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Friday, April 2, 2010

Joshua, The Day the Sun Stood Still

This Sunday we are learning the story of the day the sun stood still.  This story comes from Joshua 10.  I am excited about this lesson.  I know the children will be excited as well.  They always come into the classroom ready to EXPLORE something new.    I love their excitement!  

I am sure you know this story...Joshua and the Israelites were battling the Amorites at Gibeon.  The sun was going down and Joshua was wanting to get the battle done.  So he asked God for HIS help.  He told the sun to "Stand still over Gibeon" and it did not move for the entire day.  There has never been another day like that day when the sun stood still.  

The kiddos will be making a SUN as their "Take Home" project.  The sun is made from a toilet paper tube and a Styrofoam ball.  It has a string through the back so that the children can hang it up.  Since time is an issue, I have pre-painted the suns and balls...the children will add glitter (red and orange) to the sun to make it sparkle...they will also have to glue on the ball. 

Our memory verse is from Joshua 10:13.  We will sing a song to help the kiddos remember it.  They are so great about memorizing their Bible verses.  I am so impressed at their ability to remember how the verses go.  To me it shows parents are working with them during the week.

Our Review Game will be played sort of like the traditional "Red Light -Green Light" game.  I will hold the sun in my hands...the children will march, hop, skip, etc. towards me.  When I raise up the sun the have to stop moving.  I will ask a question about the story.  If one of them can answer it then the sun will lower and they can again march, hop, skip, etc.  We will repeat it several times.  

On Wednesday evening the kiddos will do their

"Explorer Journal" activity.  They will color the picture of "Joshua" and then glue on the 3D sun.  I know this is a simple activity, but it has a lot of punch!  The sun really pops up from the background and I know they will love gluing it on.  They always love gluing stuff.  :-)

1 comment:

  1. I did this but used ping pong balls from $ tree. I had a hard time finding paint that would cover the toilet paper roll. the poster paint was the washable and was very thin. but finally got it done. I think the kiddos will be happy with it tonight. I'll have them put them together. had white donut holes for the hail (snack) God let come down on them.