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Sunday, January 07, 2007

John's Birth Announced

Tomorrow is the first class in my new assignment. I've been teaching pre-schoolers for the past 15 months. Now, I get to move back to the group of kids I left when I was asked to teach the little ones. It is considered our Later Elementary class. There are 7 students -- 3 boys and 4 girls. We will spend the next year studying the New Testament. The first 6 months we will be studying the Life of Christ. The last 6 months we will be studying Acts and the Epistles.

The class will be set up with 8 stations around the room. Each station will have a variety of activities such as folder games for the child's kinesthetic side, recorded teaching for the audio learner and handwork to sink it deep into their brain. There will be a considerable amount of memory work. Each child will be encouraged to memorize all the material, but it is truly up to them how much they get done.

The stations are:

12 Apostles -- Memorize their names, learn some interesting things about each one, know where they can find their names in the Bible.
Salt and Light -- From the sermon on the mount. The students will learn the text and understand its meaning.
Lord's Prayer -- Memorize and be able to pray a prayer patterned after the one Jesus used to teach us to pray.
The Wise Man -- Memorize and understand what this passage is and why getting wisdom is so important.
The Beatitudes -- Memorize and be able to explain what they mean.
New Testament Books -- Memorize them in order, be able to find them quickly in the Bible, learn what each book is about, who wrote it, who it was written to.
Timeline and Map -- Be able to put the events of Jesus' life in order. Be able to map the places Jesus visited.
Bible Lesson Review -- Each class session I will present a new lesson. Most of these lessons will have a folder game or something similar to reinforce what we learned.

Each child will have a project folder where their written work is put. They will be copying each of the memory passages and doing some illustrating and written work. These project folders are based on Dinah Zike's Big Book of Books and Big Book of Projects.

Over the course of the year, the children will be given a Bible reading schedule that, if completed, will have them reading the entire New Testament. We will also be learning hymns that either pertain to the lessons or are especially encouraging to young people.

My Lesson Plan:

We'll begin the lesson with an overview of the entire Bible. Using the timeline as a guide, we'll talk about how God's creation, the fall of man, God's plan to save man, the unfolding of this plan throughout the Old Testament. This will probably take a good portion of the class.

Discuss the announcement of John the Baptist's birth. The children have read the scripture relating to this with their families. The amount of time spent will depend on their recollection of the events. I want to impress on them the place this event had in God's plan.

Pass out project folders. Discuss the different parts to them and give them a couple of minutes to get familiar with it.

Introduce the New Testament book pictures. We will be introducing one each Sunday. The first one, obviously, is Matthew. Pass out the reduced picture of the Matthew card to glue in their project folder. Fill the information it asks for together. The key verse for Matthew is Matthew 5:17. They should be able to do this independently after the first couple of weeks.

Pass out the Bible reading schedule for the quarter. Encourage them to read this independently (without mom or dad having to remind them). Pass out the memory work booklet so they can work on all the memory work at home.

If there is any time left (and this is doubtful), let them visit the station of their choice.

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