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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Church

Here's my last lesson plan with the pre-school class. I will be teaching Sunday AM, but I'll be using this lesson plan. After that, it's the big kids for me. Tonight's lesson will cover all aspects of the church that we are studying: God's plan, salvation, organization, worship.

My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Adam and Eve being sent out of the garden or Creation

Sing: God's Wonderful Plan

God's Great Plan Flip Chart -- This is a short flip chart that gives a brief overview of God's plan:

Review the flip chart with the sequence cards in the "God's Wonderful Plan" pocket.

Review God's plan of Salvation using the cards in the salvation pocket. Talk about the pictures on each one. There is a picture of a Bible on the Hearing card, a cross on the believing card, a sad face on the repent card, a man talking on the confess card and a man being baptized on the baptism card.

Pass out Salvation Gloves. Show them how to put their fingers in the right place and where to put the velcro pictures. Discuss what the pictures mean.

Sing: Salvation

Talk about going to church with their family (use wooden church building). Let kids drive their matchbox car up to the building.

Talk about our church family using the pictures in the organization pocket. There are pictures of the elders, deacons, preacher, their teachers and each of their families.

Attendance chart: Our attendance chart this month is a picture of a church building. Each class, the children will get to add a different person to the front of the building. We'll talk about how their family came to the church building to worship God. These pictures came from Palma Smiley's To Toddlers With Love Families books.

Talk about what we do at the church building:
1. Sing -- use a song from the hymnal that they are familiar with like Holy, Holy, Holy (my kids' favorite).
2. Lord's Supper -- Let them taste the unleavened bread while we talk about its significance (I'm still to chicken to bring grape juice).
3. Giving -- Pass the little basket around and let them put coins in while we talk about what we use the money for.
4. Learning About God -- Read a story directly from the Bible and talk about what the preacher does.
5. Pray -- say a prayer making sure each child has a turn that wants one.

Review all of these using the cards in the worship pocket.

Talk about manners during worship using large cards in classroom.
As time allows, sing songs of the children's choosing and end class with a prayer.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

I'm Moving On Up

Sorry, I haven't posted new lesson plans in the last week or 2. I've been sick and haven't been able to teach. The substitutes have been using the most recent lesson plan and doing whatever activities they prefer to do. Thank you, Dawn and Jill. I won't be teaching class in the morning either. I apparently passed on whatever I had to to my 2 youngest boys. I'll be staying home with them.

In other news -- I am being promoted. Okay, it's not a better class, just a different one. As of January, I'll be teaching the upper elementary class. We will be studying the New Testament. My plan is to teach them for the entire year on both Sunday and Wednesday. We will be doing a lot of memory work. Our class room will be set up in stations that they can move around to as they want or need to. Each station is designed to help them understand and memorize a particular list or passage. One of the stations will help them review each week's lesson.

I've taught the New Testament this way in the past. It is a nice change of pace from the regular class routine. I'm looking forward to it.

I probably won't have the need for regular lesson plans like I had with the pre-schoolers. Most of the time in class on Wed will be in the stations. Sunday, we'll be learning the lesson and hopefully have a little time to spend at the stations. Each class session, we'll spend a little time concentrating on some of the memory work.

This age is wonderful to stress the memory work. They are so eager to learn and their minds just absorb anything you'll make available. Hopefully, the seed of will be planted deep and firmly so we'll have strong Christians as they mature.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Church -- God's Plan of Salvation

This lesson will be pretty much identical to Sunday AM, except I've added a Salvation Glove to the list of activities. There's a picture of this on my VBS lesson plans, except that instead of words being used (hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized), I've put pictures that hopefully will help them represent the words. There is an ear for hear, a cross for believe, a heart for repent, a talking smiley face for confess and a drop of water for baptism. The pictures are attached to the glove with velcro. This will give the children a more interactive experience.

My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Adam and Eve being sent out of the garden

Sing: God's Wonderful Plan

God's Great Plan Flip Chart -- This is a short flip chart that gives a brief overview of God's plan:

Review the flip chart with the sequence cards in the "God's Wonderful Plan" pocket.

Review the new cards for the Salvation pocket. Talk about the pictures on each one. There is a picture of a Bible on the Hearing card, a cross on the believing card, a sad face on the repent card, a man talking on the confess card and a man being baptized on the baptism card.

Pass out Salvation Gloves. Show them how to put their fingers in the right place and where to put the velcro pictures. Discuss what the pictures mean.

Sing: Salvation

Talk about going to church with their family (use wooden church building). Let kids drive their matchbox car up to the building.

Attendance chart: AOur attendance chart this month is a picture of a church building. Each class, the children will get to add a different person to the front of the building. We'll talk about how their family came to the church building to worship God. These pictures came from Palma Smiley's To Toddlers With Love Families books.

Worshiping God. The children were able to try the unleavened bread we use during the Lord's supper. They weren't too impressed. They may not even want to try again today. Let the children "give" coins. I'll be using a basket we use during Sun AM services. I hope I remember to put it back after class.

Talk about manners during worship using large cards in classroom.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Church -- God's Plan of Salvation

This morning and Wed PM we will be talking about the Plan of salvation. The children are already somwhat familiar with the lesson because our VBS was based on it this year. We've also been talking about some conversions while we studied Peter and Paul.

My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Heaven

Sing: God's Wonderful Plan

God's Great Plan Flip Chart -- This is a short flip chart that gives a brief overview of God's plan:

Review the flip chart with the sequence cards in the "God's Wonderful Plan" pocket.

Introduce the new cards for the Salvation pocket. Talk about the pictures on each one. There is a picture of a Bible on the Hearing card, a cross on the believing card, a sad face on the repent card, a man talking on the confess card and a man being baptized on the baptism card.

Sing: Salvation

During our VBS, one of the men here built a really nice wooden church building. We'll be using it this month. Each child will have a small car that they can drive up to the church building. We'll talk about going to worship God with our families and all it takes to get ready.

Attendance chart: Our attendance chart this month is a picture of a church building. Each class, the children will get to add a different person to the front of the building. We'll talk about how their family came to the church building to worship God. These pictures came from Palma Smiley's To Toddlers With Love Families books.

Worshiping God. The children were able to try the unleavened bread we use during the Lord's supper. They weren't too impressed. They may not even want to try again today.

End class with a prayer.
Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Church -- God's Great Plan

We begin our lessons on the church this week. We will have 8 class sessions. Each week is going to be basically the same lesson. I will be adding to it as I find time. I've got it all planned in my head and on paper, but haven't had time to implement everything yet.

