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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Abraham is Faithful

We recently had a lesson about Abraham being FAITHFUL.  He was so FAITHFUL that when GOD called upon him to give up his only son, he was willing.  WOW, what FAITH.  

Our DO YOU KNOW? wall is FILLED with the FACTS and INFORMATION that I want to make sure the KIDDOS understand.  

We have our GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN timeline CARD ready to add to our TIMELINE wall.  

Visuals for this lesson are very simple.    I drew the picture and colorized it on my computer....It will be used SEVERAL times and in SEVERAL ways for this lesson.    I also, DREW the story on the WHITE BOARD....the KIDDOS are IMPRESSED with my limited artistic skills....STICK FIGURES are WONDERFUL when you are drawing and talking at the same time.  

Oh, the toy RAM came from the Dollar Tree...I bought it a few years ago.  I actually did a HAPPY SQUEAL in the store when I found this!!!  :-)

I thought this would be the PERFECT Memory Verse for this lesson.  I want the KIDDOS to understand HOW we can be a "son" of Abraham.  

The KIDDOS love to sing this song....we use our fists and "build" as we sing....with this lesson we sung VS 4.  

The KIDDOS made a diorama for their TAKE HOME project....HOWEVER, I have to add a disclaimer to this....NOTICE the FIRE on the ALTAR....we actually CUT that FIRE OFF......their was NO FIRE in this story.  I did, however, forget to CUT IT OFF on my demo project...had to do it before class began.  LOL

Our Review Game for this lesson is a FUN one.  The KIDDOS helped BUILD and ALTAR from these Papier Mache Rocks.  (I made these a long time ago and have used them for several different Bible stories.)  

To play the game the KIDDOS answered a question from the lesson and then picked up a rock and placed it on "MORIAH."  (Moriah was just another SPOT on the FLOOR than I named Moriah for the lesson.)   

This is a great GROUP EFFORT GAME....the KIDDOS have to work together to answer the questions and then choose HOW to build their Altar.  :-)

The next week was our REVIEW WEEK. The KIDDOS made these and we added them to our EXPLORER JOURNALS.    They LOVED adding the sticks and rocks.  

The KIDDOS did GREAT with these activities!!!  I am truly BLESSED to teach these KIDDOS.  



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sodom Destroyed

We are still moving forward in our Exploring Bible History.  We are currently EXPLORING the very sad story of Lot and his family and their need to flee Sodom.    

I will be the first to admit, this is not a HAPPY story to teach....but,  it teaches the KIDDOS that GOD means what HE says and EXPECTS us to OBEY!!  

Because of the age group I teach, I don't cover the sexual depravity of Sodom.  I just tell the KIDDOS that the people were very wicked and were not committed to GOD. 

 I focus a LOT of attention on Ezekiel 16:49.     

"Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy."   We talk about how GOD does not want us to be PRIDEFUL, LAZY, and HE wants us to HELP those in NEED.    By using this passage it give me an opportunity to talk about behavior the KIDDOS can relate too.  

This is the card we added to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" Timeline.    

This is the KIDDOS Memory Verse.  We sang it to the tune "Three Blind Mice."  They had it memorized before they left the classroom!!!!!  YAY!!!

We sang this SONG.  I personally, had never heard of a KIDDO friendly song about Sodom.  So, I decided to write one....the KIDDOS favorite part of the song was, "She turned around, it was all her fault. She was turned to a pillar of salt."  

(UGGGH, TYPO found after I printed and put the pages together....well, I am gonna have to fix that!!)

If you would like to hear this song click on the following link....It will open the FB page for handsonbibleteacher.  Sodom Was Destroyed By Fire--copyrighted RLD

This is one of the VISUALS I used...

This one is  the OTHER!!!  It is made from a Mrs. Butterworth syrup bottle.  I coated her with plaster of paris and then spray adhesive and then SALT. LOTS of SALT!!! The KIDDOS LOVED this VISUAL.   They talked about how it was "like" a STATUE.   
I am sure you have seen this idea floating around on has been around for a loooong time. I think it is a very effective visual for my age group.   

The KIDDOS made a POP UP diorama for the TAKE HOME project.   The enjoyed adding the "FIRE BALL" stickers.  We talked about LOT'S WIFE and her disobedience and how SAD it must have been for LOT and his daughters.  

