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Friday, April 18, 2014

Noah Builds the Ark

Our "DO YOU KNOW?" wall is all ready for this weeks lesson. We are still progressing through Genesis.  We will be learning all about NOAH and the ARK.  Due to some travel plans, the KIDDOS will be getting an extra week on this lesson. I LOVE teaching about NOAH and the ARK.  So many LIFE LESSONS can be learned through the LIFE on NOAH. FAITH, LOVE, DETERMINATION, PATIENCE, TRUST, GRACE, OBEDIENCE, ETC. 

This is our Time Line Card for our  "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN," TIMELINE.  

I am using "OLD" VISUALS for this lesson.  I have had these LARGE VISUALS for years!!!  The KIDDOS seem to really like them...maybe it is because they are about 3 feet, they are pretty close to the KIDDOS height.  :-)

The KIDDOS will be learning two NEW songs....The first one is "ARK OF GOPHER WOOD" by Ronda Duvall.  The second one is called "GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES"  by Ronda Duvall.   Both of these songs are in the Bible Songs For Children Song Book by Ronda Duvall.    

The KIDDOS Memory Verse comes from our LESSON TEXT.  We will sing this to the tune: "Roll The Gospel Chariot Along."

Our MAP wall is slowly filling in with "PLACES" of interest.  

The KIDDOS will be making an ARK as their TAKE HOME project. It is made out of CARDSTOCK and will be easily assembled....after which the KIDDOS will add ANIMAL STICKERS to their ARK.  They will glue a DOVE to the top and add a PAIR of ANIMAL (ERASERS) to the INSIDE of the ARK.  

I designed the ARK...I will have the KIDDOS color the ARK and then my helper and I will help them assemble the ARK.  (BTW, the entire time the KIDDOS are working on their TAKE HOME project, we REVIEW the LESSON. I ask questions we sing the songs, we let the KIDDOS ask questions.   NEVER STOP TEACHING!!)  

The ANIMAL stickers came from DOLLAR TREE.  The DOVES are "wedding decorations." I have had them for a long time. 

I wanted the KIDDOS to have some animals to put "IN" their ARK....I found these ANIMAL ERASERS at the DOLLAR TREE and decided they would work fine!!!


I use a Fisher Price Little People Ark....I purchased this a LOOOONG time ago. I bought it at a GARAGE SALE for $3!!!  I LOVE IT!! If you are looking for one, I often, see them at THRIFT STORES.

This is how we will PLAY the game.  The KIDDOS will chose an ANIMAL to put on the ARK....To put them on the ARK they have to answer the question under the animal they chose and then find it's mate and answer the question under it.  If they answer BOTH questions correctly they get to put the PAIR of animals on the ARK!!

Next Week is REVIEW WEEK.  So, the KIDDOS will be making THESE to add to their EXPLORER JOURNALS. They are simple sequence cards....they are attached with velcro.  

I printed the sequence card in full color, so the KIDDOS will not have to color them...but, will be allowed to color the NUMBER BOARD if they would like.  I used CLIP ART to make the sequence cards.  

We have been enjoying learning about Creation, Adam and Eve and their sons....I know they will enjoy learning about NOAH and the ARK.  



Sunday, April 6, 2014


I am really PLEASED with our NEW Attendance Charts.


This is how it ALL came together.  

First, I knew we were needing a NEW Attendance board....after all, it is a NEW QUARTER!!!  I LOVE the beginning of NEW QUARTERS!!!!   There is always a bit of rejuvenation, excitement and changes!!  But, that being said, I really was NOT sure WHAT I was going to do for Attendance Charts....I thought about a few ideas...but, nothing was really getting me excited....then, on a Saturday Evening, my nine year old son and I were out and about and I had to run into Dollar Tree.  I want you all to know....I was NOT necessarily LOOKING for Bible Class Materials....I was on a mission to buy my 9 year old son some BOY SMELLING SHAMPOO and SHOWER SOAP.

After finding the SOAP and SHAMPOO and making my son really happy, I decided to just BROWSE around.  After all, we were not in a BIG hurry.  So, as I wandered around the store, I happened to find these SWEET, ADORABLE and REALLY CUTE Bird Houses....HUM.  The first thing that POPPED into my head, "It's TWEET To Be In Bible Class!!"  I was so excited---I NEARLY did my happy squeal....but, did not want to embarrass my 9 year old, so I refrained.    My son was pleased with my ability to practice SELF-CONTROL!  :-)    I loaded up with BIRDHOUSES....making sure to get ones with PINK birds for the GIRLS and BLUE birds for the BOYS.  

