Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Shacrach, Meshach and Abednego

We will continue the story of the Fiery Furnace tonight. As I'm writing this, I'm listening to Oprah. Her show is about the Holocaust. People are inhumane. They have been for years. How anyone can ever imagine that burning someone or any other kind of barbaric death is the thing to do, I'll never know.

I found a "furnace" that was made for another class the last time our congregation talked about this lesson. Since my class is not on the older classes schedule, I get to use and they can still use it when they get to it. It is about 5 feet tall and stands in the corner. It's just made of a large box, spray painted to look like stone and has tissue paper coming out the top that resembles fire. It does the job, because as soon as my 5 year old saw it, he knew what it was. All the kids that want to will get a chance to go into the "fiery furnace" tonight.

We had 8 in class Sunday AM. When there are that many, there is no way to get them to all sit on the floor and pay attention to the flannelgraph or anything else we're doing there. So, they just sat in their seats. It is a long time, but they handled it pretty well.

My lesson plan is:

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.

Opening Activity: Fiery Furnace Magnetic Puzzle

Sing: Daniel

Daniel Flip Chart.

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

Attendance Chart -- Our attendance chart this month will be just a plain white paper plate stapled to the wall. In the center of the paper plate is the child's name with the words "Daniel chot to eat good food". I found some great pictures of vegetables on the internet, that are copied and cut out. Each week, the children will add a different vegetable to their plate.

As they finish putting their food on the paper plate, tell them to sit down on the floor in front of the flannel graph. We didn't get around to this Sun AM, so we'll be sure to try it tonight.

Story Review: Use the Large Flannelgraph (Betty Lukens) to retell the story.

Old Testament books -- Work together with the large blue cards (books of law), and the books of poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon). This is a lot to add at one time. I'm trying to get the older kids to memorize the books of the OT before the end of June. They'll be moving up to the next class then and it would be nice if they knew them. 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. We'll just do the same thing we did Sun AM.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.

If there is time, show them the Frog Black Light. We've been singing the frog song and I have some live tadpoles to show them. I'll try to bring them to class a couple of times a month until they are mature. There's nothing like experiencing God's creation so close up.