Parable of the Sower

Preschool class was a small group last night at church so I decided it was going to be a relaxed night of class. Personally, I thought this was a neat lesson and that it really stuck with the kids. I wanted to do something different so I came across the parable of the sower in the Jesus Calling Storybook Bible by Sarah Young. I have never done this lesson before so I decided to give it a go.

 

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This is such a neat book for children!

First, I asked the class who Jesus was. They replied with answers such as “the Son of God.” I had to go into explaining that Jesus was also a teacher and a storyteller to go along with our lesson. I went into explaining what a parable is which is a story that teaches a lesson. Afterwards, I started asking the class if they have ever heard the story of the Three Little Pigs. All of the children had heard the story being read to them multiple times. They told me what happened in the story and what could be learned from the story of the Three Little Pigs. Then I went into explaining that Jesus told stories like to adults, but it was stories about real things like sheep and trees. Jesus did not tell stories about made up things like talking pigs or wolf that huffed and puffed. His stories helped people learn about God.

After our Three Little Pig discussion, I showed the children the picture that correlated with the Parable of the Sower. Instead of reading the story out of the book, I showed a video that told the story instead. I thought the video told the story better than the book.

The snack we ate went along with the theme of the lesson. I bought chocolate pudding and topped the pudding off with crushed Oreos and sour gummy worms.

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Hope you enjoyed taking a peak into my preschool class!

Alyssa Connor

Welcome to Heaven!

We had another great day in Preschool Class yesterday! I am excited to share our lesson last night.  The kids really got into it.

First, I made a sign that said “Welcome to Heaven.” (Warning: it was made at the last minute. So it doesn’t look pretty.)



I put the sign on the cabinet door with a padlock on the handle. The padlock wasn’t big enough to fit around both handles so I had to improvise. I used a child lock so the kids couldn’t open the door.

Here is a close up picture of the lock.


I explained to the kids that we were going to pretend that this door will take us to Heaven and that I had several keys. I continued to explain that I didn’t know which key opened the door to heaven. Catch: I had the correct key to open the padlock hid in my pocket.

Each child took turns trying to see which key unlocks the padlock. Each key had a note on it saying something like “money,” “being strong,” “being funny,” “being good,” and “being pretty.” As we get to each key, I asked them if what the note on the key will get them to Heaven. For example, “Will having a lot of money get you into Heaven? Let’s find out to see if it will open the lock.” When the kids find out that it wouldn’t open the lock, I would explain that it didn’t open the lock so it won’t get is into Heaven.

Once we used up all the keys, I asked the kids what are we going to do next because we ran out of keys. Then I pulled out the correct key to the padlock. The note on this lock said grace. The kids tried this key and it unlocked the padlock. I explained to the kids that grace gets us into Heaven and I explained to them what grace meant.

It was a short lesson so I would recommend that you would plan something to fill up the rest of class time if you want to try this lesson. Unless you are looking for something short.

We watched a VeggieTales movie after the lesson.

Thanks for stopping by!

Alyssa Connor

Valentine’s Day 2016

We had a great Valentine’s Day in my preschool classes! I wanted to share with you what we did in class and maybe give you some ideas for you to use.

Sunday Morning:

  • I let the kids play for about the first 10 minutes of class. I mainly do this in case if I have any kids come in late and to let the kids burn off energy before we start class.
  • We talked about Valentine’s Day and what Valentine’s Day is. I read a fun and cute Valentine’s Day book that I found at the local library.

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  • Next, the class colored a Valentine’s Day themed coloring page. You can find a free printable copy here. The kids ate a snack while they colored.

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  • My Sunday morning class comes with a book that has Bible lessons for each week. Today’s Bible lesson came from my book.  It’s titled Jesus and the Four Friends and the reference is from Mark 2:1-12 from the Bible.

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  • Last, we made Valentine’s Day cards. The kids were able to paint their hands and make hearts with their handprints.

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Sunday Night:

  • Valentine’s Day themed coloring sheets were made available for the kids as they come into class to keep the kids busy until it was time to start class. Get a free printable copy here. They ate snacks while they colored.

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  • We started class by singing songs. We have dvd’s of songs from past Vacation Bible Schools that has dance moves that go along with each song. I always start each Sunday Night class this way. The kids love singing and dancing to these songs over and over!
  • Next, we began our lesson by reading a story called Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger. The kids loved this book!

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  • For the Bible lesson, I used a glass of milk, strawberry syrup, and a spoon to show the kids how much God loves us. I poured some milk in a glass and asked the kids if they love milk. I explained to the kids that is like the love we have fore each other. It’s good for us to love someone, but there’s something even better than our regular love – God’s love! I squirted strawberry syrup into the milk and asked the kids, “What do you see? Is our love remaining the same? No, indeed it is not! The Love of God poured into the love we have will change our love into something sweeter. I stirred the milk and allowed everyone to taste it.
  • We made a craft very similar to the cards we made this morning. I was not able to get a picture of the craft we made, but I will post a picture of something very similar that I got my inspiration from.

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I wrote “God Loves” on top of their handprints and I wrote the child’s name on the bottom of the handprints.

Kids in each class received a treat bag filled with candy!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about what we did for Valentine’s Day and that you were able to get some ideas for yourself!

Alyssa Connor