Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Crucifixion of Jesus

We covered the trials of Jesus Sunday morning. I thought it went well. Then, over lunch, my husband asked Timothy (my son in the class) what he learned in class. He could hardly recall anything we'd talked about. I don't know if he wasn't listening or if I wasn't getting it across. I think we'll just include it in a review from here on out.

Tonight I won't be in class, but my dear friend that substituted for me last week will be doing it again. It is so nice to have someone like her that I can depend on.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations:
Let the kids spend at least 15 minutes at the stations. Several of them are getting very close to being able to recite one or 2 of them. During the time they are working at their stations, the ones that are ready can recite their passages. They shouldn't get any prompting from the teacher.

Review the New Testament cards on the wall.

Today's lesson: Crucifixion of Jesus

Sing: Is It I?

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30) or any other they would like help with.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Trials of Jesus

Things don't always turn out as planned. Wednesday night I had to get a substitute. My 4 year old was not feeling well. I would normally get one of the older boys to stay with him, but they love their Bible class so much, they didn't want to miss it. I called on a good friend to help out.
That means that I didn't get to do what I had planned. I know she covered Peter denying Jesus, but we'll review it tomorrow. Our lesson is to be about the trials of Jesus and you can't talk about them without talking about Peter's denial.

The old saying is true: You learn more when you teach than when you're a student. This lesson intimidated me a little. I've always been a little fuzzy on the details and order of events when it comes to the trials of Jesus. The kids I'm teaching are old enough that deserve more than just a quick overview of what happened. As I was studying tonight, it all pretty much fell in to place. I'll be using Matthew's and Luke's account to teach tomorrow.

The lesson is going to be pretty long and I want to make sure we have enough time to discuss it thoroughly. We won't be spending any time at the stations during class.

My lesson plan:

Today's lesson: Trials of Jesus

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 and 3rd John. Since I wasn't in class Wednesday night, we didn't get to this. We'll try and do it in the morning.

Sing: Is It I? Click on the title to see the song. I finally put it on the website.

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Peter Denies Jesus

Now that VBS is over, I've got to get back into my study routine for my regular class. Sunday morning we talked about the night Jesus ate with his disciples for the last time. We talked about the institution of the Lord's Supper. They are memorizing the passage from Matthew 26:26-30 where this happens. I told them that if they memorized it, they would always have sit to meditate on while they were taking the Lord's supper and the boys would always be able to use it when they served on the table.

We sang the song I wrote IS IT I? again. The song was inspired by this passage. The kids all seem to enjoy singing it -- especially after talking about what it means. Here are the words:

Verse 1
He knew that one would do it.
He knew which one it was.
He knew they'd ask the question, "Is it I?"

Verse 2
They though they'd stand beside him.
They thought they understood.
But still they asked the question, "Is it I?"

Verse 3
Yes, one of them betrayed Him.
The rest just ran and hid.
And now we know the answer, "Is it I?"

Verse 4
If they take away your fam'ly,
your job, your home, your life.
What then will be your answer, "Is it I?"

Is it I, Lord? Is it I?
As I live my life from day to day I pray that you I won't betray.
Is it I, Lord? Is it I?

Tonight we will talk about Peter denying Jesus. It is such a sad story because Peter really thought he was strong enough to stand beside Jesus. It is a story that makes us look at ourselves and ask ourselves what would we have done? What are we doing?

My lesson plan:

Let them spend time in the stations.

Today's lesson: Peter Denies Jesus

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 and 3rd John

Sing: Is It I?

Recite (in unison): The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

VBS -- Success

We had a great VBS this year. We had 46 children in attendance. That may not sound like a lot to some people, but considering our classroom size and available teachers, it was perfect. Here a few pictures of my class to give you an idea of how it went.

This first picture is of my class. Jill Goad is my helper and she did a great job. I realized how much I needed her the two days she was unable to be there. One of the kids had to leave early Friday, so he's not in the picture. The t-shirts were made during our art session. They all wore them on Friday.

