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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kiddos TAKE HOME Projects!!!

I wanted to share the KIDDOS recent TAKE HOME project.  As you know, we just had a lesson on Elijah and the Prophets of Baal and the battle on Mount Carmel.    

As, a TAKE HOME project, I had the KIDDOS paint (WITH SHARPIES) a rock that had, "THE LORD IS GOD!" written on it...I had done the BUBBLE LETTERING prior to class time.

I thought they turned out so sweet...and the KIDDOS LOVED painting them. (I was pleased...we had NO accidents with the Sharpie Brush Tip, Permanent Markers.)

I LOVE how each rock is different.    Truly,  the personalities of my KIDDOS are seen in the way they "designed" their ROCK.

I hope these are TREASURES for YEARS to COME!!!!   And, I HOPE the KIDDOS will ALWAYS remember THE LORD IS GOD!!!



CLIP ART TURNED Visuals--Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

I know this is a little LATE...and, I had already shown you MOST of the VISUALS I used for this past weeks lesson.  However, I decided to GO a LITTLE farther with my VISUALS.   I wanted to make sure the KIDDOS could really VISUALIZE the story as I told the story to them.  

I used clip art from for my "Elijah, Prophets of Baal and King Ahab."  (I talked to the company that makes this clipart and they informed me that to get the BLACK and WHITE versions of this clipart---you have to ORDER the CD version of their clipart.)  I decided to post a link to their website so, that you might be able to order the clipart a little more easily.    I used the BLACK and WHITE versions to make these!!!  That way I can color them ANY WAY I wanted too... :-)

BTW---I am posting the LINK as a service to my blog readers...I DO NOT RECEIVE any payment or any compensation from  I did ask for permission to post a direct link to their website...which they granted to me on 9/25/2012.   I hope this helps my readers!!!  :-)

Now, for the BULLS and PITCHER I used clipart from my Print Master Program....  THE TRENCH....well it came from Print Master, too.  I just printed out 2 copies and forced it into a circle....and added a clip art picture of water cut into a circle.  

The ALTARS, I designed myself a LONG time ago and saved them as Clipart...I just laid them up 3 on a page and printed...that made them 3D after some laminating and folding.,  

These VISUAL really assisted me when I told the story....It also helped the KIDDOS to visualize the story...We counted the stones on GOD'S Altar and "POURED" the "PITCHER of WATER" over the Altar 12 Times.  

Visuals are so HELPFUL...and if you cannot find visuals, I say MAKE THEM. 



Sunday, September 23, 2012

On Top Of Mount Carmel Song---By Ronda Duvall

Just wanted to share...

This is the song we sang this morning during Bible Class.

We sung it to the tune:  "On Top Of Old Smokey."  

The KIDDOS LOVED this we ended up singing it more than once.

Now, to give you a bit of insight into my life.   I FRETTED all week... All because, I did NOT have a song to go with this lesson.  :-(  This morning, as I was getting the last few things done in my classroom, before the KIDDOS arrived...this song HIT ME!!!!  I was soooo excited.  So, I quickly "scratched" it down on note book paper...We sang it!  The KIDDOS LOVED IT!!!!!   I was sooooo HAPPY!!!!  :-)

I LOVE when things come together...especially when the KIDDOS seem as excited about something as I am!!!



Friday, September 21, 2012

Elijah Challenges The Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel

This week we have a "NEW" Bible Lesson.  Please remember, that each of my lessons last 2 weeks.  The first week, I spend introducing the lesson, facts, places, etc.  The next week we do a very detailed review...this gives me an opportunity to see if the KIDDOS missed something or if I forgot to share something the KIDDOS needed to know.  I LOVE teaching this way.  It has proven to be very beneficial to me and the KIDDOS.  

 This is the card we will add to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" wall.  This is my helps me show the KIDDOS when in Bible History the events took place....With the focus on the COMING of JESUS!!

