Tonight I was a little frazzled. I didn’t really know what the problem was until I got to class and realized that I hadn’t written out a lesson plan. I’ve been putting them on this blog, not only to make me accountable, but I print it off and take it with me to class. Then I put it with the rest of the materials to be used the next time around.
The reason I was all frazzled last night is that I spent some time working on some extras for the class. I added a poster of Gideon. I usually decorate large using an overhead to trace the characters almost life size. I really didn’t have the time for that this time around. So, I scanned a colorful picture I had of Gideon and using PrintMaster Gold printed it out poster size. It turned out really nice. Next month we will be studying Samson and the following Samuel. I plan to do the same thing.
I also added attendance charts. Glued a picture of Gideon carrying his torch and trumpet onto a piece of black construction paper. The kids will add colorful torches each time they come to class.
These weren’t absolutely necessary items — that’s why I put it off until now — but they do add a lot to the room and give me more chances to review the story of Gideon with them.
So, since I didn’t do a lesson plan ahead of time and I need one to put in the Gideon Box, here is either what I did, or what I should’ve done:
This Little Light Of Mine
Turn on candle. Remind them that as long as they are good the candle will stay on. If they misbehave, the candle goes out.
Pass out Gideon puzzles (handmade 4 or 8 piece puzzle with picture of Gideon and his wheat)
Sing: Gideon — A Mighty Man of Valor (Click here to learn/view the song about Gideon)
Remind them how Gideon was a farmer and how the Midianites were taking away the food he grew.
Read Sheep flip chart . Stress the part about shearing the sheep and what fleece is.
Discuss in detail about the sign of the fleece. I had a tent someone made (really nice visual) and a man (Gideon). When he asked God to give him the sign, I laid a piece of faux sheep skin in front of the tent and Gideon went inside to go to sleep. I told all the kids to pretend like they were asleep. While their heads were down and their eyes shut, I dipped the fleece in some water I brought to class. I told them to wake up and Gideon came out of the tent and saw the wet fleece. Then we did it again with dry fleece.
Passed out smaller pieces of fleece. Each child was allowed to get one of his fleece wet. These were laid aside to take home.
Move to Storytime area (floor)with Bibles
Pass out Bibles — talk about what the Bible is, who it came from and how we should treat it.
Do B-I-B-L-E activity. (I made cards that have the letters B-I-B-L-E on them. I laid them out on the floor and we sang the BIBLE song. Then I gave each child one and told them to stand up. When their letter was called they could sit down. We sang the song again. Then when their letter was called again — at the end of the song — they stood up. Then, I asked them to hand me their card and to sit down when I said their letter. They all seemed to enjoy this activity — even the little ones)
Tell them that God tells us about Gideon in the Bible.
Read Gideon Flip Chart.
Pass basket to put Bibles back in. Next time I will have them put the Bible up before we go over the story. They couldn’t handle having something in their hands.
I’m a Hero!
A Great Big Squeak (With pic of mice)
Hop! Goes the Frog (With pic of frog)
Go To The Ant O Sluggard (With Ant pic)
Return to table.
Prayer — Using prayer box. I need to talk to the previous teacher and see how she did this. They didn’t like my method:)