Items Needed:

Worksheets: Caterpillar, Bible
Books: Bible, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Activities:  Yellow items, container, painter's tape, nylon scarf, scrap paper, yellow dot marker, jumbo paintbrush, yellow paint

Objectives:

Bible Symbol:  Bible
Bible Story:  The Bible is Special
The Beginner's Bible for Toddlers

Bible Song:  Pat the Bible (Original Source Unknown)
Tune:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat 
Pat, pat, pat the Bible
God wants us to know
That it is a special book
And He loves us so

Character Scripture:  Purity
Proverbs 4:23-27 (NIV) - Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Poem:  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star   (Traditional)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Color:  Yellow
Shape:  Circle
Animal:  Caterpillar 
Taking Care of Me:   I can sit quietly and listen.
Sign Language:   Thank you - touch fingers to chin (palm toward face), move hand down to 45 degree angle  (Like blowing a kiss but starting at the chin instead of the lips.)

Book of the Week:   
  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle    

Fine Motor Skill:  Tear Paper
Gross Motor Skill: 
Catch Scarf

Suggested Activities:

• Bible Story Activities:   
- Use this time to explain to the child that the Bible is a very special book.  It is like a letter from God so that we can learn about Him.  We use the Bible to help us make wise choices.  We should treat the Bible with respect (i.e. never throw a Bible, be gentle with the pages, etc.).

- ABC Book:  Paint the Bible worksheet with yellow paint.  Write the child's name on the worksheet and add it as the title page to the Alphabet Bible Craft (ABC) book. 
  
• Color Activities: 
My Color BoxColor Box - Walk through your home or classroom and collect yellow items to place in a container.   

• Shape Activities:  
Shape Walk  Shape Walk:  Use pieces of painter’s tape or sidewalk chalk to make a large circle on the ground.  Assist the child in walking, crawling, and hopping around the edges as you sing the shape song. Note:  Do not use masking tape on carpet, as it will leave a residue.

Circle Song
Tune: Up on the Housetop
Circle, circle big and round (make big circles in the air as you sing)
Where they end can not be found
Tires, balls, the earth, and sun
Making circles is so much fun.
Circle, circle big and round (make big circles in the air as you sing)
Where they end can not be found

• Animal Activities:   
- Decorate the Caterpillar worksheet with a yellow dot marker. 
- Find pictures of caterpillars in the books that you read and point out caterpillars outside.
- Lay on the floor and "worm" around like a caterpillar.

• Taking Care of Me Activities:  
To teach your child self-control, it is important to train the child to sit quietly for short moments at a time.  Begin by teaching the child to sit with "criss-cross" legs and hands in his/her lap.  Discuss how there are times when a child listens while the adult talks.  Start with very short time intervals and increase until the child is able to sit through the entire Bible lesson. 

Begin each listening time with a saying such as:
My legs are crossed,
Together my hands go,
My mouth is quiet,
I'm ready to learn and grow!

For more information, view the Teaching a Child to Sit Quietly video below or on the ABCJLM YouTube Channel.



• Book of the Week Ideas:  
- Have the child help you repeat the phrase "but he was still hungry."
- The moon, sun, and holes in the book are circles.
- Look for yellow food in the story.

• Sign Language: 
"Thank you" is another sign that I liked being able to sign to our children as a silent reminder for them to express thanks to another person.

• Fine Motor Skill:  
Tear paper - all different kinds in different shapes and sizes.   Demonstrate how to pull half of the paper toward you and the other half push away from you.  Let the child tear, tear, tear.  This will make a mess; but nothing that a broom and dustpan can't handle!  Discuss how it is okay to tear scrap paper but it is not okay to tear anything else.  This really is an important fine motor activity for development.

• Gross Motor Skill:  
Throw a nylon scarf in the air and catch it.  Because it floats down slowly, catching a nylon scarf is a wonderful way to help children learn to catch items thrown to them.

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