Sunday, August 30, 2009

Athaliah, Hezekiah and The Assyrian Captivity

Yes, you saw that right. We covered it all this morning. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. There were 5 students and 4 of them were very interested in it all. The 5th one wasn't. I've talked about him on here for years now. He is growing up and maturing in many ways but he craves attention. He wants all eyes on him at all times. His distractions are always difficult but with so much to cover this morning, it was was too much for me. I told him that if he didn't want to listen, he didn't have to but he had to be quiet and not distract anymore. The rest of the class he put his head down on the table and pretended to be asleep. Class went on smoothly from then on. It broke my heart to see him so ready to shut the Bible out. I just hope that while he was being defiant and pretending to be asleep that he heard what was said. He's such a smart boy.

Our class went something like this:

We reviewed the story of how God lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Then, we read from the Bible about the Assyrian captivity 2 Kings 17:19-41.

Then we read about Athaliah 2 Kings 11.

Then we read about Hezekiah 2 Kings 18-20. We didn't read it all. We read the beginning of his reign and about God giving him 15 more years to live.

We had a little time left so we reviewed Psalm 1 and let each of them try it on their own. They do pretty well, except for the last verse. Hopefully they'll have that down next time.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


For some reason, I have trouble keeping regular lesson plans going during the Summer. It seems especially difficult during August. Maybe it's because my mind is on other things. For the past two years, we've been taking one of my sons to Florida College. It seems that I can't concentrate on too many things at once anymore. While we're dealing with getting him off, my Bible class lessons suffer. That is my excuse for not getting lesson plans done last week.

Last week we studied about Ahab, Naboth and Jezebel. They, like so many other people in the Bible, are fascinating. My routine for this class has been to read the scripture with them and make comments as necessary. I try to read it with as much voice inflection as possible to hold their attention and help their understanding. Reading about how Ahab whined like a 2 year old when he didn't get his way really got the kids attention. Of course, Jezebel's death was fascinating to them but they also we intrigued with the way the 70 sons of Ahab were killed.

Tomorrow, we will study about Rehoboam. This is such a good lesson on how we should listen to the right people when seeking advice. We should have some lively discussion in the morning.

Lesson Plan:

Psalm 1: Read it from the back of their notebook. Say in unison what we've memorized so far. We are almost finished copying and memorizing this Psalm.

Sing: I Shall Not Be Moved. If you aren't familiar with this hymn it is the one that says: As a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved. I'm teaching the kids to do the 4/4 hand movemet with this song. I've got a couple of kids that some natural talent. Hopefully they will become leaders in our public worship in years to come.

Bible Story: Read/paraphrase the story of Rehoboam as told in 2 Chroniclas 10-12

Sing: Rehoboam/Jeroboam

Map work: The map work is going well. If we have time, we'll take turns taking all the labels off and putting them all back on.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.


Sunday, August 09, 2009


AFter taking a full week off from teaching to attend Singing School, I'm ready to get back to action. During the week I was gone, the class studied the last part of Elijah's life. Then, the Sunday I came back we studied Elisha. We had to cover it all in one class period due to our regular Wednesday night singing. Now we're on to Jonah. It's times like these that I have to remind myself that Bible class is/should not be the only place the children are learning about God. Hopefully, in most cases here, they are learning at home as well.

Lesson Plan:

Psalm 1: Read it from the back of their notebook. Say in unison what we've memorized so far. If anyone would like to say the memory work on their own, we'll give them time to do that.

Review: Review the whole Bible story using the timeline on the wall as a guide.

Bible Story: Read/paraphrase the book of Jonah.

Map work: Talk about some of the key places on the map. Take off 2 or three labels per student and let them see if they can remember where to put them.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.

Sing: Sing: Jonah