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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gehazi Gets Greedy

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I am excited about this weeks lesson...IT REALLY SEEMS that I am ALWAYS EXCITED about the LESSONS.  I just CAN'T help it!!!!  I enjoy spending time with the KIDDOS and seeing their excitement and understanding of GOD grow!!!  I am truly BLESSED to be a Bible Class Teacher.

This week the KIDDOS will be learning about Elisha's servant Gehazi.   Gehazi had been with Elisha and had seen the miracles Elisha had performed....THOUGH THE POWER OF GOD....and yet, Gehazi makes a terrible choice.  (2 Kings 5)

This lesson will allow me not only to teach the HISTORY of Elisha, Naaman and Gehazi....but, it will allow me to EXPAND and talk to the KIDDOS about GREED!!  I did not purposefully intend this lesson to fall within the month of Christmas....BUT, with the GIMME, GIMME, GIMME attitudes all around, I think this is a TRUE blessing  that this lesson did fall within this month!! 

There are several WORDS that we will be adding to our WORD WALL.  I want to make sure the KIDDOS understand how these WORDS relate to our story,.    I want the KIDDOS to understand that GOD wants us to be CONTENT and GENEROUS....but, NEVER GREEDY!!!

The KIDDOS learned a NEW SONG with this LESSON and the LOVED IT!!!!  I think it is because the had the opportunity to say "SHAME ON YOU!!!"  (This song is a RONDA original tune.)

This weeks MEMORY VERSE is from Proverbs 28:25.  We will sing this to the tune:  "The Three Blind Mice."

This weeks VISUALS AID comes is made from a SCRAP of FOAM CORE BOARD, CLIP ART and Markers.  I cut some very thin slices in the foam core board...that way I can SLIDE my characters around...I added some trees and a background, that I printed from my Printmaster Program.  Elisha, Gehazi and Naaman all came from the and the chariot came from do NOT receive any financial benefits from mentioning these clip art programs...I mention them solely as a service to you.)

 I really am happy with the way this turned out....So much so, that I have asked my Darling Husband to make me a WOODEN version....when he does I will make sure to SHARE the finished product with you. 

The KIDDOS will be making a simple "WREATH" as their TAKE HOME project.  

The KIDDOS will color the HEARTS and GLUE them on to the "WREATH." Then they get to add stickers of HAPPY FACES and BIBLES to their WREATH. (THE LOVE STICKERS!!!)

This project was  sooooo  cheap to make...I have a TON of these white, wire hangers.  I already had the CONSTRUCTION paper--(I bought several reams of construction paper at a garage sale a few years ago...and I still have a BUNCH!!!)  I already had the stickers from PROJECTS in the past!!!    So this was a very economical TAKE HOME Project! 

We are going to play "PING PONG TOSS" for our REVIEW GAME.  The KIDDOS will bounce the ball into the MUFFIN pan and then answer the question that their ball "lands" on.  

BTW, this is a very fun and cheap way to REVIEW Bible Facts, BOOKS of the BIBLE, Memory Verses, etc. 

I put the "science fair board" behind the muffin pans to help my Little KIDDOS....However, you could just let the WALL be your backboard.  (I have stuff hanging on the wall....LOL)  

To use this idea for the BOOKS of the BIBLE Review....I just fill up the tins, with the names of the Books of the Bible,  in a SCRAMBLED fashion....and then when the KIDDOS Ping Pong Ball lands on a NAME of a BOOK of the BIBLE...I have them tell me the book that comes BEFORE or AFTER the book that they land on.  I also have them tell me if it was an OLD or NEW TESTAMENT BOOK.  

To use this as a Memory Verse Review...Just list the SCRIPTURES and when they land on one...they have to tell you the Memory Verse...With my KIDDOS, I put a PICTURE that went along with the Memory Verse.  (I teach the Pre K-1st Grade Class.) 

These MUFFIN pans came from the DOLLAR TREE.  I think I have 12...I know I have 11....because their are 66 books in the BIBLE....BUT, knowing my propensity to buy an EVEN numbers of items...I probably bought 12!!  

Next week we will REVIEW this lesson and the KIDDOS will do their EXPLORER JOURNAL Activity.... With this activity they will add a 3D sticker of a pile of clothes and a BAG with 2 "Talents of Silver" in it.    If you know the story Gehazi asked Naaman for clothing and Silver Talents.....So, that is why the KIDDOS will be adding these to their Explorer Journal Activity.

The clothes came from my Printmaster clipart.  I just printed, laminated and added a 3D foam sticker to them.  The Silver Coins were originally Gold....Aluminum Foil fixed that for me....and the little bag came from the DOLLAR TREE wedding section.  

 I am looking forward to SUNDAY!!!!  



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cookie Container/Fiery Furnace

If you remember a few weeks ago I shared with you a "WORK in PROGRESS..."   I hope this PICTURE will help you remember.

Well, I finally got around to doing what I wanted to do...  YOU see, I had in mind a Fiery Furnace for the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.   I do not know why...but, one day while looking at these container...(I HAD SAVED A LOT OF THEM FROM OUR SUMMER TRIP) the idea of a Fiery Furnace HIT ME...and I could NOT get it off my mind.    It will be a LOOOOOOONG time before I get to teach this lesson to my KIDDOS....but, I decided to go ahead and MAKE this and share the idea with you all...That way if you happen to be approaching this might wanna try this.  

I had done  some preliminary work...but, I knew I was NO where near finished.  Well, today was a BEAUTIFUL day here in OKLAHOMA....not much, I decided to take this outside and PAINT it....  I used spray paint that I had in my supplies...THERE WAS NO COST!!!!  YAY!!!  And, I LOVE the SANDY Color.

After is sat in the sun for a while..... I added the BLOCK detail with a SHARPIE.    I REALLY wanted to use POLY FIBER FILL for the SMOKE...sadly, I did NOT have any...but, I had TONS of COTTON BALLS...So, for now, I used them.  I did  sort of STRIKE a brown marker on the cotton balls to make them look more smokey.  :-)

NOW, for the inside view...I used COOL CLIP clip art  for the MEN and added some  extra FLAMES...   When we do this in class...the KIDDOS will color their MEN and FLAMES...then my co-teacher and I will help them GLUE them in the cup. 
I also, added some smaller flames--right inside the helps hide the base of the little candle light.  

I love    COOL CLIPART  The little BIBLE CHARACTERS are KIDDO friendly.  I  did add some EXTRA flames from my clipart program...

I took a few pics. in the try to show how COOL this looks...but, I am afraid the pictures do not do it justice....I LOVE the way these GLOW a redish/orangeish color.  I am NOW super excited about teaching this lesson in the future!!!!!

OH, by the way...since I wanted the KIDDOS to be able to TURN this ON and OFF...I cut a circle in the yellow lid...which is now the that they can use the SWITCH on the little tea light. 

Hope this inspires you to THINK before you PITCH it in the TRASH!!!!   "FREE resources" are all around us.



Saturday, November 17, 2012

Naaman Had Leprosy

 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 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 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 have added a new card to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN for MAN" wall.  We love to see how GOD'S PLAN is unfolding through all of these stories.


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. 

The KIDDOS will be making their "TAKE HOME" projects out of the items in this picture. 

I had a bunch of these FRY, 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." 

The KIDDOS will DIP him seven times then flip him over and he'll be cleansed. 

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!!!