Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Preparing For The Kings

We have spent the last 3 months talking about the judges -- Gideon, Samson, Samuel. Our intentions with this age group is to teach each lesson for a month. Each month's lesson would be stored in a box for use the next time that lesson came around. That worked very well with the judges. Each judge was independent of the other. There was a definite starting and starting point for each.

This quarter is a little different. We will be talking about the kings of the United Kingdom -- Saul, David, Solomon. On the surface, it would seem they would fit nicely into the one lesson a month plan. But, the more I thought about it, I didn't think it would work.

There were just 2 main things I wanted to point out about Saul -- He became the first king, and that he disobeyed God and lost the chance for his family to be the kings. The other stories about Saul are really about David. There is a lot about David. But, he was anointed king, killed Goliath, became friends with Jonathan all while Saul was still king. So separating the two is not logical.

I decided to look at the 3 kings as a whole lesson. They will all be stored in a larger box to be used next time. Saul will be talked about for 2 weeks, David 6 or 7 weeks and Solomon for 3 or 4 weeks.

I'm in the process of preparing for the quarter. I've gone through our resource room and pulled all the material I want to use for Saul. I've also pulled a lot for David and Solomon. I'm in the process of making flip charts for Saul, David, Solomon, what being a king was like (to be used with Saul), what shepherds do (to learn about David being a shepherd), and what it took to write something down (to emphasize the David wrote most of the Psalms and Solomon wrote the Proverbs).

A friend is helping me with room decorations. She taught these subjects 3 years ago and saved all of the large characters she had in the room (David, Goliath, Solomon, Saul, etc). That will be a great time saver. Maybe we can get started on them tonight after our singing.

We will use crown for the attendance chart this first month or 6 weeks. I will cut the crowns out of yellow foam mats (I can't remember what you call it) that you can get from Wal-mart or Hobby Lobby. Then the kids will glue a "jewel" (cut from different colored foam mats) each week. When it is time to take them home, I'll add an extension that will fit around their heads.

An attendance chart for the last half of the quarter will be David sitting among the sheep. The kids will add a sheep each time they come to class.

You may notice that my attendance charts at this age are chosen to relate to the story. They also need to look good whether the child was there once or for every class. I don't like attendance charts that look incomplete if the kids haven't been there each time. It's not their fault they weren't there. Attendance charts should give another chance to emphasize some part of the story and give the kids something to be proud of.

I've rambled enough about this. I've got to go get busy working on it.

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