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Sunday School Lesson 16: A New Name For Jacob

We started off with reviewing Lesson 15 using last week’s lesson aids and asking the little ones what they remembered. We talked about Isaac and Rebekah’s twin boys, Esau and Jacob, and how they were so different despite being twins. We asked them what the two brothers liked to do, about the special privileges Esau had for being born first and what he gave Jacob for a bowl of soup. We asked the class how Esau felt about Jacob taking his special blessing too, by tricking their father and what Jacob had to do! We ended the recap with how Jacob had to run away and was all alone but God told him that He will take care of Jacob and be with him, and Jacob trusted God because…. God always keeps His promises! This brought us to Lesson 16! We began with Jacob arriving at his uncle Laban’s house where his mother sent him. We used the lesson aids to keep the little ones captivated while telling the story. We talked about Laban’s two daughters called Leah and Rachel and how Jacob wanted to marry Rachel but he was tricked into marrying Leah first. Jacob had to work a total of 14 years so he could marry Rachel! We asked the children how Jacob might have felt for being tricked and if they remembered someone else being tricked from last week’s lesson! Of course, they remembered how Jacob tricked his father in getting the special blessing that belonged to Esau. We discussed how sometimes God might take us through an experience to help us understand how someone might feel so it can help us not to do it again. We gave an example of maybe them not sharing their new birthday toy with their sibling only to have a friend or cousin not wanting to share something with them. We talked about those feeling and if you know how someone else is feeling you might think twice about being mean because you know how it feels when someone else is being mean to you. We continued the story by talking about Jacob having 12 sons while living at his uncle’s house. We put a finished craft of the 12 brothers on the board and counted them with the class. (If anyone knows the original publisher of this craft, please let me know who they are so I can link back to them. I know that you will probably... read more

Sunday School Lesson 15: Jacob and Esau

In lesson 15, Jacob and Esau, the kiddos had a blast doing some “cooking.” We started off by asking the kiddos if they remembered who we were talking about last week see Lesson 14. Sure enough, they remembered. As we spoke about Abraham, his wife Sarah and the promises God fulfilled to them, we placed Abraham and Sarah on the board. Then we asked the little ones if they remembered the name of the baby boy God had promised Abraham. We placed baby Isaac next to Sarah. We then went on to talk about how Isaac married Rebekah (we put them two under Abraham and Sarah to make it like a little family tree) and how they too had to wait a little bit for God to fulfill His promise about making Abraham a big nation. We pointed to the stars from Lesson 13’s craft. Soon, God had blessed Isaac and Rebekah with twin boys. (We placed the babies next to Rebekah). We asked the class if they knew what twins were and if they knew any twins. As usual, they had some great stories to tell! We continued to talk about Esau and Jacob and how they were different in so many ways despite being twins. The special privileges Esau had for being the first born and how he ended up swapping his birthright for the soup. How Rebekah helped Jacob trick his old and nearly blind father, Isaac, to bless him instead of Esau and how Jacob had to run away to his mother’s relatives. Throughout the story we used the lesson aids to help bring the story to life which the kiddos loved. We ended the story with Jacob while being on his way to his relatives, God appeared to him in a dream and promised that He would be with Jacob and take care of him. The way God kept His promises to Abraham, Jacob knew that God would fulfill His promises for him too. For our activity, we decided to make some soup the way Jacob did. For sure not as yummy as his but still tasty. So, we got a few packs of 2-minute noodles. (We thought 4 kids per packet would be enough as we didn’t want to spoil their appetite for lunch.) Prior to the lesson we informed the parents and put up the ingredients list on the door in case of any allergies. The kids enjoyed preparing the noodles with... read more