We will have a new WORD for our WORD WALL.  Since we do not live in the time of animal sacrifices...I want to make sure the KIDDOS understand what an ALTAR is/was.

For visuals, I decided to use the same Elijah that I used last week...I just printed and laminated a KING Ahab and a few of the Prophets of Baal.  I also printed, laminated and constructed two altars.  I made sure the altars looked different...and Elijah's has 12 stones! 

Our Memory Verse for this weeks comes directly from the Lesson Text.  1 Kings 18:39.  We will be singing this to the Tune:  "The Bear Went Over the Mountain." 

I have added Mount Carmel to our Map... We will be referring to Elijah's travels....After all, he has been to the Brook Cherith, Sidon and is now coming back to Israel to  "meet up" with Ahab. 

 The KIDDOS will be decorating a ROCK as their "TAKE HOME" activity.  I have already coded the rocks with the words, "The Lord Is God!"  The KIDDOS will use Sharpie Paint Pens to decorate their ROCK.  They will add whatever decorations to the ROCK that they want...I will give them a few suggestions:  HEARTS, FLOWERS, RAINBOWS, HAPPY FACES, ETC.  But, ultimately it will be their choice. 

By the way, these ROCKS came from the Pacific Ocean.  My family and I took a vacation to Ocean Side, California in 2011.  I collected a bunch of rocks...(my father-in-law was convinced I was crazy.)  I knew I would use some of those MANY rocks for Bible Class Projects.  (So, even when on vacation---THINK ABOUT BIBLE CLASSES, LESSONS, STORIES, ETC.)

Since the KIDDOS will be allowed to use MARKERS---they are going to be BEYOND excited.  However, because these are PERMANENT Markers, I will quickly establish the RULES.  #1 RULE:  Do Not Color On Anything, But The Rock!!"  :-)

 For our REVIEW GAME, we will be building an ALTAR.  The KIDDOS will answer a question from the lesson.  Then they will have the opportunity to set a stone in place.  We are building Elijah's Altar---so, take notice, I have 12 Stones.  (I paper mached  these ROCKS a LOOONG time ago.  I have used them in teaching so many different Bible Stories...if you have time and opportunity, I would suggest you make some ROCKS.)  

Next Week the KIDDOS will be making Elijah's Altar to add to their "EXPLORER JOURNAL."  They will glue on a STONE for EACH TRIBE.  This will be a great time to REVIEW the sons of Jacob....  They will also add the FLAMES.  I just cut the FIRE area out of the paper...and we are gluing on SPARKLY paper in RED or YELLOW to the Back.  (Since, my KIDDOS are small and DO NOT WRITE WELL----I have already written the names of each TRIBE on the STONES.  If I was teaching this to older KIDDOS, I would let them WRITE the names of the TRIBES on the STONES.   

I will say, there is a LOT of ROCKS in this story...LOL  But, KIDDOS really seem to LOVE ROCKS!  



New Attendance Charts for Autumn

With Autumn quickly approaching, I decided to do an Autumn Themed attendance board.  I am thrilled with how it turned out.   

The board Title reads:  "Fall" In  For Bible Class!             
I LOVE the Autumn Colors...and I LOVE how excited the KIDDOS get when there are CHANGES in the room.   It is AMAZING how "little" changes RENEW EXCITEMENT!!

Since the KIDDOS will add a LEAF to their attendance card every time they attend Bible Class these TREES should fill in quickly.  (I WILL MAKER SURE TO TAKE PICS AS THEIR TREES "FILL" IN WITH LEAVES.) 

The autumn trees were made from paper (lunch size) sacks.   Super easy to make and I love the 3D look!   3D items are always SOOO much more exciting to KIDDOS.  They LOVE the EXTRA Special look and feel to 3D items and visuals.  It is worth the few EXTRA minutes to do something 3D.            

I love how they POP off the wall. 
 I think they turned out really cute...and they were so simple to make!!! 

