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How Orange Curriculum Empowers You to Partner with Parents

What happens at home is more important than what happens at church. Here's how you can leverage Orange curriculum to better equip parents at home for faith conversations.
Parent Cue App

Before the Pandemic, a church had an average of 40 hours a year to influence a kid or teenager. Now, it’s even less. But there is someone else who has even more time–a parent. Parents, grandparents, or guardians have an average of 3,000 hours a year, so why not partner with the people who have more time and influence in a child’s life?

What happens at home is more important than what happens at church. That’s why Orange Curriculum provides you with resources that you can use to equip parents so they can be more intentional and have better conversations at home. The following are resources you have access to as an Orange Curriculum partner.

 

Parent Cue

A Parent Cue is a resource that we write to correspond with each monthly theme for kids and preschoolers and every series for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Every Parent Cue has the same format. In it, you’ll let parents know what you’re teaching, you’ll challenge them to think about the phase their kid is currently in, and you’ll encourage them to engage with their kids. 

The Parent Cue is meant to be sent to parents from you and your church. You can give this to parents as a printable handout or in an email, in the regular mail, through social media, or even posted on your website. That’s why it comes in different formats such as a printable PDF or an email that syncs with MailChimp. We actually recommend sharing it with families through multiple formats as every parent engages differently. 

 

Parent Cues By The Phases

While each Parent Cue has the same format, they are designed to equip parents to engage their kids during the times of day when they’re naturally engaged. In fact, we think parents have four different opportunities during the day to intentionally engage with their child. However, these times vary throughout the phases so Parent Cues look a little different too. Parent Cues give parents ideas to help them connect with their children during these specific times.

  • Preschool: Morning Time, Drive Time, Meal Time, Cuddle Time, and Bath Time
  • Elementary: Morning Time, Drive Time, Meal Time, and Bed Time
  • Middle School: Morning Time, Drive Time, Meal Time, and Bed Time
  • High School: Morning Time, Their Time, Meal Time, and Bed Time

 

Parent Cue App

We also have a free app to help you connect with parents more easily. It’s called the Parent Cue App and if you follow the recommended scope and cycle for curriculum, the app syncs with what you are teaching. While the app is free, you can even purchase the ability to customize it for your church so you can deliver weekly curriculum content, empower parents, and centralize your communication.

Social Media Plans

In First Look and 252 Kids Curriculum, we also provide a social media plan to help you engage parents. Every month we provide you with a social media plan that helps you promote the monthly theme or series and create conversation online about what you’re teaching. Just copy and paste the text into a scheduling tool like Hootsuite, and you’re all set. 

 

Additional Resources 

Now, when it comes to what we teach, there are some topics that need more care and more communication with parents. This is especially true in student ministry. That’s why XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School also provides you with a curated list of resources you can share with parents to equip them to have better conversations on each topic. For the extra sensitive topics, we also include a Parent Preview Video you can send to parents as a way to give them a heads up abou the conversation and build trust. 

There are also extra tools and resources that are helpful outside of curriculum. On ParentCue.Org you’ll find incredible resources, blogs, and podcasts for parents featuring people like Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy, Kara Powell, Dr. Chinwé Williams, Jon Acuff, and many more. It’s a great resource, and it’s also free.

One of the most important things you can do as a ministry leader is partner with every parent to influence the faith and future of the kids and teenagers. That’s why we do everything we can to give you the resources you need to do that so you can focus on what matters most–building relationships.

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