new single CD for each title you purchased in the past. There is no charge except for shipping and handling for all titles we find in your order history.
  • If one or more of your old password protected units has been revised indicated by R at the end of the product code, you can purchase these extensively revised units for 50% of current product retail price.
  • If the unit you are wanting is no longer in our current catalog, we can recommend a better but similar unit.
Q. How do I store the curriculum on my PC or Mac computer?

A. We highly recommend that you create a new folder on your C drive called Potters Publishing curriculum. Inside this main folder, create separate folders for each unit you purchase, for example, Paul. Each rotation unit we produce has subfolders, so keep them all in your named folder. For PC users, use your usual method for copying and pasting folders from CD onto your hard drive. For Mac users, you should do the same. If you do not know how to do this, contact one of your church’s technical people to assist you. Remember that your curriculum is in Potter's Publishing Curriculum folder on your main drive.

Q. How do I install more curriculum units on my computer?

A. Remember where your curriculum is stored on your hard drive under Potter's Publishing. Inside that main folder, create a unit new folder(s) named after the rotation unit(s) you have just received. Insert CD in your CD/DVD drive and let it start running. Navigate to CD drive and locate files to be copied. Copy files and paste them into the new folder named after your new rotation unit.

Q. What computers can I install the curriculum on?

A. Our trust agreement allows for our curriculum to be copied on any computer affiliated with your church. This includes every computer in the church, any computer owned by staff or teachers. You may not share the curriculum with any other church, even if you have already used it. Our trust agreement is based on Christian moral principles from Scripture and copyright laws of the United States.


Q. What about installing computer games?

A. For Potter's Publishing created computer games on our CD, the licensing agreement is the same as for the curriculum. For any other computer software, you must follow their licensing agreement. This usually requires a license for each computer the software is installed on. Potter's Publishing created several simple computer games that only require an Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) in order to run. They do NOT require an Internet connection.

Q. What kind of computer do I need for my computer lab?

A. This is a complex question because it is a moving target. Neil McQueen of Sunday Software keeps track of current Christian Education software development and the hardware requirements necessary. See his article "Hardware FAQs & Tech Support" on SundaySoftware.com.

Q. Can I pay for my curriculum with a credit card?

A. Yes, but only on our web site. We accept Master Card, PayPal, and VISA.

Q. Can I return curriculum that I don't like or cannot use?

A. Simply, no. We offer you the opportunity to preview our curriculum before you buy and our sales policy is all sales are final.