One of the most important lessons we teach is
What is the Bible?
My lesson on the Bible (for 1st graders) would go something like this:
First get a copy of a Bible and hold it up to the class.
For first graders the specific translation is really not that important as it is being used as a visual.
-Do you know what this is?
-How many of you have one of these in your home?
-Where else have you seen a Bible?
Then tell them
The bible is made up of two parts do any of you know what they are?
First Graders…in my humble opinion do not need to memorize every book of the bible but they should know that
1. The Bible is Comprised of two parts
-The Old Testament(things that happened before Jesus)
-The New Testament(things that happened during and after the life of Jesus as well as stories/parables told by Jesus)
2. There are four Gospels that tell the good news of Jesus
– Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John (and in my class we say those names and follow it with “they knew the gospel and they passed it on)
—-that’s it…well sort of …because the rest of the year I intersperse stories from the Old and New Testament and each time we introduce a story we say where it is found in the Bible and if it is by a Gospel writer I ask them to name the other 3 gospels. This refers back to REPETITION one of the 3 R’s of Religious Education I talk about.
The other two make it REAL and make it RELEVANT
When you share bible stories with your class it helps to have a Map of the world on the wall
show the children where they live and where the holy land is refer to it when sharing the bible with them
use REAL examples like if you are talking about someone walking a certain distance give an example from your city to a place nearby so they can picture more easily in their mind what it was like to live then.
Tell the children what it was like to live in Jesus day, sandals o barefoot, dusty roads, no cars, no cellphones, no running water…etc…. ask them leading questions what it would feel like to live like that.
Teach them the B-I-B-L-E song and if you know sign language teach them the signs as well.
For specific lessons I have included in this blog see as follows:
May God Be your Guide as you work to bring Christ to others