Tactile Number and Letters: 4, Ee, many letters
Worksheets: Five Little Ducks, Letter E, Crossing the Red Sea
Books: Bible, All By Myself
Games: Hi Ho Cherry-O
Activities: Children's Safety Scissors, heart-shaped cookie cutter and food, Shape Puzzle, thick lines drawn on cardstock, red Jello prepared in a pan or several red gelatin cups, pan, spatula, whipped topping, a handful of miniature marshmallows, construction paper, glue, paint, pipe cleaner, craft stick, medicine dropper
Bible Story: Crossing the Red Sea
Scripture: Exodus 14
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 94-97
The Beginner's Bible: pg 111-115
My Story Bible: pg 26-27
Through the Bible Felt: Story #32
What is the name of the sea that God’s people crossed?
The water was very deep and there wasn’t a bridge. How did the people cross?
When Moses raised his staff, what happened to the water?
Verse: Philippians 4:19 - My God will supply all your needs.
Tune: London Bridges
My- God will supply all your needs
Supply all your needs (2x)
My- God will supply all your needs
Bible Song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (Traditional)
He's got the whole world in His hands (3x)
The whole world in His hands.
Create your own verses:
He's got our family...
He's got the mountains and the rivers...
He's got the fish and the birds...
Poem: Jack and Jill (Traditional)
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
E - body, head, arm, leg
e - dash, little curve
Down and over and down some more. That’s the way to make a four!
Name: Match letters in your child's name - Write your child’s name on a piece of paper and have her find matching letters to place beneath each letter.
Book of the Week:
All By Myself by Mercer Mayer
Fine Motor Skill: Cutting
Gross Motor Skill: Memory Obstacle Course
- ABCJLM Coloring Sheets - Crossing the Red Sea
- Play "Follow the Leader" and talk about how the Israelites followed Moses
- Some children may be confused that even though it is called the Red Sea, the water is still blue. One way to explain is by placing blue paint on a paper plate and using a craft stick as a staff to part (divide) the "sea." Then decorate the Crossing the Red Sea Bible Coloring Sheet by painting the water blue and adding a pipe cleaner to Moses' hand. (Thank you to Jessica for sharing this idea.)
- Parting the Red Sea - This is a fun activity we did at church which gives the children a visual of the Red Sea.
Adapted from: Incredible Edible Bible Story Fun for Preschoolers
Supplies: Red Jello prepared in a pan or several red gelatin cups, pan, spatula, whipped topping, a handful of miniature marshmallows (Make sure the child washes his/her hands well before beginning.)
Say to the child: “God led the Israelites to the Red Sea. Let’s make a red sea.”
Let the child empty the gelatin cups into the baking pan or use a pan of prepared Jello. Break the gelatin up with a spatula. “Now let’s put some waves into our red sea.” Make waves with the whipped topping. Let the child stir the swirling waters.
“While the Israelites were near the Red Sea, the Egyptian king decided that he wanted them to come back and be his slaves again. He sent his army after the Israelites to capture them and bring them back to Egypt. The Israelites looked behind them and saw the soldiers. They looked in front of them and saw the Red Sea. They didn’t know what to do! If they let the soldiers catch them, they’d be slaves again. If they went into the Red Sea, they’d drown!”
“But Moses told them not to be afraid. He told them God would take care of them, even if it looked impossible. That night a strong wind blew. It blew so hard and so long that it pushed the waters of the sea apart.”
Use the spatula to separate your "red sea." Make sure you scrape it across the bottom to form a clean, clear path. “God’s people were able to walk across the bottom of the sea and get to the land on the other side.” Let the child walk her fingers across the space you created.
“The Egyptian army saw the Israelites walk across the sea on dry ground. They tried to follow the Israelites to capture them on the other side. Here comes the army." Ask the child to pour the miniature marshmallows into the pan.
Shake the pan as you explain: “The water covered all the Egyptian army. But God’s people were safe on the other side.” Finish stirring marshmallows into the mixture, and serve it up in cups.
- Introduce the letters Ee using the tactile letters and decorate the Letter Poster to add to the Letter of the Week book.
- On the Letter E Poster, paint with a dropper (medicine dropper works well). Teach the child how to use the dropper to pick up the watered-down paint and drop it on the poster.
- More Letter E activities...
- Play Hi Ho Cherry-O
- Using the Five Little Ducks printable, order the 0-4 ducks.
Add to your Shape Family by creating a Heart Buddy. Cut a large heart out of construction paper. Accordion-fold long, thin pieces of paper to form legs and arms. Glue to the shape. Add a face with a heart shape for the eyes and nose. May also add shoes, hands, hair, or other accessories.
• Book of the Week:
- Discuss things that the child can do all by themselves.
- Discuss things that the child wasn’t able to do last year but can do this year.
- Discuss things that the child can’t do now but will be able to next year.
• Fine Motor Skills:
Using safety scissors, have your child cut along a thick line drawn on heavy paper (cardstock). When cutting, remind the child that his 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 Skill:
This week is the first of many Memory Obstacle Course suggested in the ABCJLM Curriculum. View the video and read the information on the Memory Obstacle Course page to understand the objective and set up. For the first Memory Obstacle Course, focus on shapes using a shape puzzle or shape flashcards. Ask the child to bring one shape back to you.
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