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Walking Through the Bible

 

Kindergarten – A Walk Through the Bible

 

Rationale

 

From the BFC introduction:

 

...Rev. John Westerhoff’s says of the earliest stage of faith development: Experienced Faith. 

“Experienced faith grows by participating in the customs and rituals of our faith tradition with other Christians. It is the lifelong foundation of our faith. Experienced faith is also the faith of our senses. … Young children [may] not fully understand the meaning behind the rituals. Nevertheless, just by participating in them they come to believe they are meaningful and important. The rituals point to the experience and love of God.”

 

Rituals alone, however, do not lead to faith; the Holy Spirit does this through the Word of God. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)  Although children in this age are too young to think and reason critically about faith, they can demonstrate unwavering faith.  They love stories and their imagination knows no bounds, but reality is often not well differentiated from fantasy; they will tend to imagine religious figures from Bible stories as characters in fairy tales...

 

At this stage students are only coming to school a few days a week and learn by being immersed in the faith life of the community of faith, in this case the Christian School. The goal in this first year is to introduce them to some of the major rituals of the Christianity, chiefly prayer, singing songs of worship, showing love and kindness to others, as well as to the some of the major stories of the Bible which make up the framework around which the whole  story of redemption revolves.

 

The rituals themselves should be an everyday experience, being part of every Bible lesson, but more than that, part of the whole life of the kindergarten. In the same way, the great truths of the Bible stories covered should be reflected on in all the activities. This embedding of Jesus in all they do teaches students that all of life belongs to Jesus and that Jesus is interested in every part of their life.

 

Key Concepts

 

Prayer as talking to God and putting our faith in him to hear and answer our prayers because God loves us and is able to help us

Singing worship songs to and about God as a way of knowing God, of expressing our thanks to God for all he has given us, and as a way of showing our love to God

Doing good to others as a way of being like God and of showing our love to God

Hearing a selection of the key stories from the Bible to orient the students thinking about God

Acting out key stories of the Bible as a way of coming to know God and his Word

 

Key Scripture Passages

 

God Created the World

 

Genesis 1:1-25 - God as creator

Genesis 1:26-2:25 God made us to be like himself

 

Sin Came into the World but God Loves Us and will Save Us

 

Genesis 3 - the fall into sin and God’s promise of redemption

Psalm 23 - God as our shepherd

Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-4a, 6-9 all the animals will lie down together, and the way the world will change when Jesus comes to power

 

God Sent His Son, Jesus

 

Luke 1:26-33; 2:1-20 and v 40 and v 52 - the birth of Jesus

Matthew 2:1-12 Gifts for Jesus

 

Jesus taught about God and healed the people

 

Luke 15 - the parable of the lost sheep

Luke 5:1-11 the miracle of the fish and the calling of Peter and others to be fishes of people

Mark 10:13-16 Jesus blesses the children

Luke 15:11-24 The prodigal son

Matthew 10:46-52 - Blind Bartimaeus, the blind man who could see; calling out to Jesus

Luke 19:1-10 - Jesus loved the man everyone hated, Zaccheaus, and he had dinner with him

Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan

Matthew 13 - Parable of the sower

Matthew 8:1-27 - Jesus loved people and so he healed; he has power over all sickness and even the nature

John 11:1-44 - Lazarus rises from the dead; he has power over death; he loved Lazarus

John 5:1-18 - heals the man born blind and claims to be equal to God

John 6:1-21 - Feeds the 5000 and walks on water

 

 

 

Jesus Died, Rose Again, Returned to Heaven and is Coming Back

 

Luke 23 The arrest, trial, crucifixion of Jesus

Luke 24:1-12 The resurrection of Jesus

Acts 1:7-11, 2:1-13 Jesus goes to heaven, promises to come again and the Holy Spirit is sent

Revelation 21:1-7, 22-26 The New Heaven and Earth

 

Special People in the Bible

 

Genesis 6 - God saves Noah and the animals

Genesis 12:1-9, 13:14-18; 15:1-6; 17:15-21; 21:1-7 - God calls Abraham and promises him land and a child and many, many descendants

Genesis 37 - Joseph sold into slavery

Genesis 41 - Joseph interprets the Pharaoh’s dream and rises to power

Genesis 45 - Joseph reunited with his brothers

Exodus 2:1-10 - Moses saved as a baby; he would grow up to lead the people of God out of Egypt

Exodus 2:23; 6:6-8 God sees his people’ pain and saves them

Ruth - her loyalty to Naomi and faith in the Lord gave her a special place in God’s plan

1 Samuel 3 - God calls Samuel

1 Samuel 6:6-13 - God calls David through Samuel

1 Samuel 7 - David and Goliath (focus on the power of God to save, not the death of Goliath)

2 Samuel 7:1-8, 10-17 - The promise to David by the Lord to build him a house which would last forever = Jesus to come

1 Kings 17-18 - Elijah calls the people to follow God and God shows his power

Esther 4 - Ester shows her faith in God and willingness to sacrifice herself

Daniel 2 and 6 - Daniel and King Nebuchanezzar’s dream and Daniel in the Lion’s den

 

God Gave Us the Bible, Prayer and The Church

 

