Ages 3-5 The Gospels - Overview (Schedule, Recipes, etc..)

CHURCH SCHOOL

THE LIFE OF JESUS – THE GOSPELS

AGES 3-5

This file is provided as a resource for Church School directors. Feel free to plug in your own dates and your own teachers.

TEACHERS:

 

 

    Date

            Lesson/Activity

    Teacher

     Special Notes

September  12

 

                 

                  18

                  19

 

                  26

 

Nativity of Theotokos/

Presentation of Theotokos

 

Movie Night

Annunciation

 

Birth of John the Baptist

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor, Parish-wide

October      3

 

                  10

 

                 17

 

                 23

                 24

 

                 31

                

 

Nativity of Our Lord

 

Meeting of Our Lord

 

The Three Kings

 

Movie Night

Flight to Egypt

 

Nazareth and the Temple/

All Saints Party

 

 

 

 

Memory Work: St.

     Simeon’s Prayer

 

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child due

Dress as favorite gospel character

November  7

 

                 14

 

                 20

                 21

 

                 28

 

Theophany

 

Temptations of Jesus

 

Movie Night

Wedding at Cana

 

Calling of the Fishermen

 

 

Memory : Troparion

Jar Decorating

 

 

Jewish Dancing

 

 

Memory Work:

Four Fishermen

December  4

                   5

 

                 12

 

                 19

 

                 26

St. Nicholas Festival

Calling of Matthew

 

Woman at the Well

 

Christmas Pageant

 

Sermon on the Mount

 

10 AM-1 PM in hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Work: 1st Beatitude

January      2

 

                   9

 

                 15

                 16

 

                 23

 

                 30

 

Walking on Water/Calming of Storm

 

Feeding of 5000

 

Movie Night

Transfiguration

 

The Good Samaritan

 

Parable of the Sower

 

 

 

Canned Goods

3 Kings Party

 

 

 

Health Kits

February    6

 

                  13

 

                 17

    

                 27

Zaccheus

 

Publican/Pharisee

 

Prodigal Son

 

Last Judgment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Bags

 

March         5

                    6

 

                  13

 

                  20

 

                  27

 

Movie Night

Forgiveness/Paralytic

 

Miracles/Healing

 

Lazarus

 

Palm Sunday

 

 

 

Antiochian Art Contest

 

 

 

April           2

                    3

 

                   10

                

                   17

                

                  24

                  25

 

                  30

Marathon Movie Night

Last Supper

 

Crucifixion

 

Resurrection

 

PASCHA: No Church School

Easter Egg Hunt

 

Rehearsal for Passion Plan/Musical

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Work: “Christ is Risen”  in 3 languages

 

 

 

 

May          1

                 

                  8

 

            13-15

 

                  22

 

                  29

Passion Play/Musical

 

Doubting Thomas

 

Camping Trip Ages 6-12

 

Myrrh-bearing Women

 

Road to Emmaeus

 

 

For Parish/Public???

 

Piggy Banks Due

June          5

 

                 12

 

                 19

Ascension

 

Pentecost

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

 

 

Memory Work: Lord’s Prayer

Awards Ceremony

Classroom supplies: Each class is supplied with the following items:

Paper plates, small and large               Scissors                                               Stapler/Staples

Paper, plain and construction              Tape and dispenser                             Paper bags

Glue or glue sticks                              Crayons and/or markers                     

Popsicle sticks                                     Chenille (colored pipe cleaners)

If you use the last of something, please either replace it or let me know so I can replace it. If you need special craft supplies for your lesson, submit the receipt to me for reimbursement. While each child in the younger classes will have a copy of the Children's Bible Reader and it’s always fun to start out in your very own Bible book, many times we must supplement with the teacher’s copies of the Read with Me Bible, Children’s Bible (in the rooms), Children’s Stories of the Bible, or other books. Watch the lesson plan for page numbers and details. There are also flannelboard stories – these are fun but coordinate with the other young class since there’s only one flannelboard.

