Sunday School Lesson 900 Introduction by Karen Cox

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Preliminary to Bible-Art Curriculum

This is the introduction page to Karen Cox's lessons.

Visual aids for these lessons are here:

Why Bible - Art Curriculum?

In Ken Ham’s book “Already Gone” it states that 60% of children that go to Sunday School in Elementary grades will not come back to church when they become adults. Half of these will not return by 7th grade because they don’t see the connection between their life and a need for the church; it is not relevant to their perceived needs as they become older. Why is this? I believe it’s because what they did or did not learn in elementary grades at church had nothing to do with their adult problems and what they may have learned in Junior and Senior High School didn’t help either. In other words their early learning was not serious enough. The missing link is “Bible Doctrine”. Isaiah 28:9 says who we’re to teach doctrine to : “…them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts“. Most Sunday School curriculums only tell Bible stories and not the reasons the Bible stories are important. Is it possible that the reason our young people don't care to learn from the Bible is because they haven't been taught any real doctrines of the Bible, so they can understand the rest of it? Our Sunday School curriculums are surprisingly devoid of real Bible doctrines. Many are just watered down stories of Bible characters. Children that are “ weaned” are very young preschool-elementary students, and it shouldn’t end there! The young need to know the fundamentals of the faith and why we believe them.

If the children understand and learn these doctrines it will be because of you. 2 Timothy 2:2 says we should teach others. . If you can bend their thinking toward God's Truth his/her life will never be the same. Their thinking affects their actions. “As he thinketh in his heart so is he“- Proverbs 23:7. Your church may never begin teaching Bible doctrines but parents are ultimately responsible to teach their children so the responsibility rests ultimately on them. But churches have a responsibility to teach the parents how to do this. Psalms 78:4-8 says, "We will not hide them [God's law] from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6. That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7. That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8. And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God."
This curriculum covers 3 years (12 Quarters) worth of doctrinal teaching with a fun art project that helps teach and helps students to remember/memorize what they’ve learned. It covers the Bible and where it came from, the Gospel, the Trinity, Missions, Bible History, Christology, Creation Science, Christian Living, Prophecy, Church History, American Studies, and Family Studies.

I. General Instructions to Lesson Teachers and Art Teachers/Helpers

To the Lesson Teacher: Choose only a minimum of material from each lesson that you could fit into a 20-30 minute lesson because their attention span and what they can absorb won’t be much longer than this. The older the student, the longer the attention span will be. Use the Visual Aids (VA) to help them remember what you have said. We absorb information best by using multiple senses. Make your impressions visual, auditory (hearing) and tactile (hands on) as much as possible. A study done at the University of Texas (Metcalf 1997) found that people remember 10% of what they read; 20% of what they hear; 30% of what they see; 50% of what they see and hear; 70% of what they say; and 90% of what they do (hands on) and say. And might I add close to 100% of what they teach. This is our ultimate command when it comes to the doctrines of the Bible: II Timothy 2:2 … “The same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Students each should have a large or giant print KJV Bible for their studies; one where they can underline things. (They are available at dollar stores for $10.00 normally.)

A. How to make Games , Bulletin boards and Visual Aids that reinforce your lessons.

1. Games can be made if you have extra time available, to reinforce the material taught. If for instance you are teaching the "7 Commands to do with the Bible", make a game using the material you are teaching as answers to questions. They must answer the question to make their move in a game, be it tic-tac-toe, bingo, concentration (matching), poster-board baseball, basketball etc. etc. Put questions on 3x5 cards and answers on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Try outdoor games too with information: Kids line up, they can move forward 4 steps if they can name 4 out of 7 commands. The idea is to reinforce what you have taught so that they do not forget the concepts. For table games you can use boughten games or homemade games. Place 4- 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper in square, write circles & pictures on pages, then insert pages into 4 plastic pages and tape them together. They should be able to be opened or folded closed. Use 3x5 cards or cut them in half to write numbers on and questions on. Use buttons etc for "men" on the board. Students must answer questions before drawing a number card to determine how many spaces to move. Variations are endless. Dominoes can be made with verse reference on one end, and verse on another card's end to be matched up. Make up Bingo cards with references on squares and leader reads the verse. Make spinner game with brads and card stock. Use spring tension clothes pins with reference written on them and verse written in pie pieces of cardboard circle. Make "wrap ups" with 3 x 8 1/2 card stock and long piece of yarn stapled to the top. Write 8 references on one side, key word of verse on other side, mixed up, with notches cut on both sides. Student wraps yarn from question to answer. Teacher has drawn lines on back for correct answer, where yarn should be- as self check. Make flash cards for help in memorizing. You may want to hand out clipboards with large lined paper in a plastic page and dry erase markers for every student to take notes while they listen. Don't be afraid to reward for good behavior and learning.

