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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Uzzah Dies, David Provides for Mephibosheth -- 2 Samue 1-10

My last lesson plan says that I will teach about Saul dying on Wednesday evening. As it turned out, I had forgotten that because of our gospel meeting last week we would not be having Bible classes on Wednesday evening. That means that in our lesson in the morning I need to talk about Saul dying before I get to the day's lesson. This Wednesday evening is our regular monthly singing so we won't be having class then either. I'm going to have to do some heavy duty teaching tomorrow.

I plan on using the Abeka Cards about the tabernacle. I want to review the making of the tabernacle with the students so they will understand the significance of Uzzah touching the Ark of the Covenant. This lesson naturally leads into an application of how we are to obey God regardless of what we think the best thing to do is. I will also take the opportunity to discuss how we should obey others in authority with the same respect. Back when we studied about how Eli sons took the ark to battle with the Philistines, I told the class that they needed to remember that the ark did not return to its rightful place. This is the story about the ark being returned.

I will also need to talk to the students about Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son. Jonathan had made David promise to care for his family. This is where David makes good on his promise.

Lesson Plan:

Review: Using the Abeka Cards, remind the students about Moses making the Tabernacle and what it meant to the Israelites. Remind them where the ark is at the time 1 Samuel opens up.

The lesson: Tell the story of David moving the Ark of the Covenant and the death of Uzzah. Also talk about Mephibosheth.

Sing: The First Three Kings -- This one isn't online yet. I'll try to add it in a couple of days.
We want a king
David

Wall of Faith: Let them take turns putting the name cards either on the wall of faith or in the pocket of shame. We are adding Uzzah and Mephiboshet today.

Memory work: Read Psalm 23 together.

Sing: The Love of God

Worship Notes: Pass out new worship notes and encourage the kids to take notes.

Prayer: Have any students that would like to say a prayer.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

David Flees from Saul -- 1 Samuel 21-31

Today's lesson covers a lot of ground. In fact, it covers 10 chapters. This morning we'll talk about David fleeing from Saul and Wednesday night we'll talk about the death of Saul.

Lesson Plan:

Overall Review: Use the new timeline to review the entire Bible story up to where we are at.

Review: Review the story of David being anointed, David and Goliath, David and Jonathan

The lesson: Tell the story of why David had to flee from Saul and some of the events that happened while he was fleeing.

Sing: The First Three Kings -- This one isn't online yet. I'll try to add it in a couple of days.
We want a king
David

Wall of Faith: Let them take turns putting the name cards either on the wall of faith or in the pocket of shame.

Memory work: Read Psalm 23 together.

Singing: Sing The Love of God

Worship Notes: Pass out new worship notes and encourage the kids to take notes. We are starting a gospel meeting so I'm not sure if there will be any sermon notes to go by. They will have to listen.

Prayer: Have any students that would like to say a prayer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

David and Goliath/David and Jonathan -- 1 Samuel 17, 18

I have been out of town for the last 3 class sessions so I'm feeling a little out of the loop here. I don't like missing out on that many classes in a row. In fact, I rarely if ever have done that. I went to the FC lectures and had a great time. If anyone's interested in my time there you can read all about it here.

While at the lectures I was able to talk with several publishers of Bible class curriculum. I was able to get a nice timeline that I was in desperate need. Today, I spent about an hour putting up in the classroom. I had to take down most of what I had just put up a few weeks ago and rearrange everything, but the timeline is up. It will be a great addition to the classroom. You can see/purchase the timeline here: Shaping Hearts for God.

This congregation has bought some great visual aids over the years. For some reason, I just don't think to use them most of the time. Tonight I will be making use of the Abeka cards to review the story of David being anointed and David and Goliath.

Lesson Plan:

Overall Review: Use the new timeline to review the entire Bible story up to where we are at.

Review: Review the story of David being anointed and David/Goliath

The lesson: Begin discussing Jonathan. I'll finish this up on Sunday morning.

Sing:
The First Three Kings -- This one isn't online yet. I'll try to add it in a couple of days.
We want a king
David

Wall of Faith: Let them take turns putting the name cards either on the wall of faith or in the pocket of shame.

Memory work: Read Psalm 23 together. Copy the next section in their notebooks. I'm not really sure how far they got while I was gone. Hopefully they have learned it well.

Singing: Sing The Love of God

Worship Notes: Review the worship notes they brought back from Sunday.

Prayer: Have any students that would like to say a prayer.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

David is Anointed and Plays his harp for Saul -- 1 Samuel 16

I wasn't very well prepared for class this morning. I had a super busy weekend and just gave out last night while I was working on it. I knew the lesson well so it wasn't a problem of getting the story across. I just didn't have any activity finished. I really wanted to finish the Samuel Pocket Books and let them take them home. I needed to add a few names to put on our Wall of Faith. So, I went to bed with nothing done.

When I woke up this morning, very well rested by the way, I got busy and got it all done. I was working in the resource room until just before time for class to start. I get to my classroom and my helper is not there. She was home sick. I was hoping she would be able to put the finishing touches on the pocket book. So, I had to get started with class and worry about finishing them later.

Below, I'll tell how class went instead of what my plans were. It ended up being a productive class although it didn't go like mine typically do.



Lesson Plan:


Review: I jumped right into the lesson with no review. I don't know why. I guess the lesson at hand was on my mind so I just had to get started with it.

The lesson: I started off asking the kids if they had read their scripture reading this week. All four of them said they had not. Now, I know for a fact that one of them had. I read it to my son on Friday. I think he doesn't realize that's what we're reading that day. I'm not sure if 2 of them ever get it read to them. The 4th usually gets the reading done but just didn't this week. So, I read to them in class. We had some discussion about why I was reading words that weren't there. I was reading out of the NKJV and I think he was reading out of the KJV. I told them that if they were getting frustrated by the differences they could just listen.

One thing I did accomplish last night was to get some visual aids. prepared. I did a search on google for images of David being anointed. The site that popped up was one that I should have gone to to begin with. Jeff Hamilton at LaVista has taken pictures from Bible story books that have gone out of copyright and has scanned them in and put them on their website. It is a great resource. I found 3 I shared with the kids this morning.







I had to explain to the kids that David looks different in each of the pictures because they were all painted by different people. Each of these people had a different idea of what he might have looked like.

Then it was time for our pocket books. I had finished the ones for the students that showed up to class so we were great there. I still need to finish a couple of the others. This pocket book activity had 2 pockets -- one for David and one for Samuel. There were cards that had a comment or a saying from one or the other. The students were to decide which ones went where.

One of my students has been telling me he can't read so my helper has always helped him with these. Today, without a helper, I encouraged him to do it on his own. He resisted so I helped him. I made him read the cards. H actually reads quite well. He would get frustrated if he saw a word that he didn't know so he would tell me he couldn't read any of it. Long story short -- he can read. I praised him highly. I hope this will give him the confidence to read in class on his own more.

Since this little boy struggled so much with the pocket book I let him put the timeline pictures in order. He really enjoyed that. As the other kids finished up, I let them either do the timeline pictures or put the people on the wall of faith or the pocket of shame.

Then, we got our Memory Notebooks out and reviewed Psalm 23. Since Wednesday night is our regular monthly singing, we went ahead and copied the next portion of the Psalm. We have 4 parts done. They are memorizing it very well.

By this time class was over. We didn't get to sing. Oh well, maybe next time.