Now, the process of putting them together....fairly easy.  My co-teacher was a great help in this endeavor.    We wanted them to all LOOK a bit, we mixed and matched the walls, roofs, etc.  I am really please with how they turned out!!

I am sure you saw that the birdhouses came with a flower or "welcome" sign.  We did NOT let those go to waste....I just added them to the flowers that we will be adding to the Bulletin Board/Attendance Board!  

We did glue each birdhouse to a piece of cardstock...I chose BRIGHT colored cardstock...impart because I have an abundance of BRIGHT colored cardstock and because I thought it would make the Bulletin Board have a bit more POP!!  

This is the Bulletin Board/Attendance Board in Progress.  We have the border up...(I bought that Teal Gingham Checked Boarder Trim at the Dollar Tree!!!) 

I had the bigger flowers we just added the 3D pieces to them...I used the "EXTRA" pieces that came with the Birdhouses and a few of the flowers, I just cut out and layered.   

Don't you think these Bird houses are super CUTE!!

They are so BRIGHT and COLORFUL...they have really brought a bit of SPRINGTIME into our CLASSROOM!!

The Bulletin Board/Attendance Board is nearly done....I just have a few more things to ADD...Can you guess what it might be?  

If you said, "BIRDS" you are right!!!  I found these little birds at Mardel...they were 50% off!!!  I think they help give a FINISHED look to the BOARD.    By the way, can you see the bird sticker already on one of the ATTENDANCE CHARTS....I had forgotten to take a "FINISHED" pic...I remembered AFTER this mornings class....All the other KIDDOS stuck their FIRST BIRD sticker to their BIRDHOUSE....but, one of my sweet little KIDDOS stuck it to the "Back Board" of their Birdhouse...I hope these FILL up with BIRD STICKERS!!!



Sunday, March 23, 2014


We have a NEW LESSON this week!!!  The KIDDOS will be learning all about SETH.  Seth is such an important BABY!!!!  After all, JESUS will be one of SETH'S descendants!!!  So, not only was SETH a blessing to ADAM and EVE, he was a BLESSING to YOU and ME!

We have new informational cards up on our DO YOU KNOW? Wall.  These are the BASIC questions I expect the KIDDOS to be able to answer at the end of the LESSON.  Who? What? When? Where? Where in the BIBLE? Why? and How is this important to me?  

We have a PICTURE CARD of "BABY SETH" up on our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN"  timeline. 

The KIDDOS will have a NEW song to sing for this lesson.    This song comes from my BIBLE SONGS for CHILDREN, songbook/CD collection.  

I wanted a MEMORY VERSE that tied in with the LESSON.  I thought this one would be great!!!  It allowed me the opportunity to talk to the KIDDOS about how if we live GODLY lives we can have an effect on others.  

We sing it to the tune: Ten Little Indians. 

My visuals for this lesson are really simple...I decided to go with a PICTURE attached to my handy, dandy photo frame.  This visual is simple clipart from Printmaster. 

This is the KIDDOS TAKE HOME project.    They will each have their very own "SETH" to take home with them....CRIB, BLANKET and RATTLE included!!!  :-)


These are soooo easy to make, all you need is baby socks, blue fleece, ribbon, pringles singles containers (these were donated to me...I have a TON of them...LOL)  And, the rattle...just for fun!!!  

The socks came from Dollar Tree...3 pair for $1.00...that is SIX baby Seth's from one pkg of socks.  The Rattles came from the Dollar Tree...from the BABY SHOWER section.  The fleece blankets  came from the Dollar Tree. I found them in their BABY section.   I bought 1 blanket and I HAVE a BUNCH of LEFTOVER FLEECE!!! Oh, I filled each sock with white RICE....used a rubber band to give it a "head," tied a knot in the sock and rolled it over to form the bonnet.  Hope these instructions are clear.   :-)  

During Class time the KIDDOS will glue on the eyes, decorate the crib with "IT'S a BOY" stickers, and wrap him up and put him in his bed.  FAST, SIMPLE and the KIDDOS WILL LOVE IT!!  

Our REVIEW GAME is a simple one. 

