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Saturday, October 23, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter I

I- Isaac is Born

Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Isaac is Born
- identify that Abraham as a man who obeyed and trusted God
- identify Isaac as the son that God promised to Abraham and Sarah

Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson

Vocabulary Words:

Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.


Circle Time:

Bring a little tent or drape cloth over the table and let the children sit inside.

Read story: “Isaac is Born” from your own story book. Or read story “Sarah Laughs" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 18 & 19,"

Then ask questions from below.

Who was Abraham’s wife? (Sarah)

When we learned about them, were they young? (No)

Did God keep his promise to Abraham and Sarah? (Yes)

Did they trust God? (Yes)

How do you think God felt about them when they obeyed? (Happy)

Do you think Abraham was happy when he obeyed? (Yes)

How can we be like Abraham and listen to God? (Obey our parents and teachers.)

Who can tell me what it was that Abraham and Sarah wanted very much? (A child.)

What did God promise Abraham? (To give him a son.)

Did Abraham have a son right away? (No)

What did they name the son? Isaac

Who had as many descendants as there were stars in the sky? (Abraham)

Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays:

dltk-bible.com- Father Abraham (song)

gardenofpraise.com- God’s Promise to Abram (song)


Introduce activity:

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Isaac is Born lesson

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Abraham and Sarah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

missionarlington.org- Isaac is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)


Introduce movie: Who always keeps his promises? (God)

Movie- Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise and ask questions:

What promise did God make to Abraham?

Why would having a baby be unusual for Abraham and Sarah?

Did God give Abraham what he promised right away?

What are some times when you had to be patient?

What can we do if we should be patient, but it is hard to do?


Introduce craft: What did Abraham and his family live in? (Tents)

sundayschoolkids.com- A Tent for Abraham and Sarah
Easy to make printable craft of a tent that is black and white or in color. Printables of people are also posted. (Scroll down to bottom for printables.)

Introduce crafts: What kinds of animals did Abraham have? (Camels, sheep, and cows.)

craft-idea.blogspot.com- Camel Craft

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Cool Cork Camel

scissorcraft.com- Easy Folding Camel

familyfun.go.com- Lamb Note Holder
You can simplify this craft by using cotton balls.

dltk-kids.com- Hand Print Lamb Craft

familycrafts.about.com- Hand Print Lamb Craft
Make lots of extra popcorn for a snack. :)

mssscrafts.com- Scripture Sheep
This cute sheep craft can be adapted in a number of different ways to be used as a simple Bible craft or as a memory verse game.

daniellesplace.com- Paper Lunch Bag Cow Puppet (Scroll down for this. Patterns provided.)

dltk-kids.com- Paper Bag Cow Bag
You can make a brown cow like the one in the picture or use different colors for an dairy, white, tan or black cow.

Introduce craft: Who is known as “The Father of all Nations”?

mssscrafts.com- memory verse activity

daniellesplace.com- Abraham and His Descendants Craft

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Abraham’s Promise Family Picture Frame (scroll down to this)

childrenschapel.org- God’s Promise to Abraham and Isaac (Star Mobile)

dltk-bible.com- God Made Families (family portrait craft)

God’s Promise to Abraham Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 9 & 10.)

Baby Isaac Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 11 & 12.)

Introduce craft: Abraham had a very large family. Let’s make a family tree of our own family and see how big it is.

preschoolrock.com- Family Tree Preschool Craft
Help your preschooler remember all of the people who are important in their life with this family tree preschool craft. It’s much less structured than traditional family trees and can be made into a treasured keepsake gift for parents, grandparents, or other family members.

enchantedlearning.com- Paper Family Tree
Make a simple but pretty family tree and learn about your family's heritage

enchantedlearning.com- Family Collage Craft
Make a collage of your family by cutting out pictures or draw your own pictures.

preschooleducation.com- Families Crafts (several posted here)


Introduce game: God told Abraham things to do and he obeyed him. Abraham was good at following directions. Do you think you are good at following directions? Let’s find out.

childrensministryvault.com- Will You Do It Game

childrensministryvault.com- Hot Potato Surprise

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Sequence: Abraham Stars
These are size and number sequence. These work well when discussing God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are stars in the sky. After children order them, talk about how God always keeps his promises! (Scroll down to this.)

first-pres-church.org- Bible Variety Workshop: Feely Box Trust Me Game
Children learn of Abraham and Sarah’s trust, obedience, and faithfulness to God as they hear how they followed God’s instructions to leave their home and go to a land that God will show them. Children explore how that might have felt to Abraham and Sarah by playing a Feely Box Trust Me Game. (Scroll down to this under Bible Variety Workshop.)

