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Monday, April 21, 2014

Paul's First Missionary Journey Ronda Duvall

I recently had an opportunity to write a NEW TESTAMENT song!!  I am so excited!!! 

The 2nd-4th grade class is studying Paul's Missionary Journeys.  (My son is in this class!!)  

The teacher sent home a note with a list of all the cities Paul and his companions visited on their FIRST JOURNEY.    She requested that the KIDDOS MEMORIZE the cities, in order, that they stopped and preached at....this is not an easy task...those cities names are really NOT easy to say.  

So, as I was going over the cities with my son, this song just sort of spilled out. I was very excited!!!  My son was super excited...he was able to memorize the cities, in order really quickly!!      

Since I am not teaching through the NEW TESTAMENT, at this time....I feel blessed with the opportunity to write a song about NEW TESTAMENT EVENTS!!!  
If you would like to hear the song click on the following will open up the Facebook page for Hands On Bible Teacher.  



Friday, April 18, 2014

Noah Builds the Ark

Our "DO YOU KNOW?" wall is all ready for this weeks lesson. We are still progressing through Genesis.  We will be learning all about NOAH and the ARK.  Due to some travel plans, the KIDDOS will be getting an extra week on this lesson. I LOVE teaching about NOAH and the ARK.  So many LIFE LESSONS can be learned through the LIFE on NOAH. FAITH, LOVE, DETERMINATION, PATIENCE, TRUST, GRACE, OBEDIENCE, ETC. 

This is our Time Line Card for our  "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN," TIMELINE.  

I am using "OLD" VISUALS for this lesson.  I have had these LARGE VISUALS for years!!!  The KIDDOS seem to really like them...maybe it is because they are about 3 feet, they are pretty close to the KIDDOS height.  :-)

The KIDDOS will be learning two NEW songs....The first one is "ARK OF GOPHER WOOD" by Ronda Duvall.  The second one is called "GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES"  by Ronda Duvall.   Both of these songs are in the Bible Songs For Children Song Book by Ronda Duvall.    

The KIDDOS Memory Verse comes from our LESSON TEXT.  We will sing this to the tune: "Roll The Gospel Chariot Along."

Our MAP wall is slowly filling in with "PLACES" of interest.  

The KIDDOS will be making an ARK as their TAKE HOME project. It is made out of CARDSTOCK and will be easily assembled....after which the KIDDOS will add ANIMAL STICKERS to their ARK.  They will glue a DOVE to the top and add a PAIR of ANIMAL (ERASERS) to the INSIDE of the ARK.  

I designed the ARK...I will have the KIDDOS color the ARK and then my helper and I will help them assemble the ARK.  (BTW, the entire time the KIDDOS are working on their TAKE HOME project, we REVIEW the LESSON. I ask questions we sing the songs, we let the KIDDOS ask questions.   NEVER STOP TEACHING!!)  

The ANIMAL stickers came from DOLLAR TREE.  The DOVES are "wedding decorations." I have had them for a long time. 

I wanted the KIDDOS to have some animals to put "IN" their ARK....I found these ANIMAL ERASERS at the DOLLAR TREE and decided they would work fine!!!


I use a Fisher Price Little People Ark....I purchased this a LOOOONG time ago. I bought it at a GARAGE SALE for $3!!!  I LOVE IT!! If you are looking for one, I often, see them at THRIFT STORES.

This is how we will PLAY the game.  The KIDDOS will chose an ANIMAL to put on the ARK....To put them on the ARK they have to answer the question under the animal they chose and then find it's mate and answer the question under it.  If they answer BOTH questions correctly they get to put the PAIR of animals on the ARK!!

Next Week is REVIEW WEEK.  So, the KIDDOS will be making THESE to add to their EXPLORER JOURNALS. They are simple sequence cards....they are attached with velcro.  

I printed the sequence card in full color, so the KIDDOS will not have to color them...but, will be allowed to color the NUMBER BOARD if they would like.  I used CLIP ART to make the sequence cards.  

We have been enjoying learning about Creation, Adam and Eve and their sons....I know they will enjoy learning about NOAH and the ARK.  



Sunday, April 6, 2014


I am really PLEASED with our NEW Attendance Charts.


This is how it ALL came together.  

First, I knew we were needing a NEW Attendance board....after all, it is a NEW QUARTER!!!  I LOVE the beginning of NEW QUARTERS!!!!   There is always a bit of rejuvenation, excitement and changes!!  But, that being said, I really was NOT sure WHAT I was going to do for Attendance Charts....I thought about a few ideas...but, nothing was really getting me excited....then, on a Saturday Evening, my nine year old son and I were out and about and I had to run into Dollar Tree.  I want you all to know....I was NOT necessarily LOOKING for Bible Class Materials....I was on a mission to buy my 9 year old son some BOY SMELLING SHAMPOO and SHOWER SOAP.

After finding the SOAP and SHAMPOO and making my son really happy, I decided to just BROWSE around.  After all, we were not in a BIG hurry.  So, as I wandered around the store, I happened to find these SWEET, ADORABLE and REALLY CUTE Bird Houses....HUM.  The first thing that POPPED into my head, "It's TWEET To Be In Bible Class!!"  I was so excited---I NEARLY did my happy squeal....but, did not want to embarrass my 9 year old, so I refrained.    My son was pleased with my ability to practice SELF-CONTROL!  :-)    I loaded up with BIRDHOUSES....making sure to get ones with PINK birds for the GIRLS and BLUE birds for the BOYS.  

Now, the process of putting them together....fairly easy.  My co-teacher was a great help in this endeavor.    We wanted them to all LOOK a bit, we mixed and matched the walls, roofs, etc.  I am really please with how they turned out!!

I am sure you saw that the birdhouses came with a flower or "welcome" sign.  We did NOT let those go to waste....I just added them to the flowers that we will be adding to the Bulletin Board/Attendance Board!  

We did glue each birdhouse to a piece of cardstock...I chose BRIGHT colored cardstock...impart because I have an abundance of BRIGHT colored cardstock and because I thought it would make the Bulletin Board have a bit more POP!!  

This is the Bulletin Board/Attendance Board in Progress.  We have the border up...(I bought that Teal Gingham Checked Boarder Trim at the Dollar Tree!!!) 

I had the bigger flowers we just added the 3D pieces to them...I used the "EXTRA" pieces that came with the Birdhouses and a few of the flowers, I just cut out and layered.   

Don't you think these Bird houses are super CUTE!!

They are so BRIGHT and COLORFUL...they have really brought a bit of SPRINGTIME into our CLASSROOM!!

The Bulletin Board/Attendance Board is nearly done....I just have a few more things to ADD...Can you guess what it might be?  

If you said, "BIRDS" you are right!!!  I found these little birds at Mardel...they were 50% off!!!  I think they help give a FINISHED look to the BOARD.    By the way, can you see the bird sticker already on one of the ATTENDANCE CHARTS....I had forgotten to take a "FINISHED" pic...I remembered AFTER this mornings class....All the other KIDDOS stuck their FIRST BIRD sticker to their BIRDHOUSE....but, one of my sweet little KIDDOS stuck it to the "Back Board" of their Birdhouse...I hope these FILL up with BIRD STICKERS!!!