2. Bulletin boards are never ending teachers- they keep on teaching after class when students can see them. Most all the art projects here could be made into a bulletin board. Just enlarge the drawings and use your computer to do the large lettering for you. If you have access to an overhead projector you can put a plastic page over the picture, draw the picture on plastic with a marker, then put in on overhead. Put a large piece of paper or poster board on the wall and draw the picture any size you want. Color in with markers.

3. How & Why Visual Aids

Visual Aids (VA) are also an important part of teaching the lesson: For all learners, a variety of learning strategies are needed. Students fall into categories of being a Visual learner, (with their eyes), Auditory learners (with their ears- what they hear) , Tactile learners (what they can do with their hands) or Kinesthetic (where their whole body needs to be involved.)
The more of these you can use to teach with, the more learning will take place for your whole class. Hence the importance of art and game projects.
Most teaching is done for auditory learners, i.e. the teacher is talking. But most students need to see what you are teaching too, to really remember it. So learn how to make Visual Aids. Most teachers use chalk or marker boards and they do work. It's not that hard to make permanent visual aids with a computer and printer, with the large fonts. Use simple fonts and as large as your classroom needs - for the student in the back. Have students sit as close to the front as possible. Use light colored paper or card stock . Use black ink for the most part. You might solicit older students to make bigger visual aids for you.
For teaching; don't expect yourself to memorize the whole lesson, you will need notes to teach from. I like to use the Visual Aid itself as my notes. Use a book stand to place the VA on. Build yourself a podium or use a music stand. Have a small table nearby to put your materials on. Again use your computer with large font size to write the most important words and verses that you don’t want your students to forget. They can also be written on the plastic pages and drawn large on bulletin boards.

B. Background Reading is important if you’ve not been exposed to doctrines much yourself.
Read good books on the subjects to give you a better background. Some good ones are : “Willmington's Guide to the Bible” - Dr. H. L. Willmington; “What Hath God Wrought“- William Grady; “History of the Churches” - David Cloud; “Collapse of Evolution” - Huse; “That Their Words May Be Used Against Them” - Dr. Henry Morris; “For Love of the Bible“- David Cloud, “Encyclopedia of the Bible” - David Cloud; “Charting the End Times“- Tim Lahaye; “America's God and Country“- William Federer; “Christ in the Old Testament“- John R. Rice; “Commentary on the Bible“- J. V. McGee; “The Late Great Planet Earth“- Hal Linsey; “What the Bible is All About“- Henrietta Mears; “The Young Earth” - John Morris and any of Ken Ham's books. Most these authors can be found on internet and many can be bought used from Amazon.com.


