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1 Joseph and Mary Loved Jesus 1 Bible Focus: Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; Matthew 1:18 2:12 Life Focus: Bible Words: Jesus was born (Matthew 2:1). Heart to Heart It s always such a happy time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We may sing to celebrate. We may send cards to celebrate. We may enjoy special times with family and friends. But one of the best ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus is what you re already doing teaching young hearts about His birth. What a privilege! God loved us so much He sent Jesus as a baby. Joseph and Mary no doubt loved Jesus very much. Jesus loved us so much He died on the cross for us. You love Jesus so much that you give of your time to help His little ones learn about His love. What a beautiful circle of love! Be happy and rejoice. There is a lot to celebrate! Lesson 1 at a Glance Activity Time Use one or more of these activities to help children explore the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. 1st Hour Activities for the Unit poster, books and puzzles, song Sheet 1 Unit 1 poster, Sheet 4 song poster, Jesus Was a Special Baby book, books and puzzles, CD, CD player Extra Hour Activity for the Unit Nativity Poster Sheet 1 Unit 1 poster, clear adhesive covering, paper Note: You can find the CD, visual sheets, and board books in the Toddlers & 2s Teacher s Convenience Kit. Jesus Was Born Taking Care of Baby Family Living Sheet 6 large mangers and stars, yarn, hole punch dolls, doll accessories, doll bed or box Mommy and Daddy CD (Family Together Time Issue 1) Help children know that Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. can be done several ways and whenever best fits your schedule. If you do the longer story, you will need more items. Teddy the bear puppet; hand mirror; Bible; Sheet 6 figures of Mary, Joseph, angel; child-safe bells; CD; CD player; CD (reproducible easels) can be done several ways. If you do one of the other story options, you will need different items. Teddy the bear puppet, Bible, hand mirror, CD, CD player, Jesus Was a Special Baby book Discovery Time Use one or more of these activities to help children continue exploring the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Rocking Baby Get Ready for Baby Joseph and Mary Saying Good-bye or Transition to Extra Hour Art CD, CD player, baby dolls diaper bag filled with baby items, empty container reproducible p. 97, large crayons, glue stick, fabric, scissors baby dolls, baby wipes, child-safe nativity set, CD (Family Together Time Issue 1) Puppet Fun Happy News! Sweet Dreams Ring the Happy News A Manger Filled with Hay Saying Good-bye Music Craft Teddy the bear puppet, small baby doll pillows, large basket, small blankets, CD, CD player handbells or wrist bells, CD, CD player, Sheet 4 song poster paper towel tubes, glue, yellow construction paper, scissors, resealable plastic bags CD (Family Together Time Issue 1) Toddlers & 2s Teacher, Unit 1, Lesson 1 11

2 Activity Time (25 30 minutes) Life Focus help children explore the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Welcome Welcome each child by name. Do check-in procedures you follow (name and security tags, etc.). Play soft music in the background (CD Tracks 8 and 9). Lead each child to an activity. Bible Words Jesus was born (Matthew 2:1). Activities for the Unit Use these activities anytime during your session. Children will enjoy doing them each week. Poster: Before class, display the Unit 1 Nativity poster in your room. Ask children to point to Joseph and Mary. Say, Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was a special baby. Books and puzzles: Use the Jesus Was a Special Baby book and other books and puzzles that show pictures of Jesus birth. Look at books with interested children and help children do puzzles. Talk about Jesus being a special baby. Jesus Christ Was Born song: Before class, display the Unit 1 song poster in your room. Play Jesus Christ Was Born from the CD. Sing with individual children or small groups. Encourage children to do the suggested actions. Jesus Was Born Before class, press out the stars and mangers. Punch a hole in each figure. Tie with yarn and hang them from the ceiling in your room. Or hang them from a dowel rod to hold over the children s heads. Leave the figures up during Unit 1. Encourage children to look at the mangers and stars and clap their hands. They may also want to jump to try to reach them. Or you can hold children up to the figures so they can touch them. Sing the following song to the tune of London Bridge. Encourage verbal children to sing with you. Jesus was a special baby, special baby, special baby. Jesus was a special baby. Jesus was born. The star shone so very bright, very bright, very bright. The star shone so very bright. Jesus was born. 1s will clap their hands, jump, and listen to the song. 2s will do the above and sing some of the words. Taking Care of Baby Encourage the children to care for the baby dolls by feeding, rocking, and dressing them. Then invite the children to put the dolls in a bed to go to sleep. You may want to play the baby sounds from the CD while children play. Say, Joseph and Mary had a baby. His name was Jesus. Joseph and Mary took care of baby Jesus. They wrapped Him in a blanket and put Him in a bed. Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was born! Encourage verbal children to say the Bible Words with you. 1s will play with the dolls and put them to bed. 2s will do the above and say the Bible Words. Sheet 1 Unit 1 Nativity poster, Sheet 4 Unit 1 song poster, Jesus Was a Special Baby book, books and puzzles, CD Track 2, CD player Teaching Tip Cover the poster and book with clear adhesive covering. Sheet 6 large mangers and stars, yarn, hole punch (optional: dowel rod) baby dolls, doll accessories (bottles, toy dishes, doll clothes, baby Family Living wipes, blankets), at least 1 doll bed or box large enough to hold a doll (optional: CD Track 11) Transition to Use a cleanup song or signal to transition to. See Tips About in the narrow column on the next page. 12 Joseph and Mary Loved Jesus, Lesson 1

3 Life Focus (shorter version: 5 10 minutes) Use this or the longer version found on pages 8 and 9 to help each child know that Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Teddy the bear puppet; hand mirror; Bible; Sheet 6 figures of Mary, Joseph, and an angel; child-safe handbells or wrist bells; CD Tracks 1 and 2; CD player; CD Easels Teacher Helps printable file Before Class Attach easels to the figures so they will stand. Or you can attach paper tubes to the backs of figures. Teaching Tip If you have a child-safe nativity set, you may want to use it rather than the figures on Sheet 6. Tips About can be done in a variety of ways. You can do with individual children, with a few children at a time on carpet squares, in chairs at a table, at a table with built-in seats or clip-on chairs, or in your own creative way. Encourage verbal children and other helpers to sing the songs with you! The songs Oh, I Love to Pat the Bible and Jesus Christ Was Born are recorded on the CD. Call Teddy by name. Children will love to hear the name of their furry friend! After children have gathered for, sing this song several times as each child pets or hugs Teddy the bear puppet: (tune: The Farmer in the Dell ) I like to go to church. I like to go to church. With all the other boys and girls, I like to go to church. At the end of the song, clap and ask everyone to clap. We re glad to be at church! We re glad you re at church today! Hold the mirror in front of each child. We re so glad is at church today. And we re so glad is at church today. Do with each child, using each child s name. Show your Bible and ask, What is this? Encourage verbal children to say Bible. We love our Bible. It tells us about God. Let s pat our Bible. Hold the Bible in front of each child. Let each pat the Bible while singing Oh, I Love to Pat the Bible (Track 1) several times: (tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie? ) Oh, I love to pat the Bible, the Bible, the Bible. Oh, I love to pat the Bible, for it is God s Word. Say, The Bible tells us about a woman named Mary and an angel. Let the children hold or touch the Mary and angel figures as you say, The angel told Mary some happy news! The angel told Mary she would have a baby! Sing the following song as children hold the figures: (tune: This Is the Way ) You will have a baby boy, Baby boy, baby boy. You will have a baby boy, the angel said to Mary. The angel also told Joseph some happy news! Let the children hold or touch the Joseph and angel figures as you say, The angel told Joseph that he and Mary would have a baby! Sing the following song as children hold the figures: (tune: This Is the Way ) You will have a baby boy, Baby boy, baby boy. You will have a baby boy, the angel said to Joseph. The angel told Joseph and Mary that their baby would be a special baby. His name would be Jesus. Shake a bell. Let each child shake it, or let children shake their own bells while singing Jesus Christ Was Born (Track 2) several times: (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat ) Ring, ring, ring your bells. Jesus Christ was born. Ring, ring, ring your bells. Jesus Christ was born. The Bible says that Jesus was born. Encourage verbal children to say the Bible Words with you. Hold the mirror in front of each child as you say, Jesus was a special baby,. Do this with each child. Pray, Thank You, God, that Jesus was a special baby. In Jesus name, amen. Encourage verbal children to say thank You or God. Have Teddy say good-bye as each child pets or hugs the puppet. Toddlers & 2s Teacher, Unit 1, Lesson 1 13

