Monday, June 1, 2009

Jesus calms the storm

I talked to my sister today who said she is using Bible Buckaroos to teach her Sunday School class ages 12 month-3 years. Wow, good for you attempting it with the 12 month olds! Anyway, she had a great idea I thought I would pass on. The book suggested blowing blue paint with a straw to create a wind and wave picture. Dayspring said she used blue colored water instead of paint since she didn't want the babies eating paint. Good catch. On a funny side note she said she and her friend thought it so much fun that they created wind and wave art all afternoon at home. Thanks Ping.

Jesus lost in the temple at age 12

Today we did the story of Jesus getting lost in the temple when he was 12 years old. It was time to nurse Knox at the same time so I didn't really participate as much as I like. After reading the story and singing the verse, Von (age 6) and Alyse (age 3) wanted to "find Jesus." Von wanted to use his "crock-tot" he got from Sonic to be Jesus. He hid it and Alyse walked around looking for "Jesus." But of course when it was Alyse's turn to hide "Jesus" she wanted to use her Snow White doll. We did emphasize how Jesus was not actually trying to hide from his parents. I hope they got the point... Von had a thought provoking comment. He noted, "it wasn't sin for Jesus to do that." It caused the mother in me to quiver... I sure don't want him wandering off on his own. But he was right. Because we know Jesus never sinned, we can be sure that his staying in the temple without his parents knowing it was not sin. However, I couldn't resist a quick lesson on telling/asking Mommy and Daddy when you want to go somewhere. :)

Things started falling apart since I was stuck on the couch nursing, so we also did the other activity for today's story which had a link to science. Von turned on some music and we tried to figure out ways to use a piece of paper to make the sound louder-- to emphasize listening in order to obey. I had in mind to make a cone shape to amplify the sound (small end on your ear.) However, we discovered that while a cone with a wadded up end will not work, a cape shape WILL work. A paper cone also makes a very nice pirate hand/arm/hook...