Lesson #9 -- Lunch For A Bunch
Large Group Teachers, the props used in this lesson are intended to help you tell the Bible story creatively. If you are not able to
pull together the exact props listed, that's okay. Prioritize which props are most important and most easily do-able for you and your
team. For example, perhaps you aren't able to make the mountain prop, but you have someone who could help make the boat prop.
Small Group Leaders, when you give kids a chance to share their thoughts, be on the lookout for the quiet children who may not
often get a chance to share. Do your best to encourage them to participate without putting them on the spot. One way to help
facilitate this might be to have the kids raise their hands if they have an answer.
Administrators, consider copying the "Watch Out World" activity sheet (and the activity sheets and cards in other lessons, too) onto
colored paper instead of plain white paper. Colored paper is more fun and feels less like school. Be sure to use light colored paper
for sheets on which the kids will be coloring.
How many times have you heard the words, "I'm bored" or "this is stupid" in the past few months? Most likely your kids are excited
to come to your ministry each week-you're doing a great job serving them!
Lesson #10 -- Pete's Feet Step Out
Large Group Teachers, be sure to reserve a TV/VCR unit ahead of time so you will have it to use this week.
Administrators, if you do not have all of the "Sink or Think" objects listed, improvise! Substitute something you do have for an
object you don't have. Just be sure that you know whether the object sinks or floats, and note the substituted object for the
Small Group Leaders (pages 66-67 of the Small Group Leader's Guidebook).
Small Group Leaders, a popular (and good!) answer to the "Sink or Think" questions will be to pray for Jesus to help us.
Challenge the kids to think of additional things they could do after they pray such as, "ask my parents if the scary story about bears is true"
or "be honest and tell my mom about the broken teapot."
Recruit "project volunteers" who can help out just for one or two lessons. They could do special art or music projects.
Lesson #11 -- Four Friends Find A Way
Large Group Teachers, be sure to give the kids enough time to experience this week's story. Speak clearly and slowly, in a way that
will draw the children in and help them to picture the scenes as you describe them.
Another idea for the barriers that are used to help the kids pretended they're in a crowded house is Small Group Leaders!
At the appropriate time in the story, have the Leaders all move to sit behind the kids and scoot up around them to help them feel
Small Group Leaders, have the kids write in the name of your children's ministry on the line on the inside of the invitation.
If they have difficulty writing the time and address, help them with this or, depending on time, tell them their parents can help them
finish it at home. As the children begin coloring, fill in a sample invitation to give the children something to copy from so they can
spell the words correctly.
Small Group Leaders, send notes to your kids and tell them you care about them. Celebrate birthdays and special events.
Lesson #12 -- One Out of Ten is Thankful
Large Group Teachers, if you will be using the stick puppet patterns provided for you in the Large Group Programming Guidebook,
you may need to enlist the help of the curriculum administrator and a few volunteers to prepare the puppets.
Administrators, if you're not already doing so, consider photocopying the Bible Verse Cards onto cardstock rather than paper.
Kids may hang onto the cards longer-and look at them more often-if they are on the cardstock.
Small Group Leaders, be sure to demonstrate for the kids how to place the Measuring Pieces on their Thank-O-Meters and then
how to color in the boxes at the end of the activity.
If you attendance doubles in three weeks, this is great news! Don't wait until the end of the year to share it with your congregation.
Tell them right away!
Lesson #13 -- Looking At The Pieces Review
Congratulations-it's the final unit of the Winter Quarter! The same clue display prop can be used in all the quarterly review lessons of both
years of curriculum. Be sure to store this prop in a place where it won't be damaged so you will have it available to use for future review
Since it will be used for multiple lessons over two years (as well as in the Making It Connect 2nd/3rd Grade curriculum), consider investing
the time and resources into making the clue display board. Kids love this prop! Enlist the help of someone with the tools and know-how to
make the board. This is a great opportunity to involve someone who can volunteer only on a project-by-project basis.
This review lesson calls for a good number of props, all intended to help visually engage the kids. Remember to be creative and make
substitutions as necessary-as much as possible, use things you already have on hand.
Small Group Leaders, be sure to take your activity materials with you to the Large Group Program, since that's where you'll be doing most
Don't take yourself of your program too seriously. Expect the unexpected, and learn to laugh when things don't go as planned.
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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