The general plan for the month is the following:

God's Great Plan
God's Plan of Salvation
The Organization of the Church
The Work of the Church

Instead of a popup book to send home, we will be working on a pocket book. This format just seemed to fit the need better than the other. There will be a pocket for each of the above topics. Each pocket will have cards with pictures to help them visualize/remember what we learned.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Heaven. I haven't mentioned this in a while, but all of the pictures for the magnetic puzzles have come from the Beginner's Bible Cards published by Scholastic. If you don't have these cards, I recommend the highly. They send you 2 or 3 packets every few weeks, so it takes a while to accumulate them all. I don't think I have a complete set, but I have enough to do some really neat things.

Sing: Salvation -- We used this song in VBS. We'll sing it this month because it teaches about how to be saved.

God's Great Plan Flip Chart -- This is a short flip chart that gives a brief overview of God's plan:

God created the World (He had a plan from the beginning)
God made Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve sinned -- bringing sin into the world
God punished Adam and Eve
God sent Jesus to save us all
Jesus died, was buried and was resurrected
Jesus ascended into Heaven
Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place for us
We can go live with Him in Heaven if we do His will

I used the Beginner's Bible Cards published by Scholastic for the flip chart as well.

The first pocket page for our new book is about God's Great plan. The children will have 5 picture cards representing what we discussed in the flip chart. The pictures on the cards are:

Adam and Eve in the garden
Adam and Eve being banished from the garden
Jesus as an adult
Jesus ascending
Heaven

They will get to try to put them in order and then put them back in the pocket. They'll get to do this every class for a total of 8 times.

Attendance chart: I'm still working on this, but it is supposed to be a church building. Each class children will add a person to the outside.

During our VBS, one of the men here built a really nice wooden church building. We'll be using it this month. Each child will have a small car that they can drive up to the church building. We'll talk about going to worship God with our families and all it takes to get ready.

Worshiping God. We'll spend time praying and singing. We'll read from the Bible. We'll let them taste the communion bread. We'll let them put money in a basket. As we do each of these things, we'll talk about its significance and some good manners while doing them.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Paul Is Bitten By A Snake

This is the last lesson on Paul. As I question the kids during class about Paul, they are actually able to tell me several things about Paul.

Next month we will be learning about the Church (worship, salvation and organization).

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Saul on the road to Damascus. We haven't done this puzzle in a couple of weeks. I think they'll enjoy the change.

Sing: Saul/Paul. The song is finally online. Follow the link and you can see/hear/print it out.

Review the past lessons with the popup book.

Paul Flip Chart

Pass out the new popup page. It is Paul's hand being bitten by a snake. They will get to glue one end of the snake down. I'll have to get pictures of this for you.

Attendance chart: Each child will add another scroll to their picture of Paul.

Let the children pretend "baptizing" the plastic man (I think he's technically Moses). There is a plastic shoe box sized container filled with water that we use for this. I keep trying to emphasize that after someone is baptized, they are called a Christian. So, when they baptize the little plastic man, I ask them what he's called now. Most of them will tell me a Christian. Some say Paul, which is okay too.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We've added Glenda Schales' Peter song to our list of favorites.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Paul Is Shipwrecked

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Paul and Silas in Prison

Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet.

Review the past lessons with the popup book. The new page is of The Philippian and Jailer.

Paul Flip Chart
-- We haven't finished this flip chart yet. It's pretty long. Tomorrow, we will finish it. We'll have to move pretty quickly through the first half so they won't be tired by the time we get to the last part.

Attendance chart: Each child will add another scroll to their picture of Paul.

Let the children pretend "baptizing" the plastic man (I think he's technically Moses). There is a plastic shoe box sized container filled with water that we use for this. I keep trying to emphasize that after someone is baptized, they are called a Christian. So, when they baptize the little plastic man, I ask them what he's called now. Most of them will tell me a Christian. Some say Paul, which is okay too.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We've added Glenda Schales' Peter song to our list of favorites.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Paul and Lydia

Tonight we will talk about Lydia being converted. Actually, I think I got these out of order, but I don't think the kids will mind too much. We wiil be adding to our popup book and doing lots of review.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Paul and Silas in Prison

Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet.

Review the past lessons with the popup book. I've already added Lydia's page, so we will introduce it at this time also.

Paul Flip Chart

Attendance chart: Each child will add another scroll to their picture of Paul.

Let the children pretend "baptizing" the plastic man (I think he's technically Moses). There is a plastic shoe box sized container filled with water that we use for this.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We've added Glenda Schales' Peter song to our list of favorites.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Paul and the Philippian Jailer

Our next two lessons will be on conversions while Paul was on his 2nd trip. He met the Philippian Jailer while he was imprisoned in Philippi and then met Lydia in the same city. I want to emphasize the attitude Paul and Silas had while in prison and the fact that God took care of them and saw to it they were no longer in prison.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Paul and Silas in Prison

Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet.

Review the past 3 lessons with the popup book. The third page reviews Paul healing the lame man from Lystra.

Paul Flip Chart

Attendance chart: Each child will add another scroll to their picture of Paul.

Let the children pretend "baptizing" the plastic man (I think he's technically Moses). There is a plastic shoe box sized container filled with water that we use for this.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We've added Glenda Schales' Peter song to our list of favorites.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Paul Teaches About Jesus

Tonight's lesson will be about Paul's first journey. We'll talk about how Paul and Barnabas went on the journey to teach about Jesus. We'll talk about how some people listened and were happy with what they heard, while others got very angry. We'll talk about how Paul did miracles (specifically made the lame man walk on the first journey).

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- The Conversion of Saul
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Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet.

Review the past 2 lessons with the popup book. I finally got the first 2 pages of this book ready for class. The first page is about Paul's letters and the second is about Saul's conversion and changing his name to Paul.

Paul Flip Chart

Do the Snip n tell about the lame man walking. The book actually has this being used with the story of Peter healing the lame man, but tonight it will be used with Paul.

Attendance chart: Each child will add another scroll to their picture of Paul.

Let the children pretend "baptizing" the plastic man (I think he's technically Moses). There is a plastic shoe box sized container filled with water that we use for this.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Paul -- His Conversion

We just taught this lesson in detail to the kids this summer in VBS. Of course, mine are small enough that they won't remember much, but it is fresh on my mind.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun. I don't know if I have the "official" words to My God Is So Big. I've always sung it this way:

My God is so big,so strong and so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do.

My God is so big,so strong and so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do.

The mountains are His,
The valleys are His,
The stars are His handiwork too.

My God is so big,so strong and so mighty
There's nothing my God cannot do.

One of my helpers has always sung it another way. If you know which is right, please let me know.

