Top 10 Terms Group Curriculum Users Should Know

Top 10 Terms Group Curriculum Users Should Know
May 26, 2015 Casey Thomas
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Every company, team, and even group of friends has terms and phrases unique to them. Sometimes they are used so freely you forget that not everyone may know what you mean. So here’s a list of the top 10 terms every Group curriculum user should know. It’ll help you keep up to speed with the lingo…and know what in the world people are talking about!


  1. R.E.A.L.

This is Group’s learning philosophy. It is incorporated into every curriculum line, resource, and product we produce. (You’ll learn what each letter represents below in the next 2-5!)

  1. Relational

Kids become friends as they learn. Every lesson is designed to foster relationships between kids and with kids and the teachers.

  1. Experiential

Kids do more than just listen or read—they experience the lessons. This helps them actually remember what they’re hearing each week.

  1. Applicable

Children learn to become doers of God’s Word. They see how lessons apply to their lives today and how to go out and show God’s love to others.

  1. Learner-Based

Every child draws closer to Jesus in their own unique way. So each lesson we create has multiple experiences built in so that kids get the point, no matter how they learn best.

  1. God Sightings

God Sightings teach kids to look for God in their lives every day. It can be a rainbow, a new baby, or even a hug. It’s about learning to find the special things—big and small—God gives us each day.

  1. Field Test

We know our programs work because we test them! Field tests are what we call the testing process where we actually put on an entire lesson or event. This way we know what works, what doesn’t, and what to change before we launch the product over to you.

  1. Field Test Findings

These are all the little tips and tricks we learn while doing our field test. You’re going to love reading these, because it takes out a few of those growing pains that come with a new experience. For example, we’ve found that glue dots work better that regular glue on craft projects kids want to wear right away. Especially if it’s a headband and you’re putting it in hair. 🙂

  1. Digital Download Center

With Group’s Digital Download Center, you can quickly and easily download and view content and share it with your team. Many Group programs also allow you to customize lesson materials to fit your needs.

  1. Mini-Kits

These are our SUPER samples! They’re the perfect way to actually get to try a curriculum before you purchase the entire quarter. Each mini-kit includes three lessons and all the materials you will need to teach and experience those lessons. There’s no better way to try out a new curriculum!

With these terms under your belt, you’re all set to experience any of Group’s curriculum lines and see the difference it will make in your ministry!

Do you have any questions about these terms? Let me know in the comments below!


Casey is the Curriculum Marketing Manager at Group Publishing. She and her husband live in Colorado with their 4 girls. Casey is the resident "neat freak" at work, and does her best to convince people she's allergic to paper! :)


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