4 Discovery Time (15 20 minutes) Life Focus help children continue exploring the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Rocking Baby Sit facing a child. Take his hands and gently tug him back and forth in a rocking motion. Sing this song to the tune of This Is the Way and encourage verbal children to sing with you: This is the way we rock the baby, rock the baby, rock the baby. This is the way we rock the baby, rocking back and forth. Play the baby sounds from the CD. What is that? Encourage verbal children to respond. That s a baby! Show the children how to rock a baby. Then give the children the baby dolls and encourage them to rock the dolls. Say, You are rocking the baby. Joseph and Mary rocked baby Jesus. They took care of baby Jesus. Mary and Joseph knew that 1s will enjoy rocking with you and rocking the doll. 2s will do the above and may sing some of the song. Get Ready for Baby Before class, fill a diaper bag with baby care items. Place the diaper bag beside an empty container. Invite the children to empty the diaper bag and show them how to put the items in the empty container. Invite verbal children to name the items, or you can name them. Then ask verbal children, What do you do with a bottle? What do you do with a toy? Encourage them to respond. Joseph and Mary had to get ready for baby Jesus. Joseph and Mary wanted to take good care of baby Jesus. Joseph and Mary knew that Encourage children to place the items back in the bag as you say, Let s get ready for baby Jesus. 1s will enjoy emptying the bag and may put items back. 2s will do the above, name the items, and respond to questions. Joseph and Mary Before class, make copies of page 97 and cut fabric into small pieces. Give each child a copy of page 97. Guide the children to scribble-color the figures of Joseph and Mary. As children color, say, Here are Joseph and Mary. They will soon have a baby. His name will be Jesus. Joseph and Mary knew that Coat the figures with glue. Show children how to press on the fabric pieces. When children are done, ask them to point to Joseph. Ask, Who is that? Encourage verbal children to respond. Ask children to point to Mary. Ask, Who is that? Encourage verbal children to respond. 1s will scribble-color, press on fabric pieces, and point to Joseph and Mary. 2s will do the above and name Joseph and Mary. Saying Good-bye For children who are leaving, give parents craft activities and copies of Family Together Time Issue 1 from the CD. Tell parents something their children enjoyed. Tell each child, Good-bye. See you next time! NOTE: Family Together Time is also available online for families to download. See CD Track 11, CD player, baby dolls Expert Tip A teacher with heart understands the importance of cherishing and challenging to the individuality of each child. Jody Capehart diaper bag, real baby care items (such as bottles, sippy cups, blankets, bibs, wipe container, toys, disposable diapers), empty container Teaching Tip Encourage parent involvement by asking a mom or dad to bring in a filled diaper bag. reproducible p. 97, large crayons, glue stick, fabric, scissors Transition to Extra Hour Art Have at least one adult greet new children and at least one adult engage children in activities away from the door. Continue Discovery Time choices children are enjoying. Give children baby wipes and dolls and encourage them to wash their babies. Let s take care of the babies. Joseph and Mary took care of baby Jesus. Let the children play with a child-safe nativity set. Tell the story in simple terms as they play with the pieces. 14 Joseph and Mary Loved Jesus, Lesson 1

5 Life Focus Extra Hour Activity and (25 35 minutes) help children explore the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Bible Words Jesus was born (Matthew 2:1). Welcome Welcome new children by name. Do check-in procedures you follow (name and security tags, etc.). Check and change diapers and/or have restroom time. Continue activities from the 1 st Hour and/or do the following activities: Sheet 1 Unit 1 Nativity poster, clear adhesive covering, paper CD (Family Together Time Issue 1) Activity for the Unit Nativity Poster Before class, cover the poster with clear adhesive covering. Display the poster. Point to Joseph and Mary, patting the figures while you say, Here is Joseph. Here is Mary. Encourage children to pat Joseph and Mary. Cover the figures of Joseph and Mary with a piece of paper. Where are Joseph and Mary? Help children lift the paper to find them. Mommy and Daddy Say the rhyme from Family Together Time. Hug yourself while saying the words and invite children to hug themselves. Use a cleanup song or signal and transition to. See the Tips About in the narrow column. Teddy the bear puppet, Bible, hand mirror, CD Track 1, CD player, Jesus Was a Special Baby book Tips About can be done in a variety of ways. You can do with individual children, with a few children at a time on carpet squares, in chairs at a table, at a table with built-in seats or clip-on chairs, or in your own creative way. Encourage verbal children and other helpers to sing the songs with you! The song Oh, I Love to Pat the Bible is recorded on the CD. Call Teddy by name. Children will love to hear the name of their furry friend! Use this, the one found on page 13 or the longer version found on pages 8 and 9. Sing this song several times as each child pets or hugs Teddy the bear puppet: (tune: The Farmer in the Dell ) I like to go to church. I like to