 

Teaching Schedule: We all know that there will be last-minute needs; trade with someone if you cannot teach on your assigned day and let the director know!

Insurance: Each of us must “apply” each year for our volunteer position of teacher. Please be sure not to send small children to the bathroom unattended and accompany your charges back to the Social Hall after class.

Opening Exercises: The Church School director will supervise this time, or delegate it when she is absent. Church School children and teachers are dismissed first from Liturgy; children come straight across for snack during opening exercises. These are an integral part of the curriculum – reviewing material from previous weeks, presenting additional Old Testament characters, rehearsing plays, hearing memory work, and playing quiz games.

Curriculum:  With each lesson, I have included True/False questions. If you have any 3-5-year-olds, make your classroom elephant now. He’s very easy, and each week, when we tell a story, we do true/false afterwards by writing the statements on paper peanuts and feeding the elephant the true ones and stomping on the rotten (false) peanuts. Just take a cardboard box, tape the top shut, and glue on an elephant face out of construction paper (or foam). Cut out a mouth big enough for paper peanuts to fit through. Glue on ears and a trunk, being sure to glue the trunk only above the mouth so the children can lift it to insert the good peanuts. Color in wrinkles and eyes. Then, each week, write the true/false statements on construction paper pieces cut like peanuts and go around the circle. Each child selects a “peanut”, you read it to him, and the class decides whether he should feed it or stomp it! Just be sure you have at least one paper peanut for each child!

Hand-Outs: Feel free to use the coloring pages in the Parents' Guide for take homes at the end of the lesson.

Movie Nights and Parties: We will have supper after vespers on Saturday night while showing a small children’s movie. Only on marathon movie night are we having a feature for older children with overnight. We also have lots of parties planned, as well as the St. Nicholas gala festival.

RECIPES

                            CLAYS                                                                  PAINTS

SALT DOUGH                                                         FINGER PAINT (4 WAYS)

2 cups flour                                                                 Use pudding with food coloring!

1 cup salt                                                                     Mix liquid starch and food coloring.

about 1 cup water                                                       Mix 3 T sugar, ½ cup cornstarch, and

food coloring                                                                          2 cups cold water. Cook over

bath oil, vegetable oil, peppermint oil                         low heat, stirring, till thick.

            Mix flour and salt. Add water                                    Pour into muffin tin. Add

slowly and mix with your fingers until                                   food coloring to each cup.

it makes dough. Knead in a few drops

food coloring and a splotch of oil (if                          SAND PAINT

desired). Store in air-tight container.                          Add dry tempera paint to corn meal.

                                                                                    Sprinkle over areas “painted” with thinned white glue

SELF-HARDENING CLAY               

1 cup sand                                                                    for a sand effect. Shake off excess.

½ cup cornstarch

1 tsp powdered alum                                                                          PASTES

¾ cup hot water                                                          PRIMARY PASTE

Food coloring if desired                                             Mix ½ cup water and 1 cup flour

            Mix sand, cornstarch and alum                                   in a bowl. Spoon into a jar

in large pot. Add hot water and stir                                       or squeeze bottle to store.

vigorously. Add food coloring if

desired. Cook over medium heat                                PAPIER MACHE PASTE

until thick, stirring constantly.                                    3 cups water

After cooling, store in airtight container.                    1 ½ cups flour

                                                                                                Mix flour with cold water until lumps are gone.

SAWDUST CLAY                    

2 cups fine sawdust                                                    Dip strips of newsprint in paste and mold around

1 cup flour                                                                   surface to be shaped. Air dry.

            Mix sawdust and flour in bowl

or bucket. Add a little water at a time,

stirring till it is stiff but pliable. Knead

till it’s elastic and easy to shape. Store

in airtight container. Air dry.

 

CORNSTARCH DOUGH

2 cups cornstarch

4 cups baking soda

2 ½ cups water

            Mix cornstarch and soda in large

pot. Add water. Cook, stirring, over medium

heat until thick like mashed potatoes. After

cool, knead on wax paper for 5 minutes. Store

in an airtight container. Air dry.