End of Year Gifts for Students

End of Year Gifts for Students   This year was my first year teaching the grade 5 and 6 kiddos at our church’s Sunday school. It was a big change moving from kinder to upper primary, but I enjoyed every single minute I spent with them every Sunday. The children are all so wonderfully made by God; each with unique character traits and qualities and they made our classroom discussion incredibly fun! I’m here today to share with you two ideas for end of year gifts for students. Let’s start with the “smart cookie” printable. Click on either picture to download the pdf. file.     If you’re wondering what’s inside the gift, it’s this book, which we purchased from Koorong. We also made them a picture frame wordart to remind them of their identity in Christ. If you’d like to make a similar gift for your kids, head on over to wordart.com. Here are the fonts, color codes and words we used to make our wordarts: Font: Yanone Kaffeesatz Regular Girl’s name:#D2ACD1 Child of God: #8C759F loved: #C587AE chosen: #FBCDBE forgiven: #F5B8C7 beautiful: #6CC2C3 wonderfully made: #C7E3EB   Font: Yanone Kaffeesatz Regular Boy’s name:#384B52 Child of God: #DB4F41 loved: #A0B3B4 chosen: #A0BD93 forgiven: #807E90 strong: #586C95 wonderfully made: #E8B85A   We actually purchased our wordarts because we wanted to import them and add extra text, but you can also download them for free. I hope these printables and ideas were helpful to you! 🙂... read more

Sunday School Isaac, the Son of Promise

Sunday School Lesson 14: Isaac, the Son of Promise   We started lesson 14, Isaac, the Son of Promise, by talking about the promises God had made to Abraham. (You can read about Lesson 13 here.) We then had a brief discussion about how sometimes we have to wait to receive the things promised to us. Perhaps we are promised a holiday or a special gift for our birthday or Christmas – but, maybe, there is some waiting involved. And sometimes it’s really hard to wait for the things promised to us. We told our kiddos that Abraham and Sarah had to wait for God to fulfill the promises He had made to them. We then read “The Visitors” and “A Bride for Isaac” from the Beginner’s Bible. We told our kiddos that Abraham and Sarah had to wait over 20 years for the little baby God had promised them! During this time, they became impatient and started to wonder whether God was going to keep his promise, but, just at the right time, God gave Abraham and Sarah the little baby he had promised them. This was the special baby through whom God would keep all the other promises made to Abraham. (We brought out the craft from Lesson 13 and pointed to each section as we talked about it.) When Isaac grew up, he had kids of his own, and then they had kids and so on, and that’s how God kept the first promise. Then, God gave all those people a place to live, and so God kept his second promise and then, God sent Jesus to be born in that place, keeping His third promise.     We finished the lesson by reminding the children that sometimes we have to wait for God to keep His promises. That doesn’t mean that He has forgotten about us. It means that God is waiting for just the right time to bring into fulfillment what He has promised. And it’s important for us to keep trusting that God will do what He says He will do because, as we have seen time and time again, God always keeps His promises. The kiddos then colored a coloring page as their activity (pictured above) and, because it was such a short lesson, we also sang “Father Abraham had many sons.” And this is the take home page. Please click here to download the craft and take home book in English. Please... read more

Sunday School Promises for Abraham

Sunday School Lesson 13: Promises for Abraham This week’s lesson was a super fun one for our little ones! The focus was on God’s promises, so we started by talking about a promise that we had learnt a couple of weeks before. We remember that God had made a promise to Noah to save him and his family from the flood and we saw that God had kept that promise. Then, after the flood was over, God promised Noah to never destroy the world through a flood and God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of that promise. God kept this promise, too. We explained to our kiddos that whenever we see a rainbow in the sky, we should can remember that God is faithful: when He says He will do something, He will definitely, without a doubt, do it. We then introduced one of Noah’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren: Abraham. We read pages 39-45 from our Beginner’s Bible, and then we retold the story to make it come alive for our kiddos. Our retelling started with God telling Abraham to move to a new land. We spoke about the uncertainty of the journey that lay ahead, and that he would have needed to pack some things. I had brought in a small suitcase with some travelling items (clothes, toiletries, food, sleeping things, etc.) and I took them out one by one to show the kids. They loved calling out the name of each item. We then spoke about the journey. We asked the children to stand up and follow behind a pretend Abraham, Sarah and Lot. Before we started our class that day, we had arranged a few mini “obstacles” (an overturned chair, pile of books, etc.) around the room. As we traveled, we made sure to avoid all the obstacles by going around them or jumping over them. After a long, long time and a few minutes of us following a pretend leader, we finally reached out destination. Before class had started, we had also made a fort using blankets, chairs and some pegs (you can find the directions from eHow here.) We explained that Abraham and Sarah didn’t live in a house like we do, but in a tent. We then all went inside the tent. I don’t even need to tell you how much they enjoyed this part of the activity. We then dimmed the lights and told the next part of the story which, unfortunately, hadn’t been included in the Beginner’s Bible… Abraham... read more

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