We are ALL excited around here...We are getting ready to learn about Naaman. I love this story for so many reasons.
We will focus on the HISTORY of this story. The facts that Elisha, GOD'S prophet, was performing miracles. We will look at how Naaman refused to do something so simple...because, he wanted something more dramatic. We will then talk about the need to OBEY ALL of GOD'S COMMANDS...no matter how "STRANGE" we might think the commands are.
I wanted a "different" type of VISUAL AID for this story...So, I decided to make a "PUPPET STAGE" of a sort. I used an old shoe box. I just cut a slot in the top...so that I can move the people around as I tell the story.
I used clip art from the cool clip collection. I did manipulate a few of them...cutting out things I did not need...attaching heads to different bodies...a copier works magic for this...LOTS of clipping and cutting...but, it works. I glued them to craft sticks/tongue depressors so that I have a "handle" to move them around with.
I think this will be a FUN way of telling this story.
I know the KIDDOS will love having the ability to move these people around inside the "STAGE."
I felt Isaiah 55:9 would make a wonderful Memory Verse to be used with this lesson. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." We will sing this verse to the tune: "If you're happy and you know it..."
We will add this word to our Word Wall. I want the KIDDOS to know how BAD LEPROSY is and since we do not hear much about LEPROSY (except in Bible Lessons) I wanted to make sure they understand that it was a HORRIBLE disease.
I had a bunch of these FRY CUPS...so, I decided to use them....because, they were FREE!!!! I copied the WAVES onto blue cardstock. The blue water will be painted with the pudding. I like painting MUD out of pudding. It makes the MUD look without completely covering up the original color of the BLUE PAPER. (I used this method of painting MUD when I taught the story of the PRODIGAL SON...and the KIDDOS LOVED painting with the pudding. And is smells better than paint.) I just add a little bit of pudding mix and water...GREAT for finger painting. Then each of the KIDDOS will color their own NAMMAN. On one side he has leprosy....on the other side he does NOT have leprosy. This will enable the KIDDOS to be able to dip him SEVEN times and give their stick a twist and he will be cleansed!!
I used an exacto knife to cut a slit in the bottom of the fry cup so, the KIDDOS can slip their Naaman down into the "water."
We will also be singing a song abour the story of Naaman. I like singing songs that go along with the lesson....In my opinion it reinforces the story and helps the KIDDOS remember the lesson.
As a review game we will be DIPPING Naaman Seven times in the "River Jordan." Each of the "waves" is a thin pocket...This took me a bit to figure out how to make..but, I love how it turned out!!!
I laminated a small Naaman....that will move up the river as he is dipped. The KIDDOS will get to dip Naaman---by answering questions from the lesson. I have strategically place a "cleaned" Naaman inside the last wave/pocket. I will make sure to pull him out after the last dip.
When Naaman obeyed HE WAS CLEAN!!!!
Next week the KIDDOS will be making this project. They will color the "River Jordan," color the two sided Naaman and then place him in the slot....then then can dip him seven times.
I realize the KIDDOS activities are similar to each other...BUT, they seem to WORK BEST for this lesson.
I am excited about this lesson...I have always LOVED the story of Naaman. I am praying that the children get the AWE effect...after all, Naaman was CLEANSED of his DEATH SENTENCE....and we can be too!!!! All Naaman had to do was OBEY GOD...and ALL we have to do is OBEY GOD!!!