This picture is of my kids playing vocabulary concentration the last day. We learned 15 vocabulary words (3 each day). They were written on cards and the definition was on another card. Each day some of them had the time to match the definition with the vocabulary word on our magnetic white board. On Friday, we turned them all face down and played concentration.

The next two pictures of of the walls in my room. The first one is of Jesus teaching parables. The parables that we studied were added to that days poster as we progressed through the week. The 2nd one illustrates how Jesus answered the question -- Why do you speak in parables?

These last pictures are of the workbook we used in class. Each page had a pocket that the little booklets and stickers for that day were stored in. Each day there was a place to write the definitions to their vocabulary, copy the verse to be memorized and an activity to reinforce the lesson.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

VBS -- Other Parables

This is our last class for VBS. It is amazing how quickly the time flies by. It has been a very busy week, but it has also been lots of fun. We had 6 kids registered for my class. So far, our most kids were on Thursday when we had 11.

Today's lesson is on the "Other Parables". I don't know why some of the parables have been categorized the way they have, except that they've got to do it somehow. The two we'll be studying today are The Parable of the Sower and The Parables of the Wheat and the Tares.

We'll either play Bible Bee again or do a concentration game with the vocabulary words. We may have time to do both. I'll put both in the lesson plan just in case.

Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: Other Parables
The Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares

Go to Art:

Fill out attendance cards.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is sow (that's the planting kind, not the pig), tares and hundredfold

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. There is a book for each of the parables tomorrow.

Memory Work: They are finished copying all their memory work. Some have even said the entire passage from memory. Today we'll give any others that want to try a chance to say it. They get stickers for each verse they memorize. If they say the whole thing, they will get a ribbon (paper ribbon).

Do Activity in the workbook. Today's activity is a review of all 14 parables we've studied this week. I have divided the parables in to 9 lessons Jesus was teaching. They will have little pictures for each parable that they will glue in the box with the correct teaching. The boxes say things like: Teaches that the church will grow, teaches that the church is valuable, teaches that we must be prepared, teaches that there will be a judgment, etc.

Play Bible Bee and/or Vocabulary concentration

Songs. We'll sing all the parable songs today. You can see the ones I have online here: End of Time Parables and The Parable Song

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

VBS -- End of Time Parables

Whew! They were a little on the wild side today. Some of them work very quickly when it comes to written work and some of them are a little slower. In a class room that small it's hard to keep everyone calm down while we're waiting on the slower ones. Today I let them do the vocabulary scramble while we were waiting. I think that was not such a good idea.

Our game today was pictionary. They enjoyed it, but some had never played it before. They were afraid to make a mistake in drawing. I should've done one for them so they could see how it was done. They would draw little tiny pictures on the big white board. We'll have to have them over to the house to play pictionary again sometime.

Tomorrow we won't be playing a game. I had planned on doing a Bible bowl, but I'm going to let them decorate their treasure boxes instead. I finally found some puff paint that came in jewel tones. They can add the "jewels" to their treasure box and make it look even more valuable.

We didn't get to the memory work today. We'll need to spend a little extra time on it tomorrow.
I'm notorious for making typos in the things I print up for Bible class. I've made little booklets with the story in it so they can all read along with me. The one I did for the prodigal son was all messed up. I stapled the pages in the wrong order. Tonight, I (and Jill) made correct ones so they can take home books that make sense.

I also did a mistake in one of the pictures I put in the workbook. We glued the correct picture on top of the wrong one tonight. I don't know why I don't check things better before I print them up. I need proof reader.

Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: End of Time Parables
The Parable of the Dragnet
The Parable of the 10 Virgins

Go to Art:

Fill out attendance cards.

Pass out Workbooks.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is virgin, bridegroom, dragnet

Tell the parables.

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. There is a book for each of the parables tomorrow.

Memory Work: They will be copying Matthew 7:27.

Do Activity in the workbook. This activity will help reinforce the lesson about the dragnet. There are 2 pictures -- one of a good fish and one of a bad fish. Around the fish are good and bad characteristics people have. They will draw a line from the good characteristic to the good fish and the bad characteristic to the bad fish.

Add Puff Paint Jewels to the treasure boxes.