Magnetic Puzzle -- The Conversion of Saul

Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet.

Review last week's lesson using the letters from class. The first page of the popup book this month has a mailbox that the letter will fit into. Let the kids put their letter in the mailbox.

Paul Flip Chart

Attendance chart: -- This month it is a picture of Paul writing letters. Each class session they will get to add a scroll (made from a piece of off white paper (2"X4")) to the picture.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Paul -- An Introduction

Well, let's just try to forget that our Bible class Sunday AM never happened. I wasn't ready for it mentally or physically. I thought I had at least gotten the flip chart prepared. When I began reading it to the kids it became obvious that it was all wrong. I don't know how I got all the pictures mixed up that bad, but I did. The text was on the back of the wrong picture. Ugh. The only thing that worked well was the magnetic puzzle. Thank you Jill.

Well, we muddled through with some of our generic activities and hoped things would be better tonight. The flip chart is fixed, the attendance chart is ready and I'm almost finished with the application activity.

We begin our study of Paul. We will study the following:

Introduction to Paul
Saul's Conversion
Paul Teaches About Jesus
Paul and Lydia
Paul and the Philippian Jailer
Paul Is Shipwrecked

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and the span style="font-weight:bold;">The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big and God Made The Round Round Sun.

Magnetic Puzzle -- The Conversion of Saul

Sing: Saul/Paul. I haven't gotten this song online yet. The words are:

Saul! What are you doing, Saul?
Why are you hurting people that love Jesus our Lord?
Saul! What are you doing, Saul?
Arise and be baptized and live for Jesus our Lord.

Paul! What are you doing, Paul?
You've changed your name and now you live for Jesus our Lord?
Paul! What are you doing, Paul?
You're teaching others how to live for Jesus our Lord.

Introduce the idea of Paul writing letters to the churches by presenting each child with a letter (paper and envelope). Each letter has the following written on it:

To all the students in the pre-school class,

Greeting. I know that you are being good boys and girls. I want you to know that God loves you very much. Please do what God wants you to do.

In Christian Love,
Ms Diana

Allow each child to open his letter and read it. Talk to the kids about how Paul would write letters to the churches praising them for doing good, telling them about God's love and begging them to live better. Take the letters back up to be used for review in another class.

Paul Flip Chart

Pass out the scrolls. Let each child draw or write letters on their scroll. Talk to them about how Paul would write his letters on scrolls not paper and envelopes. This is mentioned in the flip chart, so it won't be foreign to them. Let them take the scrolls home at the end of the class. The scrolls are made of two 8 1/2X11 pieces of off white paper glued together on the short inch (overlapping about an inch). The sticks that the paper are rolled up on are made of a brown construction paper rolled up along the long side to make a tube about an inch wide. The rolled up sticks are hot glued on the ends of the scrolls. the scrolls are rolled up and ready for the kids to write their letters.

Attendance chart: -- This month it is a picture of Paul writing letters. Each class session they will get to add a scroll (made from a piece of off white paper (2"X4")) to the picture.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Peter and Cornelius

Today is our last lesson on Peter. We will be talking about Peter's vision and Cornelius' conversion. I remember this story so well from my childhood. It was one of my favorite.

The pop-up book is complete and ready for the kids to take home. The attendance charts will go home as well. I will try to get my son to make another slide show of the pop-up book this week. He did a great job on the last one. If you haven't seen it you can be clicking here.

My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big. My 3 year old was "helping" me in the resource room this evening. He found a big cloth sun and cloud. He wanted me to sing a song about it. It made me remember a song I used to sing all the time in class -- God Made The Round Round Sun. We'll give it a try in class today.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter



Peter Flip Chart

Review lesson with the pop-up book.


Attendance chart: Let the kids glue their fish to Peter and Andrew's net.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thoughts On Last Night's Class

Sometimes, less is best. I didn't have much of a lesson plan last night. It was quite skimpy. My printer wasn't working (my brain wasn't either), so I didn't get a new popup page for the kids.

When we got to class, there was a distinct odor in the building. There had been some sort of backup in the restroom (right behind my classroom). It was pretty strong. We went ahead with class as usual, but the smell was always there.

We went through my lesson plan and had about 20 minutes of class left. A couple of posts back I mentioned that I had cleaned the room up. I found some wonderful activities that previous teachers had made. I put them where I could get to them if I ever ran out of things to do.

We read through the flip chart "Who's Living At Your House". The kids loved it. If you aren't familiar with it, it is about GREEDY GREEN, POUTY PINK, TAN TATTLER, and others with bad character traits. After reading about each one it says, "I hope he's not living at your house". At the end, there is CHRIS CHRISTIAN. It describes all of his good characteristics and then says, "I hope there are lots of Chris Christians living at your house". It is really cute.

I passed out the little Bibles and we did the songs from the baby class: This is Way We Pat the Bible, and This Is The Bible God's Written Word. They loved them. I sometimes forget that just because I think of them as baby songs doesn't mean the kids do.

Last of all, I read the Patti Book, Sh=h-h-h. I was really surprised with the great response. They loved it. I remember loving that book when I was little. My 3 year old begged to take it home. If anyone knows if that has gone back in print, please let me know about it. I would love to buy a few more.

I said all of this to say, sometimes much planning is good, but sometimes it is the spontaneous activities that make for a great Bible class.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Peter Is Arrested

Okay, somewhere along the line I lost a week. I thought I had more class sessions this month. I guess the meeting through me off. I was going to teach about miracles that Peter did tonight, but since I just have tonight and Sunday to teach Peter, I'm going to teach about Peter being arrested.

Peter was arrested 3 times. We will be talking specifically about when he was arrested in Acts 12. I don't know how many of you have memorized what's in the each chapter of Acts, but Danny did growing up. He learned that in chapter 12 -- 10 + 2 Rhoda goes cuckoo. I was reading this chapter to my boys the other day. My 13 year old remembered that little rhyme. When we read the passage, he realized that Rhoda didn't go as cuckoo as his mind had lead him to believe. He remembers a picture of Rhoda (that his dad drew) where she was in a straight jacket. Well, that obviously was an exaggeration trying to help the kids remember what was in that chapter. Rhoda didn't go cuckoo, she was just very surprised.

That has nothing to do with my lesson, but it was on my mind, and you got to hear it. :-)

My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter

Review the previous lessons with the popup book they've been working on.

