Saturday, June 03, 2006


This is our last lesson on the prophets. We have studied Elijah, Daniel and now Jonah. With help from a few of my friends, I have almost got Jonah complete. There are a few more activities that need fine tuning, but the bulk of what we need this month is finished. We'll be using:

  • Jonah Flip Chart
  • Large Flannelgraph (Betty Lukens)
  • Jonah song
  • Jonah and the Storm Magnetic Puzzles
  • Jonah and the Fish Magnetic Puzzles
  • Sequence Pictures
  • Jonah Blacklight Story
  • Attendance Chart
  • God Will Take Care Of You Flip Chart

My lesson plan is:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E

Opening Activity: Jonah and the Storm Magnetic Puzzles

Sing: Jonah

Jonah Flip Chart

Sing: God Will Take Care of You using the flip chart. We've been doing this throughout the prophets. It just really seems appropriate with these lessons. The kids call it the Rain Song. The first picture I chose for the flip chart is a little boy looking out his window at lightning and rain. He has a worried look on his face.

Black Light Story -- Jonah

Read Can God See Me? -- A Happy Day Book about a little that wonders if God can see him while he's on his camping trip and other places.

Attendance Chart -- The attendance chart this month is about prayer. I've taken a picture of each child praying (well, some of them -- the others will get their pictures tomorrow). The attendance chart says, "God Hears Me Pray No Matter Where I Am!". Each class they will add a picture of different places they can pray -- tree, bed, house, car, tricycle, boat, swing set. As they put their picture on the attendance chart, have them sit down on the floor.

Review the lesson with the Jonah Flannelgraph story.

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 Major Prophets (We'll add Ezekie, Daniel and one minor prophet, Hosea). 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. This activity is getting quite time consuming. I'll have to play it by ear how much we actually do.

Let each child that wants to say a prayer.
Pictures of some Daniel Activities:

This is the attendance chart we did. The words in the middle say, "Daniel chose to eat good food." Then the child's name is underneath that. Each class session, the children added a different vegetable to their plate.

We made the lion Wednesday PM. It came from the book: How To Make Puppets With Children . I recruited 2 helpers for every 2 kids in class. I also did prep work to make the whole thing go smoothly (prepare puppet, cut pieces, add details). Each child had a baggie with all the pieces for their puppet. The teacher applied the glue, the child applied the pieces. The children seemed to enjoy it and they were proud of the product.

This is the fiery furnace I found in our storage room. A teacher made it for the 2nd and 3rd grade class. I think they actually did some dramatization of the story. My kids were offered the chance to stand in the furnace if they wanted to. Some were afraid, others loved it.