Training for Teachers
New to HeartShaper Children’s Curriculum? Not quite sure how to use the different parts of the curriculum? Never taught before? Haven’t taught for a while? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take time to go through the overview for your age level.
Feeling confident about using the curriculum will help you as you shape hearts and change lives for God. Be sure to have your curriculum materials with you as you go through the overview.
Recruit Classroom Volunteers and Introduce the Importance of HeartShaping
Learn How to Reach Toddlers & 2s
Learn How to Reach Preschool Children
Learn How to Reach Elementary Children
Whether you know it or not, there are probably kids with special needs in your Sunday school program. Children with auditory, visual, or other physical challenges. Kids who have developmental dealys or are on the autism spectrum. Children who struggle with learning for a variety of reason.
With HeartShaper, you can discover every child’s special needs—and their abilities. You can make a difference—in a child’s future, in a family’s worship experience, and in your church community.
HeartShapter provides the resoruces you need to adapt lesson activities and include kids with special needs in your Sunday school.
Special Needs Podcast Episodes
Host: Vangie Rodenbeck
Vangie discusses how to develop an approach that fully considers all parts of the ministry equation: people, programming, and prayer. In this episode, explore inclusion and self-contained models of programming, prioritizing a “strengths” approach to disability ministry, ministering with people who have disabilities, and surrounding your ministry in prayer.
Host: Vangie Rodenbeck with guest Jolene Philo
Vangie and Jolene talk about practical strategies churches can employ as they come alongside families in periods of crisis.
Jolene Philo was a teacher for 25 years. She is the author of five books, including: A Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for Parents of Children with Critical or Chronic Illness and Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs. Jolene speaks at regional and national parenting and special needs ministry conferences.
More Special Needs Resources
“All About Me” Book »
“How-to” Brochure »
Making Your Class Special Needs Friendly—Toddlers & 2s »
Making Your Class Special Needs Friendly—Preschool, Pre-K & K »
Making Your Class Special Needs Friendly—Elementary »
Modifying Lessons for Kids with Special Needs »
Tips for Parents »
Special Needs Family Connections Letter »
Individualized Christian Education Plan »
Making Easter Accessible »
Seasonal Helps for Kids with Special Needs »
Looking for fun holiday or seasonal ideas to use in the classroom? These craft ideas are simple, festive, and sure to be a hit!
“Catch Me Doing Right” Game for Early Childhood »
Mixed-up Message Magnets for Early Childhood »
“Praise Jesus” Jellyfish for Early Childhood »
Sandwich Bag Play Scenes for Early Childhood »
Whale Surprise Box for Elementary »
Encouragement Windsock for Elementary »
“God Is My Strength” Pencil Holder for Elementary »
Hot Air Balloon Message Carriers for Elementary »
Family Connections Quarterly Letters
Keep parents informed about what their child is learning from God’s Word. Use these templates to customize your own newsletter.
Help parents continue conversations with their children all week long about what they’re learning in their HeartShaper Sunday school class.