This gave me the opportunity to talk to the KIDDOS about how our disobedience can have an effect on others.

For our REVIEW GAME we played a game I called, FIREBALL.  I used a balloon and drew flames on it....I then would toss it to the KIDDOS and ask a question from the lesson. They had to answer it quickly and toss it back to me....or they might get "burned."   THEY LOVED IT!!!!  The best thing about using a balloon....those struggling with the gross motor skill of BALL CATCHING were able to catch the balloon.

The NEXT week the KIDDOS did this activity to add to their EXPLORER JOURNAL.

They colored the picture...added the fireballs...and SALTED Lot's wife.

All in all, I think this lesson went really well.  The KIDDOS seemed to understand that we are to OBEY GOD.  I had one of my KIDDOS draw the comparison of NOAH and the world being destroyed.  I was so thrilled!!!  I love when they are able to draw on PAST lessons and compare them.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Memory Verse Tracker

I try to come up with fun and exciting ways to TRACK the KIDDOS Memory Verses. 

  Well, this is what I decided to do this quarter.

The KIDDOS will be earning a CRAFT STICK each having their Memory Verse Memorized!!!

The containers were donated to our classroom. They are similar to crystal light containers--but, they are a different brand.    I think they might be Great Value brand.   

The CRAFT STICK fit PERFECTLY inside these containers!!!  I was soooo excited.  

The lids are a great way of keeping the KIDDOS MEMORY VERSE STICKS contained!!    

I wanted the KIDDOS to be able to keep these close to, I used a hole punch and punched a hole in the containers and they are hanging on the back of the KIDDOS chairs.   The hooks are COMMAND permanent damage.  :-) 

To JAZZ up the Memory Verse Trackers the KIDDOS will be adding GLITTERING, PUFFY STAR STICKERS.   I thought the STARS went along with the LESSONS about Abraham.  :-)  

Ready for class...OUR newest MEMORY VERSE is on display and the KIDDOS Memory Verse Sticks are sitting right in front of the display....  I am sure they will have the Memory Verse Memorized by next Sunday...they were SINGING it OVER and OVER and OVER again.  :-)  

I love turning free/cheap items into useful Bible Class Materials.  



Abraham & Sarah Special Guest

This week we are moving forward in our EXPLORATION of Abraham and Sarah.   We are focusing on the time period when the three "special" visitors came and told Abraham that Sarah would have a baby in a year!  What an exciting story!!!  

Our DO YOU KNOW? WALL  is ready.  

We have a NEW card to add to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" Timeline.

Here is a picture of our TIMELINE....As you can tell, I do not have many of the MOSES stories posted....If we go on into MOSES, I will be adding them back to the TIMELINE.    Due to room limits, I will often remove some cards and leave the ones that show GOD'S AWESOME PLAN unfolding.    That is why the card of Cain and Able have been removed, but SETH has been left up on the board.  Remember, Jesus comes through SETH!!!!!

MAMRE and SODOM have been added to our MAP.  

This is the KIDDOS new MEMORY VERSE.  We sang it to the Tune:  "If You're Happy And You Know It..."

We sang this song several time.  I want the KIDDOS to really understand the 3 SPECIAL PROMISES that GOD made to Abraham. 

I forgot to share these last week.  So, here are our WORDS for our WORD WALL.  I want the KIDDOS to KNOW what these words mean.    I am still needing to add one for the word "FAMINE."  

The KIDDOS will be making these TENTS for their TAKE HOME project.  

They will add POTS and PAN stickers to SARAH...after all she was in the tent preparing a meal for their special guest.   

To make these tents set up I added an "easel" style, the KIDDOS can set them up on a shelf, dresser or table.  

Our REVIEW GAME is more of a Dramatization.  I had the KIDDOS pretend to be Abraham, Sarah and the Special Guest.  We retold the story with them acting it out....It was so cute.  

Next week the KIDDOS will be making these and adding them to their EXPLORER JOURNAL.    They will add the stickers to ANSWER the QUESTIONS....  TENT, FIRE, STARS and the number "99."

I LOVE teaching the life of Abraham.