Teachers and Parents Term Plan
|Week of Term||Date||Te Kohanga||Te Ngahere||Story||Te Ao Marama||Other events||Dates for leaders etc.|
|H||April 28th||Liz||Jannah, Madi||Bangladesh||Bangladesh|
|1||May 5th||Liz||Amy, Phoebe||The Ark and a Tent for God||Guido and Sarah|
|2||May 12th||Emma||Jamin, Jacob||Promised Land||Guido and Sarah|
|3||May 19th||Emma||Jo?, Phoebe||The Temple, a House for God||Guido and Sarah|
|4||May 26th||Liz||Amy, Jacob||Exile and Return||Guido and Sarah|
|5||June 2nd||Liz||Jamin, Jo||Samuel||Jannah|
|6||June 9th||Vicki||Madi, Phoebe||David||Jannah|
|7||June 16th||Vicki||Amy, Jacob||Psalms||ReCreate|
|8||June 23rd||Vicki||Madi, Ben||Ruth||Jannah|
|9||June 30th||Emma||Jamin, Jo||Elijah||Jannah|
Useful links for Teachers:
Craft ideas for all sorts of godly plays stories (for TK and TN):
More cool craft ideas:
Lovely blog with all sorts on Godly Play:
More general ideas and examples of using Godly Play:
Children and Families: Good ideas for All-age etc
Kids Friendly Blog:
Great interactive and drama ideas for lots of Bible stories:
General Lesson Outline
Morning tea and news: 10 minutes
- Good to have a sheet with a plan of the morning and what is going to happen: some of the kids like to know what is going to happen.
- Ask the kids to serve each other and take the cups and plates to the kitchen.
- Fun silly questions to answer. Work in pairs first. Swap around. Feed back.
Story: 10 minutes
- TN kids to set up first. Can pair big and little kids up for the wondering questions, and then feed back.
Bible engagement: 5 minutes
- TK: Bible storybooks, flannelgraphs, take story materials each week and re-tell.
- Race to the place (in teams) Get the kids to say what page in the bible it is.
- Hiding parts of a verse around and getting them to find it and put it together
- Reading a passage in a few different Bibles: spot the differences in translation
- Read a story to the kids: a narrative tale based on the Bible
- Put a relevant Worship song on, turn off lights and listen
- Get the kids to bring their own Bibles one week, get them to prepare something
Story discussion: 5 minutes
- Use tactile objects, visuals.
- A few short questions to get them thinking: key messages.
- Break into pairs, then feedback.
- Get them writing and drawing on the board.
- Use website to find lots of ideas
Story activity: 20-25 minutes
- Drawing, painting, clay modelling, drama, stop-motion.
- Focus on re-telling the story and creating while doing that.
- Can do individual work or in groups.
- Good to have 2-3 activities/ crafts to choose from.
- Let parents know if there is going to be paint. (There are painting shirts)
- Use tarpaulins under the table for crafts, paint, clay etc
- Mix up the activities, music, drama, art work, craft, singing, dancing, science experiments.
- Match kids into teams that you have pre-planned to avoid disappointed kids.
Prayer time: 10 minutes
- Make prayer time a priority each week. Ask kids if prayers have been answered.
- - Use structure, tactile.
- Pick written prayers out of a jar
- Hold a candle and pass it around while praying, or light a candle.
- Not to say ‘pass’, but ‘Thank you God’ if you don’t have another prayer
- Put a prayer pebble into a bowl as you pray (silently or out loud)
- Praying in colour.
- Prayer labrynths - make and re-use.
- Repeated phrases: Lord Hear Our Prayer.
Tidy-up: 5 mins
- Te Ngahere kids: ownership. Put things away in phocopier room, close AV desk, put chairs away, put things in kitchen, vacuum.
Te Kohanga: simple jobs. Parental involvement.
Game: 10 minutes
- Action games where the kids can move their bodies.
- There is a good ring of game ideas that Vicki printed and laminated.
- Make sure the wee ones have a chance to sit out if they want. Play some slower paced quieter games for them
- Blind fold games
- Keys under the chair
- Teams of dancing and then making themselves into a shape when music stops
- They love chucking newspaper over the line team game
- Balloon games
- Anything with shiny coins into jars or bottles.
- Remember the games don’t always have a point or be tied to the story of the day
- http://www.braingym.org/ - sometimes good to do brain gym to get them calmed down and focussed.
- Team building games for the older ones
- Keep an eye on kids who wander out. It may not be safe for them to be wandering the building. Toilet in groups of 2 good
- Let them know that they are always welcome to sit in Big Church (it isn’t a punishment)
- Find out their birthdays, try and engage with them at their homes, activities outside of church if you can