Saturday, December 4, 2010
A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter O
Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story The Widow’s Mite
- discuss what different things we can give to the church as an offering
- discuss what the money that is given to church is used for
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
The activity below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.
Offering 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. (Ask the children what the person is doing in the first picture. Have you seen people doing this during Mass? Discuss. Ask the children what the second picture is. Tell them we are supposed to help others and we can do that by giving. Ask them what other things we can give those who need help (clothes, blankets, water, shelter, medicine, etc.).
Read story: “The Widow’s Mite” from your own story book.
Then ask questions from below.
How much did the widow give? All she had.
How many coins did she give? 2
How much was it worth? Less than a penny.
Why did Jesus especially appreciate the Widow’s gift of coins? Jesus liked the way the widow gave all she had from the heart. He saw her great faith in God and the church’s work. Jesus appreciated how she gave what she had without grumbling or showing off.
What can people give to the church instead of money? People can make large or small sacrifices of time. People can do community service which is helping others at church and out in the community.
Does this story mean a small gift is always better than a large gift? Give what you can to help others and the church. It doesn’t matter who much or how little, but give from the heart.
What things do we (or our parents) give to the church? Things: money, time, food for the poor, coats and clothes for people who need them, etc.
What is the money given to the church used for? Missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: When we give to the church how should be act? Should we grumble? Show off to others that we gave? Should we boast about how much we gave?
youtube.com- "God Loves a Cheerful Giver" by Miriam Therese Winter
youtube.com- God Loves A Cheerful Giver - 2 Corinthians 9:7
hisandherandezmusic.com- God Loves A Cheerful Giver (lyrics)
Introduce activity: Who gave all she had? The widow
sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite object lesson
sermons4kids.com- Giving Our All object lesson
ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson: The Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44)
Introduce craft: When we give to the church should we grumble or show off? How should we behave when we give to the church?
catholicicing.com- Church Piggy Bank
shereebirrell.blogspot.com- I Can Pay Tithing, Budget, and Save Money craft
christiancrafters.com- Tithing Bank
thehometeacher.org- Tithing Box Printable
daniellesplace.com- Place The Penny In The Offering Game (scroll down to this)
Introduce game: How much did the widow give? All she had.
Coin Toss- See who can toss the coin into a bowl. Share how the woman gave all she had to the church.
Tithing: A simple game to help reinforce tithing to young children.
Introduction: Tithing is our contribution to the support of the Church which some people call an offering. The Church uses that money to help pay for the Church expenses and contributions for the community and around the world.
Directions: Give each player 5 tokens (play money, poker chips, milk caps, etc.) to represent their tithing (money that they have put aside to give to the Church). Put one small basket on the table to put the donations in. Place your marker on any space on the game board. Each player in turn rolls the die and moves their marker along the board. They may go forward or backwards or follow any branch of the board they wish, as long as they only go one direction within a turn. This means that you can go forward or backward, but only forward or only backward in a single turn. When a player lands on a space that has a basket on it, they pick up a Game Card and read it out loud (if they cannot read it, someone else can read it for them). Then they put their donation (1 token) into the basket and their turn is over. The first player to donate all their tithing money wins.
Introduce snack: How many coins did she give? 2
deborahotoole.com- Cheese Gelt Coins
Get a round cracker and spread peanut butter on it. Cover with another cracker and you have edible money.
Letter O Snacks-
Oatmeal, Oatmeal Cookies, Olives, Omelets, Orange, Orange Sherbet, Orange Jell-O, Orange Juice, etc.
Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.
sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite (coloring)
sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Offering (coloring)
lambsongs.co.nz- “Two Small Coins”by Jill Kemp booklet or one page Bible story you can color (scroll down for this)
religiousdoodles.com- Blessings From Paying Tithing
religiousdoodles.com- I'm glad to pay a tithing, 1/10 of all I earn. It's little when I think of all God gives me in return.
dltk-teach.com- What begins with O? (mini book)
first-school.ws- Offering (handwriting)
mathworksheetwizard.com- Kindergarten Money Worksheets (make your own and print out)
moneyinstructor.com- Teaching Kindergarten Money Worksheets
Here are some recommended printable money worksheets and interactive lessons that are appropriate for teaching money to kindergarten and preschool. Many of these worksheets are customizable to the particular needs of your student or child, and may be used in school or at home.
enchantedlearning.com- Money and Coin Activities
donnayoung.org- Coin Counting Worksheets
education.com- Monster Money! Counting Coins (free worksheet)