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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 The artwork is a little outdated, but that's okay.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.