Peter Flip Chart --


Attendance chart: Let the kids glue their fish to Peter and Andrew's net.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. We'll try to sing several of these tonight.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Peter Teaches About Jesus

Today's lesson is about the apostles receiving the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The apostles were able to speak different languages. They were able to teach the people in Jerusalem (and there were people from all over), each one in his own language. They taught the people about Jesus and that He was the messiah, the savior. They told the people to repent and be baptized. That day, there were 3000 baptized. God added them to His church.

This is definitely a turning point in the Bible. Before this day, the Jews lived under the law of Moses. Now they would be living under the new law. The law of Christ. Not only the Jews, but eventually, all men would have the opportunity to obey Christ and be saved to live eternally.


My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter

Review the previous lessons with the popup book they've been working on.

Peter Flip Chart -- The flip chart is now 29 pages long. Although, going through the miracles of Jesus goes pretty quickly.

Pop up book -- To reenforce the fascinating part of this story, where the tongues of fire appear on the apostles heads, we have a popup book that has a sliding paper. When the slide is pulled out one end, you see the tongues of fire, then, when it pulled back out the other, the tongues of fire disappear. I know, that made no sense. I'll get a picture of it when we're through with this month.

Attendance chart: Let the kids glue their fish to Peter and Andrew's net.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. Concentrate on the songs about the life of Christ.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Peter Denies Jesus

Tomorrow we will learn about Peter denying Jesus. I used to love this story as a child. I think it was because it had a rooster in it. I thought that the rooster crowed 3 times. Funny the things we pick up as children. Now, this story makes me sad. Peter thought he was strong. He thought he would always stand behind Jesus. When the going got tough, he didn't do too well.

Tomorrow our gospel meeting starts. We are having a lectureship with men from the area and a little beyond. We'll be studying the church The actual title of the series is: Christ's Church -- Being Distinct in an Indistinct World. Click here if you want to know more about it. We would love to see you there.


My lesson plan is:


Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter

Review the last 2 lessons with the popup book they've been working on. We didn't have a pop up page Wed PM due to computer problems at home. We'll have to review that lesson with the flip chart.


Peter Flip Chart -- We'll read the entire flip chart up to Peter denying Jesus. I may take a couple of the miracles out of the flip chart. It is getting rather long. I want to read it every week, but I don't want the kids to have to sit still too long.

Pop up book -- Our pop up page is actually a little book glued into the big book. On each page of the little book is a picture of Peter denying Jesus. Each time he denies Jesus, he gets more and more upset. The last page is of Peter being very sad. There's also a picture of a rooster crowing. The children will get to stick a 1, 2 or 3 sticker on the appropriate page corresponding to Peter's denial.

Attendance chart: Let the kids glue their fish to Peter and Andrew's net.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. Concentrate on the songs about the life of Christ.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Peter See Jesus' Miracles

Our lesson tonight is about the miracles that Peter witnessed Jesus doing. That may seem like a rather odd lesson to teach, but, it stresses the fact that Peter was with Jesus while He was here. The last few lessons of the month we'll talk about how Peter taught people about Jesus after He ascended to Heaven.

We will be going over miracles that the children are already familiar with since we studied Jesus' miracles last month. So, I'm going to raid the "miracles of Jesus" box and use some of the activities we had last month. The only miracle that will be new to them is when Jesus raised the widow's son.

My lesson plan is:

Before class, I'll have some of the wooden puzzles out on the table for the kids to work.

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter

Review the last 2 lessons with the popup book they've been working on.


Peter Flip Chart -- We'll read the entire flip chart up to the miracles that Jesus taught.

Blacklight story -- A Boy Shares His Lunch



Attendance chart: Let the kids glue their fish to Peter and Andrew's net.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. Concentrate on the songs about the life of Christ.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Peter Walks on the Water

Our lesson tomorrow is Peter walking on the water. Last month, when we were talking about the miracles of Jesus, we learned that Jesus walked on the water. I left out the part about Peter so that we could study it this month. This is a great lesson on faith. I'll be singing one of Glenda Schales songs (Peter Walks On The Water -- I think that's the name). This is a new one she wrote this year, I believe. It is a really good one. Try to get your hands on it if you can.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter -- We'll be using this same puzzle for most of the month (maybe all of it). The past 2 months we've had a different puzzle every lesson. These younger kids were having trouble doing them. I think just using one will help them be able to work it easier. I make the puzzles in 4 pieces, 6 pieces and 8 pieces. Throughout the month, they will probably be able to move to a harder puzzle.

Sing: Peter

Peter Flip Chart -- Read about Jesus calling Peter and Peter walking on the water.

Sing Glenda Schales' Peter song.

Pop-up Book. This page is almost identical to the one of Jesus walking on the water last month. The only difference is that Jesus is stationary and Peter is the little guy that moves up and down. If you want to see last month's pop up book, you can view it here: Miracles of Jesus Pop up Book

Attendance chart: We finally have an attendance chart ready. It is a picture of Peter and Andrew fishing in their boat. There is netting glued to the side to be a net. Each class, the kids will get to glue a fish to their net. This should reinforce the first lesson about Peter and Andrew being called by Jesus.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We should extra time, so we may get to sing several of our old stand bys.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. Concentrate on the songs about the life of Christ.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there is time do some activities I found while cleaning the room up this week.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Spring Cleaning?

Tonight, we won't have our regular Bible class. Instead, we will all meet in the auditorium and sing praises to God. I really like these singing nights. Not only because the music (from the hearts of Christians) is so beautiful and uplifting, but also because I get a much needed break from teaching.

This afternoon, I spent 3 hours in my classroom straightening up. It wasn't horrible, it just hadn't been done in a while. In fact, I've been teaching there for a year, and I've never given it a good cleaning. It looks much better. The neat things people have made over the years for use in this class are displayed on the bookshelf. Before, the bookshelf had books and supplies like scissors, glue, crayons etc. While these are necessary, we didn't need near as much as we had and we definitely didn't need it in plain view.

Right now, in the middle of the floor, is a huge pile of stuff that needs to go to the resource room. I'll have to get my kids to help me carry it over there tonight. After that's done, we'll be in good shape.

If you haven't cleaned your classroom in a while, I recommend it. It will not only make it look nicer, it will make you more enthused. It might also remind you of some great resources you may have forgotten you had.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Peter -- Jesus Calls Peter

This month we are talking about Peter. We will talk about Peter and Jesus and then we will talk about what Peter did after Jesus died. Our lesson today is about Peter and Andrew fishing and Jesus calling them to follow Him.

I will have a new student tomorrow (if she is willing to come in). She is nearly 3 and is moving up to my class. There is one more little boy that may move up also. He just turned 2 and is a little young, but we need the teacher in his class for another class. There should also be a 3 year old visitor tomorrow. I hope I've made enough pop up pages.

