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About Standard Publishing

Whether you are educating children, teens, or adults, you will find that Standard Publishing Curriculum is true to the Bible—a promise we have kept for more than a century.

Our curriculum includes proven resources for teachers and students in lessons that engage students with age-appropriate Bible teaching, activities, and discussions.

What makes Standard Publishing Curriculum unique?

For over 150 years, Standard Publishing has served Christian churches worldwide—most widely recognized as a leader in children’s and adult resources. From the beginning Standard has been serving the Christian community with products that have but one purpose: bringing the Bible to life!

We want to serve you as you serve your communities. Our core curriculum brands include:

  • HeartShaper® Children’s Curriculum
  • Encounter™ Youth Curriculum
  • Standard Lesson Quarterly® Adult Curriculum
  • Standard Lesson Commentary®
  • Biblical Choices Christian School Curriculum

About HeartShaper


Designed to help toddlers through preteens discover God through His Word—HeartShaper Children’s Curriculum takes kids on a journey through the Bible like no other. By the time kids reach 6th grade, they’ve gone through the Bible 5 times!

No matter where your students go or what they do, the lessons you’ve taught them in Sunday school will be with them for a lifetime. Come along on the journey—shape hearts and change lives!

Age levels include:

  • Toddlers & 2s
  • Preschool
  • Pre-K & K
  • Early Elementary
  • Middle Elementary
  • Preteen

What makes HeartShaper unique?

  • Built on age-appropriate spiritual development principles for toddlers—preteens
  • Integrates Bible skills into each lesson, building on each other from one age level to the next
  • Kids learn how to explore God’s Word and the direction it gives them
  • Teaches more than just values—kids dig into questions, such as “What does this teach me about God?” and “Why is this story important to me?”
  • Provides more than just fun and entertainment—kids open their Bibles, participate in interactive Bible learning, and grow spiritually
  • 2+ hours of correlated curriculum for all 3 early childhood levels
  • With 1 focus per lesson, our unique Quick Steps™, and our many teacher resources, teaching is easy—and learning is fun
  • Doesn’t stop with head knowledge—kids discover how Scripture applies to their lives
  • Offers family connections to extend the learning beyond the classroom
  • Individual/group service project ideas—helping kids live out the lessons they’ve learned
  • Reach kids with special needs and make a difference—in a child’s future, in a family’s church experience, and in your church and community. HeartShaper gives the resources you need to train teachers and adapt lesson activities so you can include kids with special needs in your Sunday school.
    Our special-needs-friendly tips and activity adaptations are easy for teachers to identify and use!

    Special Needs Friendly symbols in each lesson highlight activities that will work well with all kids Learn More


The only Sunday school curriculum that is designed to promote biblical literacy by leading kids through the Bible five times by the time they reach 6th grade.

With age-appropriate lessons, teaching is easy and learning is fun!

  • Toddlers & 2s Explore, Discover & Move
  • Teaching children the way God made them, toddlers and 2s sing, play, and talk—giving them time to smile, laugh, and wonder.


    Scope and Sequence

    One-year scope and sequence for children ages 1 and 2. Children explore one Bible concept or story each month.

    Download Scope and Sequence

    Features

  • Quick Steps for easy teacher prep
  • CD with reproducible music and printable files, including Family Together Time take-home family resource
  • Colorful visuals, including three card stock booklets
  • Weekly encounters with Teddy the bear, the toddlers and 2s puppet friend
  • 2+ hours of materials including interactive Bible Time that uses songs and multi-sensory visuals-
  • Options for babies and bonus units for older children
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families.

  • Preschoolers- Multisensory Learning

  • Preschoolers are introduced to Bible stories, will repeat simple Bible words, and will know that God made them, loves them, and cares for them.


    Scope and Sequence

    Two-year scope and sequence for children ages 3 and 4. Children go through the Bible one time in two years, learning basic Bible stories. Shared scope and sequence with pre-K and K age level.