God Says

Need: Nothing

Directions: Played just like Simon Says. God says, “Hop on one foot.” Etc.

Following Directions

Need: Bop It, Ballzerko, Simon, etc.

Directions: Divide the class into groups. Have one group play one game and the other plays another, etc. Students must do what the toy tells them to do. Change games after all students get a chance to play.

Introduce game: God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are ____ in the sky. (stars)

enchantedlearning.com- Color Word Dominoes
Several different kinds to print out.

kidprintables.com- Shape Flash Cards
Play Memory, Go Fish, etc. with these cards. Print out: Shapes Flash Card Set 1 (circle, oval, square, triangle) & 2 (rectangle, heart, star, diamond).

Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.

Herding Sheep Game

Need: Balloons and a staff

Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.

Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)

Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.

When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:

Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?

Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?

It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.


Introduce snack: How old were Abraham and Sarah?

childrensministryvault.com- 100 Birthday
Snack with a lesson

Introduce snack: God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are ____ in the sky. (stars)

pillsbury.com- Gingerbread Stars

jas.familyfun.go.com- Crispy Cheese Stars

jas.familyfun.go.com- Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

(You can also get a large star shaped cookie cutter and make star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.)

Spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.

Letter I Snacks-

Ice Pops, Instant Pudding, Ice Cream, Ice Tea, etc.


Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

coloring.ws- Abraham and Isaac (coloring pages)

cgi.org- Faith (coloring)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Isaac coloring page (scroll down to this)

tstl.net- Abraham coloring pages

christiananswers.net- Abraham and Isaac (coloring)

lambsongs.co.nz- “Abraham and Isaac” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)



psscentral.com- Abraham and Issac (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with I? (mini book)

enchantedlearning.com-How Many Colorful Stars?
A book for early readers for the children to make.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- I is for Isaac (handwriting) Scroll down for this.

tlsbooks.com- Trace the Star (worksheet)

akidsmath.com- Count the Stars (worksheet)
Make your own worksheet and have your students count the stars.

dltk-bible.com- Abraham and Sarah (maze)

christianbook.com- Abraham and Sarah Move To A New Land (maze)
Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs, page 6. (Click on Sample and go to page 6.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Star (dot-to-dot)
You could use this with Abraham curriculum as well, just take the top verse off. (Scroll down to this.)

printables.scholastic.com- Shapes: Count and Color (Math)
Students count and color the stars and write the correct numeral in the blank provided and color in the stars. (Scroll down to this.)

donnayoung.org- Count the Stars (worksheets)
Count the stars and write the number on the line.

education.com- Addition: Count the Stars (worksheet)
Count the stars in each group. Write the number in the box. Write the sum in the last box.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crafty Crafters: Door Hanger

angalmond.blogspot.com sent me this cute door hanger that she is going to make with her students tomorrow in Sunday School to share with others on my blog. Her name is Angela and she is a Baptist pastor's wife living in a lovely Leicestershire village - with two wonderful grown-up daughters in London.

*Angela's door hanger template

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Church Potluck Recipe: Potato Casserole

This crowd favorite is creamy and rich and everyone always comes back for seconds!

Potato Casserole

1 ½ lb frozen hash browns, thawed
½ c. melted butter
1 t. salt
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pt. sour cream
12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tube Ritz crackers
1 stick melted butter

Mix hash browns, ½ c. melted butter, sour cream, salt, soup and cheese and put in greased casserole dish. Crush crackers & mix with 1 stick of melted butter. Put cracker mixture on top of casserole. Bake uncovered 350 degrees for 45 min.