What is the goal behind updating T&T Ultimate Adventure?
Our goal is to make T&T more flexible and adaptable for different ministry situations. We also want T&T to be more accessible for all kids and leaders of varying abilities.
How do you anticipate these changes benefitting T&T kids and leaders?
The new T&T materials are designed to give leaders flexibility in the methods they use to share Bible concepts and provide greater discipleship opportunities between leaders and kids. We also want to engage kids where they are at as it relates to the their understanding of God, Jesus, the Bible, etc. Our prayer is that through these ministry updates, many more kids will be reached with the gospel of Christ and come to know, love, and serve Him as their Lord and Savior.
How does doing the field test affect book awards? Since participants entering 3rd grade during the field test will repeat the same material twice, does this affect their ability to earn the Timothy Award and other Awana awards and scholarships?
This field test will count toward requirements for all book awards starting with the Alpha Award. Kids participating in the field test will still be eligible for the Timothy Award and scholarships associated with Awana handbook achievement despite going through the book two consecutive years.
Does the field test require churches to split 3rd & 4th grade Large Group Time from 5th & 6th grade Large Group Time?
That would be ideal but we realize this is not feasible for every T&T group. If you need to combine Ultimate Adventure and Ultimate Challenge kids, please feel free to do so.
Will kids be self-paced or work together through the handbooks?
The materials are designed for kids to pace together through the books and that is what we will be field-testing. We call this the All-Together Method.
As the kids pace together through their handbooks, what are the options for kids who want to do more in their T&T handbooks each week?
There is Silver and Gold Extra Credit built into each section for kids who’d like a bigger challenge each week. The Silver and Gold Extra Credit can be completed each week along with their required section activities. This is a shift from the current T&T which requires that kids finish all handbook requirements before working on Silver and Gold Extra Credit.
When the new T&T materials roll out in fall 2016, will kids be required to pace together through their handbooks or can they self-pace?
When the final materials are released in fall 2016, T&T leaders can allow kids to self-pace through the handbooks but the materials will be much more effective when the kids follow the All-Together Method. This will allow the Large Group lessons and Small Group discussion times to tie directly in with what the kids are learning each week in their handbooks.
Are we going to be able to know what other participating clubs think about the changes? Will you show us the feedback you’re getting from the surveys?
In an effort to keep the data as unbiased as possible, we will not be sharing data during the field test. We may opt to share the data after the field test but no final decisions have been made at this point.
How do we handle a child moving into our T&T group from another T&T group not participating in the field test? How do we handle a child moving from our T&T group to another T&T group that isn’t participating in the field test? How do we help families handle that transition?
For kids coming into your T&T group from another T&T group, start them in the Start Zone and then move them into the lesson that your group is currently working on. If you want to catch them up so they can earn their book awards, that's fine to do.
If a child leaves your T&T ministry, send a record of what the child has accomplished in your group and ask that the other T&T group count this toward a book in their T&T ministry. For example, the current T&T book has 56 sections. If a child does 10 sections in the field test materials and transfers, the other church could consider allowing the child to do 46 more sections to get a book award.
Do we need to buy the new materials when the national rollout takes place during the 2016-17 ministry season?
There may be significant changes to each curriculum component once the field test is completed. We will leave it to your discretion regarding whether or not you'd like to purchase the updated materials or use inventory you already have on hand during the 2016-17 ministry season.
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