Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Anxiety

This week's Teen Tuesday post is about Anxiety. We all have it, we all have to handle it. What are some things that make us, especially teens, anxious? How does God want us to deal with it? How does He feel about it? These are some of the applications that were discussed for this lesson. The teen posts are written by my daughter and the lessons are being used with our high school young ladies class on Wednesday nights.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ananias and Sapphira

This is a great lesson for kids! The obvious main point is do not lie! I printed the money bag project that works with the IFA: Investigating Facts in Acts theme and used them for review and discussion about telling lies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Let Your Light Shine

Welcome to the second week of this 13 week series of lesson ideas created for teens! These are written by my daughter. She is teaching the teen girls on Wednesday evenings. This week she had a couple of experiments that were fun and educational.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Peter Heals Aeneas & Dorcas

We are studying Peter healing Aeneas & Dorcas. Dorcas was a well loved woman and was known for her good deeds. The project today is accordion shirts (a worksheet has been added to the download). Depending on your time in class, you can have them prepared or let the students cut them out and attach the two parts. They can draw or write things they can do to be a helper like Dorcas. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Being Thankful

Teen Tuesday: Being Thankful
 For this Teen Tuesday series, we will be sharing ideas from my daughter's Wednesday night classes with the high school young ladies. Though, these lessons are suitable for young men also.  This first lesson is about being thankful and there were a couple of interesting discussions... but, I can't tell you about that without giving away the lesson plan!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost

We begin our IFA: Investigating facts in Acts lessons this week with The Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The Apostles appointed a new Apostle to replace Judas and they taught and baptized all who would listen. There is a flame headband, which is not a new concept. I think I had one as a kid! There is also a flow chart worksheet that can be used with the lesson, or afterwards for a review.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Birth of Jesus Printables

I have recently added some items to my TPT store and while doing that, I needed to update the downloads. These printables started out to just be the file folder game with new graphics, but as I worked on them, I came up with all new ideas! So, that led to a new blog post to share them here. And, I just found another new set of graphics, so I will think of more ideas! Maybe, some projects with these.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jesus Has Breakfast & Returns to Heaven

This is the last lesson for the Life of Jesus series! There is a new Flow Chart that discusses Heaven with scriptures and Lift-the-Flap fill in the blank answers.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Resurrection of Jesus

This week there is a set of Resurrection Task Cards with ideas on how to use them. Also, a Resurrection Mini Book in color and black & white. That is just the printables for this lesson!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Visit to the Creation Museum

Today's post is written by my daughter. She was able to visit the Creation Museum and we are sharing thoughts and photos from the visit. I was able to visit when it just opened up and they have added a lot since my visit. We really enjoyed it! My thoughts that I have added are in (parenthesis). And, I have added a Pocket Facts Printable that can be used with or without going to the Creation Museum. It can be used to look at some Bible Facts Creation to Jesus Christ & Paul.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jesus is Crucified

I have divided these last days of Jesus more than the last time I posted them. I plan to have a quarter (13 weeks) of the Later Life of Jesus next summer with a more in depth study and different projects and a lapbook. This week there is a layered heart for the students to fill-in-the-blanks while discussing some of the things that Jesus did to show how much He loves us.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

This week is Jesus in the garden. I hand out the Malchus mask and the kids loved it when they saw the ear was removable! While I taught the lesson, I had a plastic ear in my pocket and when I came to the Malchus part, I used my sword and cut of my right ear! Oh, they love that! You can see the ears here. There is a praying hands printable.There are a lot of different things to learn about prayer, but for this lesson, I decided to discuss what to pray for and how to pray. I used it as a conversation starter to discuss prayer and this can be used for several different lessons.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Triumphal Entry of Jesus & The Lord's Supper

The printable for this lesson are Life of Jesus Task cards and they are cards that can be used for Life of Jesus review or... more ideas are listed! We are getting to the end of the life of Jesus, and I have divided the next several lessons more than I originally planned.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IFA: Investigating Bible Facts in Acts Supplies

There were so many great items for sale this Spring for VBS that had to do with Investigators! I started at Hobby Lobby and my head just filled with all kinds of ideas! Then, Oriental Trading had a lot, so I had even more ideas in my head! Then, Lifeway had their VBS with the Agency D3, and I found some items in their store! Since I thought Investigating Bible Facts is a great idea anyway, I decided to teach the 30 weeks of Acts with this theme. I will have bulletin boards, worksheets and different ideas for this. When I can, I will have the idea usable for any Bible lessons, not just Acts.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Parable of the Lost Sheep & Lost Coin

