Items Needed:

Tactile Numbers and Letters: 1, 5, Yy
Books:  Bible, Sheep in a Jeep
Worksheets: Lamb Puppet, In My Father's House, Letter Y, Number 15, Ascension
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2
Activities:  Shallow plastic cups (0-15), small items to fill cups, puppet, bat, large ball, glue, Nature Poster (see below), lunch size paper bag, cotton balls, Primary Lacing Beads or spaghetti, play dough, and fruit loops

Objectives:

Bible Story: Jesus Returns to Heaven – Special job Jesus gave each of us to tell others about Jesus
Scripture:  Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:9-11
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 356
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 466
My Story Bible pg 124-125
Through the Bible Felt:  Story #157

Comprehension Questions:
What did Jesus tell the disciples to do after He left?
What did the angel promise?

Verse: John 14:2 – In My Father's house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you.
Steve Green - Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2 - #8

Bible Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It (Traditional)
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap) (Repeat 2x)
If you’re happy and you know it then your life will really show it.
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap)

Optional verse:
…stomp your feet…
…say amen…
…do all three…

Poem: Where Is Thumbkin? (Traditional)
Tune of: Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping)
Where is thumbkin? (Start with hands behind back)
Where is thumbkin?
Here I am  (Bring right thumb to front)
Here I am  (Bring left thumb to front)
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you  (Wiggle thumbs as if they are "talking" to each other)
Run away  (Hide right hand behind back)
Run away  (Hide left hand behind back)

Additional verses:
Where is pointer?
Where is tall man?
Where is ring man?
Where is pinkie?
Where is whole family?

Number: 15

Math: ABA Pattern – Introduce with beading

Letters: Yy
Y - a little bit down, a little bit down, all the way down
y - a little bit down, all the way down

Name: Write the 4th letter of your child's last name using 3" Letters.

Book of the Week:
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Fine Motor Skill:  Picking Up Small Objects
Gross Motor Skill:  Batting

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets: Ascension

- Jesus Ascension pict Glue cotton balls as clouds around Jesus on the My Father's House worksheet.

• Math:
- Spaghetti Patterns Introduce ABA patterns by beading with lacing beads or by threading fruit loops onto spaghetti pieces stuck vertically into play dough.

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

- The top of the Letter Y is formed by making an upside down triangle without a top.

- More Letter Yy ideas...

Nature Poster Walk around the neighborhood or park collecting different items from nature.  Use spatial words as you find things (i.e. The leaf up high...The red flower between the...)  Back at home, create a poster and glue items on.  Add the title "Our Nature Walk" on the poster.  Allow to dry.

• Number:
- Number 15 Poster
This week decorate the Number 15 Poster with your favorite medium.  Add fifteen stickers.  To complete the book, add a cover page titled "My Number Book."

• Name:
First Letter If the child is ready, introduce the fourth letter of her last name while saying the Letter Formation Chant.

• Book of the Week Ideas:
- This book is filled with rhyming words.  Find pairs of rhyming words and place them into the following rhyme:
_____, _____, they both say _____.  For example - Sheep, jeep, they both say -eep.

- Lamb Puppet Cut out the pieces of the Lamb Puppet worksheet.  Glue the head to the bottom of a white paper sack.  Glue legs to the sides and opening (be sure to glue the legs so that the hand will not cover them up).  Glue the tongue inside the fold.  Roll thin strips of white paper around a pencil to curl.  Glue as wool on the lamb’s head. Use the lamb puppet for the "Is Jesus Gone?" story written below.

• Fine Motor Skills:
Shallow Cup Using shallow cups, write a number (0-15) on each cup.  Have your child fill each cup with the correct number of small items (i.e. chocolate chips, buttons, coins, candy).  Encourage the child to pick up each item with her thumb and index finger.  Set the timer and try to put the small items into the cup in a short amount of time.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Blue Ball Practice batting a ball using a beach ball or other large ball.  The larger the ball and bat, the greater the chance of success.  Point out the ABA pattern of pitcher, batter, pitcher.

• “Is Jesus Gone?”  Puppet Lesson
Adapted from Group’s Hands-On Bible Curriculum, Spring, Preschool 1997, page 118

Puppet:  (Puppet crying)
Adult:  ______? (Puppet’s name)  What’s the matter?
Puppet:  I just heard the news.  Isn’t it sad?
Adult: What news?  It must be really sad – you look like you’ve been crying for a long time.  Let me help you blow your nose so you can talk.  (Get out a tissue and pretend to blow the puppet’s nose)  Now that’s better.
Puppet:  (Sniffing)  Better?  It’s not better!  It’s terrible!  I’m just so sad… (puppet starts to cry again.)
Adult:  _______, try to stop crying so you can tell us what’s wrong.  Maybe I can help you.
Puppet:  Well, I heard you telling the story about Jesus going back to Heaven.  And I started thinking that …. (sniffs) there won’t be any more stories about Jesus.
Adult:  Why not?
Puppet:  Because Jesus is gone now.  We can’t hear anymore stories about all of the great things He did.  I really liked the story about Jesus calming the storm… and healing the little girl… and rising from the dead. But now I won’t ever hear them again.
Adult:  ______, we can still hear those stories!
Puppet:  (Stops sniffing)  We can?  How?
Adult:  Maybe ______ (Child’s name) can help answer that question.  (To the child)  How can we hear the stories about Jesus?  (i.e. Bible, church, parents.)  See, ________ (puppet’s name) we still have the Bible, and we have lots of grown-ups who can tell us the stories.
Puppet:  (Cheering up a little)  I kind of forgot about that.
Adult:  Plus, you can help tell stories about Jesus too.  In the story we have talked about this week, Jesus gave us a special job.  Let’s ask _____ (Child’s name) what our special job is.  (To child)  _______ what is the special job that Jesus gave to us before He went to Heaven?  (i.e. To be followers, to tell people about Jesus, to help people believe in Jesus.)
Puppet:  Oh yeah!  I remember that part of the story!  I better get busy on that job!  I want to tell lots of people about Jesus.  Let’s see… I can tell my brother, and Cousin Joey, and my friend Jimmy at school, and … I better go start telling them.

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