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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


This past Sunday we had a new lesson!  Our lesson was about KING UZZIAH, also known as Azariah.    Uzziah begins his reign at the tender age of 16 years old.  He starts out as a good and godly King of Judah.  He has wonderful influences in his life.  His father Amaziah, was a godly King and  Zachariah, the PROPHET were strong influences in his life.  Uzziah built up and strengthened the Nation of Judah.  His armies were so strong that, other nations paid tribute to King Uzziah.  He was know for his military strength.  Uzziah was also know for his love for the LAND of Judah. Matter-of-fact, he loved the land so much that he planted crops and vineyards all though out the land of Judah and dug wells for all of his livestock. He was a very successful king. 

However, after Zachariah, the prophet died--Uzziah begins to "CHANGE."  His FAME, SUCCESSES and FORTUNE goes right to his head.  He becomes arrogant and full of PRIDE.  HE makes a BIG mistake when he entered the temple and  offer incense upon the altar.  THIS was WRONG.  The priest tried to stop him...but, his PRIDE got in the way....GOD punished him and he was cursed with leprosy.  What a sad story.  So many lesson for us today.  PRIDE is a dangerous thing!

I want to make sure the KIDDOS understand the difference between PRIDE and humility.  So, we added these "new" words to our WORD WALL!

We learned a new song this past Sunday.  The KIDDOS loved singing this one.  :-)  

If you want to hear this song you can click this link...  Uzziah's PRIDE Song.

I love it when the KIDDOS ask to "SING IT AGAIN, Ms Ronda."

We have a new Memory Verse for this lesson.  We sung this Memory Verse to the tune: "If you're happy and you know it..."  Most of the KIDDOS were able to tell me the Memory Verse before Bible Class time was over. 

Our MAP WALL/REVIEW WALL is beginning to fill up.  I love displaying our PAST "EXPLORER JOURNAL" activities and MEMORY VERSES this way.  It make it so easy to review past lessons.  

I wanted something "different" for VISUAL AIDES.  So, I decided to go small and magnetic.  I used CLIP ART and my own drawings to make these visuals.  Printed, Laminated and added Magnetic Tape to the backs...This makes them easy to attach to a COOKIE SHEET.    As I told the the story, I placed the PIECES onto the cookie sheet.  I used the FRONT of the cookie sheet to display UZZIAH'S successes and then flipped the cookie sheet over to tell the REST of the STORY.  

The KIDDOS LOVED THIS VISUAL!!!!  So, during the REVIEW LESSON, NEXT WEEK, I am going to pass the pieces out and have the KIDDOS place them on the cookie sheet!!  The clip art I used came from PRINT MASTER computer program, SELF DRAWN Clip Art and (I am in NO WAY affilated with this clip art company.  I do not receive any PERKS, COMPENSATION or FINANCIAL benefits by posting this link.  I only post the link as a service to my readers.)

Our Interactive Bulletin Board is BURSTING with NEW information for the KIDDOS.  We have added MORE SMILING (GODLY) KINGS and a NEW PROPHET!   I use this Bulletin Board WEEKLY!!!  We refer to PAST KINGS and EXAMINE the CURRENT KING we are learning about.  The KIDDOS LOVE seeing the SMILING KINGS placed on the board. 

We have a NEW PROPHET.....I am amazed by the KIDDOS ability to REMEMBER who the PROPHET prophesied too!!  (PLEASE ignore the cords....I was using my HOT GLUE gun and Computer the day I took this pic.)

Our "TAKE HOME" activity was super simple to make!  

I found these "Design Your Own Cups" at Walmart.  I bought them during their Valentines Clearance Sale... I got most of them at 75% off.  However,  I did manage to find a few of them when they dropped to 90% off!!! I love Clearance!

 I designed the insert on the computer....I made one for Girls and one for Boys. 

To ADD to the "SPECIALNESS" of this activity, I allowed the KIDDOS to use my MARKERS.  (OF COURSE they got the "SPEECH."  "Do not draw on yourself, Do not draw on your clothes, Do not draw on the table, Do not draw on each other, Put the caps back on before getting a NEW color.")  We had no Marker Catastrophes this week!!  The KIDDOS also we given 3D Glittery Heart Stickers to add to their insert.  They LOVED this project and were so excited to show them to their parents. 

Our REVIEW GAME this week is: "PRIDE goes before a FALL."  

