Christ-Light 2 FAQ
Welcome to our Web page for Christ-Light 2! We hope this page will serve to keep you up-to-date on the latest news for our curriculum revision. We invite you to bookmark this page and visit often. The tentative release date for Christ-Light 2 is the 2012-13 school year.
By the time the revision is released, Christ-Light will be almost 15 years old -- a long time for any curriculum by most standards.
- The new and improved teacher's guides will allow teachers to see the lesson questions and options in side-by-side columns so they don't have to page back and forth. This will be especially beneficial for the inexperienced teacher.
- The questions have been rewritten with much more emphasis on appealing to various learning styles.
- A separate Sunday school curriculum is being packaged, using many of the same lessons, but incorporating Old and New Testament lessons in each year of the three-year cycle.
The New Testament lessons will be ready for the 2012-2013 school year together with the first Sunday school cycle, and the Old Testament lessons will be released for 2013-2014 together with the second Sunday school cycle. The third year of the Sunday school cycle will be released for 2014-2015. The current Old Testament lessons will still be available for the 2012-2013 year.
In order to help you plan for future budget years, NPH hopes to have a tentative pricing schedule ready early in 2010.
This is a difficult question to answer. While it may be possible to use the old teacher's guides with the new curriculum, this is a very extensive revision. Using the old teacher's guides would require substantially more preparation time for the teacher, and the dramatic improvement in appealing to various learning styles will not be realized.
With the revision the birth of Jesus will be in the middle of the winter module for all three years. Obviously, the schedule may not line up exactly with Christmas, depending on when your Sunday school begins in the fall. Teachers will be able to shift lesson schedules a bit or skip some lessons earlier in the year in order to match this important event in the church year. The lessons on the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension will also follow the church year more closely.
Lutheran elementary school teachers may also prefer to follow the church year more closely. A seasonal lesson packet of six lessons will be made available as a download. Teachers can then insert these lessons into the schedule as they see fit.
Though the pictures contained in the lessons are for the most part smaller than the original Christ-Light pictures, a teaching pictures CD containing all the pictures will be available. The CD can be used by purchasers to project the pictures on to a screen or to print them to an on-site color printer.
8. Will the Christ-Light 2 material be available electronically as well so that teachers can project the materials using board technology as students work through the material at their seats?
Changing technology is really challenging publishers to try to figure out what people need and would use. The SmartBoard® type technology has been adopted by our schools at a faster rate than some of us may have anticipated. The Christ-Light 2 materials, at least initially, will not be as adaptable to the SmartBoard® as some would like. However, some components will be. The teacher's guides and copy masters will be offered on CD. There probably is very little reason to project the teacher's guides. The electronic version of the copy masters may be somewhat more suited to projection technology.
Several components have been created specifically for projection technology. We will be offering the four-color art for grades PreK - 4th, in high resolution electronic format suitable for projection. And although no decision has been made (because we are just beginning a financial feasibility study) we hope to be able to provide all the characters that are presently in our felt-board sets electronically so teachers could use them with the SmartBoard®. The teachers' creativity will uncover unlimited ways those characters can be used with the SmartBoard®. We are also developing a multi-media DVD that will offer some electronic tools for at least a few of the lessons.
As a small synodical publisher with a small staff and a small market, we face some challenges as we create a curriculum. When we started the curriculum revision, we had never even heard of SmartBoards®. To change directions now, specifically to fit board technology, would create some expensive challenges for us.
That being said, we are trying to lay out the lessons in such a way that they could be delivered in a different way so they could be used in different ways. If we can figure out a way to present the student lessons electronically (and if the majority of end users are able to use them that way) we could change the delivery method at a later date. Whether or not we go in that direction will depend upon a number of things, such as the kinds of technology that will be used in schools in the future and the preferences of our market.
But we are well aware of the fact that teachers can find materials, for almost any subject, that have been designed for the interactive board technology. The one exception is teaching God's Word. There is a void in that area. We are trying to figure out the best way to address that need.
9. I have visited the CL 2 website and viewed the samples. I don't see anything about the K-3 materials. Will they still be offered when the revision becomes available?
The 3-year-old kindergarten materials consist of 48 core Bible lessons. A teacher's guide, student lesson sheets, copy masters, and stickers are all available for teaching the lessons. Because these materials were created after the original Christ-Light was published, we decided not to revise them at this time. However, we will continue to provide those lessons along with the revised curriculum.