Items Needed:

Books: Bible, The Tale of Three Trees
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1
Worksheets: Xx Writing, Parts of a Plant, Three Tree, Calendar Wheel, New Testament, Mazes
Activities:  Candy, brown yarn, new sponges, bean or radish seeds, plates, plastic wrap, spray bottle with water, chocolate cookie ingredients (see below), string, stapler, straws, brad, glue

Objectives:

Theme :  Bible

Bible Story: New Testament
Objective:  In the New Testament, Jesus came as a baby, died, rose again, and returned to Heaven.

Comprehension Questions:
When was the New Testament written?
Name some stories in the New Testament.
Name as many of the New Testament books as you can.

Verse: I John 3:16 (NIV) - This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.
Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #3

Bible Song: Awesome God - YouTube
Our God is an awesome God (point up, thumbs up, point up)
He reigns from heaven above (rain hands down, hands raised)
With wisdom, power, and love (point to head, show muscles, cross arms in front of body)
Our God is an awesome God (point up, thumbs up, point up)

Books of the Bible: Malachi
Math :  Adding +3
Science :  Plants
Social Science :  Holidays
Letters: X, x
Number: Create Groups 0-35
Literacy: Moral of a Story
Sight Word : or

Book of the Week:
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

Fine Motor Skill:  Lily Handprint
Gross Motor Skill:  Simon Says
Visual Perception Skill: Mazes

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:

- Timeline Color ABCJLM Bible Workbook:  
One of the best ways to explain how the New Testament fits in with the Old Testament is to create a visual timeline.  Continuing with the timeline created in Week 31, have the child draw pictures of eight major stories on New Testament worksheet. Cut out and place the drawings on the timeline using string to connect the timeline and the drawing.  (Dates are approximate)  Add a pictures of yourself at the correct point on the timeline. 
5 BC - Jesus is Born
27 to 30 AD - Jesus' Ministry
30 AD - Jesus Died, Arose, Ascended

- New Testament
27 Books
The newer part of the Bible, written second.
The promise of a Savior (Jesus) in the OT happens in the NT.
Contains stories of Jesus' birth, death, resurrection, His disciples and the church.
The NT teaches us how to live and how to receive forgiveness for our sins.
The final focus of the NT is that Jesus is returning to take His followers (those who are saved) with Him to Heaven.

• Math:
- Using a bag of jelly beans or M&M's, add three to sets up to total six (1+3, 2+3, 3+3).

• Science:
A plant is a living thing.  Unlike animals, a plant makes its own food and doesn't move around.
Plants need air (carbon dioxide - what we breathe out), water (helps the plant make food, carries the food throughout the plant), sun (warmth and light - energy to make its own food) and soil (minerals, also gives the plant a place to root) to grow.
In the Bible, plants often are examples of "life" and sometimes represent a Christian.

- Science:  Grass Seed Experiment
In this experiment, the child will see that seeds need water, air, and sunshine to grow.  (Minerals are not included in this experiment.)  Set up four plots providing difference scenarios for each.
Plot #1 - Soak a new, clean sponge in water and wring it out until just damp. Place on a plate.  Sprinkle the sponge with bean or radish seed.  Using a spray bottle, moisten the seeds with water.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set the plate in a sunny spot.  Moisten with water as needed to keep the sponge slightly damp.
Plot #2 - Soak a new, clean sponge in water and wring it out until just damp. Place on a plate.  Sprinkle the sponge with bean or radish seed.  Using a spray bottle, moisten the seeds with water.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set the plate in a sunny spot. Do not moisten this sponge with water.
Plot #3 - Soak a new, clean sponge in water and wring it out until just damp. Place on a plate.  Sprinkle the sponge with bean or radish seed.  Using a spray bottle, moist the seeds with water.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set the plate in a dark spot.  Moist with water as needed to keep the sponge slightly damp.
Plot #4 - Soak a new, clean sponge in water and wring it out until just damp. Place on a plate.  Sprinkle the sponge with bean or radish seed.  Using a spray bottle, moisten the seeds with water.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set the plate in a sunny spot.  Moisten with water as needed to keep the sponge slightly damp.
Compare the different plots.  Journal the differences by writing sentences and drawing pictures of your observations.  Discuss why one plot grew better than the other three.

- Color and label the Parts of the Plant worksheet.  Glue on brown yarn to add roots for the plant.
1. Roots - hold the plant in the ground and absorb water and nutrient from the soil.
2. Stem - carries the water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.  It also supports the plant and directs the leaves towards the sunlight.
3. Leaves - make food for the plant.
4. Flowers - make the seeds to reproduce new plants.

- Plants give us:
1. Clothing - cotton
2.  Food - fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs
3.  Medicine
4.  Materials - wood
5.  Fun - tree houses, swings
6.  Oxygen - plants take in carbon dioxide but give off oxygen

- Read a Bible story about seeds and plants in Matthew 13:1-43.

