I think I've finally got it mostly finished. All I need to do is finish decorating the room and I'll be done. There is definitely enough activities to keep us happy now. Sunday's class was really an eye opener. I've had up to 10 kids at a time in there recently. With the 5 year olds moving out, it left me with 5 kids. These kids are 3 and 4 year olds. They have pretty much been following the older kids' lead. Since they are the "older" ones now, they don't quite know what to do. It's going to take a little adjusting for all of us, but I think we'll all enjoy it.
My lesson plan is:
Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E with sign language. We're trying to add new movements to these songs once in a while. The kids are coming along quite well.
Introduction to Story: Snip'n'Tell Manger scene
Baby Jesus 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're going to make a touch and feel book about Baby Jesus. Today we'll do the first page. It is a picture of baby Jesus that we'll glue a piece of felt on top of (just on one end). The kids will be able to lift the "blanket" to see the baby underneath. We'll add a page to this book each week.
Attendance Chart: Our attendance chart this month is a manger scene. I'll let the kids glue Mary, Joseph and the baby on tomorrow. Then, each class session we'll add an animal or a star. These pictures came out of Palma Smiley's To Toddler's With Love.
Move to the floor.
Review the lesson with the Jesus Flannelgraph story. Thanks to my soon to be daughter in-law, this is ready.
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:
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.
Review previous lessons with the Song Timeline.
Let each child that wants to say a prayer.