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Monday, June 25, 2018

Baptism of Jesus

Our continuing Exploration through the Life of Jesus Has brought us to the time when Jesus was Baptized.  

Jesus is now 30 Years Old....and we will shortly begin learning about his teachings and miracles.  However, I wanted the KIDDOS to know all about the Baptism of Jesus.  He never asks us to do something HE was not willing to do....even BAPTISM. 

We added NEW CARDS to our DO You Know? Wall.  My Expectation is for the KIDDOS to be able to answer each of these by the end of the lesson.  

For a VISUAL AID, I had to get creative.  I did not have a JOHN the BAPTIZER character/figure.  But, I had a few extra "Samson" characters/figures.  I purchased these several years ago from the Dollar Tree.  So, I used some fur (Camel Fur) and strips of leather to transform a Samson Character/Figure into John the Baptizer.  I am PLEASED with they way he turned out.  The KIDDOS LOVED him!!

I also wanted visuals for LOCUST and HONEY.  Since, that was John's Diet....The KIDDOS LOVED my LOCUST (he rolls) and they loved the honey, too.  I do NOT remember what movie the LOCUST went with---I do know I bought him with a KIDS MEAL several years back.  I knew I would need him someday.  

I also used this little book with the KIDDOS.  I love it when I can include a story book with KID friendly pictures with my lessons.  This is a sweet little set of books.  They have two stories in each just flip it over for the "other" story.  

We had two new words to add to our WORD WALL.  I chose BAPTIZED AND REPENT.  Those are two important words in the life of a FOLLOWER of JESUS.   

Our MEMORY VERSE  was Matthew 3:17.   I explained that GOD was PLEASE with JESUS'S actions and HE can be pleased with our behavior and actions, too.  The KIDDOS love knowing that GOD can be PLEASED by our behavior and actions here on earth. 

To hear the MEMORY VERSE song click on this link.  Matthew 3:17 Memory Verse

We ADDED a new CARD to our GOD'S AWESOME PLAN for MAN Timeline. 

We are making progress adding cards about the early life of JESUS. 

This is the SONG we learned for this lesson.  The kiddos loved singing this one with lots of hand actions. 

They used their fingers walking for
      "Jesus Came To The River Jordan. 
Then they used their fore arm and did a baptizing motion for
      "There he was baptized by John."  
Opened their arms towards heaven for 
     "The heavens opened."  
They made their arms go up and down like wings for
      "A dove descended." 
And then they cupped their mouth to make a deep sound and sang, 
      "This is my Beloved son." 

To hear this song click on the link.  Baptism of Jesus song--by Ronda Duvall

The KIDDOS TAKE-HOME project was made from paper plates and clipart.  The Kiddos added the John, Jesus, the Dove, The Palm Tree and the cotton Clouds.  We left a slot open on the bottom of the plates, so that Jesus could be Baptized.   We pre-colored the paper plates...the KIDDOS just did the "stick" on items.  Again, I do not want activities to take up to much of our Bible Class Time.   


This weeks REVIEW game was a "Pin the Dove near Jesus" Game.  The KIDDOS had to answer a question for the opportunity to stick a dove on the board.  I used a bandanna for a blind fold and double-stick tape for the back of the DOVES.  

The KIDDOS LOVE any "Pin the _______ on the ______" Games.  

As you recall, the second week of the LESSON is when we REVIEW.  It gives me opportunity to correct any misunderstandings.  It gives opportunities to the KIDDOS who missed class the first week to "CATCH UP."  This is the Week we SAY our MEMORY VERSE from MEMORY and we do an ACTIVITY that we add to our EXPLORER JOURNAL.   

This LESSONS EXPLORER JOURNAL ACTIVITY was  a Color and glue project.  They glued on John's "camel fur" tunic and leather belt and they glued the DOVE descending.  They enjoyed this project.  I have had the little plastic doves for a LOOOOOONG TIME!!!    I'm sure you can get them from a wedding supply place.    

I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the KIDDOS through the LIFE of CHRIST.  It is exciting to see them get excited about LEARNING more and more about JESUS!!!  



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