The KIDDOS will PULL down a PIECE of the word PRIDE.  I have questions on each piece...if the KIDDOS answer the question correctly they get to PULL IT DOWN....I have found KIDDOS love PULLING OFF items.  

Next week during our Review Week the  KIDDOS will be making a Leprosy covered Uzziah.  The KIDDOS will color King Uzziah, add a Censer Sticker (this was made from Print Master clip art.) and then add the "Leprosy."  The "Leprosy" is  Paper Hole Reinforcers.  After the KIDDOS stick on the "Leprosy" they can color the "hole" red or yellow.   By the way, the Censer Sticker is 3D.  I forgot to take a picture of how the censer seems to POP up off the page.  I used FOAMY double sided sticker dots to make these appear to POP off the page. 

This was a wonderful lesson to EXPLORE with the KIDDOS.  I LOVE seeing the KIDDOS "GET" the POINT to a lesson.  I had one of my KIDDOS say, "Uzziah should have given GOD the credit."  Could not have been happier!!!!  



Friday, May 10, 2013

Joel Prophesied In Judah --- Locust in Judah

We are moving forward with our EXPLORING BIBLE HISTORY.    Are next lesson is about Joel prophesying in the land of Judah.     

I am sure you know the history to this lessonThere was a terrible PLAGUE of LOCUST in the Land of Judah.    Joel told the people of JUDAH that the PLAGUE was NO ACCIDENT.  They had NOT been obeying GOD and they were suffering for their disobedience.      So much for the KIDDOS to learn...both the HISTORY and the APPLICATION.  We MUST obey GOD!!! 

The KIDDOS will have three new WORDS for the WORD WALL.  I want to make sure they UNDERSTAND what all three of these words mean.....So, I will explain the words and then have them HELP me use them in a sentence. 

 We have a NEW CARD to add to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" timeline.  

This is our MEMORY VERSE for this week.  This verse comes directly from the text our lesson comes from.    We will 'sing' this memory verse several times before class time is over. (BELOW is a video highlighting our TAKE HOME project.  The MEMORY VERSE is being sung in the video.) 

I decided the best VISUAL would be to have a "SWARM of LOCUST" in our classroom.  I printed SEVERAL clip art Locust/Grasshoppers and cut them out.   Then set them up all over the floor of the classroom.  (Leaving enough room for the KIDDOS to be able to carefully navigate through the locust...when they come into the classroom.)

The KIDDOS have a new song to learn!!!  I  was blessed to write this song during our trip to Florida this past February.  I sang it SEVERAL times in the car.   Matter-Of-Fact, I sang it so many times, my husband was able to sing it.  :-) 

If you follow this LINK you will be able to hear how this song goes. 

I decided that the KIDDOS would make a "LOCUST" for their TAKE HOME project.   I printed the MEMORY VERSE on the wing.  That way not only is a Locust, but a Locust with a purpose.     I think it turned out cute.  

I have them all "put together"---except the heads and eyes.  The KIDDOS will glue the head and eyes on during class time. If time permits the KIDDOS will be allowed to color their Locust, too. 

Then the KIDDOS  will glue their "LOCUST" to a PAINT PADDLE.  Adding it to the paint paddle turns it into a type of PUPPET.    ---I will have the KIDDOS sing their Memory Verse while moving their "LOCUST" around!!

 Below is a video of the LOCUST moving about as I sang the Memory Verse. 


This game will be played by the KIDDOS rolling a die, pulling a question card, if they answer the question correctly they get to MOVE their "LOCUST" ahead the number of spaces that they rolled.  

If the LOCUST lands on a plant...they miss a turn.  After all the LOCUST love to eat plants. 

The object of the game is to move  the LOCUST from the start line down to the growing CROPS!!! 

(BTW, I made the LOCUST GAME pieces from CLIP ART, Binder Clips --with the silver parts removed and Avery Color Dot Stickers.) EASY to assemble. 

Next week we will review this lesson.  The KIDDOS will add this project to their 
EXPLORER JOURNAL.  The KIDDOS will COLOR the "CROPS" and then add  LOCUST.  I bought the Stickers and  LOCUST at the DOLLAR TREE.  The stickers were found in the School Supply area.  The 3D Locust/Grasshopper came in a package of BUGS.  I found them in the toys. 

I think this is going to be an exciting lesson.  I know I am excited about teaching it this Sunday.