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.