September 25, 2016

Making Bible Stories Come Alive

I want my students to fall in love with Jesus.  That is always my number one goal each year.  Sure, I want them to meet and exceed government standards, and become confident and capable citizens... but top priority is to see my students live and thrive in their relationship with Christ.

I think that one of the most important ways to do this is through a knowledge of the  'stories' in the Bible.  All of the Bible is God's love letter to us, His children, and ultimately paints an amazing picture of grace and redemption.

I can remember my first year teaching.  I casually said something along the lines of...

"Wow! It is really raining outside!  This must be what Noah felt like on the Ark."

Only 2/3 of my class understood what I was talking about.  Two-thirds of my class of third-graders in a Christian school.  I investigated further.  At least seven of my precious little kiddos were unfamiliar with the story of Noah's Ark.  Or Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors.  Or Jonah and the Whale.  Or Daniel in the Lion's Den.   You get the idea.

I learned an important lesson that day - we just cannot assume that all of our students in Christian schools (or Sunday School) have basic Biblical background knowledge.  

I got to work right away making Bible plans to help fill in some of these 'gaps' to use during lunchtime with a group of students who were keen to learn more stories than I could fit during our regular lesson time.  Students wanted to spend their lunchtimes learning more about The Word, and I was more than happy to oblige.

We created books to go along with each story...

Garden of Eden - student reader mini-book

Noah's Ark - student readers, Bible verses, and quick worksheets for easy lesson planning

learned new story-specific vocabulary...

Noah's Ark - vocabulary cards

made crafts...
The Creation Story - spinning storyteller craft

Garden of Eden - retell the story puzzle activity

...and deepened our knowledge of God's word.

Through our Bible Story Small Group it was amazing to watch some of my students learn these stories for the first time, and watch others make deeper connections with stories they already knew and loved.

All of my Bible Story units are designed to be useful for a K-5 classroom in Christian School, homeschool, or Sunday School classroom.  These following units are currently available (more available every 2nd month!): 

How does your class, Sunday School class, or children, like to study the Bible?  What inspires you to learn more about Jesus? Share your best ideas in the comments below!

Garden of Eden - crafts, worksheets, and two 'dig deeper' lessons on sin and forgiveness

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