Monday, January 16, 2012

How to be a TRUE SUPERHERO! (Part 1)

I intended to start off the new year with a Bible study on the Fruits of the Spirit. However, I did not have time to get everything together, and our unit would not be finished up before the new baby comes in February. So, I started looking around for other ideas. When I came across this post at Impress Your Kids, I knew that it would be perfect for our first Bible study of the new year. Josiah is VERY into Superheroes right now, and he will be having a Superhero birthday party right about the same time that this series ends. Also, most of the planning and work is done for me (which is perfect for this very tired and pregnant mommy) …thanks to Amanda, at Impress Your Kids.

On our first day, we looked up our Memory Verse for the unit: 1 Timothy 4:12. We sang along to the Seeds Family Worship video to help us begin memorizing this. We listened for the qualifications for being a true superhero in this verse. There are five of them, which we will covering over the next 5-6 weeks.

1. Super Speech

2. Fantastic Conduct

3. Incredible Love

4. Lightning Fast Faith

5. Magnificent Purity

We also had fun watching and singing along to this video of Jesus is my Superhero. We talked about why Jesus is so much better than Superman, Spiderman, and all the other superheroes that Josiah loves to pretend to be. Each day of the Bible study, we continue to sing these two songs, which they both love!

Our first activity was to make Superhero Crests. These will be used to keep their badges on after we learn about each of the five qualifications. At the end of the series, they’ll be awarded with a cape to put their crest on!

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They had fun decorating them, and they were pretty proud of the final product!

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We did a little experiment to help them understand this verse. We made two different concoctions. Without telling them what we were making for either, I had told them what to pour into each container. In the first, I grabbed lots of “yucky” stuff that I knew the kids wouldn’t like. Luckily, I needed to clean out the refrigerator. I had some old spaghetti sauce, Italian dressing, salsa, pickles, and leftovers.

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Then, we poured it into an old paint cup for added effect. We discussed how when we put yucky stuff into the jar, only yucky stuff would come out. It could not change into good stuff and have good stuff come out. It works the same with our hearts. We can not fill our hearts with bad things and expect good to come out of our mouths. We specifically related this to what they are allowed to watch and not watch. They chose not to drink it!

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In the second container, we put cotton candy ice cream, some extra candy pieces and milk. We blended it up…and out came a very yummy drink! When we filled the container with good things, good things came out. This is the same with our hearts. We want to fill up our hearts with Scriptures, songs, kind words…and out of our mouths will come good things. They chose to drink this one!

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They both said that they want their hearts to be filled with good stuff!

On the next day, we discussed a new verse regarding our speech: Ephesians 4:29. “Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those in need.”

To illustrate this verse, they each cut out their own mouths. I wrote the Scripture verse on a long piece of paper. We practiced saying it an pulling it through the mouth. We talked about what would be “evil talk” and what kinds of things can “help build others up.”

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We talked about this verse more the next day. We got out our large cardboard blocks. I let them make towers for a little on their own. Then I asked them what they were doing. They responded, “building!” I asked them to listen to our verse again and listen for something to do with building. They heard, “help build others up.”

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We talked more about the meaning of these words, and we took turns adding blocks to our tower as we said kind words to each other. It was very sweet. They would hug each other after each kind word was spoken. Then we talked about how when we say mean, unkind words, it is like tearing down that nice strong tower that we had built.

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The last verse we talked about was Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. We sang along to the verse with the Hide Em in Your Heart Vol. 1. Of course, we had to hold our tongues as we sang!

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After finishing up the first part of this series on being a TRUE SUPERHERO by having SUPER SPEECH, they received their first badge for their Superhero crest!

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As you can tell, they are having lots of fun and learning, too! I love that their little hearts are getting filled up with the Word of God. I have heard them several times reminding each other to have Super Speech! Again, thanks to Amanda at Impress Your Kids for the wonderful ideas!

Coming Soon… How to be a True Superhero Part 2 – Fantastic Conduct


Meganbri said...

Love this idea! I think the teacher should get a crest and cape at the end of the unit, though, too -- she's doing a pretty super job!

Sonshine Classical Academy said...

This is so great! I think I'm going to have to snag this idea...LOVE IT!

ohAmanda said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE IT!!!

Your kids are adorable and it sounds like you guys covered everything! I love the lips yall did. SUPER CUTE.

Thank you so much for sharing this. It totally blesses me!

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