1 August 19, 2007 (Preschool, Early, Middle, and Older Elementary, Tweens in Transition) All classes are focused on. You may want to consider teaching some American Sign Language for the prayer. You will find directions included in both the Older Elementary Class Pak Center Trifold, and Tweens in Transition More Tween Bible Puzzles p You may choose to teach just a few words if you have mostly young children. Choose activities: If you have limited class time, preparation time, Sunday school resources, or few children you may need to be especially selective in the activities you plan. Each activity included in the lesson is intended to enrich the Bible verse, Bible story, and the FaithPoint. QuickTeach (depending on the age group you will find it explained on Teacher p. 8 or 9) is a lesson plan to help busy teachers quickly choose experiences for their children and be assured that they still have a basic Bible lesson. This column will also include activities notes to assist in your lesson planning. Preschool Bible Verse: Pray for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1, CEV) Bible Story: Matthew 6:5-15 FaithPoint: Jesus taught his friends how to pray. We can pray. QuickTeach activities marked with (QT). Teacher page 9, explains Quick Teach. 1. (QT) Great Greetings greet the children, attendance stickers and attendance chart (Class Pak pp. 4, 16-17). Display poster (Class Pak p. 32), Play the song Kum Ba Yah (CD), offering Fun Beginnings (QT) Coloring Fun Mountain Fun - make play dough on a big piece of waxed paper Story People Fun - Punch out the figures (Class Pak p. 28) and tape them to blocks or empty, plastic soft drink bottles so they will stand up. Or tape them to tongue depressors so children may use them as puppets. Tape or glue the mountain background to the side of a shoebox (QT) Puzzle Fun: - Prayer Puzzle (Teacher p. 121) (QT) Matching Fun - matching cards (Class Pak p. 25) (QT) Transition Time activity to prepare for story time 2. Bible Story Time Sing Pray to God, CD, Songbook (QT) Hear the Bible Story Bible Storybook 12 Move to the Bible Story motions (QT) Say the Bible Verse Bible, explanation, and actions, loving (Class Pak pp. 24) and Mural (Class Pak pp. 14, 19) 3. Live God s Word.
2 Prayer Bookmarks Stickers, small bits of colored paper and/or glitter or confetti, clear, selfadhesive paper cut, into 2 1/2- by 5-inch strips, yarn, sharp scissors (for teacher s, use only), paper punch (QT) The Forgiving Game Fun Pak Lesson 12 (QT) Time With Bosco Pear review puppet, Class Pak p. 5 (QT) Prayer Circle Pray to God, and give out stickers EXTRA! EXTRA! ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES supplies needed Praying Hands Prints The Puppet Story Daily Bread Choose activities and materials for Fun Beginnings (page 100). Consider having the children make a play dough mountain; make the play dough (page 100). If you plan to make Prayer Bookmarks (page 103) get the supplies and cut clear, plastic adhesive into by 5-inch strips (two per child)-. If you choose to do any of the Extra! activities, gather the materials and make the preparations (see page 105). Early Elementary Bible Verse: Lord, teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1) Bible Story: Matthew 6:5 15 FaithPoint: Jesus taught his followers how to pray. QuickTeach activities marked with (QT). Teacher page 8, explains Quick Teach. (QT) Happy Greetings It s Me, It s Me, O Lord (CD and player). Attendance chart and stickers (Class Pak pp. 14, 19), offering basket (QT) Have Prayer Time Bible, floor cushions or pillows, (QT) Prayer Puzzles - Teacher p. 100, crayons and markers, scissors, construction paper, glue Praying Arms Pictures - construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors, glue or gluesticks, chenille stems, pretzels Praying Hands Prints - clean sponges, scissors, paint smocks, newspaper, tempera paint, shallow dishes or pie pans, construction paper, markers or crayons Fun Pak Fun Lesson 12 (QT) Transition Time children move to story area, Happy All the Time Bible Story Time
