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.

More Bible Games Tuesday, Jul 14 2009 

As promised here is a list of all the Bible games I found in the teacher workroom at church. Again, these are fun, easy, and inexpensive to make.

1. Bible Men (Kites)
2. Let’s Make a Prophet!
3. Crown the King!
4. Here Come the Judges!
5. Samson
6. Faithful Daniel

7. Mighty Moses
8. Bible Men (Owls)
9. Floating Along (Noah)
10. Bible Lands

11. Israel
12. Beautiful Dreamer (Joseph)

13. A Job for job
14. Called by God (Abraham)
15. David, Friend of God

16. In His Hands (Creation)
17. Let My People Go! (Plagues in Egypt)
18. God’s Men
19. Bible Women

20. Children
21. Rightly Dividing (Old and New Testament)
22. Mountain Movers (Hall of Faith)
23. Christ the King
24. Fishers of Men (Apostles)
25. Bee-Atitudes

26. He’s Alive! (Jesus’ Lastweek)

27. Church Leaders
28. Mighty Miracles
29. The Churches of Christ Salute You (Early church & history)

I’ve included a handful of pics to give you an idea of what these games look like. If you would like the questions and pics of any game on this list please send me an email to lissieb7 at gmail dot com. I’ll be happy to send these along to you for your own use.

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!

Pipe cleaner love Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


We made these this morning. Our lesson was from I John 4. We wrote “God is love” and “Love one another” on the hearts. The kids wrote other things about love on the hearts as well. They also decorated the pots using glitter glue. Silly me, I thought a few stickers would suffice. I found this craft in a book for 2-6 year olds, but my slightly older crew of girls really seemed to enjoy it. They were able to make the whole craft themselves with little or no prep on my part. You’ll need construction paper, pipe cleaners, small pots, stapler, and play dough. Cut hearts out of red construction paper and staple them to the pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner was a little long so we curled it around pencils. Next, put a ball of play dough in the pot and put the pipecleaner in the play dough. My husband made the play dough lastnight. It is a simple recipe. You’ll need 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp oil, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 cup salt, 10 drops food coloring in 1 cup water. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir and cook until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and forms a ball. Knead until cool and place in an airtight container. This craft can easily be done in a short class time and again the kids really seemed to enjoy it!

Fruit of the Spirit Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


Last week we studied Galatians 5:22-23. We needed a fun fruity craft. I found this recipe for Scratch ‘N’ Sniff watercolor paints you can make yourself in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions. The kids had a great time with this craft. Mix 1 tablespoon of water with one packet of Kool-Aid. We used lemonade, strawberry, cherry, grape, and orange flavors. We mixed our colors in an ice cube tray. One could also use a muffin tin. My husband drew the above picture which we copied onto cardstock. I also put down an inexpensive tablecloth purchased from Wal-Mart’s party section. This made clean up especially easy. The colors are rich and vibrant. Once the paint dries, it can be scratched and will smell just like the various flavors. The kids had a wonderful time and were quite excited.

NOTE: We did notice that the grape flavor initially looked black, but as it dried it began to look more and more purple.