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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Fiery Furnace -- Daniel 3

Tonight we get to read about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. What a lesson in faith. We'll also be finishing up our memory work of Proberbs 6:6-11. This has been an easy one. Since we've sung Glenda's "Go To The Ant" song since these kids were little, it came very easily to them. The only problem has been that they want to sing the words instead of say them. I wouldn't normally be bothered by that but the words in the song are not exactly what the NKJV says.

Lesson Plan:


Kings of Israel/Judah:
Review the Kings from Timeline as we sing.

Proverbs 6:6-11: Sign the wall night.

The Fiery Furnace: I plan to read and discuss as we go along. This is a story they are all familiar with. They'll probably want to tell me the story themselves. Maybe I'll let them do that first and then read it from the Bible.

Sing: The Kingdom of God (We shall Stand)

Book of the Old Testament: Pass out scrolls and let them put their scrolls in the appropriate basket.

Prayer

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Continued

Last week I had high hopes of talking about both of Nebuchadnezzar's dreams (Daniel 2 and Daniel 4) in class. There just wasn't enough time. Since we had our gospel meeting last week, we didn't have a Wednesday evening class, so I'm going to continue with Nebuchadnezzar's dream about the great tree this week.

I have an activity planned that compares the two dreams and hopefully help the kids remember both of them better. It is a 2-pocket, self-correcting activity. Click on the picture below to see instructions and printables in pdf.

Nebuchadnezzar's Dreams


Lesson Plan:


Kings of Israel: Review the Kings from Timeline as we sing.

Proverbs 6:6-11: We will do a quick review of this. Wednesday night we'll spend more time and let those that can say it sign the wall.

Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream: Read Daniel 4. This is such a wonderful lesson on repentance. Nebuchadnezzar does a complete turn around after being totally humiliated.

Sing: The Kingdom of God (We shall Stand) -- We were supposed to have sung this last week and I forgot. We'll definitely find time this week.

Book of the Old Testament: Pass out scrolls and let them put their scrolls in the appropriate basket.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.

Prayer

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nebuchadnezzar -- His Dreams

What an exciting lesson. We get to start learning the adventures of Daniel. Tomorrow's lesson will be about Nebuchadnezzar's two dreams -- the statue and the tree. These stories (like so many in the Bible) are so exciting that visuals are not really needed at this age. Just open the book and read (with enthusiasm) and discuss as we go. That seems to work really well with this group of kids.

This is the second week into our last quarter of the year and of the Old Testament. Last week we studied at the Babylonian Empire. We looked at a globe to see where everything took place in comparison to us. We also looked at some pictures of artifacts found dating back to the Babylonian Empire from an Eyewitness book we've had around here for years. We reviewed the Bible story beginning with the exodus from Egypt. We discussed the events leading up to and including the destroying of the temple and Jerusalem. We also discussed God's promise that they would return to the land in 70 years.

This quarter, the wall decoration emphasizes the books of the Old Testament and the divisions they belong to. We made baskets out of placemats and attached them to the wall and labeled them -- Law, History, Poetry, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets. We made a scroll for each book of the OT. The kids will get to take turns placing the scrolls in the correct basket. Hopefully, this activity will not only help them remember the books of the OT but it will help them visualize how the OT is organized and help them realize that the Bible is a book of books (or scrolls).






We haven't done anything with our Wall of Faith for quite a while. We have added names of people we have recently studied or are about to study. The students will get to put the people's names either on the Wall of Faith or in the Pocket of Shame.

Another goal I have for this quarter is to memorize the Kings of Israel. Last quarter we did pretty good with the Kings of Judah. We are using Glenda Schales' songs to help us out. Those songs plus a good timeline are really all that's needed.


Lesson Plan:

Kings of Israel: Review the Kings from Timeline as we sing.

Proverbs 6:6-11: We will do our last copy work today. Hopefully next week they can all recite it so they can "sign the wall".

Book of the Old Testament: Introduce the new wall activity. Pass out scrolls and let them put their scrolls in the appropriate basket.

Nebuchadnezzar: Read Daniel 1 and 2. We may just get to do the first dream this time. If so, we'll do the dream about the tree and Nebuchadnezzar's humiliation and repentance next week.

Sing: The Kingdom of God (We shall Stand) -- I don't remember which is the title but those are some of the key words. This is a song out of hymnal that talks about all the kingdoms of the earth passing away but the kingdom of God is eternal.


Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.

Prayer