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Teaching Isaiah

I’m not going to lie. This Isaiah stuff is HARD to teach! I will occasionally hit a lesson that takes me longer to prepare — in the 1-2 hour range. Usually that’s because I make a handout or have to try to find some supplemental media. But wow. This Isaiah stuff takes so much cross-referencing for me even to *start* understanding it that I’m spending at least 3-4 hours per lesson. Most of the other teachers are cutting out scads of Isaiah stuff. I’m the only one I know that is covering the whole three weeks. I still have 6 lessons to plan (8 to teach) out of a total of 14. My friend loaned me Isaiah Made Easier by…

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Teaching Psalms

I spent a bunch of time at the library reading Psalms and trying to decide what was the best way to teach the kids the Psalms. I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t like how little time the Seminary manual spends in the Psalms. The lesson schedule gives 4 lessons to cover the ENTIRE books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. I just feel that is unacceptable. Not only do the Psalms help us relate more with our Christian brothers in language we can all understand, these are the books that kids will mostly likely turn to for comfort out of the Bible. I feel they are so valuable. Not only that, but the Psalms are quoted more times by Old/New testament…

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Job

I admit it. I totally faked the Job lesson. Maybe not *totally*, seeing as I did read the text and had kind of an idea what I’d do if the lesson went short. A student, impressed with the “One Small Voice” video from Josiah movie asked to see the Esther music video today. I showed it at the beginning of class. It was a big hit, but there ensued a lengthy discussion about the relative attractiveness of the Esther actress (I think she’s the crying main girl character from Legacy, too, btw) I have not been sleeping well again, and as I had to split Job into two days, I figured this day would be a short discussion and then…

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Fabulous Friday and Esther

On the weeks that we meet 5 times, I plan in a free day. Sometimes we watch a movie. Most of the time it’s scripture mastery. This week, our activity fell on (fabulous) Friday. I usually prepare my lessons for the upcoming week on Thursday, and Thursday I had discovered that there was a really great video on Josiah that I hadn’t used in class, unfortunately. We have really hit the theme of the scriptures hard over the past few weeks, and so I decided not to beat the topic like a dead horse. There is, however, a really nice music video based on the Josiah movie. It’s called “One Small Voice”. I don’t usually do a lesson on our…

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Nehemiah on Fast Forward

Today’s lesson objective was “students will learn what a great blessing it is to have the words of the law available to them.” In order to keep the kids on track with this lesson, I had to help them understand the context. I explained the setting using the Bible dictionary entry we read the day before on Ezra. It was helpful to have that summary explanation read before class began. For this lesson I had asked a student ahead of time to prepare a treat. She has been asking for an opportunity to cook for us, and this was the perfect chance. She made some kind of cinnamon muffins and 3 lbs of BACON for the whole class. I wrote…

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