This lesson is actually more about what fleece is and where it came from than about Gideon. I’ll talk more about Gideon on Wednesday.
The class should follow the same format as last Sunday. The only difference is that instead of talking about farmers and what they did, we’ll talk about sheep/shepherds. I hope the children will understand what Gideon did as a farmer (last weeks topic) and know how important sheep were to the people of Gideon’s time. Wednesday night when we talk in depth about the fleece signs, they should know what it’s all about.
Just as I did with the farmer pictures, I made a flip chart to illustrate sheep. It includes pictures of sheep being taken care of, being defended from wild animals, in the sheep fold at night, and being shorn. It then goes into the process of spinning, dying and weaving.
I don’t always have a take home project, but there will be one this week. It’s the basic sheep project. I folded a piece of card stock (8 1/2 x 11) in half. Then glued a simple picture of a sheep on the front. Inside, there is room to glue scraps of fabric and a picture of a carton of milk. This is to remind them that sheep were used for clothing as well as for food.
I found pictures to illustrate the new songs from last week. I found pictures of a frog, ants and mice. I will, eventually, glue the song to the back of picture.
Each class session this month, I will present the entire story of Gideon. I’ll either use the flip chart, flannel graph, or story books.
My lesson plan is as follows:
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.
Jesus Loves Me
A Great Big Squeak (With pic of mice)
Hop! Goes the Frog (With pic of frog)
Where is …?
Pass out pieces of cheese. Ask them if they know where cheese comes from. Tell them that in Bible times cheese usually came from sheep or goat’s milk.
Read Sheep flip chart while they enjoy the cheese.
Pass out Gideon puzzles (handmade 4 or 8 piece puzzle with picture of Gideon and his wheat)
Remind them how Gideon was a farmer and how the Midianites were taking away the food he grew.
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
Move to Storytime area (floor)with Bibles.
Tell them that God tells us about Gideon in the Bible.
Read Gideon Flip Chart
and/or Read Story of Gideon from The Beginner’s Bible story book.
Pass basket to put Bibles back in.
I’m a Hero!
Talk about books of the Bible Using chart on wall sing NT books song.
Return to table.
If there’s time go over farmer flip chart.
Go To The Ant Thou Sluggard (use ant pic)