C . To the Art teacher/helper.
Arts and Crafts can be a very enjoyable part of Bible study for children, and they can also serve a very serious purpose- they can help children remember the Bible stories and doctrines they have heard because they are personally involved with their hands, they become a visual aid, and if saved at home in a box or hanging on a wall or glued in a scrapbook are a constant reminder of all the information taught. Also they can share the information with friends at home so become a teaching aid to the student-teacher.
The projects in these lessons are for all ages. They can be adapted for older youth and adults. Lists of directions, materials, patterns and tools are included. If you find that you need other things add them to your list for the next time. Please inform me if I have missed writing down things that are needed; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To help younger children feel successful, have all materials prepared when they sit down to work. Have a sample of the finished product to view. Precut etc. if time is restrained. Extra helpers will be needed for large classes for the art time. Be encouraging, but be sure to let the children do their own work. Creativity and self-expression counts- although they should follow the basic directions. As you create all kinds of nifty paper (etc) creations, you'll be introducing kids to the living God, who reveals himself though His Word. Recycling used materials, conservation and ingenuity are also important concepts to be taught. To create something homemade that is useful and decorative is a life skill.
Each year before classes start, accumulate all supplies needed. 2 Weeks ahead of time make sure all materials and tools needed are gathered together in boxes. Labeled cereal boxes work good here-one side cut open. While teaching, go through the whole procedure of making the art project in front of students before giving them any materials. Have a finished project to show them. If you have (for instance) 8 students in your art class, have 3-4 boxes of materials and tools, one for each set of 2-3 students. Two - three students can share as long as they can reach them. Emphasize neatness while writing out verses or quotes etc. First day show them how to: Get only 3/4 " of tape from a dispenser; How to just squeeze one dot of glue; What it means to put a thin line of glue around the edges etc. Teach - "Not Wasting any materials"- Cutting out patterns from corners of paper instead of the middle etc. Waste not want not. Have a large cereal box that is used to put paper scraps that can be used again later. Gallon and Quart Ziplock bags can be used for other scraps like foam pages, etc.
Have a corner of a room or closet that shelves can be put up. Use large cereal boxes etc. that stack (fasten together with gray tape) to store different colored construction paper and card stock etc. Tools need to be put in boxes. Collect pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, white glue bottles or in ‘play dough’ jars with tight covers; use paint brushes, tape dispensers, staplers, water colors, poster paints, paint brushes, white & colored paper, construction paper, white & colored card stock and 2-color sided paper. Stickers, yarn, old wrapping paper, fabric, felt, buttons, rick rack, ribbons, tools for scrap-booking, punches, decorative scissors, stamps, brads etc. can be solicited from others to donate to your supplies' closet. Use empty cans for tools on tables for students and also for mini-wastebaskets. First day have students make a Scrap book to glue art projects in or large cereal box, (cut bigger, made with packing tape) minimum 9 x 12" into an art project storage box for home. Cover with colored wrapping paper. That way they can browse through their old projects and be reminded of Bible lessons learned.

D. For all Teachers: Basic discipline problems should be addressed, not left to get worse. (Make this information into 4 posters and place on wall of classroom, can be 8 1/2 x11 or larger.

1. I've taught first that the “Way to find JOY is to put: Jesus First; Others Second; and Yourself Third - JOY“.
2. Then I teach - “Matthew 18:15-16 If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault ... if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more …” (go to the teacher [don't discipline the offended one! for telling at this point!!]). In other words they should remind the offender of the rule (like stop hitting or hands off), if the offender does not change for the better, then go to the teacher). This relieves the teacher of many problems, but if the offender will not stop after hearing the rule, the teacher needs to know about it and do something about it. Don’t turn your head - in other words.
3. IT'S ALL ABOUT RESPECT
4. THE RULES:

1. Hands off (people and their possessions)
2. No name calling
3. Use quiet voices
4. No running inside
5. No talking while teacher is talking

(Talk to students alone if they aren't getting the message, even some older students may not understand at first) (Don't let anyone sabotage your discipline) If students cannot feel safe and secure they will not learn your lessons, or worse yet realize this place is not somewhere I want to come to. A big problem in our schools today is teachers don’t want to supervise.