Luke 11:1-13 - God gave us prayer so we could talk to him and he to us

Psalm 1 - God gave us his Word so we would choose the right way in life and enjoy his blessing on us

Acts 2: 42-47 - The very first Church with a picture of prayer, the Bible, fellowship and worship

 

Resources:

Bible App website and associated iPad/Android app resources - animated, read Bible stories with interactive features 

Books:

God is King by Catherine Mackenzie

Creation by Julie Clayden

God made Outer space by Heno Head

Mr Big Book of 5-min Devotions – Celebrating God’s World

 

www.Bible.com or the Youversion Bible App for iPhones and Android devices - has a very wide range of versions for all age ranges and also has the capacity to read the out many of the versions

 

These are commercial resources:

 

CEP publication: Beginning with God for CD’s with lots of songs

 

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/resources/books/ - book is available for Years 1-6 and can be downloaded

 

https://bible.org/seriespage/god-love - article on God’s love with good range of relevant passages

 

http://www.theopresents.com/collections/curriculum - animated video series featuring Theo the Theologian, suitable for young children (preview available on Youtube)

 

http://veggietales.com/vtmain/ - well known series for purchase; some also available on Youtube

 

http://whatsinthebible.com/ - series created by the creator of Veggie Tales called Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible; see preview at 

 

http://colinbuchanan.com.au/ - link to Colin Buchanan website; has a lot of Christian songs for children

 

http://www.vineyardresources.com/equip/children - variety of resources from Vineyard

 

 

There are many Youtube videos on the Bible stories, For example:

 

  God Created the World

  Bible Story: Genesis Creation of the World

  Kindergarten video from GraceLink.net on the creation of the world

 The Easter Story

   Jesus walks on the water

  Daniel in the Lion’s den

 

Lesson Ideas/Strategies

 

Break Year up into themes:

Term 1 God Made An Amazing world, covering Creation, and also, The Easter Story

Term 2 God Sent His Son Jesus,  and starting,  Jesus Taught About God and Healed People

Term 3 Continue Jesus Taught About God, and then, Special People in the Bible

Term 4 Finish Special People in the Bible, and conclude with, The Bible, Prayer, the Church, Worship and finally Christmas

 

  • Tie the reading of the Bible into the need to read, so we can read what God has to say to us
  • Read Bible story from a Big Book, followed by questions and answers
  • Reading from both more adult versions and a Children’s version/Big Book
  • Reading on one day, followed by videos on another, acting out another on the same story
  • Videos of selected stories e.g. Veggie Tales Videos on many Biblical stories or Youtube videos
  • Art work related to Biblical themes
  • Children act out Biblical story as a dance or a drama - this can be from small actions the children make up as a story is read, through to a full production. This can include things like props from the story, e.g. a shepherd's staff, or using mime or sign language
  • Nature study using magnifying glasses or a collage; collect a wide range of natural objects in their nature box, including a picture of themselves
  • Ask children how are we different from animals? (we worship God and know about right and wrong)
  • Name all the parts of our bodies which God gave us
  • Collage of all the different kinds of people in the world - from tall to short, boys and girls, skin colors, hair colors, freckles and so on: God made them all
  • Make sheep and a shepherd using PlayDoh etc
  • What would you say to Adam and Eve? Children imagine they are there and what would they say to Adam and Eve?
  • Easter in an egg story- plastic eggs with a symbol of Easter in each one. Every day we open 1 or 2 and explain with that object reminds us about Easter.
  • Make connections to other parts of the curriculum, for example in the beginning God created Light, which can then become a focus in Science, or God created all the animals, have a class egg which hatches a Chicken and talk about the way God has given it all its various parts and the whole process of birth
  • End of term reflection by child in one to one meeting with teacher on the themes covered in Bible to be written up and included in their Portfolio
  • Guess who game - give students clues and they have to guess some easy things, and then focus on a Bible character like Jesus or David and so on
  • Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs can be adapted to tell the Easter Story
  • Make Christmas and Easter cards
  • Puppet Shows to tell the story, students can make their own puppets
  • Memory Verse for each week taken from the part of the Bible being read
  • Teacher shares their own stories of who Jesus is for them and what he has done; students can do the same if they wish
  • Create the New Heaven and the New Earth - students create their idea of what they think the New heaven and the New Earth will be like. They could draw, make models, get pictures in a scrapbook and so on. Can be used for the creation of the world as well
  • Jesus Loves Theme - this can be any kind of display with the pictures of students, their height, their families etc, all with the heading or title Jesus Loves. This can be added to through the year, becoming richer as the year progresses
  • Act out how people must have felt to be blind or unable to walk or talk and so on, so the children can empathize with the people who Jesus healed and how they would have felt to be healed
  • Jesus tokens - students choose a keepsake, something which will last, or the teacher can choose, and it becomes a tangible token to remind them that Jesus loves them
  • Timelines - over the course of the year, students can create and decorate a timeline of the Bible stories. The dates are not important, so much as the sequence.
  • Games - a variety of well known games can be adapted to include Bible characters. Think about the games students typically play and how they can be adapted.
  • Prayer Journal - a record of the students prayers can be kept
  • Lets build God a House - use the blocks in the classroom to build a temple for God but then explain how God is the one who does the building