Last month we worked on a pop up book about the Miracles of Jesus. I have posted a slide show of it on my website. I tried to post it here, but apparently I can't post any java script. If you'd like to see it, it is temporarily here: Miracles of Jesus Pop up Book

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Peter

Sing: Peter

Peter Flip Chart -- We will just read the part that covers Jesus calling Peter and casting Peter's net on the other side.


Pop-up Book. This will be a flip page. On one side is Andrew and Peter fishing with no fish in their nets. On the other is Andrew and Peter with a full net of fish. The kids will get to glue the fish to their net.

Attendance chart: I didn't have time to do an attendance chart yet. Hopefully we'll have one next week.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing. We should extra time, so we may get to sing several of our old stand bys.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. Concentrate on the songs about the life of Christ.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

A friend that used to teach this class of 3 and 4 year olds would tell me that she didn't like to teach stories where people had died. She especially didn't like teaching about Moses dying or Jesus dying. The class had spent several weeks studying these great men and she just hated to show these kids the hard side of life. I would kind of smile and wonder what her problem was.

Now, I understand. It is hard to talk about death with this age child. Even though we haven't gotten to know Lazarus yet, it will be a difficult lesson. Thankfully, Lazarus comes back to life, but I don't know if the kids will even understand that. My goal for this class is to once again show the power of Jesus. He could even raise someone from the dead.

This will be our last lesson the miracles of Jesus. It has been a joy to teach them to the kids. Next month we start studying about Peter.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

Sing: What is a Miracle?

Review the story of the miracles studied so far using the flip chart pictures.


Add today's lesson -- Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead using the flip chart picture.


Pop-up Book. I didn't get finished with Sun AM's popup book in time for class. It is now finished as well as the one for Lazarus. The children will get to take their books home tonight.

Attendance chart: Since there are only 7 class session this month, the kids just have 7 baskets on their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000. That will never do. They know that there were 12 baskets left over. I will let them glue enough baskets on their attendance chart to make 12 baskets.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Walks on the Water

Today's lesson is on Jesus walking on the water. We are going to talk specifically about Him walking on the water, not about Peter trying and failing at it. Next month, we will be studying about Peter. We will then talk about Jesus walking on the water again and then we will talk about Peter's role in the story.


My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Jesus Walks on the Water

Sing: What is a Miracle?

Review the story of the miracles studied so far using the flip chart pictures.

Review the stories again using the pop-up book they've been making.


Add today's lesson -- Jesus Walks on the Water using the flip chart picture.


Pop-up Book. The page for today is a pull tab page. When the kids pull the tab, "Jesus" will "walk" on the water. As I'm writing this, it isn't finished yet. Danny's working on the illustrating and then I'll figure out how to make it work.

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Heals the 10 Lepers

Tonight's lesson is Jesus healing the 10 lepers. This is an excellent lesson not only on the power of Jesus to heal, but also on the importance of saying thank you. I will stress tonight the importance of saying thank you to God, but we'll also talk about saying thank you to everyone that does something for us.

Sunday AM we turned out the lights to illustrate what it was like to be blind. The kids tolerated it for a couple of seconds, then they began to let us know they were feeling a little scared. We got the lights back on before it got too bad. Like I said in my last post, when the lights are off in that room, it is dark.

Sunday AM I had some extra time, so we sang some songs I have used in the baby class: Tell Me Little Daisy, Dig a Little Hole, and Whatever I Will Be When I Grow Up. Two of the boys had never heard them and the other 2 had not heard them in a long time. They really enjoyed them. If we have time tonight we'll sing them again.


My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Jesus Heals the 10 Lepers

Sing: What is a Miracle?

Review the story of the miracles studied so far using the flip chart pictures.


Add today's lesson -- Jesus Heals The 10 Lepers using the flip chart picture.


Pop-up Book. The page for today is a lift the flap page. On the front is a picture Jesus and the 10 lepers. When they lift the flap, the 9 lepers are walking off in the distance. The kids will get to glue the thankful leper on the page close to Jesus.

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Heal The Blind Man

I have just spent a very uplifting weekend at Silsbee, TX. The congregation there has a singing school every year. My boys start begging to go about 6 months before it actually happens. So, we went. We sang and sang and sang. It was a good weekend. But, now, here it is Saturday night and I've got to get geared up for class tomorrow. I had already gotten the pop-up book page done and a friend is working on a magnetic puzzle, so all I have left to do is write out this lesson plan and get a good night's sleep.

Our lesson tomorrow is on Jesus healing the blind man. I'm hoping to demonstrate blindness by turning out the lights for a little bit. This is a big deal in our classroom because there are no windows. When the lights are out, it's dark. We'll see if the kids are willing to do this. It should give them an idea of what being blind is like.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Jesus Heal The Blind Man

Sing: What is a Miracle?

Tell the story of the miracles studied so far using the flip chart pictures.

Turn out the lights (if the kids are willing). Let them experience total darkness. Talk about what it is like to be blind.

Add today's lesson -- Jesus Heals The Blind Man using the flip chart picture.


Pop-up Book. The page for today is a picture of a man's face with the eyes and mouth cut out. A pull tab slides out to change the man from frowning and blind to smiling and seeing.

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Calms The Storm

Tonight we will be studying about Jesus calming the storm. This is a great story, but I have had nothing but frustration getting it ready. Today our computer decided to be a snail. It is going so slow. I have so much of my lesson that I do on the computer.

On a happier note, I finally got a new digital camera. I hope to post pictures for this month and last month real soon.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.

Review Jesus feeding the 5000 using the Blacklight story.

Let children retell story of the 5000 using the small flannelgraph boxes.

Sing: What is a Miracle

Tell the story (encourage children to participate) of the miracles studied so far using the flip chart pictures.

Add today's lesson -- Jesus Calms The Storm using the flip chart.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Jesus Calms The Storm

Pop-up Book. The page for today's lesson is a boat in the water. The children will be able to move the boat like it is in a storm. There is a figure of Jesus that they can take out of the boat. They can pretend he is sleeping, and then when they make him wake up , the storm ends. I'm going to have to get pictures of this one. That was a pretty lame description.

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Heals a Lame Man

Today's lesson comes from Matthew 9:1-8. A man is brought to Jesus that can't walk. Jesus tells the man to take up his bed and walk. The man does. There are aspects of this miracle that I won't be getting into with my 3 and 4 year olds. There is a discussion with Jesus and some scribes where the scribes are accusing Jesus of blasphemy. I won't be going into it. I want my kids to learn that Jesus had power to heal and Jesus had compassion on those that were sick.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. Also sing My God Is So Big.