• Social Science :
Calendar Wheel Cut around the circle of the Calendar Wheel. Cut around the second circle and the pie shape.  Using a brad, attach the blank circle on top of the calendar circle.  Turn the wheel to see the twelve months.  Starting with January, discuss each month's holidays and color each picture.
- January - New Year
The first day of the new year.  Time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
- February - Valentine's Day
A celebration on February 14th to let those you love know how special they are in your life.
Valentine's Day Activities and Craft Ideas
- March - St. Patrick's Day
Born in 390 A.D., Saint Patrick became a missionary, bringing Christianity to Ireland.  He used Ireland's National flower, the shamrock (3-leafed clover), to explain the Trinity.  The anniversary of his death, March 17, is now celebrated as St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick's Day Activities and Craft Ideas
- April - Easter
A time of remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross by dying for our sins.  Then celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.
Easter Activities and Craft Ideas
- May - Mother's Day
The second Sunday in May is set aside to celebrate moms.
Mother's Day Activities and Craft Ideas
- June - Fathers' Day
The third Sunday in June is set aside to celebrate dads.
Father's Day Activities and Craft Ideas
- July - Independence Day
In the United States, July 4th is a celebration of independence.  This occurs on the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
July 4th Activities and Craft Ideas
- August - Back to School
Many schools begin in August.  Celebrate this exciting time.
- September - Labor Day
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  It's a day to honor those who are working to make America strong and prosperous.
- October - Halloween
Halloween is celebrated October 31st.  Christians have taken this holiday back by telling the Gospel through pumpkin carving , Fall Festivals, and Trunk-or-Treat activities.
Christian Halloween Activities and Craft Ideas
- November - Thanksgiving
The fourth Thursday in November is set aside as a time of giving thanks and praise to God for what He has given us.
Thanksgiving Activities and Craft Ideas
- December - Christmas
On December 25th of each year we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas Activities and Ideas

• Letters:
Use the Xx Writing worksheet and for further learning check out the Letter X Activities.

• Numbers:
Place 35 pieces of candy in a see-through container and have the child estimate how many pieces there are. Discuss what estimating means. Count to see how close the child's estimate was.

• Literacy - Moral of a Story
The moral of a story is the message or lesson that the author wants the reader to learn.  The moral of The Tale of Three Trees is that God's plans are always the best.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

• Book of the Week:
- Three Tree Craft:
Cut out the images on the Three Tree worksheet.  Create two more trees.  Glue a picture (manger, ship, cross) on each of the trees.  Discuss how God used each tree in a different but special and important way.

- God Can Use Even Bad Events in Our Lives for Good (Basic idea reprinted by permission from Creative Bible Study)
Do this activity after reading the book. May mix up the cookies as speaking but have ingredients pre-measured.
How many of you like to eat cookies? Why? (it's sweet, tastes good, etc.)
Do any of you know what things go into a cookie? (Give time for them to guess.)
Then all these ingredients must taste good - right?
Would you ever consider eating the ingredients of a cookie separately? A spoon of flour? A raw egg? A little soda?  (Allow the children to taste a tiny bit of flour, soda or cocoa. Be sure that there are no food allergies and then taste only a tiny bit. )
How did the ingredients taste?  (Yuck!)
Sometimes in our life we have some yucky things happen to us.  We get hurt or a friend isn't nice. Can you think of a yucky time in your life?
When yucky things happen in my life, I feel sad and hurt.  This is probably how the trees in our story felt when their plans didn't go as they imagined.
Let's return to our cookie ingredients.  Not all of the ingredients taste yucky.  There is sugar in the cookies too.  It tastes really good!  (Allow the children to taste the sugar.)
Sometimes in our life we have really good things happen to us.  Those times when you are having so much fun and you are happy!  Can you think of a wonderful time you had not long ago?
When good things happen in my life, I feel happy and excited.
Do you know that God uses both the yucky times in our lives and the good times in our lives?  He blends all of the yuck and good together to create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty!
Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
The verse does not say that only good things will happen to you.  But it does say that whether good or bad, God is in control.  It's during the bad times that we see how big our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!
Remember the three trees in our story?  After being cut down, those trees were sad and felt like God had forgotten about them.  But just the opposite was happening.  God was using the bad situation to create a wonderful one.
(Taste the cookies.)
Do you remember how each of the ingredients tasted by themselves?  Pretty yucky!  But taste how wonderful they are together?  God uses yucky things, blends them together with good, and makes a wonderful creation.

- Discuss how the trees in the story are all plants.  Point to the various parts of the plants in the story.

• Fine Motor Skills:
Easter Lily Handprint Craft (Original Source Unknown)  Easter Lilies are a symbol of Easter because they look like a trumpet, represent new life, and are white for purity.  Trace around the child's hand and cut out.  (Discuss how Jesus' hands were pierced on the cross and that we are to be "Jesus' hands" to others.)  Roll the end of each finger around a straw to make them curl.  Then roll the entire hand with the fingers curled outwards.  Staple to a straw.  Make several to create a bouquet.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Play "Simon Says"

• Visual Perception Skill:
Mazes Teach pencil control with Mazes found by clicking the links below or available in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook.  Instruction the child to keep the pencil from hitting the lines while doing the mazes. 

Maze 4-1  Maze 4-2 

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