Songs. We'll sing the parable song about the 10 virgins. I got the words and music to it online today. Sorry, there is no recording yet. If you want to see it, click here: End of Time Parables. They seem to enjoy singing it each day. We'll probably sing all the verses that we've done since Monday. The Parable Song

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

VBS -- God's Love Parables

My teacher/helper wasn't in class today. She won't be there tomorrow either. Thankfully, I've got a great group of kids. Our class today went smoothly.

We played Bible baseball. I wanted to get them up and out of their seats. I took them outside to play. It was very, very hot. We played underneath the covered drive. I warned them before we went out there that there was a bird's nest under there too. We needed to be as careful as we could to not scare the momma. She (and dad) have been known to dive bomb anyone out there. I'm sure the birds were terrified, but they were polite and didn't bother us while we played. As was expected, the boys really got into the game. They wanted to steal bases and tag the runner. I think they enjoyed themselves. I hope they benefited from the review.

Tomorrow we'll play Pictionary (my version). That will be nice since we can stay inside, but they won't get to burn some energy off. I should have 10 in class. That's about all the chairs we can fit around this table. I would love for more kids to come, but 10 will be a perfect number.

Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: God's Love Parables
The Parable of the Lost Coin
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Go to Art:

Fill out attendance cards.

Pass out Workbooks.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is swine, prodigal, repent

Tell the parables.

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. We have 2 books for this lesson. The first one has both the parables of the lost coin and the lost sheep. The 2nd book is of the prodigal son.

Memory Work: They will be copying Matthew 7:26. Some of them are beginning to get the passage memorized. All of them are becoming very familiar with the passage.

Do Activity in the workbook. Today's activity involves gluing smiley and frowny faces in the right place. For instance: The Lost Coin has 3 statements next to it -- the woman had a coin, she lost the coin, she found the coin. They should put a smiley face next to the statement that says she had a coin, a frowny face next to the statement that says she lost the coin and a smiley face next to the statement that says she found the coin. They do this for the lost sheep, the prodigal son and a Christian return to God.

Play Pictionary. We'll be using words such as sheep, coin, ring, sandal, etc.

Songs.Today's parable song is the original one I wrote. They seem to enjoy singing it each day. We'll probably sing all the verses that we've done since Monday. The Parable Song

Monday, June 11, 2007

VBS -- Living Right Parables

Day one went well. No one cried wanting to go home. We had 8 kids. I think we'll be adding one more tomorrow (maybe 2) and another one on Wednesday. Our classroom will begin to be a little cramped at that point. Our classrooms are pretty small.

We put yeast and sugar in warm water to show them what leaven does. It was a great visual. All during class it kept bubbling and bubbling and getting bigger and bigger. The next class up made bread. I think the teacher was going to take it home and bake it for the kids. I wasn't quite that adventurous.

I've never been one to play games in my Bible classes. I think the kids love them. If they right questions are asked, they can be great for review. We played Bible Bee (like a spelling bee) today. Now, I remember why I don't like games. I don't like for anyone to miss the question. I want to help them answer it. When they missed the question, they had to sit down and not answer anymore. I find that hard to make them do. They didn't seem to mind though.

Tomorrow we'll play Bible baseball. If the weather is nice, I'll try to take them outside to play. Those kids sat for a solid hour in their seats today. They never complained or acted bored, but I have a feeling I can't get by with that every day.

We were the first ones to go to art today. They painted flower pots. Tomorrow they will be planting seed in them. I'm not sure what's planned for the rest of the week.

The filmstrip series we are using is from Gospel Services Their web page doesn't show the series, but you can give them a call if you're interested. The filmstrips are very true to the Bible. The artwork is a little outdated, but that's okay.

Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: Living Right Parables
The Parable of the Wise/Foolish Man
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Go to Art:

Fill out attendance cards.

Pass out Workbooks.

Introduce Vocabulary. Today's vocabulary is priest, Levite and Samaritan

Tell the parables.

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. Today we have a little book for the good Samaritan.

Memory Work: They will be copying Matthew 7:25. We need to recite/read the entire passaage.