I am looking forward to seeing the BEAUTIFUL COLORS these trees will have as the KIDDOS fill up these trees with FALL COLORED LEAVES.  I also, LOVE the fact the EACH LEAF THE KIDDOS ADD...WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER OF THEIR ATTENDANCE TO BIBLE CLASS.  Attendance Charts do Have a Purpose!

BTW, these are the LEAVES the KIDDOS will be adding to their TREE.  I purchased them at HOBBY LOBBY...and they were on sale 40% off!!!



Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ten Commandments Song (Per Request)

 I recently had a request for me to POST  the tune to this song.  We sang this song A LOT when we were learning about MOSES.   

The KIDDOS loved singing this song and quickly memorized the Ten Commandments.  This became a weekly requested song.  :-)  

I LOVE to teach BIBLE STORIES via Songs...The KIDDOS seem to retain so much more of the story when there is a SONG to go along with the story.  I have found singing Bible Stories, Facts, Truths, etc. to be very beneficial   

(BTW, YOU can sing this to a RAP STYLE BEAT...Older KIDDOS seem to REALLY love singing it THAT way.) 

If you are interested in ordering a Song Book please send me an email.  Each Songbook comes with 2 CD's.  1 Old Testament Songs and 1 New Testament Songs.    I can email you an "Order Form."



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Elijah & The Widow of Zarephath

 This week our lesson is about Elijah and The Widow of  Zarephath.    We will be EXPLORING the HISTORY of this LESSON.  The fact that the drought had become so BAD that Elijah had to leave the Brook Cherith and travelto a place in Sidon, because GOD  said there was  a woman there that would provided  food for Elijah.

During this lesson we will see various attributes that we must have in our life.  FAITH, HOSPITALITY, OBEDIENCE.  And we will again see the LOVE OF GOD and HIS LOVE shown through PROVIDING for HIS SERVANTS. 

As I tell this story I will be using these 3D visuals.  I printed them from a clip art program that I purchased a LOOOONG time ago.  It is available online and it is called COOL CLIPARTS.   The great thing about their clip art is you get it in color and black and white.  I have used a LOT of their clipart as PROJECTS for the KIDDOS.    I PRINTED, LAMINATED and added a RING of Laminate to the back to make them STAND UP.    I need to take a picture of the backs of all of these.  LOL 

Coming up with a HANDS ON ACTIVITY for this lesson was a challenge!    I knew I wanted something to go along with the idea of the OIL never running dry...the FLOUR never running out and BREAD being provided.  So, that got my wheels to turning.    

SO, let me tell you what happened and give you a little insight to HOW MY BRAIN WORKS.   I was at the Dollar Tree and this lesson was on my mind.  I was looking at different items and NOT really finding anything that went with this lesson....When all of a sudden I found these little Hawaiian Themed Cups with feet.  (The cups were sold in 2 Packs...a boy and a girl cup.  I was NOT pleased with the HULA theme of the little cups!)  But, I did NOT want them for the cups...I wanted them for the FEET!!!!!!!  So, I bought the cups,  sawed off the feet with my little exact-o style saw....the cups immediately went into the trash!!!)  

I LOVED those little FEET and thought they would be PERFECT for my TAKE HOME activity.  So, next stop was HOBBY LOBBY.  They had their FAKE (artificial) bread on sale for 50% off.  So, I bought these little slices of bread.  I had the eyes and the arms are printed cardstock from my computer...So, each TAKE HOME activity only cost me a $1.00!!!     I think they turned out REALLY Sweet. 

I have already attached the feet to the KIDDOS bread for Sunday's Take Home Project.  .  They will  stick on the eyes, color the arms and then glue them to the sides of their SLICE of Bread. 


We will be adding a "NEW" word to our WORD WALL.  The word is "WIDOW."  I am not sure how many of my KIDDOS have heard this word in a understandable context.  I know they have heard it from the pulpit...but, I want to make sure they REALLY UNDERSTAND What a WIDOW is and HOW the WIDOW in our story HELPED ELIJAH. 

