Kindergarten/Grade 1

Spring Quarter

Lesson #5 -- Zach Pays It Back

The lessons in this unit (Lessons 5-8) include presentations of the concepts of "The Wordless Book." You will want to determine
ahead of time if the commonly used terms of gold, dark, red, clean, and green will work for your children, or it there are other terms
with which they are more familiar or you feel will help you present the concepts more clearly. It is important to adapt the curriculum to
best fit the needs of your kids. Be sure the terms you use are consistent throughout all four lessons of the unit, in both Large Group
and Small Group.

Small Group Leaders, today's activity provides you with a great opportunity to intentionally shepherd the kids in your group.
Listen carefully to their responses during the activity-particularly to questions regarding ways they can apply what they learned today
throughout the coming week. Consider writing down their answers to help you remember them. Follow up with the kids next week
and encourage their progress.

Administrators, remember to use colored paper or cardstock for as many of the Small Group materials as you can. Bright, fun colors
can add excitement to games and activities and help them feel less like schoolwork. You can purchase reams of colored paper or
cardstock at office supply stores or copy shops.

Gather stories about kids whose lives have been changed through your ministry, and keep them on file. These stories will provide
encouragement for your team and be great tools for vision casting.

Lesson #6 -- Jesus Loves Ewe

Large Group Teachers, note that there are two options provided for presenting this week's lesson. Be sure to determine which one
will work best for you and your team. Either option can help you make the story of the lost sheep come to life for your kids, so long
as you prepare and rehearse ahead of time. The music option is a more unique way of presenting the story and the music will really
engage the kids in the story, so you may want to give it a try. An additional actor is not needed, but you will need to experiment with
the music and the pace at which you read/say the lines.

Small Group Leaders, have fun with this activity! Allow your group to build community as they talk about the different things Jesus
loves about them and how He is like a shepherd to them. Encourage the kids' creativity as they talk about what they would have done
to find a lost sheep and how they would celebrate finding the sheep.

Administrators, the Sheep Cards used in today's Small Group activity are two-sided. If you are have difficulty photocopying these
cards, refer to the suggestions provided in the FAQs section of this website. 4. Use fun, current music. Watch the older kids closely
during music time to see what they enjoy and what they don't, and make changes accordingly.

Lesson #7 -- Easter Surprise -- King Jesus Is Alive!

Note the changes in schedule for today's lesson. Children will go to Kid Connection and then Large Group, as usual. They will then
break into five groups, each group making a different prop to help tell the Easter story. Once they've finished their props, the children
will come back together for the Large Group Program. Following the program, kids will go to their Small Groups as usual.

Large Group Teachers, the props and hand motions used in today's lesson will really appeal to your kinesthetic learners. Although the
added activity might seem to bring more commotion to the lesson than usual, it's okay. Kids will remember the Easter story because they
will have participated in it not just with their minds, but also with their bodies.

Small Group Leaders, in addition to the Small Group supplies in your bins, this week you will also have supplies for the Large Group
Prop Activity. Refer to your supplies and your Small Group Leader's Guidebook (page 47) to determine to which prop group you
have been assigned.

Administrators and Large Group Teachers will need to work together to coordinate the materials needed for the Large Group Prop Activity.
You may need to recruit additional volunteers to help prepare the extra materials for this lesson.

Create volunteer positions that line up with people's skills and abilities. For example, if there is someone in your church who loves garage
sales, recruit that person to be the "ministry garage-saler." Be sure he or she has a running list of supplies you need-lightly used toys, art supplies, containers, small tables, costumes, fun hats, etc. Or recruit a "gopher." This might be someone who wants to be involved in the ministry,
but needs extra shepherding from you, or isn't ready to take on a group of kids. This person could help set up and tear down, run errands,
take care of last minute details, and fill in where needed.

Lesson #8 -- Jesus, My Forever Friend

This week is your salvation lesson! Pray for the kids who will hear this message. Pray for the teachers who will be presenting.
Also, pray for the other churches that are using this curriculum.

Large Group Teachers, this is a fairly "wordy" lesson for Kindergartners and 1st Graders, but it does clearly explain the Gospel
message in kid-friendly terms. Be sure to use the hand motions, "Wordless Book" and ABC props, upbeat pacing, and lots of
expression to help the kids stay focused. Also note the suggestion on page 71 of the Large Group Programming Guidebook to
give the kids a chance to move during the presentation of the ABCs of salvation.

At the end of the weekend, be sure to use the Group Tally Cards (completed during Small Group Time) to find out how many
children chose to become a "Forever Friend" of Jesus. Share these results with your ministry team, your pastor, and your
congregation-everyone will want to celebrate with you!

Small Group Leaders, get together and start a "ministry mail" table. Collect postcards, stamps, and a list of kids' addresses and
birthdays. Immediately after Small Group Time, you can take a few minutes to write and address the cards to children who were
absent or have birthdays. Take turns mailing the cards.
of kids.

On the "Leading Children to Christ" audio tape included in each kit, David Stahl, references Appendix A and B
information from handouts that were distributed during the recorded session.

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