Today's lesson comes from Matthew 9:1-8. A man is brought to Jesus that can't walk. Jesus tells the man to take up his bed and walk. The man does. There are aspects of this miracle that I won't be getting into with my 3 and 4 year olds. There is a discussion with Jesus and some scribes where the scribes are accusing Jesus of blasphemy. I won't be going into it. I want my kids to learn that Jesus had power to heal and Jesus had compassion on those that were sick.
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.
Review the last lesson (Feeding the 5000) using the black light.
Pass out Small Flannel graph boxes. There are figures in the boxes to encourage the children to retell the story. (Jesus, boy, apostle and 12 baskets).
Attendance chart: The attendance chart came from Palma Smiley's Sharing lesson. Each class session the children will glue a basket to their picture of Jesus feeding the 5000.
Sing: Miracles of Jesus
Tell the story of Jesus heal the lame man using the visual aid picture. I wish I had a flip chart for this story, but at this time I don't.
Pop-up Book. The pop up page for this lesson is a lift the flap. The lame man is on his bed (blanket) and Jesus is standing next to him. When the children lift the flap, the lame man is standing up. The children will get to glue a folded up "blanket" on the healed man's hand.
Act out the story. Take a large towel to class. Let each child that wants to participate get a turn. The child will pretend to be lame and lay on the towel. Then either myself or one of the kids will tell the child to take up their bed and walk.
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.