Mississippi Jenni wrote:I need to look for books that ds can read after lesson 126. We are going to end school at 126 and just read for fun and keep up on practicing math facts.
Yodergoat » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:48 pm
...I do have an idea for Day 136, when the Bible Reader is about the parable of the sower. My husband taught on this recently in his 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School class and we made up an activity to help them visualize it.
I took four identical deli containers with lids (actually they are what we use to transport pet crayfish) and filled each one with the type of soil described. I packed one down really hard for the "path," another was filled with rocks and just a smattering of dirt for the "rocky ground," another was chocked with "thorns and thistles," which were actually.... hens and chicks plants! But it got it across that the seeds couldn't grow with so much competition. And of course one was "good soil."
My husband took these to class and allowed the students to be the sower. I gave him some wheat seed that I had for sprouts. They sowed the seed in each cup and he described what each one represented as they did so. They seemed to really get it! Since so many of them had never been near a garden, this was a concept they could understand better because they did it, you know?
And sure enough, the ones in the good soil did best. But, we didn't leave the cups there for the kids to see the progress because we were afraid it would backfire or something. I brought them home.
If you do this activity with a child at home, where they are going to be watching the progress intently, make certain that you give that good soil cup every advantage. Pat the seeds down lightly so they have good contact with the soil. Be sure that there are drainage holes in the cups if you are going to keep and grown them for any length of time. If you're nervous it won't work out and might make the parable seem untrue, just use it as an object lesson for that day of the sowing and then discard. In this case you wouldn't even need real seed.
So that's one idea!
For day 137, the Bible reader account that day is Jesus calming the storm. We have acted this out before in church classes for fun, with an adult flapping a sheet and spraying the children with a spray bottle for the "storm" and then one child gets to be Jesus who says, "Peace, be still." The adult must instantly stop the "storm." It turned out that even a year later, many of the children still remembered "Peace, be still."
Another option for this that we have done at church was making a wave bottle. We put blue food coloring in water and filled an empty plastic bottle with label removed half full. Then we added oil the rest of the way and glued on the lid. When it is tilted, it becomes a "storm," but when you stop moving it, it quickly becomes calm. This was fun.
For day 139, the fish and loaves miracle, I think we will probably just have a meal featuring bread and fish!
For 142, the parable of the lost coin, it might be fun to hide a coin and have the child seek it out diligently. Kids seem to love lookin' for stuff.
For 144, the healing of a blind man, I think it would benefit the child to act out being blind for a while with covered eyes, just to make him or her appreciate sight.
For 149, the resurrection, there are lots of ideas for that online...
For 152, Pentecost, I plan to talk about how the Spirit allowed the people to speak and understand different languages. I can sing a few snippets of phrases and songs in various languages... a Korean folk song a Korean aunt in law taught me as a child, the French equivalent of Jingle Bells (Vive le Vent), a few German phrases I learned from a German-speaking teacher when I was in eight grade (Excuse me please, where is the train station? ), and some Spanish stuff. Should be fun to see if Gail can intepret these, and her inablity to do so might help demonstrate the amazing power that God gave the apostles that day!
That's all I can think of. Not as good as the stuff Marie had planned for the Old Testament, but something, at least!
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