With Christmas quickly approaching, it is now time to plan my scripture classes. While there are many websites out there with lessons you can use, I thought I would share what I did. For the most part, in keeping with the great work already done by others, I took what was already written, using ‘The First Christmas’ by Gaby Goldsack and Caroline Pedler (available for purchase here). I also wrote a post about the book here.
But more than just reading the book, I wanted to make the lesson more interactive and enjoyable for the kids.
In my limited experience, the end of the year approaching is making the kids extra restless. With their attention hard to capture and keep, I wanted to get them involved in telling the story. In the past, I was randomly choosing children to hold pieces of paper with pictures up for the rest, but that always had people missing out.
For this lesson, I have decided to have a box filled with items I will take out and help me tell the story. Here, I will simply post the pictures of the items.
Here we go!
Good morning/afternoon everyone.
Q. Who can tell me what’s something very special that’s coming up. We celebrate it every year near the end of December? Christmas
Today we’re going to talk about Christmas, the story of baby Jesus.
I have a box with some items inside. One by one I’ll pull one out, and it will help us tell our story.
*Reading the book while pulling out these items -*
ITEM: Nazareth street sign (made myself)
ITEM: Mary, Joseph, donkey, stable, Jesus in the manger, stable (here)
ITEM: an Angel (can’t find it)
ITEM: Bethlehem street sign (made myself)
ITEM: mean King Herod (here)
ITEM: Wise men (here)
ITEM: star (I can’t remember where I found this one)
ITEM: pyramid (here)
CONCLUDING PRAYER: Dear God, // Thank you for sending Jesus. // Help us in these last few weeks. // Amen.
Activity sheets –
1) Colouring-in (found on AZColoring)
2) Find-a-word (made using Puzzle Maker)
The kids really enjoyed the activities, especially the find-a-word.
All in all a very successful lesson and I can’t wait to figure out the next lesson.