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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ecclesiastes

It's been a while since I last blogged about my Bible class. The class has gone on, there's just been a lot going on around here. The main thing that has gotten me bogged down is our upcoming VBS. It starts Monday. I'll tell more about that later.

Since my last entry we finished our study of Proverbs and got started with Ecclesiastes. Our last lesson Proverbs was the last chapter on the Worthy Woman. I had a class of 8 7 and 8 year old boys that night. They sat across the table from me with their sweet little faces while I proceeded to tell them what kind of woman they should choose for a wife. When we got to the part about the woman stays up late and gets up early, my son said, "You don't do that Mom". I can't deny it. I do half of it quite well -- stay up late. It's that getting up early thing I have trouble with.

The end of the chapter says, “ Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” I told the boys that they needed to be sure and tell their wife that when they get married. One of the little boys said, "I think that through the years I'll probably forget that."

Then we started Ecclesiastes. We studied the opening and chapter 3. The next lesson was on the first part of chapter 12. The first verse is our theme for our VBS so I spent time explaining that in light of the VBS. Then we went on to the description of the elderly. I didn't tell them who it was talking about. I told them they had to figure it out. Well, eventually I had to help them along. Our modern technology has made it so that our elderly don't have near the handicaps they had years ago. The boys didn't know the elderly lost their teeth or that their eyesight was dim. They really enjoyed talking about it.

On thing I did that really helped was to type out the scripture and pass it out to everyone. I read out of the New King James and it varies as to has their Bible and who has the New King James version. For older kids, reading out of different translations is not a big problem, but this age needs the same one available to them. Those that could read well enough to follow along really appreciated having the copy to look at. There was plenty of room down one side of the page for a drawing so after our lesson I told them to draw a picture of who Ecclesiastes 12 described. The discussion going on during their drawing was entertaining. I'm glad their grandparents weren't there. :)

Today's lesson is on the last few verses of Chapter 12. We'll follow the same basic format as the previous lesson. They'll have the scripture typed out for them so they can follow along. We'll discuss and do lots of review. They are almost completely through memorizing Psalm 127. Since VBS starts Monday I'm not going to get another memory work going just yet. We'll wait until next week.

Lesson Plan:

Bible Facts: Add the next 2 facts.

Psalm 127: Two of the kids have successfully said this alone. There are 2 more that need a little work.


Review: Discuss the previous 2 lessons on Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14: Read and discuss


Books of Poetry: If there is time, let them do this activity.

Sing: Glenda Schales' Uz Was. and Go To The Ant
We'll also sing Make A Joyful Shout.

If there is time, review Psalm 23 and Psalm 100.

Prayer

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