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SSTN # 29 - April 5, 2004

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Resurrection Egg Holders ... EASY DOWNLOAD!

1) Crayon Box Song
2) Pictures of the plagues
3) Pictures of the plagues
4) Easter Dinner "Name Place Holders" / "Napkin Rings"

Fruit of the Spirit Spinner ... NEW ... EASY DOWNLOAD!

5) Tests in Sunday School?
6) Pictures of the plagues
7) Disruptive Child?
8) Bank Lids

Amazing Miracles of the Bible ... Hands-On Series

9) Ten Commandments lessons?
10) Bank lids
11) Armor of God ideas
12) Discipline

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Resurrection Egg Holders ... NEW!

Use the twelve Resurrection Egg Holders to tell the Easter story. Each egg
picture is numbered to correspond with its explanation. For a onetime
download fee of $5.00 your class can color and cut their own set!

Get the sample "Palm Branches" pattern with explanations at:


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1) Anyone interested in the "Crayon Box Song" may go to the following
site: www.followthelight.org

Go to bottom of page and click on “This and That”.  Scroll down through
songs until you find “The Crayon Box Song”.  You will also read a message
from the writer of the song.

Praise Fellowship Church
Downingtown, PA

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2) Pictures of the plagues

This message is for the person looking for pictures of the plagues. I too
had difficulties finding any pictures of them. I ended up taking coloring
pages from various plague printables, coloring them in with a paint
program, and combining them with the Plague Song and plague activities
from a homeschool site. This was about a year and a half ago. If you, or
anyone else would like a copy of the complete lesson, please feel free to
e-mail me at: living_life_my_way@earthlink.net.
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California

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3) Pictures of the plagues

This site has many useful links for stories, crafts, lessons, etc. 

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4) Easter Dinner "Name Place Holders" / "Napkin Rings"
Here's a new way to use the Resurrection Egg Holders: Copy and paste the
patterns to a Paint program or color by hand. Write your guests' names on
the front and the item and Bible verse on the back. Before or after dinner
have each guest take turns in sequence to name the item and read the Bible
verses. If you have more than 12 guests, print more than one set and allow
more than one person to read for each item.
Or use them as napkin rings and have your guests name their item in
sequence with the host telling the meaning of each one.
You can find the Resurrection Egg Holders on this page:

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Fruit of the Spirit Spinner ... NEW!

Children will learn the Fruit of the Spirit in a fun new way. Each
characteristic is illustrated with a whimsical cartoon fruit for kids to
color, cut, and spin. Download an unlimited supply of patterns for a
onetime fee of only $3.00.

Get a lesson and learn more here:

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5) Tests in Sunday School?

I heard on the (Christian) radio today suggesting that Sundays shouldn't
be another day of "school" for the kids, filled with tests and worksheets
and all that. Kids already have enough of that. Sundays, most of all,
should be a day for the kids to be heard and understood. If not, they
might get sick of coming to another day of "school" and quit coming to
church when they're older. Should there be tests? Any opinions?

--from SSTN: in my opinion Sunday school should NOT be another day of
tests and worksheets. Tests and worksheets serve a purpose, that of
determining what the student has learned, but not to teach a lesson.
Because, there are better and more effective ways to teach the Scripture.
ChristianCrafters.Com uses Hands-On Bible lessons using creative
activities in the form of crafts, games, and skits. These activities would
be completely meaningless apart from the Bible lesson that is presented in
each one. Therefore, the MAIN purpose of Sunday school is to learn the
Scripture, but to do it in a way that engages the student.

Your webservant,
Sarah Keith <><
"Home of the Sunday School Teacher's Network"

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6) Pictures of the plagues

> We are needing pictures of the plagues of Egypt during Moses time. 

I work at a Temple. I don't know if you wanted separate items? You may
email: MomVal@aol.com

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7) Disruptive Child?

