Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Samaritan Woman

It has been a while since I posted a lesson plan. I'm finding that flexibility is the key with this group of kids. I'm never quite sure how each class is going to go. They really like to come early and get started, so I don't start the lesson right away. I usually pick one child that's making good progress and attempt to start the lesson when he/she is finished with the activity he/she's doing. I'm going to have to be careful because tomorrow's lesson is quite lengthy. I want to cover not only the story of the Samaritan woman, but the history behind who the Samaritans were and why the Jews hated them so much.

I'm getting more and more students reciting their memory work. I insist that they do all the activities at the station they are wanting to recite and also write down the passage from memory. I thought I would get some protests from this, but they seem to enjoy the challenge. I insist that the memory work be near perfect. If they mess up, they have to wait until the next class period to recite it again. I don't want them to just learn it for the moment. I want it to be learned for life.

My Lesson Plan:

Sing: Tell Me The Story of Jesus

Review what we've studied so far.

Today's lesson: The Samaritan Woman (see above)

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. We did 1 Corinthians Wednesday night and will do 2 Corinthians this morning.

Let them spend time in the stations.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Jesus is Tempted

This morning we will discuss the temptations of Jesus. I will start with a good review of The Baptism of Jesus since I didn't think I did it justice Wednesday night and since it flows right into the temptations of Jesus. I like to have a folder activity for each week's lesson, but I just couldn't figure one out for this one, until early this morning (before I went to bed). I'll have to complete it for Wednesday night. I got the idea while looking on another blog. I wish I had seen it earlier.

One thing I want to talk to them about today is just how long Jesus went without food. He wasn't just a little hungry, he was probably near death. He had been without food for 40 days. I calculated it on my calendar and that would be like us not eating since January 2nd. That's a long time to go without food. That's why the temptations were so tempting.

My Lesson Plan:

Sing: Tell Me The Story of Jesus -- They resigning themselves to the fact that we're going to sing. I love hearing young people this age sing.

Review what we've studied so far.

Today's lesson: The Temptations of Jesus (see above)

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. We did Acts Sunday night and will do Romans this morning.

Go over Salt/Light passage. I have stickers ready for anyone that is ready to recite their memory work. I've told them that before they can recite it, they must have done all the activities in the tote for that passage and have written it down from memory.

Let them spend time in the stations.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Pictures -- At Last

I didn't get a lesson plan on the blogged for Sunday's lesson. We studied about the baptism of Jesus. Since I didn't have a lesson plan, I really didn't feel like I did it justice. We'll have to a do a very good review this Sunday.

Tonight our congregation has its monthly singing. That means no class. Now, I love teaching Bible class, but this monthly break is wonderful. I love to sing with my brethren.

Since we aren't having class, I thought I would show you some pictures of what the classroom looks like. So, here it goes:

This is a picture of half of the classroom. There are 8 stations in all. While we are going over new lesson material, reviewing memory work or singing, the chairs are turned around and everyone sits in a circle. Several of the kids get to class as much as 20 minutes early. They come on to class and get to work at one of the stations. I'm glad they get this extra time because our class periods are not very long.

Each of the stations have a poster that are pictured below. The poster gives the basic information and the passage to be memorized. On the floor next to each station there is a plastic file tote. Each station has folder and envelope activites to help the child memorize the passage and understand its meaning.

The posters were bought at a teacher's supply store. They had this cute design in several different variations. All I did was to print out the information I wanted on the computer and glue them on.