3 (QT) Enjoy the Bible Story - Bible, Bible Storybook 12, introduce the story Sing It s Me, It s Me, O Lord, CD, play, and songbook (QT) Bible Verse Fun (Class Pak pp. 5, 16, 17), add card to Bible verse mural. Class Pak pp. 12, 21, 25, tape, paper, pen or pencil Add to the Prayer-lipede (see Teacher p. 67). Paper, pen or pencil, crayons and markers Live God's Word (QT) Living as a Christian Kid - Bible Storybook 12 Prayer Plates paper, pen or pencil, paper plates, markers or crayons, magazines, scissors, glue, paper punch, yarn or string Make Soft Pretzels recipe Teacher p. 80 (QT) Prayer Calendar - Class Pak p. 2 Worship (QT) Worship Together - CD and player, Songbook from the Class Pak, Worship Stickers, and Bible. Music It s Me, It s Me, O Lord (CD, Songbook). Play the song O Lord, Hear My Prayer (call and response (CD, Teacher p. 104) West Indian version of the Lord s Prayer (CD, Songbook) O Lord, Hear My Prayer, CD, Teacher p. 104 Review Pray Cut sponges into hand shapes. Collect cushions and pillows for children to sit on. Gather magazines with pictures of food for children to cut out. Extend the learning through the week with the Faith Explorer Home Video Game. This game is downloaded onto a home computer and children review the lesson all through the week as they play the game. For more information, go to Middle Elementary Jesus Teaches About Prayer Bible Verse: Lord, teach us to pray. (Luke 12:12) Bible Story: Matthew 6:5 15 FaithPoint: Jesus taught his followers how to pray. To simplify your teaching, prepare for class by following the guidelines found in Before the Children Arrive (Teacher p. 77). QuickTeach activities marked with (QT). You may want to check Teacher p. 8 for an explanation. Before the Children Arrive preparation suggestions
4 (QT) As Children Arrive It s Me, It s Me, O Lord and (CD), offering, attendance sticker, attendance chart (Class Pak pp. 3, 30), Leaflet pp. 2-3 Make a Guiro - cardboard tubes (about twelve, inches long) or posterboard, and tape, ribbed plastic shelf liner, colored rubber bands, ribbon or yarn (QT) Fun Pak Fun Lesson 12 This is a separate curriculum piece that compliments the theme, see Teacher p. 4 for ordering information Bible Story Time (QT) Introduce the Bible Story (QT) Read the Bible Story Bibles (QT) How Shall We Pray? - Bibles (QT) Act It Out! Leaflet pp. 4-5 Add to the Prayer-lipede see Teacher p. 67 Live God's Word (QT) God Knows What s in Our Hearts Leaflet pp. 6-7 Add to My Special Prayer Books - Leaflet pp. 6 7, Special Prayer Books (see Teacher p. 68), pencils, Optional: Stickers (QT) Create a Prayer for Worship - Class Pak p. 25, bags or baskets, large sheet of paper, marker or pen Worship (QT) Worship Together (CD) It s Me, It s Me, O Lord Music Leaflet p. 6, Songbook p. 3 Review Add the picture of Jesus to the Teach Us to Pray Poster, Class Pak pp. 14, 19, 28 Music - (CD, Music Leaflet p. 8, Songbook p. 7) Music - O Lord Hear My Prayer (CD, Music Leaflet p. 2, Songbook p. 8) Pray Continue to display the Attendance Chart (Class Pak pp. 3, 30) and the Teach Us to Pray Poster (Class Pak pp. 14, 19). Locate the figure of Jesus praying (Class Pak p. 28). You may leave out the Fruit of the Spirit Game (Class Pak pp. 8 9, 12, 21) for early arrivals. For the Gurios, you will need a cardboard tube for each child, ribbed plastic shelf liner, unsharpened pencils or wooden dowels, and colored rubber bands. Note: If cardboard tubes are not available, create tubes from from posterboard. For Introduce the Bible Story, you will need three index cards. On each card draw a different symbol. For example, a heart, a cross and a star. Make sure the design does not show through to the other side. Set out the Create-a-Prayer Cards (Class Pak p. 25). Extend the learning through the week with the Faith Explorer Home Video Game. This game is downloaded onto a home computer and children review the lesson all through the week as they play the game. For more information, go to Older Elementary