My mother and I co-teach the First Grade in our CCD program, at
our Catholic Church.  I am only 21 but I have been doing this for 8 years
now.  We have never come across a problem such as this one.  I have a
child who is incredibly smart and knows his religion better than some
adults I know.  The problem is that he is extremely over active.  He will
only sit in his seat a few moments until he is wondering around the
classroom.  He will not spend but 3 minutes on any one  activity, before
he starts throwing a temper tantrum because he says he is tired.  He slams
his fists on the desks and actually crawls under the desk to avoid having
to do any work.  My mother takes him out of the classroom and talks to him
and he calms down, but only for awhile before he starts acting up again. 
His teachers at his regular school told him to say a prayer when he is
"bad", and he does but even that doesn't seam to work.  I don't know what
is the matter with him, and I am at a lose to figure out just how to
handle him.  His is such a precious child, who I absolutely adore, I just
wish there was something I could do to help him.  While this school year
is almost over, I would like to pass along any advice you may have to the
teachers next year.  And yes, before you ask, his parents are well aware
of the problem and don't see anything wrong with the way he acts!  They
see it as a normal child just acting out for attention.  I believe it goes
way beyond that, since he told me that he doesn't want to be "bad" but he
can't help it.  Talk about something breaking your heart, I am almost in
tears writing this.  Please if there is any advice I would love to hear
Beth C.

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8) Banks Lids

> I would like to make some banks with Campbell soup

We obtain these lids from The Bible Society here in
Perth. Maybe they are available from this source where
you are. Worth asking anyway.

Pat Pollard
Perth, Western Australia.

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Amazing Miracles of the Bible

God’s glory and love are revealed through the miracles he performed and
were fully realized when he came to earth in the form of a man to save
mankind. By studying the miracles of the Bible children will gain a better
understanding of God’s love and faithfulness and how he continues to be
loving and faithful in miraculous ways to his people today. Great for
rotation-type programs!

In the Curriculum Creatives section:

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9) Ten Commandments lessons?

Dear fellow sunday school teachers,

I teach middle schoolers in a church in northern Italy, am an american
married to an Italian, and have four kids of my own.
I need some help from someone in the US.  Last summer I was visiting my
parents in NJ and in a Christian bookstore came across a sunday school
curriculum that I noticed especially but didn't buy right away.  Big
mistake.  Now I am going crazy looking for it on the web and had my mom go
back to the store to see if they could at least tell me the publishers,
they say that at the beginning of the new year the computer automatically
deletes last year's orders(?), so they weren't any help.

I will teach at a camp this summer and would love to have the curriculum.
It is called Teaching Jesus Through the Ten Commandments, or Finding Jesus
in the Ten Commandments, something like that.  In our last meeting to plan
for our summer camp, (one week sleepover with 54 9-10 year olds)I
that I had seen this set of lessons and everyone loved the idea so now the
whole theme of the camp is exactly that :  Finding Jesus in the Old
Testament. So you understand I am desperately trying to find it,
since last summer I wrote my own lessons and did my own visual support and
found it hard work, and would also like to see someone else's perspective
and creativity.

I have looked all through the web, Christian online stores, you name it.
Does anyone have any ideas where else I could look, or has anyone actually
seen it? Thanks for this space, and for anyone's time and interest.

Maria Bonometti

--from SSTN: for those responding, please include ISBN for our Bookstore.
Maria, check out "God's Top Ten" in our Curriculum section:

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10) Bank lids

Why not use the new smaller sized Pringle cans that have plastic lids
which you can slit to put the money in.  Hot glue the lids in place if
necessary. The larger ones would work also and decorations should glue
easily to them. Good luck.

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11) Armor of God ideas

One Way Street has a unit on the armor of God.  We have done it with
balloons (make each piece out of balloons) and there is also a book that
has ideas for inexpensive armor (breastplate is made from one of those
shiny things you put across your windshield to keep your car cool.

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12) Discipline

>Just be your self, Love them and I never
>discipline, when they act wrongly I always ask them why and to apologize.
>Your a teacher not a disciplinarian.God Love, Peg
I disagree with this -- also with letting them play, unless the play is
lesson oriented. There are 168 hours in a week and you have 1 of them to
teach a child about God. Everything they do form the time they walk into
the class until they leave should be focused on the lesson.

And - we are trying to disciple the children and that sometimes means
Remember their age span is about 1 minute per year (age 2 - 2 minutes). 
Our rule of thumb in a mixed age group is change activities or introduce
something new every 3-5 minutes.  The Bible story lasts longer than that,
but we add new things to keep their interest.  NEVER EVER read a Bible
story -- tell it.  When I started teaching at age 14 I had this same age
group 2-5.  There is so much you can do with them.  We do games, object
lessons, crafts, MAP (move around projects), puppets, etc. Try to involve
them in the telling of the Bible Story, using blocks or boxes to build
(Walls of Jericho, ark, tower of Babel), stuffed animals or puppets
(creation, Noah, etc.).We do not have trouble with boredom!  I strongly
recommend you use an interactive curriculum, that makes a lot of
La Marque, TX

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