Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jesus Says Activity

Ms Jan plays "Jesus Says" with kids.  It is just like "Simon Says."

At the end of the game, she says, "Jesus says to come unto me."  All the kids run to her.  They love this game.  Hopefully, we are subtly introducing the idea that they should pay attention to what Jesus and God say to do . . . No one thinks Ms Jan is Jesus do they?

9/14/2014 Class

We did so many things today!
  1. Kids dressed up in pieces of the armor of God.

This soldier has the Sword of the Spirit, the Helmet of Salvation, the Shield of Faith and the Breastplate of Righteousness on.  Still need the Belt of Truth and the Gospel Shoes of Peace.  We'll get that in another picture later.

We talked about where their brains and hearts were in their bodies and how big they are.  (Brain is the size of 2 fists; Heart is the size of 1 fist.)  Explained that the Helmet of Salvation and the Breastplate of Righteousness are so important because they protect the brain and heart.  (I need to take a stethoscope to class next week.)

2.  Watched "The Beginning" (~4 minutes long) from Read and Share DVD Bible, Vol. 1.  In the video it shows hands creating man.  We talked about God using words to create things, and so that part might not be right.  Told them that God made all the land animals and the first man, Adam, from dirt.  He might have made the other animals out of dirt too, but we don't know for sure.

3.  Explained the picture clues for the New Testament books Matthew - Romans.

4.  Emphasized what God made on Days 1 and 2 and what it looked like.  Mentioned that God made light on Day 1 but didn't make the sun until Day 4.  The light may have been Jesus. (John 1 talks about Jesus being the light.)

5.  Donuts -- Teachers pick up a few extra donuts on the way to class in case child(ren) don't have one.  Today, students had to use a full sentence and ask for a donut.  They needed to say, "Please," but no one had to be told that.  (Yea!)  I asked them if they were glad that they had a donut.  I explained that when you are glad, you are thankful.  That conversation lead to talking about prayer.
Several of the students prayed, giving thanks, and mentioned specific things God had made.  One guy was grateful for books too.  :)

6.  Work -- Work is a good thing.  God worked and then he rested.  Adam's first job was to name all of the animals.  As we get bigger, we will help at home by doing jobs or working.

7.  Showed them the envelope that was going home with them today.  They didn't know what it was called so I told them that it was a "paper pocket" and was called an envelope.  Fun things can go in pockets and fun things can go in envelopes.

8.  Sang the "Day One" song.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SONG Resources

SONG Resources for "Fish Class" Parents

These are some of the songs we sing in class.  We want you to be able to sing these at home too, so we are providing you with resources to do that.

The links below will help you if you don't know the tunes
  • "New Testament Song"
  • "Creation Song" - We have our own version of this song, so this is just for the tune.
  • "He Has the Whole World in His Hands" - This song really begins like this, "He's got."  I changed it to be grammatically correct.  I don't want to teach anything knowing that any part of it is wrong.
  • "Fruit of the Spirit" - We don't do the grapes verse or the hand motions for the chorus.  After you have heard the introduction, you may want to just skip to 2:50 for the start of the song.
  • The "12 Apostles Song" uses the "Jesus Loves Me" tune.
 The links below are the lyrics and pictures for the songs.  We will also give you print copies.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tulsa Workshop

Presented some lesson ideas at the Tulsa Workshop this afternoon with my mom.  Theola Souter and Jan Conway were there too.  The three of us have taught together a long time.  My Aunt Earline was there as well.  Hopefully, this session will result in short and long term blessings to children.

Here are a few of the opening slides:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fruit of the Spirit Song - Tune and Lyrics

Fruit of the Spirit Song  -- Click the link on the left.  Then click the arrow in this section of the page you will see:

Video on You Tube:

Fruit of the Spirit Song Lyrics
The Fruit of the Spirit's not an *apple,
The Fruit of the Spirit's not an apple.
If you want to be an apple, you might as well hear it,
You can't be a Fruit of the Spirit.

The Fruit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

* Sing additional verses with different fruit.

Note:  I didn't write this song and don't know who did.  I have heard it for years. I searched online trying to see who may have written it, and ran across the video above.  You don't have to use a guitar.  Don't let that stress you!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Job: Praise the Lord at ALL Times

Job Song
Tune:  Skip to My Lou

Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord  (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

Your camels are stolen, what do you do? (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

Your oxen are stolen, what do you do?  (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

Your donkeys are stolen, what do you do?  (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

*Sores all over, what do you do?  (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

Application verses:
Your dolls are lost, what do you do? (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

Your cars are all gone, what do you do? (Sing 3 x)
Praise the Lord at ALL times.

1) Make up other application verses as needed.
2) Use pictures or toys with these verses.
*When we tell the story, I use a small plastic "man" as Job.  There are sores all over him -- bottom of his feet, in his hair, on his ears, etc.  (Magic marker sores.)  I also have a miniature doll plate that is plastic and broken in half.  We talk about how Job hurt so bad that he scraped his skin with broken pottery.  (Job 2:8)  The kids can take turns scraping Job with the plastic plate.

Audacity versus Appreciation, part 2

In Jonah 4, Jonah starts out by telling God that the reason he didn't want to work for God in the first place was because God was compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love, and slow to send calamity. Jonah needs to say that aloud and listen to himself! He just described the God I would WANT to follow. He doesn't make sense.

God gives Jonah a tiny demonstration on entitlement. God gave the vine. God could take it back. Jonah didn't "deserve" it. He wasn't entitled to it. Jonah did appreciate the vine while he had it -- well, he was happy about it. I don't know if he thanked God.

What all has God given us that we are happy about? What all has he given us that we take for granted?! These are all blessings we need to be thankful for and give thanks for. When they are gone, how gracious can we be? How can we translate this attitude to kids?