I've been a Bible class teacher for many more years than I care to think about. While the teaching part is wonderful, the years-flying-by part is not so wonderful. I have found over the years that I learn better when I see a visual related to what is being taught. If you are a visual person like I am and teach little folks in Bible class, this blog is for you. The visuals that you will find on this blog are ones that I have found work well in my K-1 class.
Some history of how this came to be...
Around 20 years ago, the congregation that I worshiped and worked with decided to organize and put together our own set of Bible class lessons for our children. I was given that task for the K-1 class. I must say it was a monumental task for those of us who worked on it. It was a 2 year effort of writing and teaching at the same time, working hard to get 6 1/2 weeks worth of lessons written before the teacher came in to teach for that period. (Our lessons were written in 13 lesson groups or for a 6 1/2 week period. Our teachers often stayed in to teach for 2 groups of lessons or 26 lessons, aka a quarter.)
During that two years, I along with my co-teacher at the time, Denise Campbell, worked to further develop the lessons, adding bulletin boards, worksheets, visual aids, etc. to the lessons. Since then, Kim Boyd, another co-teacher has jumped in and is currently helping me update the materials and make the lessons more easily available to those who would like to use them in their congregation. All of the lessons on this blog as well as the worksheets and lesson sheets are free to use. If you would like a digital copy of them, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send them to you. Also, any bulletin board ideas or visual aid ideas that you see on this blog can be used free of charge.
The lesson outlines on the blog are what I have taught from for the last 20 or so years with very little change. The lessons for the K-1 class are a 2 year chronological study of the Bible with 1 year, or 104 lessons covering the Old Testament and 1 year or 104 lessons covering the New Testament. The study is a continuous study going from Sunday to Wednesday to Sunday. (We do not have a different set of material that we use on Wednesday nite. We use the same set of lessons for both Sunday and Wed.) So, if Lesson 1 was taught on Sunday morning, Lesson 2 would be taught on Wed. evening, Lesson 3 on Sunday, etc.
I hope the materials that you find here are beneficial to you. The only thing I would ask is that you please give credit to me somewhere in the material. A simple, "thanks to Beverly Smith, Huntsville, AL, for use of this lesson material will be fine. If you've ever attempted anything like this, you understand how it can be disheartening to see someone else take your work as their own without recognizing the one who actually did the work.
The site will be continually updated so worksheets and visual aids will be posted as I am able to steal some time for posting. Please bear with me if I'm not as fast as both you and I would prefe. My goal is to post as many of them as I can to give some of you some ideas that might be useful to you. Now, remember that I have typically taught the younger kids - early elementary school age, so some of these may seem somewhat juvenile to you but some of them can be used with many different ages. None of them are difficult to make. They only require a little bit of patience and time. (I rarely do things that are difficult!) Also, let me apologize in advance for the format being somewhat off in the outlines. For some reason, and hopefully I will be able to figure it out, when I cut and paste my outline, it didn't all paste correctly so some of it is a bit off.
I also have posted some links to Bible based pictures that can be printed off the internet that are not copy-righted. That's a biggie! There are so many free sites now that allow you to use their Bible based pictures. Never copy and reprint things off the internet that have a copyright without purchasing the right to do so from that sight.
If you have any questions, I'll be happy to try to answer them. Just leave me a comment below the entry and I'll do my best.
-bev, aka Mrs. Bev