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SSTN  # 26 - March 18, 2002

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-> Easter Story cards
1) Zacchaeus project   
2) Special 6 Week Bible Class - Need Ideas?   
3) Youth Service?   
-> Great for VBS: Jesus Lights Me Up!
4) Bible Camp?    
5) Jonathan and David?   
6) Beatitudes ?
7) May King & Queen Celebration?
8) Active 4 yr. olds       
9) Very active 4 yr. olds! - Age appropriate lessons
-> W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers
10) African Crafts?
11) Downy/Veggietales book
12) Transition poems          

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The Easter Story - Cards 

10 Egg-shaped cards that tell the Easter Story - When the cards
are cut, colored and assembled, players can play Easter Egg Scramble and
learn the Easter Story! Reproducible so your whole class can make a set!

In the Curriculum section: 

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1) Zacchaeus project   

An easy project:  Color/paint a paperplate green to use for top of tree.
Rip a piece of brown construction paper for each child to use as a trunk.
Glue to blue construction paper.  Cut out a picture of Jesus and Zaccheaus
from a coloring book.  Glue Zaccheaus  onto  a spring clothes pin and clip
onto the tree or just glue him onto the tree.  Glue /draw Jesus below the
tree. Add people and path for detail depending on the ability of the

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2) Special 6 Week Bible Class - Need Ideas?   

Hi, we are going to start having a special 6 week Bible Class for 5th
graders each year.  At the end of the 6 weeks, we will have a special
youth service and the 5th graders will "graduate" and receive their own
engraved Bible.  I earned a Bible in this way when I was in 3rd grade
(many moons ago!) and both my children did as well (not as many moons ago)
--- Now  I am looking for 5th grade level curriculum ideas.

So far I have:  Overview of the Bible (books, old/new Testament -- the
Law, the Prophets, etc)  --- Learning how to look up chapter and verse,
The Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, John 3:16, Learning to set aside time
to Read the Bible and how it can guide our lives, setting a schedule for
daily devotions.

I know lots of churches do this!  Does anyone have curriculum ideas to


--from SSTN: check out the Club 56 books in the Christian Ed. section of
the Bookstore:   http://www.christiancrafters.com/bookstore.html 

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3) Youth Service?   

In relation to presenting Bibles to the "graduating" 5th grade class, we
are planning a Youth led service.  Music and passing out the bulletins is
the easy stuff, I'm looking for additional ideas that incorporate the
youth and make it "their" service with an inter-generational message.  I
think it will be great and has never to my knowledge been done at this

Thanks for any ideas!

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Great for VBS: Jesus Lights Me Up! TM

5 reproducible patterns to cover and decorate single light switch cover
plates. Patterns include: a lion, a lamb, a ladybug, a butterfly, and a
whale. Each pattern comes with accompanying Scripture and object lessons.
A great project to accompany your VBS program!

In the Curriculum section: 

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4) Bible Camp?    

Hi everyone. This is related to Sunday School in a roundabout way. I go to
a bible camp in Arizona every summer. This will be my last year there,
since I am a Senior. Me and some of my other friends who won't be
returning as campers want to do something really awesome. Every year on
the last night of camp, we have a talent show/skit night. people sing and
each cabin puts on a skit.. tis really fun. We were thinking that we could
do some sort of skit that night. Does anyone have any ideas at all? It can
have any subject under the sun, and I am looking for skits for all
different amounts of people. Thanks so much everyone!!

In Him,

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5) Jonathan and David?   

Need material for Jonathan and David I want to teach a lesson showing love
and plan to use Jonathan and David's friendship as a base.  Any ideas
would be appreciated.

--from SSTN: what about friendship bracelets using the colors of Christ?
See the crafts page: http://www.christiancrafters.com/page6.html 

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6) Beatitudes ?

I am looking for info on the beatitudes (sp?).  Any idea?  I have a
Ministry for Preschool thru 3rd grade.  Thanks!

--from SSTN: "Beatitudes" means "Happy". It is not referring to passing
emotions. It has to do with the joyful knowledge in knowing our salvation
is in God. He is the source of our hope and joy. ysic, sarah <><

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7) May King & Queen Celebration?

Could someone give me some ideas about May King & Queen Celebration?  We
are wanting to use this to raise some money for our Women's Ministry.