This is such a fun lesson! I love watching the kids enjoy learning the Bible and they love this one! I like teaching most of the parables, but The Prodigal Son and this one seems to be favorites! There are sheep and coin printables that are scriptures that you can hide or shuffle for the kids to put in order.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Investigating Facts in Acts: Bulletin Boards & Posters

I made all new bulletin boards and posters to go with Investigating Facts in Acts (IFA). I realize that investigating, detectives and secret agents are not a new concept, but I did use the graphics that I could find to create new ideas and printables for the book of Acts and Life of Paul.
It all started when I found so many great items for sale this Spring for VBS that had to do with Investigators! I started at Hobby Lobby and my head just filled with all kinds of ideas! Then, Oriental Trading had a lot, so I had even more ideas in my head! Then, Lifeway had their VBS with the Agency D3, and I found some items in their store! Since I thought Investigating Bible Facts is a great idea anyway, I decided to teach the 30 weeks of Acts with this theme. I will have bulletin boards, worksheets and different ideas for this. This post is the bulletin boards and posters I created. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parable of the Rich Fool, the Hidden Treasure & the Pearl of Great Price

This week's lesson are three parables from Jesus. These are the visuals I set up. The barn is a bird house I found at a craft store and painted. I found the grain stalks during the fall and added some Fisher Price fencing and more bales of grain. The Pearl of Great Price is a basket with larger (8 mm) pearl beads. The treasure is a wood box that I found at Hobby Lobby. I just used brown fabric  (or felt or actual dirt). I let the students have a treasure chest, added a pearl bead and a grain stalk. Then, add stickers of Jesus, the Bible, Heaven and discuss what real treasure is.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bulletin Boards by Nicole

Here are photos to use for ideas for bulletin boards. These bulletin boards are photos from my niece Nicole Whitacre. Thanks for letting me post the photos! I do not have any printables for Nicole's boards, they are just for you to get ideas.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


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Parable of the Good Samaritan

This week's parable is the Good Samaritan. There is a foldable for the review project. The kids will love it! It is fun and easy, but you can discuss so many different neighbor things and make it work for several Bible lessons.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wall Decorating by Nicole: Jacob & Joseph

Special thanks to Nicole Whitacre for permitting me to use her Jacob & Joseph wall decorating photos! As with all of Nicole's photos, there are not any printables, just the pictures to give you   ideas to decorate your classroom for teaching Bible facts. This quarter was Jacob and Joseph.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Parable of the Prodigal Son

The students that were in class for this lesson were all at VBS this year when I taught The Prodigal Son. We used this lesson more as a review. They love filling in the lapbooks and seeing the goodies that I hand out for this lesson.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Teen Girls Day & Time

This is the final post for the Teen Girls Day that we at our church building. As always, the Teen Tuesday is written by my daughter.
We appreciate your interest in the teen lessons.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Parable of the Sower

This is the visual aids that I set up for this lesson. I used 4 Ziploc plastic containers and I added dirt in each. The first was dirt with a lot of clay, and I made it hard on top. I added seeds the biggest seeds on top that I could find and found the small blackbirds at Michaels. For the second visual, I added rocks and artificial flower stems w/o the flowers. The third one had straw-like vines and thorns (which I will add real ones the morning before class from a rose bush). The last visual had the good ground and I used a healthy house plant, or you can use the container with dirt that they can run their fingers through and green artificial/real healthy plants.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Areopagus in Athens

These preschool Bible lessons are created and used at home, so there are some basic preschool learning skills printables added to each post. The Bible lesson and Bible printables are suitable for home or Bible class use. As of this post, we have covered most of the alphabet, but now little sister is learning her preschool skills! So, I am starting over with the alphabet, and adding preschool lessons that are not posted here yet, and plan to add as much from the book of Acts that I can. This week's lesson is about Paul and he teaches about the Unknown God.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Teen Girls Day & Faith

Today's Teen Tuesday is about Faith, and is written by my daughter. This is a continuation of the Teen Girls Day we had at our church building. But, these lessons are appropriate for boys and girls.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Parable of Build Your House on The Rock & Be A Light

I use this visual to represent the house on the sand and the rock. I push the house on the sand down into it so it looks like it is falling down. You just can't push the house on the rock! Even if you decide to use a pile of rocks, the house will still stand.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Teen Girls Day & Service

Who typically serves at your church? Is it a certain generation, a certain gender, or maybe just the same people do it all? These are common problems that I have seen as I have grown up and went to different congregations. As a teenager, I was never sure exactly of all of the service opportunities in the church and why people serve to begin with...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lazarus Lives Again!

Today's lesson is about Lazarus and I shifted this lesson so I could keep the miracles of Jesus together. They will finish their lapbooks and take them home, then we will begin the parables lapbook. I have the parables of Jesus together also.