Fill in the diagram in the workbook. The diagram is 2 intersecting circles. One circle says wise man and the other foolish man. There are 8 words or phrases from Matthew 7:24-27. They are to decide which statements go with which man. If they go with both, they are to put the statement or word in the intersecting part of the diagram.

Play Bible Baseball.

Songs. Yesterday we sang the parable song I wrote. We'll sing it each day. I've added verses for several of the parables. The original version is on my website. The Parable Song
I hope to add the new ones later.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

VBS -- The Kingdom Parables

Tomorrow is the first day of our VBS. We are studying the parables. It has been based on a filmstrip series (I can't remember the name of the series). There are about 24 parables in the series. Each day we will meet in the auditorium and everyone will watch the filmstrip for that day. Then we'll go to class. Each teacher has been given the freedom to choose which parables she will teach. The 3 and 4 year old class is doing one parable a day. The High School class is going to try to cover all of them. I'm doing 14 parables in all. I will be teaching the 7-9 year olds.

Like last year, we have a teacher that will be doing crafts for everyone. Each class has an assigned time to go to her classroom and do whatever project she has. This alleviates the need for each teacher to do an artsy type project. It also breaks up the class a little and lets the kids and the teacher get out of the classroom. It worked out great last year.

My class will have books that I put together. If I can get my son to help me, I'll try to get pictures on before the week is through. We bought a new camera and I can't figure out how to use it. He has to set it for me every time. I need a simpler camera.

We will be playing a different game to review the lessons each day. Tomorrow we will have a Bible bee, Tuesday we'll do Bible baseball, Wednesday we'll play Bible pictionary, Thursday we'll have a Bible bowl and Friday we'll play Bible Jeopardy. All of these are just done with the supplies we have and questions I've made up each day. I'm going to make 25 questions a day. I hope that's enough.

I like to have a week long project when we do VBS. This year, I painted treasure chests to look old. They represent the hidden treasure parable. Each day we'll add little items that will help them remember the parable -- a pearl for the pearl of great price, a band-aid for the good Samaritan, a sheep for the lost sheep, etc.

Lesson Plan:

Parables for today: The Kingdom Parables
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The Parable of the Leaven
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
The Parable of the Great Supper

Go to Art:
We got to art first thing each day. This may give me a chance to get some last minute things done. The art session lasts 20 minutes.

Fill out attendance cards.
I don't have attendance charts, so I'll probably let them put a sticker on the cards each day. These cards are turned in at the end of the week. Next year, we'll use them to send out invitations.

Pass out Workbooks.

Introduce Vocabulary. Each day there will be 3 new vocabulary words. Today's words are: parable, kingdom and leaven. We will play a matching game everyday to review the vocabulary words -- adding to the list of words each day. I made cards with the word and cards with the definition and put a magnet on the back. The white board in the room is magnetic, so they will get to come to the board and match the cards. They will also write the definition in their workbook.

Tell the parables. They just heard the parable in the auditorium, so it won't be the first time they've heard it today. They should be able to help tell the parable.

Read the little books in the pocket of their workbook. Each day there will be at least one little book that has the scripture (NKJV) for the parable and some pictures. This lesson has 2 books. One has the parables of the pearl, leaven, mustard seed and treasure. The other one has the parable of the great supper.

Memory Work: We'll be memorizing Matthew 7:24-27. It is the parable of the Wise/Foolish man. Each day we will read it (it is written in the back of their workbook) and they will copy a verse from it. Hopefully, at least some of them will be able to say all 4 verses by the end of the week. There is a chart in the back of their book. Each verse they can say from memory, they will get a sticker to put on the chart. If they get all four stickers they will have a complete picture showing the wise man's house on the rock.

Do Search and Find in workbook. Each day there will be a little activity for them to do to help them review the parable. The search and find doesn't give them the words to find. They are given a clue. They must first figure out the clue before they know what word to look for.

Play Bible Bee. It's not ready yet, but I hope by Tuesday there will be a scoreboard to keep track of who wins.

Songs. We have a song book for the week. I hope to have time to sing songs with them. I'm not sure when that will fit in the lesson plan.