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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Elijah and the Chariot of Fire

This is our last lesson on Elijah. I don't think I've talked much about the song "God Will Take Care Of Me" yet. I've been singing it with the children every class time. It is an easy song and they enjoy it. I found pictures in Thru-the-Bible Coloring Book.

After about the 2nd class, I realized that although I understand all the words in the song, the kids don't. The very words of the song are: Be not dismayed whate'er betide. What in the world does that mean to a kid. The picture I chose for that part of the song is of a little boy with a worried look on his face. There is lightning and rain in the window behind him. I've told them every time now that those words mean: Don't worry about whatever happens.

I won't go into all of the song (we only do the 1st verse). But, I had to be reminded (by the blank stares on their faces) and so I'm reminding you that they don't understand everything we say. We've got to be careful to make sure they understand the words we use.

I don't think it's a good idea to just talk to them in words they understand either. It's important to stretch their vocabulary by talking to them with big words. But, it's just as important that they understand what those words mean.

My lesson plan is:

Pre-class activity: The kids that arrive early have usually worked puzzles (we have quite a selection of Bible story puzzles) until time for class to start. A couple of times this month, I have let the early birds play the memory game we have for Elijah. This works out really well. The game takes some time, so it's hard to fit it into the regular class time. It gets their mind on the subject of the day. And they enjoy it.

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E We are learning The B-I-B-L-E in sign language. The kids like challenge and so do I.

Magnetic Puzzle -- Elijah and the Chariot of Fire

Sing: Elijah.

Elijah Flip Chart.

Sing: God Will Take Care of You using the flip chart.

Attendance Chart -- Add a raven to the picture of Elijah sitting down by the tree.

Cut and Tell Elijah's Altar.

Small Flannelgraph boxes. This week we will add the chariot of fire.

Old Testament books -- Work together with the large blue cards (books of law), and the next 3 red cards (1/2 Samuel, 1/2 Kings, 1/2 Chronicles). Then let each child take a turn pointing to and saying the books on the wall with the hand pointer. After each child has had a turn, let them return to their seat. Give each child his set of OT cards to put in order on his own.

If there is time read the flip chart on how they made bread in OT times.

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