Saturday, May 27, 2006

Daniel In The Lion's Den

We've finally made it to the one of the most well known stories in the Bible. Daniel in the Lion's Den is not just a story we tell little kids, it is true. It is a story about how Daniel worshipped God no matter what was going on around him. It is a story about how Daniel prayed diligently to God. It is a story of how God took care of Daniel. It is a story of how the power of God changed even the king's opinion of Him.

Each class period, I've read the entire story of Daniel to the kids (using the flip chart). By now, they are very familiar with the story of the Daniel and the Lions. Tomorrow, we will get to hear the story with the regular flip chart, using a blacklight story, and we will hear the story using one of the clip and tell stories from Karen Henley.

For the last 2 class periods, I've accidentally left off something from the lesson plan. But, once I got to class I remembered it and we did it anyway. It was the small flannelgraph boxes. We have pictures of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace. There is also an angel and felt fire. The kids really enjoyed doing these.

I also took the live tadpoles last Wed PM and told them the story of the life cycle of a frog using Palma Smiley's Blacklight story. They really enjoyed this activity. I'll try to bring the tadpoles every 2 or 3 weeks so they can see how they've grown.

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: Daniel In The Lion's Den Magnetic Puzzle

Sing: Daniel

Daniel Flip Chart.

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

Black Light Story -- Daniel

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 get a pillow and sit down on the floor with it.

Story Review: Clip'n'Tell

Old Testament books -- Work together with the large blue cards (books of law), large red cards (books of history), the green cards (books of poetry and the first 3 Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah and Lamentations). 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.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.