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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Achan -- Joshua Review

This is our last week to study Joshua. Next week we begin the Judges. Today we'll mostly review what we've learned so far and then add the story of Achan. Through the study of Joshua we have collected some small objects that represent the story:

Small plastic ark from Raiders of the lost Ark action figure set

Wooden blocks to represent the city of Jericho
Rock to represent monument built after crossing Jordan River
Scarlet Cord to represent story of Rahab.

I wanted to add a small trumpet but couldn't find one. I know I probably have one in our Christmas decorations but I was not going to dig those out. I need to put a small trumpet on my list of Bible class things to look for when shopping so I'll one next time.

I plan on putting these objects in a bag and letting the children reach in and choose one. They will then get to tell me about the story the object represents.

My Lesson Plan:

My plan is basically the same as last week with the addition of the story of Achan and the activity mentioned above.

Sing We Worship God using picture cards as a manipulative. The picture cards are picture I found in one of the coloring books that depict each part of worship.

Review the last few lessons. I've been doing this by reading it out of the Bible Story book in the classroom. Sing the 12 spies song.

Attendance Charts: Let them add another stone to their chart.

Use the flannel graph to tell the story of Joshua. We'll start with him becoming the new leader to the fall of Jericho.

Sing the Joshua song.

Help the children build Jericho on the table with the wooden blocks. Be sure to remember to leave a scarlet cord hanging from one of the windows. Help the children make paper trumpets.

Let them help knock the walls down. Remind them how it was God that did this to Jericho.

After the destruction of Jericho sing The Walls Came Tumbling Down from the hymnal.

Tell the story of Achan -- how he stole the devoted things and what his punishment was.

Do object activity mentioned above.

If there's time, sing songs of the children's choice and/or review books of the OT.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jericho

This is probably one of the best loved stories for a group of kids that are 5 -6 years old. We will be reviewing a lot from the previous two lessons today. Then we'll add the "rest of the story" so to speak. I plan on helping the kids make trumpets from gold paper. Baically it will just be a piece of paper rolled into a cone shape. We have small wooden block to build and destroy Jericho with. We'll be using the flannel graph and singing the songs we sang last week.

My lesson plan:

Sing We Worship God using picture cards as a manipulative. The picture cards are picture I found in one of the coloring books that depict each part of worship.

Review the last few lessons. I've been doing this by reading it out of the Bible Story book in the classroom. Sing the 12 spies song.

Attendance Charts: Let them add another stone to their chart.

Use the flannel graph to tell the story of Joshua. We'll start with him becoming the new leader to the fall of Jericho.

Sing the Joshua song.

Help the children build Jericho on the table with the wooden blocks. Be sure to remember to leave a scarlet cord hanging from one of the windows. Help the children make paper trumpets.

Let children reenact the Jericho, marching around the table with their horns. One of them can carry the small ark.

After the destruction of Jericho sing The Walls Came Tumbling Down from the hymnal.

If there's time, sing songs of the children's choice and/or review books of the OT.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Joshua Sends Spies to Jericho

Tomorrow's lesson is a little out of order. We should've talked about this before we talked about crossing the Jordan. We'll start with today's lesson and then review last week's. Hopefully I haven't messed the kids up too bad.

I made cheat sheets for Betty Lukens' Felts for these stories. They sure make putting the lessons together a lot easier. If you ever want to make them, they are easy to do if you have a digital camera, can crop a photo and can use a program like Print Master. Each cheat sheet has a picture of the picture as I want to present it, a list of the pieces used and a brief summary of the story.





I also built a wall with wooden blocks to represent Jericho. We'll keep it intact tomorrow and use it for the great destruction next week. I'll try to get a picture of it for next time.

I bought a plastic ark of the covenant from Wal-mart. It is in the Raider's of the lost Ark section of the toy store. It doesn't have the carrying poles but it is a really nice visual to use in class. I plan on using for a specific activity next week, but this week I'll just let them hold it while we talk about crossing the Jordan River.