5 Bible Verse: Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9) Bible Story: Matthew 6:8-15 FaithPoint: We can pray the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. QuickTeach activities marked with (QT). Teacher p. 8 explains QuickTeach. (QT) Arriving greet children; invite them to mark attendance (Class Pak pp. 13 & 20) and place offering in collection container. (QT) Words of Praise Leaflet pp. 2-3 (QT) God Is... brainstorming words or phrases that describe who God is. Sounds of Praise create instruments (see Teacher p. 77 for suggested supplies Bible Brain Pak - The Bible Brain Pak is an optional resource that is purchased separately. For ordering information, refer to Teacher p. 4 Bible Story Time (QT) Prepare to Hear the Story - Awesome God (CD Track 6), introduce the story (QT) Hear the Story Bibles, Leaflet pp. 4-5, Lord s Prayer Signing Poster, (Class Pak Center Trifold) (QT) Experience the story When is it hard to forgive? (QT) Pray This Way circle activity Give Us Bread prepare bread to share Live God's Word (QT) Facing Temptation Leaflet pp. 6-7 (QT) A Model Prayer Teacher p. 105 Temptation Charades act out a situation and have others guess it Worship (QT) Worship Time; before class post the poster Pray This Way (Class Pak p. 3) Awesome God (CD Track 6) Light candle Review Read the verse (Leaflet p. 1) FaithPoint Leaflet p. 1 Pray Music; Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying (CD Track 3) Extinguish candle Reminder of take home items Gather the supplies needed. For God Is (p. 77), write God Is on a large piece of paper. For Sounds of Praise (p. 77), gather a variety of materials from which the children can create instruments. For Hear the Story (p. 78), post the Lord s Prayer Signing Poster (Class Pak Center Trifold) in the storytelling area.
6 For Give Us Bread (p. 79), purchase ready-to-bake bread or store-bought rolls or biscuits, or prepare homemade dough. Preheat the oven. For A Model Prayer (p. 80), photocopy Jesus Model Prayer (p. 105) for each child. For Temptation Charades (p. 80), write the words listed on index cards or on small pieces of paper. Extend the learning through the week with the Faith Explorer Home Video Game. This game is downloaded onto a home computer and children review the lesson all through the week as they play the game. For more information, go to Tweens in Transition Pray This Way Bible Verse: Pray then in this way. (Matthew 6:9a) Bible Story: Matthew 6:5-14 FaithPoint: Jesus gave us a model for prayer. QuickTeach activities marked with (QT). Teacher p. 8 explains QuickTeach. Gathering (QT) My Prayer List continue FaithZine pp (QT) Words of Praise and Respect FaithZine p. 55, pray to God, show respect Instruments of Praise make instruments to use during closing worship, supplies needed Hearing the Word (QT) Tween-Led Worship light a candle, read the verse, pray (QT) What s It Mean? FaithZine pp More Tween Bible Puzzles Puzzles 51 and 51B from More Tween Bible Puzzles pp. 113, 114 Divide It Up FaithZine pp , art supplies needed Responding to the Word (QT) Do Not Pray This Way FaithZine pp (QT) Alone Time With God might use Lesson 10 Personal Prayer Reminders Write a Prayer FaithZine pp Sending Forth (QT) Worship FaithZine pp , pray (QT) Lord s Prayer in Motion Praise Band Worship Either gather rhythm instruments from a younger children s class or provide materials for making instruments for the Instruments of Praise activity (see p. 77). Photocopy puzzles 51 and 51B from the More Tween Bible Puzzles book (More Tween Bible Puzzles pp ).
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