Review the last lesson (Feeding the 5000) using the black light.


Pass out Small Flannel graph boxes. There are figures in the boxes to encourage the children to retell the story. (Jesus, boy, apostle and 12 baskets).

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.


Sing: Miracles of Jesus

Tell the story of Jesus heal the lame man using the visual aid picture. I wish I had a flip chart for this story, but at this time I don't.

Pop-up Book. The pop up page for this lesson is a lift the flap. The lame man is on his bed (blanket) and Jesus is standing next to him. When the children lift the flap, the lame man is standing up. The children will get to glue a folded up "blanket" on the healed man's hand.

Act out the story. Take a large towel to class. Let each child that wants to participate get a turn. The child will pretend to be lame and lay on the towel. Then either myself or one of the kids will tell the child to take up their bed and walk.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Miracles of Jesus -- Jesus Feeds The 5000

This month we will be talking about miracles that Jesus did. The miracles we will be studying are:

  • Feeding the 5000
  • A Lame Man Walks
  • Controlling the Storm
  • A Blind Man Sees
  • The 10 Lepers
  • Jesus Walks On The Water
  • Lazarus is Raised From The Dead


Our first lesson will be on Jesus feeding the 5000. Thanks to my Toddler Box, I have some things ready to teach this lesson with.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.


Introduction to lesson: The purpose of this activity is to see that once you've eaten something, you have less of it left, not more. This should help them see that Jesus did something no one else can do. I bought 5 loaves of bread (small sub sandwich size). I will take them in a basket to class. We will sit under our tree (on the wall) and eat the bread. While they eat the bread, I'll tell the story using the flip chart from my toddler box. After the children have heard the story, and eaten the bread, we'll see if we have more or less bread than when we started.

Return to seats.

Pass out Small Flannel graph boxes. There are figures in the boxes to encourage the children to retell the story. (Jesus, boy, apostle and 12 baskets).

Sing: Miracles of Jesus

Blacklight Story -- Jesus Feeds The 5000

Pop-up Book. Our pop up book this month will obviously be about the miracles. This first page is a lift the flap page. When the final flap is lifted, the children will see a picture of 8 baskets of food under a tree. They will get to glue on the 4 baskets that finish out the story.

Retell story: I would like the children to tell the story to me if they want. I have a little doll that represents the boy that shared his food for each child. I will pass them out and see if I can get them to tell me some or all of the story. I've got a shy group, so this may be asking too much, but we'll see.

Sing songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee or others of their choosing.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

To My Email Subscribers

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Parables -- The Good Samaritan

What a difference a year makes. I have 3 and 4 year olds in my Bible class. The sorting activity we did Sunday AM (separating the good fish from the bad fish) was a good example of this. The 2 four year olds caught on quickly and had the fish separated in no time. The 2 three year olds never did quite get the hang of it. In fact, my 3 year old wanted to line his fish up like he does his little cars at home. I'll try to give them some time tonight to repeat this activity. Maybe the 3 year olds will get the idea.

We'll be studying about the Good Samaritan tonight. I've had a rough week this week and didn't get the next page for the popup book ready. We'll just have to do The Good Samaritan tonight and Sunday AM. I've got a lot of good stuff in my Toddler Good Samaritan box I can use.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.


The Good Fish/Bad Fish Magnet Puzzle -- We'll do this one again. I haven't finished the Good Samaritan puzzle yet.

Sing: Parables of Jesus.

Activity: Use Little People's figures (wheel chair, patient, doctor and helper) from my Good Samaritan Toddler box. There is enough of these to for each child to have a set. Talk about people that need help and ways we can help them.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll go over all the parables tonight.

Blacklight Story -- The Good Samaritan

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.

Sit on floor. Have each child sit on the floor after they've put their attendance chart sticker up.

Activity: This is the same activity from Sunday AM. This will be a good time to repeat it. I made large (about 3" wide) fish. Some are very cute and some are quite ugly. We'll put those on the floor in a pile. The children will get to sort through the fish, putting the "good" fish in one pile and the "bad" fish another.

Pop-up Book. Since I don't have a page ready to complete for tonight, we'll just use the book for review. The kids love to find the coin, sheep and son. Now that there are fish to sort through, this book takes a little time.

Sing new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Parables -- The Good Fish/Bad Fish

This is another parable (like The Prodigal Son) that I'm not going to get into vocabulary these kids can't possibly grasp hold of. The traditional title for this parable is The Parable of the Dragnet. The lesson Jesus was teaching with this parable is that we will all be judged in the end. The good will be separated from the bad.

Wednesday PM we took a walk to "sow" seeds outside. The kids were a little dumbstruck by the whole expedition. It was a good activity, they just weren't used to getting out of the classroom like that. While we were going back inside, one of the little boys stopped and picked up the sunflower seeds we had "sown". I'm not sure if he wanted to save them for himself, or if he is just very neat.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.


The Good Fish/Bad Fish Magnet Puzzle

Sing: Parables of Jesus.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll review the previous parables add the story of the sower.

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.

Sit on floor. Have each child sit on the floor after they've put their attendance chart sticker up.

Activity: I made large (about 3" wide) fish. Some are very cute and some are quite ugly. We'll put those on the floor in a pile. The children will get to sort through the fish, putting the "good" fish in one pile and the "bad" fish another.

Pop-up Book. The popup page today is sorting the "good" fish from the "bad" fish. Each child has a popup page with picture of a boat on it. There is a pocket "net" glued to the side of the boat. There are small fish like the ones used in the above activity in each child's net. There are also pocket "buckets glued to the page. The children will get to sort their fish into the proper buckets.


Sing new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Parables -- The Sower

Now that we've finished the 3 "lost" parables, it's time to move on to some of the others. Tonight, we'll talking about the parable of the sower. This is a very visual parable.


My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.


The Sower Magnet Puzzle

Sing: Parables of Jesus.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll review the previous parables add the story of the sower.

Take a Walk. I'm not real big on doing this at this congregation, because we have to go through the adult class to get outside, but this parable just begs for a walk outside. We'll take some sunflower seeds and "plant" them on the pavement, on the rocky driveway, in some weeds and on the good ground. This will be a strong visual for the kids to help them remember the story.

Pop-up Book. We'll be making a pop-up book this month. Each parable will have a page in the book. This week we will be making a lift the flap page. The page is of a garden scene with a road, rocks, weeds and good ground. The kids will get to glue sunflower seeds in the different areas on the page. Then there is a flap on the good ground (We'll need to make sure a sunflower seed gets on top of the flap). When they lift the flap, they'll see gorgeous sunflowers.