We will also have a NEW LOCATION to learn on our MAP.  The KIDDOS will find it interesting that Zarephath was NOT part of the Northern Nation of Israel...It was actually in Sidon.  So, I want them to see HOW far ELIJAH had to travel to get to Zarephath from the Brook Cherith.  While showing them the MAP, I will be pointing out that SOMETIMES OBEYING GOD is NOT EASY.  BUT, IF WE DO OBEY....GOD WILL BLESS US.  Traveling by foot---Traveling during a drought, Running for your life!---I count that as "NOT EASY."   But, Elijah OBEYED!!!! 

Our Memory Verse for this week is PROVERBS 3:33...I thought this would be a GOOD verse to go along with this lesson.  Showing HOW GOD BLESSED the WIDOW for HELPING ELIJAH.  (BTW, that is what is printed on the little bottle of "OIL" that the KIDDOS "BREAD MAN" is holding.)  We will sing this MEMORY VERSE to a Ronda Original tune. 

Our REVIEW GAME is very simple.  We have played something similar to this in the past...and the KIDDOS loved, I decided to use the idea (just modified to fit this lesson) again.  We are going to play a TRUE or FALSE game.  Each KIDDO will get a set of TRUE/FALSE game boards and some Playing Chips MARKERS.  I will read a question and the KIDDOS will put a MARKER on the correct answer.  If the question is TRUE then they will put a marker on TRUE...if it is FALSE they put a marker on FALSE.  (NOTICE the THEMED True/False Boards....  Bread and Oil for the TRUE card and Cake and Coffee for the FALSE card.) 

NEXT Week we  will REVIEW this lesson and the KIDDOS will do their EXPLORER JOURNAL Activity...   This is WHAT they will be making...

They will COLOR  the WIDOW, her SON and ELIJAH...Then they will get to ADD several 3D items to their Explorer Journal Page.  They will add LOAVES of BREAD, a JAR of OIL, and a CANISTER OF FLOUR.    The little loaves of bread came from Hobby Lobby, I found them in the Doll House Furniture/Furnishings.  The JAR of OIL and CANISTER of FLOUR  were made using Crayola Model Magic.  (THIS STUFF IS WONDERFUL!!!)  

You can make all sorts of BIBLE TIME ITEMS from Model Magic...I use a LOT of the Terracotta Color, but the other colors are very useful too.  This is a AIR DRY product and it DRYS really quick....after it is dry I wrote the words FLOUR and OIL on them.  Then just using a good quality glue they will STICK to the paper!!! 

I used Terracotta for the FLOUR CANISTERS and Orange for the OIL JARS.  I just wanted 2 COLORS.  (BTW, keep all UNUSED portions of Model Magic in a zipper plastic baggie with all the air pushed out...and it will stay moist a LONG time.) 

If you can't FIND the perfect needed item....TRY MAKING IT!!!!  

Hope you are prepping and thinking about BIBLE CLASS.  Sunday will be here soon!!



Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Ravens Fed Elijah 3D Visual

 I forgot to share this PIC with all of you.   I wanted a 3D visual for the KIDDOS with this story.  So, this is what I decided to do...I printed all the WATER, TREES, and ELIJAH from my clip art programs.  I laminated them for sturdiness.  

The RAVEN are all from Dollar Tree.  I purchased them last FALL.  However, I just noticed that our Dollar Tree was bringing out their FALL merchandise....I am sure they will have these again.  

I LOVE the way this BRINGS the STORY to LIFE!!!  BTW, watch for the "WATER" to reappear in a few weeks.  I will be using this same "water" for the story of the FLOATING AXE HEAD.  Make it once and USE IT FOR SEVERAL BIBLE STORIES!!!  I LOVE it when I am able to REUSE something for multiple lessons.  

Hope you have had a great week prepping to teach your Bible Classes.