Each month has one verse that it really hones in on and then explores it in depth. The month that I am working on is studying James 1:19. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. What a good lesson for little ones.
There are 6 activities each week, the 1st being reading the story cards and then 5 more. So after reading the story card we moved on to Listen Only to God. Each activity is on it's own page. It starts with an open ended question: Who might ask you to do something bad? What do you do? Lachlan didn't quite get the question worded this way. So I tried to come up with another way he might understand. I asked him what he would do if a little boy in class came up and told him to hit that little girl? This sounds awful, doesn't it? I wish I came up with a better question but at the same time I wanted to make it clear to him that what was being asked of him was not the right thing to do. Thank goodness, he did say, he would not do it.
To further explore this they had you get out a bowl, cup and a spoon. Tap the bowl with the spoon and next tap the cup so that the children can learn the different sounds. Next have the kids stand on one side of the room. Hide the bowl and cup behind a box or what ever you can find. Tell the kids to pretend that the sound of the cup is God and the sound of the bowl is the world. If they hear the cup or God's voice they are to take one step, if they hear the bowl or the world they stand still.
Each page has a blue line running through it with the words Explain and a more synopsis of what we learned from this activity. On this page it says: There are many voices in this world. We need to tune our ears to listen only for God and his truth.
The next activity is called Hear But Don't See. The Explain sentence says: If we listen carefully, we can hear God (even though we can't see him). He helps us know what is right and wrong. They had us make a familiar sound to the kids while they have their eyes closed. Then ask them to tell us what that sound was. Next point out that they could hear the sound even though they couldn't see it. I read through this activity and kept it in my head for when an opportunity would present itself. I actually did this lesson in the car. We were all heading somewhere in the car and I told him to close his eyes. Then I spoke and asked whose voice does he hear. Next I nudged my husband, and he spoke asking the same question. I made myself sound shocked and amazed. "You could hear us even though you couldn't see us?" Lachlan chuckled, "yeah." Did you know, even though, we can't see God, we can hear him, if we really listen.
I would go over every activity from this week but I feel this blog post might get a little too long. Just trust me that the rest were just as good! The last activity is the craft. Everything you need for the craft comes in the bag, except for the glue, scissors and tape of course. We built an ark, and it is so cute.
|This it the closet in Lachlan and Peter's room. I used the clothes line and clothes pin to hang and display their art. You can see the coloring page and the finished ark.|