go to church. With all the other boys and girls, I like to go to church. At the end of the song, clap and ask everyone to clap. We re so glad to be at church! We re glad you re at church today! Hold the mirror in front of each child. We re so glad is at church today. And we re so glad is at church today. Do with each child, using each child s name. Show your Bible and ask, What is this? Encourage verbal children to say Bible. We love our Bible. It tells us about God. Let s pat our Bible. Hold the Bible in front of each child. Let each pat the Bible while singing Oh, I Love to Pat the Bible (Track 1) several times: (tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie? ) Oh, I love to pat the Bible, the Bible, the Bible. Oh, I love to pat the Bible, for it is God s Word. Read the story to the children from the Jesus Was a Special Baby book, showing the pictures as you read. Then sing the following song while pointing to Mary and then to Joseph: (tune: This Is the Way ) You will have a baby boy, baby boy, baby boy. You will have a baby boy, the angel said to Mary. (Sing again and substitute Joseph for Mary.) The Bible says that Jesus was born. Encourage verbal children to say the Bible Words with you. Hold the mirror in front of each child as you say, Jesus was a special baby,. Do with each child. Pray, Thank You, God, that Jesus was a special baby. In Jesus name, amen. Have Teddy say good-bye as each child pets or hugs the puppet. Toddlers & 2s Teacher, Unit 1, Lesson 1, Extra Hour 15

6 Extra Hour Discovery Time (20 25 minutes) Life Focus help children continue exploring the theme, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Puppet Fun Happy News! Use Teddy the bear puppet. Go to individual children with Teddy or to small groups of children. Hi! My name is Teddy. I m so happy to see you today. I have happy news to tell you. Jesus was born! Put a small baby doll in Teddy s arms. I m rocking a baby. Joseph and Mary rocked baby Jesus in their arms. They loved baby Jesus. Have Teddy give each child a hug. Joseph and Mary hugged baby Jesus. Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was a special baby. Sweet Dreams Put several pillows in a basket or tub. Encourage children to take the pillows out of the basket. Help children arrange the pillows on the floor to make a bed. We re making a bed. Joseph and Mary made a bed for baby Jesus. Joseph and Mary knew that Invite the children to lie down on the pillows. Cover children with blankets and encourage them to lie still for a few moments while you play quiet music. Joseph and Mary loved baby Jesus. When rest time is over, clap your hands and say, Jesus was born! Encourage verbal children to say the Bible Words with you. Play active music as you guide the children to put the pillows back in the basket. 1s will help put pillows on the floor and back in the basket. 2s will do the above and say the Bible Words. Teddy the bear puppet, small baby doll pillows, large basket or tub, small blankets or towels, CD Tracks 6 9, CD player Ring the Happy News Give children bells to hold. Show them how to shake the bells to make sounds. Encourage children to ring their bells while singing Jesus Christ Was Born to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. The song is also recorded on the CD. Ring, ring, ring your bells. Jesus Christ was born. Ring, ring, ring your bells. Jesus Christ was born. You can also sing Clap, clap, clap your hands, and Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet. Encourage verbal children to sing with you. 1s will enjoy ringing the bells and doing the suggested actions. 2s will do the above and may sing some of the words. A Manger Filled with Hay Before class, cut the paper tubes (one for each child) in half lengthwise and cut 2" strips of paper as hay. Set one half of each tube, open side down, on a table. Put a strip of glue on the tops. Guide children to put the second half, open side up, on top of the glue. Say, Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. They wanted him to have a nice bed to lie in. Put some glue in the open half of the paper tubes. Say, Let s make a nice bed for baby Jesus to lie in. Give the children some strips of paper and show them how to put the hay on the glue. Joseph and Mary knew that Joseph and Mary loved Jesus. Put the completed mangers in plastic bags to take home. 1s and 2s will help make a manger bed. Saying Good-bye Give parents copies of Family Together Time Issue 1 from the CD and craft activities their children may have done. Tell each child, Good-bye. See you next week! child-safe handbells or wrist bells, CD Track 2, CD player, Sheet 4 song poster Added Fun! Show children how to lift their arms up high and shake the bells, and then put their arms down low and shake the bells. paper towel tubes cut into 4" lengths, glue, yellow construction Music Craft paper, scissors, resealable plastic bags NOTE: Family Together Time is also available online for families to download. See 16 Joseph and Mary Loved Jesus, Lesson 1, Extra Hour

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