The vision of CBS is to make disciples of all ages which includes our children and youth. CBS has designed beautiful lessons for all ages but how do I know the difference between level 1, level 2A, 2B and level 3? I decided to take each lesson and do them to fully understand them. Here are my findings.
The CBS elements in Children and Youth
CBS C&Y values having the younger generation memorise. Therefore, in each level and each lesson there are different ways to repeat the memory verse. During class time there will be an opportunity for saying the memorised verses and in each lesson and at each level, there are different ways to repeat and learn the memory verse.
The C&Y materials help children of every age discover the Bible truth for themselves, just like the adults. They gather in small groups and share their discoveries. The teacher shares a short wrap up. In the adult material there is a commentary to read; in C&Y this is available only in level 4.
Level one is for preschool ages 0 to 5 years. It goes through different Bible stories in a three year cycle. The program for this age is mostly: Play time (relating to the Bible story) Bible memory verse, prayer/quiet time, Bible story and song time. A parent’s take home paper is provided so parents know what happened. It also gives hands on ideas on how to apply the Bible lesson from that week.
The questions in each level (2A, 2B and 3) are very good for any age to help the children see what the Bible text says. As I did the lesson of each level I enjoyed each question because it helped me look deeper at the text, I even had to draw pictures!
For example, in Genesis it says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (vs. 1-2).
The first question in level 2A is: “What two things do we learn about the Earth from these first 2 verses?”. The question is the same in level 2B but at this level you must find 5 things we learn about the Earth. In level 3, you don’t list several things, you must describe what the Earth looked like. In the discussion with level 3, perhaps even more than 5 things will be found true about the Earth.
Comparison of level 2 & 3:
Level 2A is mostly concerned with observation from the text with (almost) no other passages from the Bible to look at. There will be one application question (“what do you need to change in your life as a result of this study?”) in the lesson.
Level 2B is mostly observation from the text with one (or more) other passage from the Bible to look at. There are a few more questions and a deeper way to apply the passage in your life.
Level 3 has twice the amount of questions as level 2A. It helps the person to think about what the passage says, what it means and how it changes us. It also has more than 2 or 3 other passages in the Bible to look at. The application of the lesson goes quite deep and is very personal. Level 3 is very good for older children and CBS recommends making sure that you have food and at least 15 minutes of games and fun for this age.
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