    Download Scope and Sequence

    Features

  • Quick Steps for easy teacher prep
  • CD with reproducible music and printable files
  • Make-n-Share activity pages, Preschool/Pre-K & K Teaching Pictures, and Heart Tugs take-home family resource
  • Large colorful visuals
  • 2+ hours of materials, including interactive Bible Discovery time
  • Weekly encounters with Scamper, the preschoolers’ squirrel puppet friend
  • Activity suggestions for 2-year-olds
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families
  • Preschoolers are introduced to Bible stories, will repeat simple Bible words, and will know that God made them, loves them, and cares for them.

  • Pre-K & K

    Interactive Bible Learning Kids Love!

    Pre-K & K children will give thanks and praise to God, interact with Bible stories, begin to read simple Bible words, and desire to do simple tasks to show love for God, Jesus, and others.


    Scope and Sequence

    Two-year scope and sequence for children ages 5 and 6. Children continue to learn basic Bible stories and go through the Bible one time in two years. Shared scope and sequence with preschool age level.

    Download Scope and Sequence

    Features

  • Quick Steps for easy teacher prep
  • CD with reproducible music and printable files
  • Make-n-Share activity pages, Preschool/Pre-K & K Teaching Pictures, and Heart Tugs take-home family resource
  • Large colorful visuals
  • 2+ hours of materials, including interactive Bible Discovery time
  • Weekly encounters with Scout, the pre-K and K sheepdog puppet friend
  • Activity suggestions for 4-year-olds
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families

HeartShaper® Early Elementary

Discovering Why God’s Word Is Important to Them!

Children find and read for themselves verses and stories from the Bible. You will add details to key Bible stories, introduce new Bible stories and Bible skills, and engage kids in doing what God asks them to do.

Scope and Sequence
Two-year scope and sequence for children in grades 1 and 2. Children take an age-appropriate trip through the Bible one time in two years.

Download Scope and Sequence

Features

  • Quick Steps activity options, interactive visuals, teaching pictures, fun student pages, and take-home leaflets
  • CD with audio tracks and printable files
  • Beginning reading and writing skills are included in each lesson, along with beginning Bible skills
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families

HeartShaper® Middle Elementary

Learning How They Fit into God’s Plan!

Kids have fun while they’re learning important truths! Actively engage kids as they further develop Bible skills, explore Bible chronology, and learn how they fit into God’s plan.

Scope and Sequence

Two-year scope and sequence for kids in grades 3 and 4. Kids take two chronological journeys through the Bible, as they learn how God planned for, sent, and offers to everyone the hope of eternal life.

Download Scope and Sequence

Features

  • Quick Steps activity options, Bible time lines and posters, service project ideas, fun and challenging student activity leaflets, and take-home magazine
  • CD with audio tracks and printable files
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families



HeartShaper® Pre-Teen

Going Beyond Right and Wrong Answers!

Help tweens go beyond right and wrong answers, engaging them in meaningful discussion and encouraging them in their commitment to Christ.

Scope and Sequence

Two-year scope and sequence for kids in grades 5 and 6. Students use their Bible knowledge and skills to explore tween issues.

Download Scope and Sequence

Features

  • Quick Steps activity options, Bible Memory and application posters, service project ideas, student leaflets, and take-home magazine
  • CD with audio tracks and printable files
  • Special-needs-friendly activities identified in each lesson
  • Online bonus materials for teachers and families



Young Teen & High School


About Encounter

Teens need to experience God actively, firsthand—in a way that relates to their lifestyle and how they communicate. Encounter brings teens the message of the Bible and relates spiritual truths to the world around them.

Every week, Encounter challenges students with an engaging Bible study that helps them understand God, the Bible, doctrine, or a biblical worldview. Your students experience lessons in ways that fit their learning styles.

Age levels include:

What makes Encounter unique?

  • Students are challenged with an engaging Bible study that helps them understand God, the Bible, or a biblical worldview
  • Lessons fit multiple learning styles
  • Packed with resources—visual aids, games, student activities, and discussion
  • Simple 4-step plan for each lesson—setting the stage, searching the Word, making it real, and living it out
  • Multiple activity options to choose from within each step, along with the materials and time it takes to complete the activity
  • Flexibility to be 45-90 minutes
  • Suggested teacher script is provided in every lesson for easy prep
  • Teens interact with Scripture and relate it to everyday life
  • Encounter: Young Teen

    ENCOUNTER™ brings young teens the message of the Bible and relates spiritual truths to the world around them.

