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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fruit of the Spirit-----Faithfulness

I want to apologize for the delay in  updating you on the progress of our Fruit of The Spirit unit.  I have been very busy as of late.  I made a trip to Indiana for a weekend of edification!!!!  There were 317 Christian Ladies gathered together for the purpose of learning, sharing, encouraging and edifying one another.  I was truly blessed by attending the Ladies Getaway.  
With that, I want to show you what the kiddos have been up to lately.  We have been pressing forward in our lessons on the the Fruit of The Spirit.    
Our recent lesson on FAITHFULNESS was so fun to teach.  We used the account of Daniel to show what it means to be FAITHFUL.  I pointed out that Daniel lived FAAAAAR away from his home land and was surrounded by "strangers."  I shared the fact that the "strangers" did NOT worship the REAL GOD, but DANIEL STAYED FAITHFUL!!!  We talked about how Daniel did not let the INFLUENCE of the "strangers" pull him away from GOD.  

I went on to explain that some of the "strangers" did NOT like Daniel and did not like the way GOD blessed Daniel.  So, the devised a plan to rid themselves of Daniel.  That is when we pretty much told the story of King Darius and Daniel and the lion's den.  The children were enthralled with the story.  I have not met a kiddo yet that does not LOVE the story of Daniel and the Lions!!!!

Our TAKE HOME activity was a set of easy to make "finger" puppets.  We made Daniel and a lion.  These very inexpensive to make.  I used cardstock and clip art to make this "Take Home" project.  The kiddos LOVED these!

Our memory verse this week was  Revelation 2:10.  I explained that MUST ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL TO GOD.  I explained that if we are FAITHFUL we will receive a CROWN of LIFE!  

The Game/Activity for this week was "Pin the Tail on the Lion" game.  I purchased this game a long time ago at the local Dollar Tree.  The kiddos LOVED wearing the Daniel Mask!  They had to answer a question from the lesson to get the opportunity to "pin" a tail on the lion.  SOOOO much fun and sooo inexpensive!!!  And very friendly on my time...I did not have to MAKE a game for this story. 

We added a few new words to our "WORD WALL."  We added the words: FAITHFULNESS and EXILES.  The children love learning  "BIG PEOPLE" words. --The WORD WALL is a great way of helping ME remember the WORDS we have learned in the past.  That way I am able to BRING them up in the current story and REMIND the kiddos of the use of the WORD.  

On  Wed. Evenings the children do an activity that they add to their EXPLORER JOURNAL.  For this story they colored the picture of Daniel in the Lion's Den...and then they added very fluffy yarn tales to the lions.  They enjoyed  making these and adding them to their Explorer Journal.


I also had something "special" for the kiddos.  We had a Daniel surrounded by  Lions!  The kiddos LOVED the 3D visual for the story.  The visual was a wonderful aid for me in telling the story too!  I love getting visuals from garage sales, thrift stores and Dollar Tree!!!!  Cheap and effective and the kiddos loved them.  SCORE!!!!!
It takes a great deal of effort to bring BIBLE events to life for the kiddos.  However, I encourage you to think outside the box.  Check your child's toy box, shop the thrift stores, stop at garage sales and check out your local Dollar Tree for inexpensive VISUAL AIDS!  




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  2. Dear Ronda,
    I LOVE your wonderful Bible ideas for children. I was wondering if there is a way to purchase the papers/ideas for the explorer journal? I really, really hope so.

  3. I am amazed at all the graphics. Do you create these on your own? If so, how? Is there any way these could be purchased?

  4. Stefanie, I do not currently have the Explorer Journal "Card Stock Activities" ready for purchase. If I get them to that point I will let you know....we are still working on that. :-) Thanks for your encouraging words.

  5. Stephanie,

    I do some of my own drawings...however, I have several clip art programs....I use online resources too. Google "Phillip Martin clip art." He has some great FREE clip art and the kiddos seem to LOVE his work!!!

  6. What is the brand name of the Daniel figure? Where did you purchase him? He is very cute.