1.13. Genesis: Joseph Reunited With His Family

Thursday, October 27, 2016
This week finishes up Joseph as we learn about his authority in Egypt, and he is reunited with his family. This is the final lesson for Genesis and is lesson 13 in the first quarter of a year of Preschool Bible Study that I assist with on Wednesday evening.
These are the visuals I used when I taught this lesson to 2nd grade. Because of time and preschoolers' attention span, I seriously condensed this lesson. I didn't teach about them going back & forth or these items being in their bags. Joseph could really be a whole quarter to teach the specifics! But time didn't allow for that. As it is, this is the longest lesson in this quarter!
This is our last lesson about Joseph! Joseph is in the book of Genesis (42-46). Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. Joseph was taken to Egypt and after being a servant for Potiphar, he was put in prison. When Joseph told Pharaoh what his dreams meant (with God’s help), Pharaoh put Joseph second in charge in Egypt. Joseph was the governor and was in charge of the food supply. God said there would be seven years with plenty of food, but now it is the seven years of famine (not enough food). Everyone that comes to Egypt to buy food has to see Joseph. Joseph is doing very well and stays faithful to God.
Remember Joseph’s father was Jacob? Jacob had 12 sons and he had given Joseph a coat of many colors. Joseph’s father sent 10 of his sons to Egypt to buy food.

Since everyone had to see Joseph to buy food, his brothers did too! When Joseph’s brothers stood before Joseph, they bowed.  Joseph recognized them, but they didn’t know who Joseph was.
Joseph said he thought they were spies! But they told Joseph they weren’t spies, they were brothers. They said they left their youngest brother at home with their father. Joseph told them not to come back for more food unless their youngest brother comes with them also.
When Jacob and his family ran out of food, they were scared to return to Egypt. Egypt was the only country that had food for sale. They had to have food! This time, they took their youngest brother Benjamin with them to Egypt.
All the brothers were taken to Joseph’s house. When Joseph arrived, they bowed down to Joseph. Joseph asked about their father. Then Joseph saw his youngest brother, Benjamin! Remember, the brothers do not know who Joseph is. Joseph was so happy to see Benjamin!
Joseph had their sacks filled full of food and they left. When a little time passed, Joseph sent his servant to bring the brothers back to him. After Judah (Joseph’s brother) begged Joseph not to harm Benjamin, Joseph started to cry.
Joseph told them, “I am your brother Joseph!” Joseph told his brothers not to be upset, because it was God’s plan for him to be in Egypt during this famine. He hugged Benjamin and told them to bring their families to Egypt to live because there was still five years of famine and he wanted them to stay alive and be able to eat.
He gave them wagons and food to get back home. When they told Jacob that Joseph was still alive and governor of Egypt, Jacob decided to go see Joseph! When Joseph saw his family coming, he went to see Jacob and they were so happy to be together! Joseph took his family out to the best land in Egypt to live. Joseph loved and obeyed God.
We used this project with last year's class, and they loved it. This takes some prep time for the teacher, but it is worth the time. These would also be great to have for early arrivers to play with and review Joseph. You can see more about this project here.

I purchased these Joseph sticker sets and divided them according to each lesson for the four weeks. Each pack makes enough for 3 students.
We used this Flip Chart Song that goes over the Life of Joseph. I divided Joseph into 4 lessons, and we sang it each week. Click here to download it.
We used these Magnetic Board Visuals to teach the Joseph lessons. Joseph is divided into 4 lessons and some of these will be used for more than one lesson. These are combined into this one download and includes all the visuals for all the Joseph lessons. Click here to download the set of Joseph MBV.

Also, I combined the four lessons into one download to be used with the MBV. These are the same lessons but have the corresponding numbers to use each visual. Click here for the MBV lessons.
Click here to download the lesson.
This is a variety pack for Genesis 39-46 since it covers so much!
There is a visual(s) for each event that is in these chapters.

Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpLVFYb2ppMlNuV1k/view?usp=sharing   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpaDRrVkI5emptQ0U/view?usp=sharing


  1. Debbie,
    Love your ideas and how you bring everything together. Keeping it simple for the little ones but also you have the story put into their minds. Great job.

  2. I'm teaching on Joseph on Wed nights and it's kinda hard as I have from 3-7 yr olds. I'm having them make the lap book. I want to have them take home the bags of corn with chocolate candy in it that looks like money, and I'll get some of the trophys at $ tree. have some but not quiet enough. Seems like in the back of my mine they use to have candy that comes in a little bag that was like corn or gold in it. not sure they even make it any more. it would be easier to to buy them if I can locate them than making the bags then putting corn in it. Seems like I read somewhere that you had bought the bags. but may be mistaken. I appreciate you sharing your ideas and teaching methods.

  3. Love the Joseph Review Box! As it happens, I've been subscribed to an essential oil monthly box that has small boxes that will be great for this so, lucky me, it will be very little work at all! Thank you!


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