Items Needed:

Tactile Number and Letters:  9, Nn
Books: Bible, Hop on Pop
Game: Twister
Worksheets: 12 Disciples, John 14:15 Boat, 3" Uppercase Letters, Letter N, Number 9, Jesus Calls 12 Disciples
Activities:  Timer, Children's Safety Scissors, yellow, red, and green markers, Fishing Game, square and rectangle drawn on cardstock, noodles, Dry Erase Pocket, Dry Erase Marker

Objectives:

Bible Story: Jesus Calls 12 Disciples
Scripture:  Luke 5:1-11, 6:14-16
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 256
The Beginner's Bible: pg 308
My Story Bible:  pg 76-77
Through the Bible Felt Story #108

Comprehension Questions:
Why do you think that Jesus needed helpers?
How do you think Jesus' friends felt when He told them that they would be fishers of men?
What does a "fisher of men" do?
When Jesus asked the men to "follow Me," did the men finish what they were doing or immediately follow?
What is a disciple?
How can you be a disciple of Jesus?
What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Verse: John 14:15 (NIV84) - If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Tune:  Hot Cross Buns
If you love me, If you love me, (make a heart shape in the air on word "love")
You will obey what I command (salute and then shake index finger in the air)
John 14:15, John 14:15 (point to number 14, 15 written somewhere or make a book sign with hands)
You will obey what I command (salute and then shake index finger in the air)

Bible Song: Fishers of Men (Traditional)
I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men (pretend to cast fishing pole)
I will make you fishers of men if you follow me (move hand over opposite shoulder)
If you follow me, if you follow me
I will make you fishers of men if you follow me

Hear Christ calling “Come unto me”, “Come unto me”, “Come unto me” (Listen to ear, move hand over opposite shoulder)
Hear Christ calling “Come unto me.  I will give you rest” (put hands to ear and “sleep”)
"I will give you rest, I will give you rest"
Hear Christ calling “Come unto me.  I will give you rest”

Read your Bible, pray every day, pray every day, pray every day (make book, prayer hands)
Read your Bible, pray every day, then you’ll grow, grow, grow (bend down and get taller)
Then you’ll grow, grow, grow, then you’ll grow, grow, grow
Read your Bible, pray every day, then you’ll grow, grow, grow

Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, forget to pray, forget to pray (make book, prayer hands and shake head ‘no’)
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink (stand tall and “shrink” down)
Then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink, then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink

(Sheet Music for Fishers of Men)

Poem: Five Fat Peas (Traditional)
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (five fingers, press into fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew (raise hands in the air very slowly)
And did not stop, Until one day
The pod went POP! (clap)

Math: Spatial – High, low
Up, down       Above, below      Near, far

Letters: Nn
N - body, pick up, valley
n - down, hump

Number: 9
Make a hoop and then a line.
That’s the way to make a nine!

Name: Write the 1st letter of your child's first name using 3" Letters.

Book of the Week:
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Fine Motor Skill:  Cutting
Gross Motor Skill:  Twister

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets:  Jesus Calls 12 Disciples
- 12 Disciples Color and cut out the boat on the 12 Disciples printable.  Glue the boat onto a piece of construction paper.  Cut a slit along the top of the boat.  Cut and color the men.  Slide the men into the boat and glue down.

- Eat goldfish crackers

- John 14:15 Boat  Color and cut apart the second boat pieces on the John 14:15 worksheet.  Give the pieces to the child to glue onto the first boat.

- Play Follow the Leader.  Take turns being the leader.  Talk about how Jesus asks us to follow Him just like the 12 disciples did.

• Math:
Hide a timer.  Provide the child with spatial clues of higher, lower, near, above, below, farther, up, or down to find it before the time expires.  Trade to allow the child to hide and describe using spatial words.

• Letters:
- Introduce the letters Nn using the tactile letters and decorate the Letter Poster to add to the Letter of the Week book.

- Fish Game 1  Make a fishing pole with a dowel rod, string, and magnet.  Make fish on various colors of card stock paper with a large paper clip for the mouth.  Write individual letters or numbers on each fish.  (Best to laminate or use contact paper.) Have your child “fish” for letters or numbers.  You can also use magnetic refrigerator numbers and letters as "fish."  More information...

- More Letter Nn ideas...

• Number:
- Number 9 Poster
This week glue on macaroni or other noodles (dye the noodles for extra color) to decorate the Number 9 Poster.  Add nine stickers.

• Name:
First Letter The past five weeks have been preparing the child to write the first letter in her name by working on the four key movements in forming letters - vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and circular lines.  And up to this point, the child has traced tactile letters Aa - Mm with her finger. If she is ready, today is the first time that the child is asked to write a letter of the alphabet with a pencil.  In the 3 Year Curriculum, the child will write her first name using capital letters only. If your child can write all uppercase letters and is ready for lowercase letters, the 3" Lowercase Letter printable is available to purchase. 

Instruct the child to trace the tactile letter. If she can correctly form the letter, give the child the 3" Letter cut from the 3" Uppercase Letters worksheet and placed in a dry erase pocket.  With a dry erase marker, demonstrate how to form the letter while saying the Letter Formation Chant.  Then, allow the child to write the letter and use the green and red dots as reminders.

If the child's first letter hasn't been introduced yet (Letters N-Z), spend a few days introducing it with a tactile letter before writing.  If the child is unable to correctly trace the tactile letter, continue practicing before writing. Moving on will only frustrate everyone. For more information, read Learning to Write.

• Book of the Week:
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Discuss spatial words as you read and view the illustrations.
- Coloring Sheet from Seussville.com

• Fine Motor Skills:
scissors Using safety scissors have your child cut out shapes (square & rectangle) that you have drawn with thick lines on heavy paper (cardstock). When cutting, remind the child that his/her dominant hand does the cutting while the other hand moves the paper.  Watch that the elbows do not point out while cutting.  Check out Teaching How to Use Scissors for ideas.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Twister While playing the actual rules of Twister is probably too difficult for this age level, take turns calling out colors and body parts to match.

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