Here are Art Sunday school lessons for teaching the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.
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The Ten Commandments
Art Workshop Lesson
Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will make “replica” Ten Commandments tablets. The children will learn that the Ten Commandments were first written in Hebrew and will learn what the Jewish meaning of the commandments is.
We contacted our local rabbi to help us with this, he made a tape speaking the ten commandments so the children could hear them. Then they practiced saying them themselves. While they were making their tablets (their lettering was quite good for beginners!), they talked with their teacher about the commandments, and had very good unscripted conversations.
The parents were very impressed that we were teaching their children Hebrew. Once the tablets were done, we hung them up in the church for everyone to see. Thank you so much to the teachers who posted this link that got us excited to teach this way!
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Construction paper
- Art supplies
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Opening prayer: God of love, we thank you for giving us the 10 Commandments that teach us how to live in the world you created for us. We thank you for the Hebrew people who lived your commandments and helped teach them to others. Be with us today as we learn about your Word. AMEN.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Start class by reading through the scripture verse with the children and talking about what the Ten Commandments mean. There are Bibles in your classrooms or you can get children’s picture Bibles from my office. Tell the children about how the Jewish people first followed the Ten Commandments and how they were first written in Hebrew. Show the children the Hebrew lettering of the commandments and let them listen to the Hebrew tape of the reading of the Ten Commandments. Tell them that we are going to write the commandments in both languages. As the children work on the project, talk with them about each commandment and some of the Jewish interpretation of them.
Using a tablet outline and the lettering in Hebrew study guide from http://www.levitt.com/hebrew/commandments.html the children will make the tablets, writing the Hebrew characters for the commandments. The children will use construction paper to make these commandments, let them choose what color they want to use as well as the colors of their markers (even hot pink if they want). Creativity is important!
Note: Hebrew is written right to left, not left to right the way we write. Have the children practice a little bit on scrap pieces of paper before they work on their tablets. They should first write their lettering in PENCIL so they can fix any mistakes they make. Then have them go over the letter in markers/crayons. They can also decorate the tablets any way they want. Have the children put their complete names on the backs of the tablets (we will hang them up in the church for a while and then have them available for pick-up later). Have the children write the English translation under the tablets.
Note: During the 2nd week of our Rotation the Art Workshop will be a combined PreK/Kindergarten and 7th/8th graders. This is so you can pair each younger child who is just learning to read and write up with a youth who will help them with this project. The children can get to know each other and work together on the project. The older children get to learn how to lead younger children in learning and the younger children get the help they need with this project and the leadership/friendship of older, “cooler” kids.
Thank you God for being with us today in Rotation Sensation. We pray that we will remember that you are always with us in our lives during the week. Help us to remember your commandments this week, to live our lives the way you want us to. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus the Christ. AMEN.
A lesson written by Rev. Shannan Vance from Ocampo for First Presbyterian Church, Rumson, NJ
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