My thanks to the Rotation Board for encouraging me to start posting some of my computer lab lessons and resources here at Rotation.org. In the past, I've largely held off recommending my own stuff because of my role here as Exchange Mechanic.
I am the author and owner of many of the following resource(s). I welcome alternative suggestions and improvements. I started teaching with computers in Sunday School at the same time I started doing Rotation (waaay back in 1990). You do not need to do Rotation in order to teach with software, and you do not need to have a computer workshop to do Rotation, but they do go great together!
I absolutely LOVE the Adam and Eve story ...mostly because I "get" its sense of humor and inherent grace. Too bad that the Bible Thumpers and theologians have turned this story into "merely" a dark story about sin and punishment. I think it's a wonderful story about God's forbearance and compassion.
- Ever notice that when God comes calling to Adam and Eve on the evening breeze, he SURELY already knows what they've done and where they are hiding?
- Ever notice that God goes WITH Adam and Eve into the world?
- And just before they go, he makes them clothes to cover their shame. Word!
- The biggest non-secret in this story is that human beings will sin and try to cover it up. Thus, all eyes should be on GOD in this story... what does God do about sin?
Where some see God punished Adam and Eve by throwing them out of the Garden, I read God "making them clothing" as the scripture says. God works to reduce their embarrassment. Then I see God GOING WITH THEM beyond the Garden to be their God through toil and pain.
And IN the Garden, I don't focus on the WARNING about the fruit. God knew they'd do it. Rather, I focus on the God who comes strolling along MUCH AFTER the snake story, "in the evening breeze" says the scripture, calling out to Adam and Eve to come out, ...as if God doesn't already know where they are and what's happened.
He's calling his children to confess, and they cast blame. What parent's heart doesn't pound with understanding and compassion when they've caught their children in sin, and watch them wrestle with trying to be honest.
Adam and Eve's story is Good News.
Software Suggestions for Teaching Adam & Eve
1. Awesome Bible Stories CD's "Adam & Eve" story
I have infused my retelling of the Adam and Eve Story (as found my Awesome Bible Stories CD. http://www.shttp://sundaysoftware.com/site/awesome-bible-stories-cd/undaysoftware.com/awesome) with my understanding and passion for this story as described above.
My free student handout functions like a LESSON PLAN for the teacher, as well as a device to guide your students through the software's storytelling and activities. http://sundaysoftware.com/awesome/AdamEve-handout.pdf
After going through the interactive story, there are several clever discussion panels, then the kids PRACTICE the language of Confession using the "Gabby Talker" activity built into the software. Look at the software itself or read the guide at my website for Gabby Talker instructions for various scenarios you can posit to your kids and have them create responses about.
(Notice that these three steps: story, clever notes, Gabby Talker, are in effect the three steps of a lesson plan: open, dig, reflect.)
In reality, Gabby Talker activity is what Adam, Eve, Jenny and Steve SHOULD BE SAYING TO GOD when they do wrong. (Wow I love this story).
This is what we want our children to do: stand up and be honest when we make mistakes.
That's all God wants too.
When we do that, we don't need to go back to the garden.
The world becomes our new Eden.
....or what Paul called a New Creation.
2. Play and Learn Children's Bible CD*
This preschooler-1st grader CD has two interactive stories in it that cover Adam and Eve: God Makes Adam and Eve, and The Garden of Eden. The little dudes will want to do each one twice, taking turns. Discuss as you go, not afterward. Then go into the Color Page and Puzzle Page activities for a little fun follow up.
When using this program with the little guys, I like to follow it up with a small craft or game. Plenty described here in the Exchange, but pick one that focuses on the GOSPEL OF REDEMPTION found in this "first story of the Bible."
*This CD is now out of print, but I've included it here for those who still own a copy.