Tonight is our last lesson on Jonah. It is also my last class session with the 5 year olds. They will move up to the next class on Sunday. When I took this class in October, I was not too excited. I was thoroughly enjoying myself teaching the 4th graders. We have a great bunch of 4th graders. But, there wasn't anyone to teach this class that quarter. Well, I've taught the class for 9 months now and I'm really enjoying it. In fact, one of the other teachers came up to me last week and said she would take this class this quarter. I stood up for myself and told her I wanted to teach it until January. She graciously took the next class up.
Next quarter we will begin studying in the New Testament. We will spend a month on the life of Christ, a month on the parables of Christ and a month on the miracles of Christ. I'm really looking forward to it.
My lesson plan is:
Opening Activity: Old Testament books -- This will be the last class session for these. I was mainly doing it for the older kids and they will be moving up. Their new teacher has said she would like to keep it up. We will review with the flannelgraph set of OT cards tonight.
Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language.
Jonah and the Big Fish Magnetic Puzzles
Jonah Flip Chart
Sing: God Will Take Care of You using the flip chart.
Jonah sequence pictures. Review with the large set and let each child try to put the story in order with the smaller set.
Attendance Chart -- These will go home tonight.
Review the lesson with the Jonah Flannelgraph story. I hadn't done this yet, and really wanted to, so Sun AM I moved the flannelgraph board to the table. Half of the kids had to stand behind the other kids while we talked about it. They cooperated very well. If there are 6 or less kids, we'll do it on the floor. Otherwise, we'll do it at the table.
Sing: We learned a bunch of new songs at VBS. The kids will probably be requesting these. They weren't new to me, just the kids. I had forgotten about most of them.
Return to Seats
Jonah Blacklight story.
Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline. There are really too many of these songs to do at a setting now (9 in all). Sun AM, I chose the prophets and we sang about them. Tomorrow, I'll choose either the judges or the kings.
Let each child that wants to say a prayer.