Cubbies is a weekly Awana club designed for children who are in the two years prior to entering kindergarten. The Cubbies program features Scripture memorization and age-appropriate, hands-on Bible learning in a setting the fosters love and respect for God. PARENTS are central in Cubbies. The Cubbies handbooks encourage and equip PARENTS to actively nurture their child spiritually. At club, Cubbies leaders reinforce the teaching PARENTS do in the home. In this way, PARENTS and club leaders work as a team to spiritually nurture Cubbies Children.
THE PURPOSE OF CUBBIES
As preschoolers take their first steps in their walk with God, they form core beliefs and attitudes that can shape their faith for years to come. Cubbies builds a foundation of faith in preschoolers (3- to 5-year-olds) by nurturing their respect for God, His Son and His Word. A child’s spiritual journey must start with respect for the awesomeness and authority of God. Without this initial respect for God and His standards, a child cannot understand the need for salvation or make wise life choices.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments… (Psalm 111:10)
By fear, the psalmist did not mean a timid, shrinking kind of fear, but rather an awe of God’s greatness and holiness, resulting in humble, reverent obedience. Because we respect God, we want to love Him and do His will.
The Cubbies curriculum teaches respect for God, His Son and His Word in several important ways:
It Is God Focused
Each lesson and Unit highlights a key aspect of God’s character (such as His love, faithfulness or power). Since Cubbies learn best through stories, the character trait is usually presented through a Bible story. In Cubbies, we emphasize that all stories from the Bible are true and not make-believe. God teaches us about Himself as we see Him relate to real people in real, historical settings.
It Is Christ-Centered.
God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the cornerstone of Cubbies club. Christ is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) and the central message of the scriptures (Luke 24:27). From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible unfolds God’s plan to redeem the world from sin through the work of His promised Savior. Each club year, the first four lessons in Cubbies (Bear Hugs A, B, 1 and 2) explain the gospel in a simple way. The rest of the lessons cover key Old and New Testament Bible stories. The teacher connects Bible stories, even the Old testament ones, to Christ. For example, when teaching the story of Noah and the ark, the teacher explains that just as God promised to save Noah and his family from the flood (the punishment for sin), God has promised to save us from the punishment