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.


Sing new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee. We now have huge plush flower for the kids to hold while I "fly" the bumble bee from flower to flower.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there's time talk about manners in the church building using the flashcards in the room.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Parables -- The Lost Son

Wed PM's class was fun. I pulled the shepherd's hats out of the David box. Three of the kids wore them nearly the entire class. I had hidden toy sheep around the room earlier that day. Well, they were found before class ever started. We rehid them and they got to look for them again.

This week we'll talk about the Lost Son. I know that traditionally this is called The Prodigal Son, but that's a word that my 3 and 4 year olds don't know, so I'm going to use language they understand. Like the last 2 lessons, this one emphasizes that we can return to Jesus, and that He is happy when we do. There are lots of other lessons to bring out in this particular parable (jealous, faithful son), but we're going to keep it very basic.


I looked in my toddler box about the Prodigal Son and found a great flip chart and a peek box that I'm going to use this morning. We also have a black light that I found in the resource room. The popup book page today will be a picture of a road. The children will glue the father on the left hand side of the road. He will be looking down the long road. There is a flap that opens up revealing the same road, but even longer. When they open the flap, they will see the son very small in the distance, walking towards his father.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.


The Lost Son Magnet Puzzle

Sing: Parables of Jesus. This song teaches the kids what a parable is for. It doesn't actually use the word parable though. It calls them stories. The parables highlighted are the 3 lost parables.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll just go over the introductory card and then the 3 lost parables. Later we'll add the other parables. This is really a short flip chart. I could just find 1 picture for each parable.

Pop-up Book. We'll be making a pop-up book this month. Each parable will have a page in the book. This week we will be making a lift the flap page. It is described above. Each class we will do a different page and glue the pages together to make a book.

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.

The Lost Sheep Blacklight Story

Sing new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee. These songs went over well Wed PM.


Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Parables -- The Lost Sheep

It is now Friday morning and I'm just now writing the lesson plan for last Wednesday night. I sat at the computer Wednesday to write it down, and the computer was running so slow, I just quit. Whenever I don't get the lesson plan done, I realize how much I depend on it to help me teach. Having a lesson plan in front relieves me of the job of thinking what to do next. Wednesday PM's class was fine, but I had a trouble moving from one activity to the next. I taught for year without a written lesson plan. I don't know how I did it. Maybe it's just that I'm getting old and need the extra help.

The Lost Sheep lesson went well. We had a blacklight story already prepared in the resource room. I pulled the shepherd hats and the toy sheep out of the David box. I would like to have these in this box, but since we're just talking about the Lost Sheep for one class session, it hardly seems worth it to buy or make all of this stuff. Maybe next time around we can add them.

I asked one of my helpers to bring her camera so I can get some pictures from the Life of Christ lessons online. She was glad she brought it when the shepherd hats came out. She got lots of good pictures.

I introduced two new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee. These songs were inspired by two new toys that arrived to our "store". Scroll down to see the pictures of these cute toys.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Encourage the children to let me put the Shepherd's hats on.

The Lost Sheep Magnet Puzzle

Sing: Parables of Jesus. This song teaches the kids what a parable is for. It doesn't actually use the word parable though. It calls them stories. The parables highlighted are the 3 lost parables.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll just go over the introductory card and then the 3 lost parables. Later we'll add the other parables. This is really a short flip chart. I could just find 1 picture for each parable.

Pop-up Book. We'll be making a pop-up book this month. Each parable will have a page in the book. This week we will be making a turn the wheel page. The wheel is behind a mountain (or large rock) and as the child turns the wheel, they help the shepherd "find" his lost sheep. Each class we will do a different page and glue the pages together to make a book.

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.

Before class I hid toy sheep around the room. Let each child take a turn finding the "lost sheep".

The Lost Sheep Blacklight Story

Sing new songs: The Bright Red Crab and Bumbling Bumble Bee. I have a toy wooden crab to help illustrate the crab song.

Bright Red Crab Grasping Toy

I have a toy wooden bee to help with the bee song. I gave each child a toy flower to hold and while we sang I flew the bee from flower to flower. Then each child got a chance to help fly the bee.

Bumbling Bumble Bee


Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Parables -- The Lost Coin

Tomorrow begins our study of Jesus' parables. I've chosen 6 that I thought would be easy to teach the kids and that I thought they would enjoy. We'll study:

  • The Lost Coin
  • The Lost Sheep
  • The Prodigal Son
  • The Sower
  • The Good Fish/Bad Fish
  • The Good Samaritan


We have 7 class sessions this month, but I just chose to teach 6 parables so we could have a week a review at the end. We'll start our study with the Lost Parables. They go with the song we'll be singing this month and they are fun to teach. Tomorrow we will talk about the Lost Coin.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

The Lost Coin Magnet Puzzle

Sing: Parables of Jesus. This song teaches the kids what a parable is for. It doesn't actually use the word parable though. It calls them stories. The parables highlighted are the 3 lost parables.

The Parables Flip Chart. We'll just go over the introductory card and then the 3 lost parables. Later we'll add the other parables. This is really a short flip chart. I could just find 1 picture for each parable.

Pop-up Book. We'll be making a pop-up book this month. Each parable will have a page in the book. This week we will be making a lift the flap page. Under the flap(the woman's broom) the kids will glue a penny. Each class we will do a different page and glue the pages together to make a book.

Attendance Chart: The attendance chart has a picture of Jesus teaching people. Each class, the children will add a picture of the parable we learned that day.

Have children put their heads down on the table with their eyes shut. Hide a few pennies around the room. Let the children use the flashlights to find their penny. Talk to the children about how happy they were about find their penny. Remind them that the woman was just as happy to find her coin. God is happy when we turn back to him too.


Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Life of Christ Lesson 8

This is our last lesson on the life of Christ. We'll focus on the parables of the miracles of Jesus over the next 2 months. Our lesson tomorrow will focus on Zacchaeus. It is a good lesson about how anyone can do good for Jesus no matter what their size or age. It is also a good lesson on seeking Jesus.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Zacchaeus Magnet Puzzle

Touch and Feel Book: Review the story of Jesus' birth.

Small Flannel graph boxes for review of Christ's life.

Sing: Jesus Grows Up -- I finally put this online along with about 4 other songs. If you follow the link, you can see the words, sheet music and listen to me singing it. Sorry, I couldn't find anyone else to do the singing.

Boy Jesus Black Light Story

Introduce Zacchaeus with snip-n-tell Zacchaeus. This is really a cute one. While you're telling the story, you're cutting out a big tree. Then you cut a man out of the tree. I think they'll probably all want one to take home with them.