My lesson Plan:

Sing: Jesus Loves Me

Review some of the events of the last quarter. Especially sending the 12 spies in. Remind them that Joshua was one of those spies.

Sing: 12 Spies

Review about the death of Moses and how God chose Joshua to be the new leader using the Betty Lukens Felts.

Sing: Joshua

Tell story of the spies and Rahab using the Betty Lukens Felts and the wooden block Jericho. Let the kids decide which window should be Rahab's and let them put the scarlet cord in the window.

Review the crossing of the Jordan using the Betty Lukens Felts. Let them see the ark. Talk about what was stored in it and what it meant to the Israelites. Remind them about the monument that was built with the 12 stones.

Attendance Chart: Add a stone to the monument.

Sing: Dare To Stand Like Joshua using flip chart

Prayer

Sing favorite songs

Saturday, October 04, 2008

New Quarter -- Joshua

I begin a new quarter teaching the 5/6 year olds. I taught them last quarter and never seemed to get a handle on the whole thing. I hadn't had a quarter like that in quite a while. It doesn't seem like my 6 month break from teaching was all that profitable. Or maybe it was that I went on 2 trips one of which was to take my 17 year old to college -- out of state -- way over there in Florida. Whatever the reason, I'm going to do better this quarter.

I also plan on finishing my posts about Marking Your Bible. There is just one more to do. We finished it in ladies' Bible class. I just haven't had the time to put it on here. When I get it on, I hope to have bookmarks that you can't print off and use as cheat sheets in your studies.

Our first lesson is about crossing the Jordan river. My co-teacher and I have changed up the lessons a little bit to fit the needs of the students. Right off the bat we messed up by putting the lesson about crossing the Jordan before the lesson about Rahab. Our lessons are as follows:

Crossing the Jordan
Rahab
Jericho
Achan/Gibeonites
Othniel/Ehud
Deborah
Deborah
Gideon
Gideon
Samson
Samson
Ruth/Naomi
Ruth/Naomi

The attendance chart we have decided to use is adding a stone (for a total of 12) to build the memorial Joshua was supposed to build after crossing the Jordan. We'll use this attendance chart through 12 classes. Then we'll change to something else.

We are going to sing Dare To Stand Like Joshua by PP Bilhorn each class. I made a flip chart for this song using color pictures from Bible Stories to Color and Tell. The song can be found in Hymns For Worship #480.

We are also going to sing the new song I wrote about Joshua. I don't have it one the website yet but hope to soon. It's a very short and simple song. The words are:

I will be strong like Joshua.
I will be brave like Joshua
I will serve God like Joshua.
I will be strong, I will be brave, I will serve God.

I found a cute little booklet in the same Bible Stories to Color and Tell that helps tell the story of crossing the Jordan. There was also a coloring page I'll use tomorrow. I'm not usually one to pass out coloring pages for use during class but I thought this was a good one and I need all the help I can get tomorrow.

My Lesson Plan:

Talk about what it means to be strong and brave. I'm really going to have to work hard to keep this subject off of superheroes. My 5 year old is obsessed with superheroes. I hope to direct conversation towards Bible people that were strong and brave and possibly their parents or other real friends.

Sing: Joshua

Review the story of Moses crossing the Red Sea. Remind them that Moses died and God chose Joshua to take his place.

Discuss the crossing of the Jordan River.

Pass out booklet and let them help retell the story. Take booklets back up to be given back to them after class.

Sing: Dare To Stand Like Joshua using flip chart.

Pass out coloring sheet. While they are coloring discuss the story again, sing the 2 new songs again. One of the pictures in the Dare To Stand Like Joshua flip chart is the coloring picture they are going to be coloring. They will probably like to look at the finished one as they color.

Attendance Chart: Let them put their first stone on the attendance chart.

As time allows: Review OT books using flannel chart on wall or individual sets of cards at table. Sing songs that the children choose. They are still wanting to sing songs from our VBS this summer. We'll probably be singing a couple of those.

Prayer before last bell rings.