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8) Active 4 yr. olds   

35 minutes of a 4y/o attention is an incredible achievement.
Presenting your lesson in costume will help you and letting them be in
costume will help too. Other things that I've found that help in class
are: having a felt board with the characters of the story and each child
is in charge of a character and will put it on the board when it is their
turn (this does help them to listen better), having jobs for each of them
to do, and (much as I hate this system) having a chart with stickers for
listening, bringing their Bible, helping , kindness,etc. When I use the
chart system I give them tickets for each sticker and at the end of the
month they can go "shopping" in the little "store" I've set up. That
system is not my favorite, but it works.  The fact that you have 6 boys
may also be the reason that you are feeling a lack of control in your
classroom. Sorry, boys are just way more
active people. Before I had my own children I would have debated that, but
since I have found it to be very true. Any class in which the boys
outnumber the girls significantly has proven to be much more challenging.
There are some quiet boys, but overall most of them are full of energy and
looking for ways to vent it. Active role playing and hands on games are
very effective with boys. Writing on a board (even though they are only 4.
They can draw pictures.), bean bag tossing (or throwing anything for that
matter), anything that involves their whole being.
Dorie CCF Appleton, WI
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9) Very active 4 yr. olds! - Age appropriate lessons

Kudos to Marcia for keeping eight 4-year-olds attention for 35 minutes!
I teach this age three mornings a week for three hours at a faith-based
preschool. We tend to believe that children are learning best when they
are listening to us. Young children actually do most of their learning
through play and music. For play you can provide activities for them to
choose from: puzzles, matching games, costumes, puppets. To reinforce
the story you might provide representative things/people. For instance,
for Noah's Ark--provide a toy boat, some people figures and plastic
animals. Don't fret that the items look even remotely like the actual
thing. We seem pushed to provide the best for kids and I'm always amazed
at what they pretend a simple wooden block is when playing out a story.

When they start to squirm, it's time for a song with lots of movement.
Don't limit yourself to those that go with the story from your
curriculum pack. Find a good preschool aerobic tape and use the same
songs over and over. They love the repetition. Cool down with a quiet
song and likely they will be willing to return to the table for another
sit-down-and-be-quiet activity.

Assuming you have an hour long class your schedule might look something
like this: greet and assemble children, sing a "prayerful" song (I find
it's hard for them to sit still for even a five-second prayer but they
love one they can sing like "Jesus Loves Me" or "Jesus Loves the Little
Children")--5 minutes; introduce the story with puppets, storytelling,
flannel board--10 minutes; music--5 minutes of really moving around;
explore the story with an art, science, or food activity--15 minutes;
turn them loose for some free play (I like to call it Godly play)--15
minutes; clean up and come together for "circle time" and ask them to
re-tell the story and follow their lead for discussion--10 minutes.

Dianne, Kansas City, Missouri

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W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers

There's something much worse than cooties...it's called sin!  Now kids can
make Gospel Catchers rather than Cootie Catchers! A fun and innovative way
for kids to learn to share their faith with their friends!  Includes 4
Gospel Catcher patterns to make: the Colors of Christ (Gospel Colors), the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Promises of God. Follow this
link to learn more:


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10) African Crafts?

> Hi there, I am from South Africa. I am looking for ideas to raise funds
> purchase SS material and equipment. So far I am trying to organise a
> Theresa

Hi Theresa
I've been looking for craft projects from Africa for our Vacation Bible
school this summer.  What kind of crafts do the children in your country
Brenda, Michigan

--from SSTN: check out 'Round the World Crafts' and 'Safari Crafts' in the
Bookstore-Crafts section:

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11) Downy/Veggietales book

Below is the answer I received to my question about the Downy/Veggietales
book giveaway.   Thought maybe some of the readers might luck out if they
keep their eyes open. Rebecca

"I know what it's like to shop for something special and I wish you could
find Downy bottles with the Veggie Tales books attached.  This is a
promotional item that is being offered at different times in participating
stores during the Fall and Winter.  I don't have a specific list but watch
for displays in larger stores in your area."

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12) Transition poems  

>I need some transition
>poems, rhymes, or songs for preschool,

Teresa: I work with Preschool age children - 4 year olds - and will list a
number of excellent websites you can access for ideas. Many of these have
ideas for Sunday School lessons, as well. I use many of my transitions for
sitting, listening, cleaning-up, etc. in my Sunday School room as well as
my preschool room.Below are a few transitions to get you started. You
also want to go to www.yahoo.com and look at their groups. There are some
great groups for each age level where you can ask questions and share

Clean-up Song
(tune: London Bridges)

(Child's name) put the toys away,
Toys away, toys away.
(Child's name) put the toys away.
It's cleanup time.
(for additional verses, substitute toys with puzzles, books, blocks, etc.)

Freeze Freeze
(tune: Oh My Darlin' Clementine)

Freeze freeze
Time to clean up
Time to clean up pleeezzzeee
Let's all help to clean our classroom
So we can go to circle time (next activity)

Circle Time
(tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Hush, ssh, quiet please,
Let's all gather near.
Find a friend and sit right down,
Circle time is here.

Circle Count

1,2 You know what to do
3,4 Sit on the floor
5,6 Your feet you fix
7,8 Sit up straight
9,10 Let's listen again.

Have a Seat
(tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

Everybody have a seat, have a seat, have a seat
Everybody have a seat on the floor.
Not on the ceiling, not on the door,
Everybody have a seat on the floor.


These sites will also have links to others of interest.

I will be glad to provide more information if you would like to e-mail me
privately:  gagatorgal@earthlink.net

Good luck!!!
Renee in Georgia

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