    Encounter: High School

    Bible-based, culturally relevant, and personally challenging teen Sunday school curriculum for jr. high and high school.

    How can teens meet with God face-to-face? Teens need to experience God actively, firsthand–in a way that relates to their lifestyle and how they communicate. ENCOUNTER™ brings teens the message of the Bible and relates spiritual truths to the world around them.

    Encounter: ENCOUNTER™ The Magazine

    Encourage students to take home a magazine that connects with every week’s lesson.

    Encounter™—The Magazine provides articles, interviews, devotions, quizzes, poetry, and art created for and by teens about issues they face every day.

    Adult Standard Lesson

    The nation’s most trusted Bible commentary brand.


    About Standard Lesson

    Using the best-selling commentary—a Sunday school class or Bible study group will be ready to explore the Scripture text in a way that meets the needs of all kinds of learning styles. Available in both the Standard Lesson Commentary ® (annual) and the Standard Lesson Quarterly® (quarterly) formats.

    The Standard Lesson line covers four 13-week topical studies each year. These are built around themes created within the ISSL/Uniform Series. The International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL)/Uniform Series is a 6-year plan for reading and studying the entire Bible.

    Designed to take students into every part of Scripture, the Uniform Series pulls at least one lesson from nearly every book of the Bible over the 6-year cycle, following 8 specific themes. This more holistic study of the Bible helps students know the content of the Bible, understand the message of the Bible, and know the God of the Bible.


    Editions available:
    • KJV
    • NIV®
    • ESV® available in the Standard Lesson Commentary

    What Makes Standard Lesson Unique?

    Standard Lesson Quarterly®:

    The teacher guide (available in regular and large print) provides:

    • Printed Bible text for each lesson
    • Reliable verse-by-verse commentary on the text
    • Discussion questions with talking points
    • Verbal illustrations to bring the commentary to life
    • Lesson plans with learning activities
    • Daily Bible reading plan to prepare heart and mind for the upcoming lesson
    • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
    • Free reproducible student activity pages and other helpful resources for each lesson at StandardLesson.com

    The student book (available in regular and large print) provides:

    • Printed Bible text for each lesson
    • Condensed commentary on the text—consistent with the teacher’s commentary
    • Learning activities that coincide with the lesson plans in the teacher guide
    • Daily Bible reading plan to prepare heart and mind for the upcoming lesson
    • Special feature articles that provide background information or inspiration to supplement the quarter’s theme

    Standard Lesson Commentary®:

    • Printed Bible text for each lesson
    • Verse-by-verse commentary—with in-depth study of Scripture
    • Daily Bible reading plan
    • Discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking and application
    • Verbal illustrations to bring the commentary to life
    • Learning activities found within lesson plans
    • Pronunciation guide for difficult words
    • Free reproducible student activity pages and other helpful resources for each lesson at StandardLesson.com
    • Multiple formats—casebound, paperback, deluxe, and large print–also available for iPad, Kindle, Logos Bible Software, and WORDsearch Basic
    • Editions available in the KJV, NIV®, and ESV®

    Extra Resources Available:

  • Devotions®
  • Adult Resources packs with classroom resources
  • Seek® take-home magazine


    Standard Lesson™ Adult Curriculum: Standard Lesson Quarterly®

    Using either the KJV or the NIV ®, a class utilizing the Standard Lesson Quarterly will be ready to explore the Scripture text in a way that meets the needs of all kinds of learning styles. Like the Standard Lesson Commentary, the Standard Lesson Quarterly follows the ISSL/Uniform Series.

    Standard Lesson™ Adult Curriculum: Standard Lesson Commentary®

    The Standard Lesson Commentary ® is the perfect resource for your adult Sunday school class, personal study, and even sermon-preparation help. As the nation’s most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary provides 52 weeks of study in one volume and can be used as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the International Sunday School Lessons/Uniform Series.