Sing: Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man -- I want to make sure the kids understand that Zacchaeus wasn't 6" tall. The song implies that he was incredibly small as do a lot of the pictures I found. He was just a short man that couldn't see over the crowd.

Life of Christ Flip Chart

Attendance Chart: I'll let them choose what animals to add to their attendance chart from now on.

As time permits, do the following: (these are all activities we've done over the month, but don't necessarily have time to do each week)


Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story.

We'll talk about baptism. I'll give the kids a chance to "baptize" a plastic farmer in a container with water. This is a leftover activity from VBS that I used with the next class up. These littler guys will enjoy it.


Boy Jesus Flip Chart

Activities borrowed from my Baby Jesus box for the toddler class.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Life of Christ Lesson 7

Tonight we will talk about the baptism of Jesus. We've mentioned at every class session so far, so it is not new to them. We will talk about how Jesus was doing this to fulfill prophecy. We'll also talk about how God used a dove and said "This is My son in whom I am well pleased">

We finished our touch and feel books Sunday AM. We'll use them tonight and Sunday AM to review the lesson of baby Jesus.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Jesus Grows Up Small Flannel Graph Boxes. There are 3 pictures of Jesus in each box. They are of Him as a baby, boy and man.

Sing: Jesus Grows Up -- I finally put this online along with about 4 other songs. If you follow the link, you can see the words, sheet music and listen to me singing it. Sorry, I couldn't find anyone else to do the singing.

Touch and Feel Book: Review the story of Jesus' birth.

Boy Jesus Black Light Story

We'll talk about baptism. I'll give the kids a chance to "baptize" a plastic farmer in a container with water. This is a leftover activity from VBS that I used with the next class up. These littler guys will enjoy it.

Jesus is Baptized Magnetic Puzzles

Life of Christ Flip Chart

Attendance Chart: I'll let them choose what animals to add to their attendance chart from now on.

Move to the floor.

Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story.

As time permits, do the following:

Boy Jesus Flip Chart

Activities borrowed from my Baby Jesus box for the toddler class.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

End class with a prayer. Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Life of Christ Lesson 6

We had a good class Wednesday PM. My little girl that has been upset about coming did great. We should finish up our touch and feel book tomorrow. I may keep them for one more class period, or maybe even until the end of the month. That way we can use them for review.

We're going to emphasize Jesus Growing Up tomorrow. We have a Black Light story that tells the story really well. It emphasizes that fact that the Wise Men came and visited Jesus after He was a little older, not the night of His birth.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Introduction to Story: Snip'n'Tell camels.

Boy Jesus Magnetic Puzzles

Sing: Jesus Grows Up -- This song has not been put online yet. I hope to in the next few days.

Boy Jesus Black Light Story

Touch and Feel Book: We'll do the 4th page. It emphasizes the gifts the wise men brought to baby Jesus. The kids will get to decorate the gifts on the page with rhinestones and ribbon.

Life of Christ Flip Chart

Attendance Chart: I'll let them choose what animals to add to their attendance chart from now on.

Move to the floor.

Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story.

Return to Seats and do the small Flannelgraph boxes. The pictures in these this time are of Jesus as a baby, as a young boy and as a grown man. The kids will be able to put them on their flannel board in order. This would also be a good time to sing the new "I'll Grow Up Like Jesus" song again.

As time permits, do the following:

Boy Jesus Flip Chart

Activities borrowed from my Baby Jesus box for the toddler class.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Life of Christ Lesson 5

Sunday morning I taught solo. Both of my helpers were sick. The class went well, but I learned just how much I depend on my helpers. We got through about half of what we normally do. I definitely prefer having helpers that can spend individual time with the kids. I think they learn a lot more.

I had intended for our touch and feel book to be added to once a week. I think I'll do it every class session until it's done. We'll do the star page tonight. It is just a black piece of paper that the kids will stick foil stars to. I purchased larger stars that each child will be able to glue one on their page.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Introduction to Story: Snip'n'Tell shepherds. I think this is actually angels like paper dolls. I'll get to class a little early and practice on it.

Jesus Loves The Children Magnetic Puzzles


Sing: Jesus Grows Up -- This song has not been put online yet. I hope to in the next few days.

Life of Christ Flip Chart

Touch and Feel Book: We'll do the 3rd page. It emphasizes the star that was in the sky when Jesus was born.

Attendance Chart: I'll let them choose what animals to add to their attendance chart from now on.

Move to the floor.

Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story.

Return to Seats and do the small Flannelgraph boxes. The pictures in these this time are of Jesus as a baby, as a young boy and as a grown man. The kids will be able to put them on their flannel board in order. This would also be a good time to sing the new "I'll Grow Up Like Jesus" song again.

As time permits, do the following:

Boy Jesus Flip Chart

Activities borrowed from my Baby Jesus box for the toddler class.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Life of Christ Lesson 4

Wednesday night we had a class of 4 kids, 3 adults. Now, that may seem like a lot of adults, but that class session I needed them both. One of the little girls is learning to come to class without her grandmother. Her grandmother has been my helper for the past 9 months. She was not too happy about coming. She cried and cried. Finally, she cried herself to sleep. I was very thankful for the helpers.

Tomorrow we talk about Jesus as a young boy. Most of the activities will be the same, but we'll emphasize his experience in the temple when he was 12 years old.

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.

Introduction to Story: Snip'n'Tell star. The manger scene worked well Wednesday PM. Most of these Snip'n'Tells are about Christ's birth. We'll do the star one this time.

Boy Jesus Magnetic Puzzles

Boy Jesus Flip Chart

Sing: Jesus Grows Up -- This song has not been put online yet. I hope to in the next few days.

Life of Christ Flip Chart

Touch and Feel Book: We'll do the 2nd page. It is a picture of a sheep. The kids will get to glue the cotton balls on the sheep. Then one of the helpers will the first page to the 2nd page.

Attendance Chart: They've put up Mary and Joseph. Tomorrow we'll put the baby in the manger. After that, I'll let them choose which animal they want to add. This will give any of them that missed one of the main characters a chance to put it on their attendance chart. I hate to send attendance charts home that don't look finished.

Move to the floor.

Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story.

Return to Seats and do the small Flannelgraph boxes. The pictures in these this time are of Jesus as a baby, as a young boy and as a grown man. The kids will be able to put them on their flannel board in order. This would also be a good time to sing the new "I'll Grow Up Like Jesus" song again.

As time permits, do the following:

Activities borrowed from my Baby Jesus box for the toddler class.

Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.