Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Psalm 127 -- Children Are A Heritage

Here I go again with another lesson plan after the fact. I got busy making the arts and crafts project for tonight. Yes, you heard that right. I did an arts and crafts type project with my 7/8 year olds. I so rarely do this that kids were thrilled. For me to do something like this it has to meet some criteria. It can't take up too much time. It has to be something they will want to keep. It has to be something their parents will want them to keep. It has to be something that will keep teaching even after they get home.

Tonight we studied Psalm 127. I read the whole psalm to them but we concentrated our study tonight on the last half of the psalm.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Our craft project was to fill a quiver with arrows. The quiver was made ahead of time out of the colorful foam sheets. I used neutral colors hoping to resemble an actual quiver. The arrows were cut from cardstock. During class the students wrote names of themselves and their siblings on the arrows. They then put the arrows in the quiver and were to give their quiver full of their family's arrows to their dads. I saw several dads carrying quivers after class was over. Here is a picture:

Before we worked on the quivers we talked about how special children were to God and how special they are to their parents. One of the students has a new baby brother and he was smiling with this knowing look when we were talking about sweet babies.

We also added our Psalm 100 picture to the wall and I am happy to say that all 4 students that were present were able to sign the wall. That means they successfully, to my satisfaction recited the entire Psalm. Here's the picture that went on the wall:

It went on this wall:

With the time we had left, we reviewed activities we've done throughout the quarter. It was a simple class but sometimes, that's best.