Monday, June 19, 2006

VBS -- God's Plan of Salvation -- Monday

Our VBS starts Monday. I will be teaching the 5 and 6 year olds. We are working up our own curriculum on the topic mentioned above. Our week will follow the following plan:

  • Monday -- Cornelius teaches us we must hear the word of God
  • Tuesday -- Lydia and the Philippian Jailer teach us we must believe that Jesus is the son of God
  • Wednesday -- The Jews on the day of Pentecost teach us to repent
  • Thursday -- The Ethiopian Eunuch teaches us to confess our faith in Jesus
  • Friday -- Saul (later named Paul) teaches us we must be baptized

My class will consist of the following activities:

  • Object Talk
  • Telling the Bible story
  • Making a Pop-up Book
  • Field Trip (mainly going outside for a story or other activity)
  • Story Folders (to review the Bible story)
  • Craft Time (making a craft that will emphasize the lesson learned that day)

My Lesson Plan for Monday is:

Introduce the VBS theme -- explain what salvation is and it's reward

Pass out salvation gloves and sing Salvation

Discuss posters on the wall. The posters are covered with a plain poster and labeled Hear, Believe, Repent, etc. Each day, I will remove the cover for the poster we will be discussing. The poster is a picture that relates the story of the conversion to be discussed that day. By then end of the week all the posters will be revealed. Wait until later to remove the first cover.

Object Talk:

  • Discuss the importance of hearing God's word. This involves careful listening.
  • Play CD with various sounds on it. Ask them children if they can identify the sounds (bird, dog, clapping, bell, etc).
  • To emphasize the importance of the Bible and the difference in it and other books, do the following activity:

    • Show the children a stack of children's books. These books were written by men. Show the children a Bible. This was written by God.
    • Pass out the paper Bibles and book covers. Ask them children to separate the covers of books written by men from the one written by God.
    • Pass out first page of pop-up book. Ask children to put the paper Bible in the pocket labeled "written by God" and the children's book covers in the pocket labeled "written by men".

  • Remove the cover from the poster labeled HEAR.

    Tell the story of Cornelius' conversion from the book of Acts. I've chosen to not use visual aids while telling the Bible story. These are the same kids I teach in regular Bible class. I wanted to make sure they didn't feel like we were in just the same old class. So, I've chosen to teach it in a different way. Children are usually very receptive to simple teaching straight from the Bible -- especially at this age.

    If weather permits, take the children outside. Sit down on the ground and listen very carefully. Let the children tell what sounds they hear. This exercise emphasizes how important it is to listen.

    Craft time. I don't like calling it craft time. We don't do crafts just for the sake of doing crafts. Our crafts are directly related to the Bible story or the theme of the VBS. This year one of the ladies from the congregation (also the local high school art teacher) will be conducting the craft session). She has some great plans. I believe the first day the children will be making plaster hand prints. This goes along with the theme we chosen of using the hand to help remember the steps to salvation.

    Return to class.

    Pass out story folders. These folders have a picture on the front (like the poster on the wall). On the inside is a brief summary of the Bible story and an application picture for the children to color (this one is a picture of children listening to their Bible class teacher). There is also a pocket. As they are coloring their application picture, I will be reviewing the story and then asking review questions. When a child correctly answers a review question, he gets a paper hand to put in his pocket. All of these story folders will be saved until the end of the week and put in a large envelope to take home.

    If there is time remaining, sing songs that will be sung in the auditorium.

    Go to the auditorium. We will be meeting with the rest of the classes in the auditorium. Danny will review the story with the kids in the form of a game -- Keeping score (boys vs girls) throughout the week. We'll sing some songs and then go home.

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