Monday, Apr 29 2013 

I started this blog with the intent of sharing craft ideas for use in teaching Bible class.  Soon after our congregation began using the Engraving Heavenly Truths curriculum and I found myself doing less crafting.  As we have moved through this curriculum, I have discovered several good resourses and wanted to share them with anyone who can and will use them.    One great resource is Creation to Revelation.  Here you will find a master disc of pictures that take you through the entire Bible.  They can be printed and used as visual aides or you could let your students build a Bible timeline.  You will also find a drill disc which has the 7 days of creation, 10 plagues, 10 commandments, etc.  Another great resource is Apologetics Press.  Here you will find a number of books that can be used in kids class as well as discovery magazine.  I purchased a copy of “Dinosaurs Unleashed” which was fascinating and quite useful.

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Here is another book that is just chock full of information regarding the creation.  My kids loved some of the stuff we talked about in this book.  It really fills one with amazement at all that God created.

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One more book that I think you will just love and find immensely useful is Gospel Light’s “Big Book of Bible Story Fun.”  This book is written for 6 – 12 year olds.  You will find drawing lessons, ideas for play dough and even telling the stories using hand movements.  All of which are reproducible.  I just love this book.  I use the drawings nearly every week.

9780830730599One last thing I wanted to tell you about is a set of study books written by Bob and Sandra Waldron.  They take you through a survey of the entire Bible.  I am currently working my way through the Old Testament.  These books are fantastic.  They are full of  information that makes it easy to understand the Bible.  Everything is laid out in an easy to navigate format which is again easy to understand.  I have learned so much.  A friend loaned me her copies of these books.  I am loving them so much and am so excited about them that I have ordered my own set.  I can’t wait to finish the study and then work through it again.  These books will be immensely useful in your personal Bible study.  This in turn will make you a better teacher.  After all, we can’t teach what we ourselves don’t know.  I ordered my set of books from CEI books.  You can also get them through the Engraving Heavenly Truths website.  I hope you find these helpful and I pray all the best for your study of God’s Word and your bible class.

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Clothespin Books of the Bible Tuesday, Aug 11 2009 

We found this cute idea on a homeschool blog called homeschool blogger (The clothespin idea is on this page. Just scroll down past the Houston post). It’s really quite simple and can be used to learn letters and numbers as well. We are studying a survey of the New Testament this quarter and we needed something that would help our students learn the books of the Bible. This fit perfectly. I wrote the name of a book of the New Testament on each clothespin. They can then be attached to a hanger in the correct order. By writing numbers on the back of each clothespin, the students can turn the hanger over and check their work. It is working out quite well and I hope will be of use to someone else. Remember, that inspiration is all around you.

Engraving Heavenly Truths – the Beginning Tuesday, Apr 14 2009 

We started the new curriculum, Engraving Heavenly Truths. We are studying a Survey of the Old Testament. The flashcards have been more fun than I expected. Of course, I believe that may have something to do with having hubby to study with. We have tested each other using the flashcards and I am beginning to see how this program can help home bible study. The cards often lead to questions and further study on the subject. I think it is important to emphasize using the cards as a jumping off point. We must look further than the facts to find the meaning. Also, we have started the Teacher Training class on Wednesday nights. In this class, we are studying the New Testament in order to prepare ourselves for teaching a Survey of the New Testament. As you can see, my husband and I are quite busy. It has been a bit overwhelming. Naturally, if one isn’t teaching this would not be the case. One would only be studying one subject at a time, instead of two. I have been surprised to learn just how much I learned as a child and how much I still remember. One of my concerns at the beginning was the idea that we not use crafts in class. I enjoy crafts and believe that they can be used as teaching tools. However, we only have a limited amount of time in class and that can make crafts difficult. This material does, however, encourage the use of pictures, games, props, and even puppets. The main idea to keep in mind is to keep as much time as possible focused on the bible study. I believe I can work within these parameters and I am looking forward to learning more and seeing the program unfold. I will share my thoughts and insights as we go along as well as any ideas for games, etc.

Monday, Jan 12 2009 

I realize I haven’t posted nearly as much as I had hoped when I began this little enterprise.  We are getting ready to begin a new curriculum at our church.  I am currently teaching, while some are in a teacher’s training class.  I will enter the training class in April and will prepare to teach in July, August, and September.  The new curriculum is called Engraving Heavenly Truths.  It is a four year program in which we will approach the bible from various perspectives.  We will do a survey of both the Old and New Testaments, then a look at the men and women of both the Old and New Testaments, and a look at the geography of both the Old and New Testaments.  It is a scary and exciting prospect.  You can find out more about this curriculum by clicking here.  I hope as I enter the training class to have more material and thoughts to share.  In the meantime I am finding myself quite busy preparing lessons for both Sunday and Wednesday.  Transistion periods can be a lot of work!  I did make some scrolls for our students a couple of weeks ago.  These are simple to make and can be used with many different lessons.  The students should be able to make their own, if time permits.  I’ll get some pictures taken and post a tutorial later this week.  Thanks for your patience and support!

With Childlike Wonder Friday, Nov 21 2008 

I wanted to share some thoughts with my fellow teachers.  I attended a workshop for bible class teachers a few weeks ago and several statements were made that really stuck with me.  I grew up going to church and bible class.  I have been a student or a teacher all of my life.  Some of the stories I’ve heard or told often enough that I’ve stopped thinking about them as much as I should.  Let’s take a closer look at Noah’s Ark.  How often do we sing the song and show pictures of the animals entering the ark two by two?  If we go back to God’s Word and read the story we find in Genesis 7 that there were seven pairs of clean animals as well as seven pairs of birds.  How often do we tell the little ones in our charge this detail of the story?  We should never become complacent.  It is important to prepare our lessons and know the details.  We want to teach truth to our children.

Before little ones learn to read we give them picture books. Why do we do this? We are using the pictures to teach our young. Have you thought about the pictures you use to teach Bible class? I admit until recently I have given this very little thought. The workshop leader pointed out the importance of using lifelike pictures when illustrating Bible stories. She talked a good deal about the pictures we are putting in the minds of our children. I want my Bible students to know that the events and people we are talking about were real and not cartoons. In a world full of TV, movies, computers, and video games it is more important than ever to teach our children the difference between reality and fiction. Where is that more important than in the Bible classroom? In my efforts to find more lifelike pictures, I have been using images made available by La Vista Church of Christ. They have scanned in illustrations from vintage Bible story books and made them available for free use. I have also been on the lookout for my own set of vintage Bible story books.

One last note: This came from one my 4th graders. Finding crafts is sometimes a bit of a challenge for this age group. My students were a little disappointed one Sunday because I had been unable to locate a craft for the chronicle of Jeroboam. This one particular girl then suggested that we could always draw pictures of the story. I believe this to be a wonderful idea. The kids enjoyed creating their pictures and it was evident by their drawings that they had not only listened, but also understood the chronicle. It was a good test for me of how well I had communicated the events of the account as well as what we can learn from Jeroboam.