The KIDDOS will REMOVE a RATTLE from BABY SETH, by answering the question PRINTED on the RATTLES.  

Then, we will play the game in reverse--the KIDDOS will add the RATTLES to BABY SETH by answering the questions on the RATTLES.  

BTW, the RATTLES are stuck on with VELCRO DOTS.  

Next week will be our REVIEW week.  The KIDDOS will be making these to add to their EXPLORER JOURNALS!!  

To give this activity a PUNCH...the KIDDOS will be gluing on flannel blankets and gluing on a tiny baby bottle into EVE'S hand.  

Seth is such an IMPORTANT Bible Character...OUR SAVIOR comes though SETH'S family!!!!  I want the KIDDOS to REALLY UNDERSTAND SETH'S importance in Bible History. 



Cain and Abel Story Telling ACTIVITY

I wanted to SHARE with you all one more "FUN" activity we did with the KIDDOS, while teaching the story of Cain and Abel.  

I have noticed that whenever the KIDDOS are having to LEARN multiple names and they happen to be the same gender, it gets kinda confusing.

So, we came up with an idea...

We had the KIDDOS pick a VEGETABLE and a SHEEP.  The sheep are puppets (I bought them a few years ago at the Dollar Tree--during the SPRING/EASTER season.) They WORE the SHEEP on one of their hands and held their VEGETABLE in the other hand. 

Then as we told the story they would RAISE up the SHEEP if we said, "ABEL" and RAISE up their VEGETABLE when we said, "CAIN."   It was a great way to get the KIDDOS actively participating in the story.  It also helped with the confusion of:   WHO was a farmer?  WHO was a shepherd?  

This worked out so well and the KIDDOS enjoyed it so much, I thought I would share it with you all.  




Friday, March 14, 2014

Cain and Abel

We are making progress.....we are learning about Cain and Abel. We are a bit behind, due to weather.  We have NEVER had to cancel services....but, a week ago we were covered in ICE.  It made for extremely dangerous driving conditions.  So, our elders decided it would be best to cancel services.  With that being said, I feel like I am behind....but, really it is all gonna be OK.  

Here is our DO YOU KNOW? Wall...I feel the KIDDOS really "GET" the lesson when they are able to answer these IMPORTANT Questions.  Who? What? When? Where? Where in the Bible? Why? and HOW is this IMPORTANT to ME?

We have a "NEW" card on our GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN...timeline. It is CAIN and ABEL. 

Our MEMORY VERSE for this Lesson is Romans 12:1.  We sang it to the tune: "Oh Come All Ye, Faithful."    

I want the KIDDOS to understand that GOD WANTS our BEST...and we MUST GIVE HIM NO LESS!!!!!!

This is the SONG for this lesson.    However, while preparing this lesson, I came up with another song...we will be singing it, too!!  

The NEW song is sung to the tune:  BINGO.

Eve and Adam had a son and CAIN was his name.
He was a farmer. He was a farmer.
He was a farmer, he raised vegetables.

Eve and Adam had a son and ABEL was his name.
He was a shepherd. He was a shepherd.
He was a shepherd, he cared for the sheep.  

The VISUALS for this lesson are very simple. My CAIN and ABEL are Fisher Price Little People. They came from their Dinosaur set...but, as soon as I saw the one with the LEAF and one with an ANIMAL BONE---I thought CAIN and ABEL.    I added some vegetable (they are erasers and came from Dollar Tree) and some home made sheep from a lesson that I had taught a LOOONG time ago. The picture in the background was "self drawn."  I just looked at a drawing and did my best to "mimic" it.  

Their TAKE HOME project is very simple....   They will color the background and add a POP UP Cain and Abel.  

The REVIEW GAME for this Lesson is a "MATCH" game...The KIDDOS will answer a QUESTION to get the OPPORTUNITY to turn over a set of cards....IF they match they will have to tell me if the cards go with CAIN or with ABEL.  

Next Sunday will be our REVIEW day...the KIDDOS will do their EXPLORER JOURNAL Activity.  For this ACTIVITY they will be adding rocks to their ALTARS and then the 3D Vegetables and Sheep.    

The vegetables are from the DOLLHOUSE section of Hobby Lobby.  The sheep are toy plastic sheep.  

I have one other IDEA to share with you....I will take PICTURES and add it to the website this next week.  Keep checking back.  :-)