Southern Sharing and Learning Together

A great way to teach the Bible to Children

Frequently Asked Questions - SSalt

FAQs - SSalt

Because this series of lessons is not dated, as many lesson series are, there is great flexibility. Within limits you can use whatever Book you wish. You can also select or omit modules in whole or in part if you wish to do so for any reason, or you can re-arrange their order.

The advantage of this is its flexibility. The disadvantage, if you go that route, is that you will need a switched-on leader who can keep track of chopping and changing.

The only seasonal pressure is to use a “Christmas” book and an “Easter” book at the right times. Books  1, 4, 7, and 10 all contain a “Christmas” module and Books 2, 5, 8 and 11 all contain a module on an Easter theme.  The rest of the modules in these books can be used at any time. Books 3, 6, 9 and 12 all contain a “Thanksgiving” or “Harvest Festival” theme for a family service which can be adapted for use at any time.

Each Book contains 16 or 17 lessons to cover a full four-month semester (not a three-month quarter, which is much more common). Most churches and Sunday Schools will find that they may have only 12 to 14 teaching sessions during a semester and so there is likely to be a complete spare module. The school will need to decide whether to follow the outline in the book, omit one module from time to time, or move an Easter or Christmas module forward.

This depends on the training, experience and ability of the teacher.

BUT . . .

The lesson plan as presented has a fourfold aim which is emphasized in the series name: Sharing and learning TOGETHER. It tries to avoid the old teaching method recorded as:

Ram it in, slam it in, children's heads are hollow;

Cram it in, jam it in, still there's more to follow.

The four-fold pattern is

1. The Bible Focus introduction is for the teacher’s PERSONAL benefit so that they are able to understand the lesson theme themselves and benefit from the teaching subject. The teacher needs to impart what God has taught them through their study of His word so the message is alive.

2. Jump Start is for participation, teacher and pupils interacting together. Also it does get the attention of the children in a pleasant and relevant way and introduces the lesson. Experience suggests that this part of the lesson is the first to be skipped or shortened.  We think it is important to try it. Sitting round a table and talking at children does not easily generate attention and a learning atmosphere.

3. Jump into the Bible. This where children learn to discover what God is saying to their hearts and minds.

4. Jump into Life is intended to help the children respond practically to the previous section, seeing how it applies to their particular circumstances.

All this is set out in different words in the page headed “How SSalt Works” in the front of each Teachers Manual.

No. This is permitted as part of the purchase price of the book.

The Activity Sheet section included in the Teacher's Book is intended to be "double stapled", i.e. the activity sheets are stapled together as a batch; the Teacher's Book pages are stapled together as a book; and then the two sections are stapled together with a single staple so that they can be separated readily.

Experience suggests that the Activity Sheets can be used as follows.

1. The teachers can photocopy whatever they want, single sided if wanted. The sheets in the book and pad are printed double-sided, on slightly heavier white paper. This is suitable for crayons, but highlighter pens may bleed through to a certain extent.

2. Purchasers can also buy a minimum number of Activity Pads for the basic number of children in the class, and photocopy extras and spares if the class grows or fluctuates.

3. Or purchasers can buy enough Pads to cover all their needs if they do not have ready access to a photocopier. Some churches ask the parents to buy the Activity Pad for their child; the cost of the manuals being borne by the church.

Colour coding is primarily with respect to the level of the Books within each Series. It is as follows:

Preschool Level: Book covers have a blue background, and the text pages are on pale blue coloured paper. Activity pages are always on white

Lower Primary: Book covers have an orange background and the text pages are on a pale orange/yellow coloured paper. Again, Activity Pages are white.

Upper Primary: Book covers have a bright green background and the text pages are on a pale green coloured paper. Activity pages are white.

The colour coding of the covers has been consistent through the series: blue is  Preschool; orange is Lower Primary  and green is  Upper Primary. All books printed in SA have the pastel coloured paper for the text. (Earlier books from Zimbabwe used white paper.)

A secondary colour coding has been introduced for books printed in SA. In these books the narrow vertical spinal band for the covers are as follows: Christmas books have a spinal band in a shade of blue; Easter Books have a shade of   green; and Midyear books a shade of red. This colour coding is aimed to assist the distributors more than the users. When books are stored vertically in a bookshelf the book and series number can be identified by the spine colour. The coding is there for anyone to use, even if individual users are unlikely to need it

If you telephone SSalt, we are usually able to help with suggestions, as our records contain information about previous book orders for each customer.