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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Solomon Builds The Temple

Wednesday night's class went well. We had bad weather so I wasn't expecting very many kids to show up. All of them that are the regulars were there. We studied about Solomon building the temple. I found some pictures of Solomon's temple online that I printed off and took to class. We also had a picture of the tabernacle. We talked about the importance of the tabernacle and how David wanted to build a temple for God. We talked some about how the temple looked but we spent most of our time on the dedication of the temple. I read Solomon's prayer to the kids. It's rather long and they got pretty fidgety but they listened well.

We finished up memorizing Psalm 23. I put a graphic on one of the hearts on the wall. Each student that had it memorized got to sign the heart. I took my camera to class with me so I could get some pictures on the blog but the camera's memory card was still in the computer. Hopefully I can do that this weekend. I do have the files I used for the Psalm 23. These are put a notebook for each child. You can them here: Psalm 23.

Below is a description of the pictures in the file and how to use them. I insist that the students seeit/hear it/say it/write it t to help them memorize.

Psalm 23 cover


This is the cover page for Psalm 23. I put it in the back of see-thru cover of the notebook while we were learning it. We used it to read from each class period. Even after they have pretty much gotten it memorized, we all read the passage while looking at it so they can continually see it. Then, after we learned the entire Psalm, we put it in the front of the Psalm 23 section of their notebook.

Psalm 23Psalm 23


Psalm 23Psalm 23



These 4 pages are the copy pages. Each class period (or each Wednesday night or Sunday morning) the students copy a section of the Psalm. This helps them to concentrate for a period of time on the details of the passage to be memorized.

Psalm 23 magnet


This comes 4 to a page and should be printed on magnetic paper. If that is not available, print it on cardstock and put a magnet on the back. Give to the students to take home and put on their fridge. Encourage them to look at it frequently during the week.

Psalm 23 puzzlePsalm 23 puzzle


These should be printed back to back on card stock. Cut the strips apart and put in an envelope. It's a good idea to mark each strip with a colored pencil (one color per child). That way, if the strips get mixed up on the table during class they can easily be sorted. Let the students put the strips in order (looking at the words only). After they are satisfied that they got it right, they can carefully turn each strip over. If they are correct, they will see the picture. Punch holes in the envelope and put it in the notebook with the rest of the papers.

Psalm 23 sign


This is what I put on the Hide It In Your Heart wall. Each heart should have a Psalm or other passage we've memorized by the end of the year. I didn't put it in the heart until most of the class had memorized the passage. Each child that memorized the passage got to sign the heart.

Memory Notebook Cover


This is the cover for the notebook that was slid in the see-thru cover on the front.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Today's lesson is one of my favorite. I would try to visualize the whole scene when I was younger. I understood how the mother of the live baby wouldn't want it to die but I never could understand how the other mother would want the live baby to die either. What good would it do to kill the baby. The nature of these women had something to do with that. They definitely weren't your typical loving wives and moms that had just run on a little bit of bad luck. They were harlots. Solomon, in his wisdom, knew that they lacked natural affection and that covetousness had taken hold of the mother of the dead baby.

Wednesday night we had a great class. We started class with an overall review of the Bible up to where we have studied. I try to do this at least once a month. It's so important to keep the total picture in front of the kids. They need to know why the things that are happening are happening. The kids really enjoy doing this but it can take forever if I let it. I have to remind them that we are doing the quick review.

Lesson Plan:


Review: Briefly review the reign of David concentrating on the latter part that leads to Solomon's reign.

The lesson: Spend a few minutes talking about wisdom -- what it is/why we want it/how to get it. Tell the story of Solomon's wisdom and the story of the 2 women/1 baby.

Sing: The First Three Kings -- This one isn't online yet. I still haven't added it. I hope to soon.
We want a king
David
Solomon

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

Memory work: Read Psalm 23 together. We should be finishing up Psalm 23 tonight. We didn't have time to do this Wednesday night. Finish up today if possible.

Sing: The Love of God
If there is time let them choose songs from the songbook they'd like to sing.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes and Danny's sermon notes. Most of the kids seem to enjoy doing this. I've gotten some really interesting pictures on the back. One little boy always draws a picture about what we studied in class instead of something about the sermon.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Solomon Becomes King

Tonight's lesson will bring the reign of King David to an end. He was a man after God's own heart. His son Solomon takes his place. During this lesson, we'll discuss how David made known that Solomon would follow him as king and we'll talk about David preparing the way for Solomon to build the temple.

Lesson Plan:


Review: Review the reign of Saul and David.

The lesson: Using the Abeka cards tell the how David's reign ended and the anointing of Solomon.

Sing: The First Three Kings -- This one isn't online yet. I still haven't added it. I hope to soon.
We want a king
David
Solomon

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. We should be finishing up Psalm 23 tonight.

Sing: The Love of God
If there is time let them choose songs from the songbook they'd like to sing.

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

Sunday, March 08, 2009

David and Bathsheba -- 2 Samuel 11, 12

Today's lesson is on David and Bathsheba. This lesson has so many facets to it. I don't have an exciting activity or even a boring one planned. There is so much to talk about that we'll be doing a lot of discussion. We'll focus on David's sin this morning. I usually need to go ahead and finish the story because one of my students is never able to attend the Wednesday evening class. I don't want him always just hearing half of the story, I'll probably (especially if he is here this morning) go ahead and talk about Nathan and David and the subsequent death of the child.

Lesson Plan:

Review: Do a quick review of the Bible story using the timeline. Spend a little extra time on God's plan for marriage from the very beginning.

The lesson: Tell the story of David and Bathsheba

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. I finally made an activity for this. If we have time we'll do it. It is a puzzle. Each strip of paper has a section of the Psalm written on it. When they get the strips of paper in order, they carefully turn them over. If they did it right, there will be a serene picture of sheep grazing in a calm field.

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.