These 156 lessons are built around the year's seasons and holidays in order to take advantage of them for art projects. Feel free to make them fit your schedule. Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. You can spend as much or as little time as needed. There will be a fair amount of lesson preparation time. Background reading for your own understanding is essential. To answer students’ questions you will also need background reading.
You will be given lists of Bible verse references to look up. To save time; Bible.com has a verse search under "Bible resources", Bible search, enter passages. Type references then semi-colon between each, select KJV, click "look up passage", select all the verses, click Print on the right. This will save you a lot of time. Use KJV Bible as all these lessons are based on it. The reason why Erasmus published the Greek Bible in 1516 after the printing press was invented in 1456, was so others could translate it into everyone's native language - so that people could be convinced these commands came from God not man. The importance of the Bible verses cannot be overemphasized. In the end that is all that will stick with the student. Only His word will not return void.
E. Memory Verse Center

If you have a room large enough you can have students go to a corner and say their verse to a “listener” before starting class. This we’ll call the Memory Verse Center. Cards with next week’s verse can be here and games involving old memory verses to review. You should have "listeners" (older students or adults who have said the verse) as they walk in the door the next week that will sign a paper when students say the verse (or facts) to them. Have a manila folder for each student. Have a “verses to sign sheet“, listing each verse for the quarter and the persons name on it that heard the student recite the verse. This effort of memorizing is what you should reward for at the end of the quarter or year.

F. Helps to make memorization of verses or facts more interesting for children. Explain:
1. What does the verse say?
a. Visualize the verse using word cards, drawings and pictures.
b. Have class read the verse from the Bible out loud
c. Weave the verse into your lesson several times.
d. Have students write out the verse or facts.
2. What does the verse mean?
a. Explain the verse carefully word by word; phrase by phrase.
b. Watch faces for signs of comprehension
c. Test them verbally
d. Provide a time of discussion - limit it to so many minutes.
3. How do I apply it to my life?
a. Tell how the verse applies to their lives.
b. Allow the verse to speak to your own heart.
c. Share your experiences in applying Scripture to your life, but be sure the emphasis is on the verse not the experience.

G. Tips to aid Memorization of verses or for anything.
1. Ask God's help in memorizing.
2. Have students write the information to be memorized on a 3x5 card. Have handy when they are waiting for something and have a "Minute to Memorize". Save it to "Review" with later. Use just one phrase on each line. Learn by phrases for meaning. Learn it word perfect.
3. Tape record you saying the verse and listen to it.
4. Underline key words, sequences, similarities in words, divide sections of verse.
5. Write out the first letter of each word or key word and try saying whole verse from this, (on back of 3x5) Turn card to back side and try to say verse.
6. Yell word or phrase you always miss. Write verse on "white board" with dry erase marker and erase one word at a time as class repeats verse.
7. Draw pictures of verse or words, play games with verse, make up motions for words, walk while you review cards.
8. Have an accountability person that you require of yourself to say your verse to, have them sign a paper.
9. Put a check on the card and key words when you have used it or applied the verse to your life.
10. Schedule a time to review old memory cards. Set timer to do so.

H. What is Doctrine?
: a systematic gathering and presentation of the facts concerning any great body of truth.
Bible doctrine:
1. Divides light from darkness, right from wrong, life from death.
2. Unites by giving light so God's love can be felt. Produces fellowship: Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship...
3. Paul, the great soul winner of all time, also wrote 50 % of the New Testament books- they are full of doctrines; however neglected.
4. Will put fire and a song in the hearts of those who read and heed doctrinal truths. Luke 24:32 Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us by the way and while he opened to us the scriptures. Rev. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy , and keep those things which are written therein.... II Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God.... rightly dividing the word of truth. Mt 11:25 , 28-30 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and Learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
The goal of Bible study is to become Spirit controlled i.e. "Spiritual", not carnal, where we are in control.

I. Why Teach Doctrine:
1. Saves us from theological poisoning- false doctrines. I Tim 4:13-16 Till I come give attendance to reading to exhortation to doctrine ... Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them ... Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
I Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
II Tim 4:1-4 ... Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2. Help settle us.
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
3. Will educate us about God's future plan for us.
I would not have you to be ignorant ... about Israel , I Cor 10:1 Rom 11:25 Spiritual gifts, I Cor 12:1 Rapture, I Thes 4:13, End of earth II Peter 3:10,8.
4. Receive approval of God

II Tim 2 :15 Study to show ...
5. Helps get us equipped for life. II Tim 3: 16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect , throughly furnished unto all good works.
Eph 6:10-17 ... Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil...

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