Summary of Lesson Activities:
Learn the sequence of events of creation using
- PLAY AND LEARN or CHARLIE CHURCHMOUSE #1
- STORYBOOK WEAVER or KID PIX DELUXE 4
To learn the sequence of events of creation.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Explore the computer programs.
- Gather the materials.
- Play and Learn or Charlie Churchmouse #1 (Preschool).
- Storybook Weaver or Kid Pix Deluxe 4
Advanced Preparation Requirements:
- Have the software loaded and ready to go.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Dig- Main Content and Reflection
For ages 4-6
Software: Play & Learn or Charlie Church Mouse#1
Depending on which software you have will determine how you cover the material, with this group it’s good to all work together unless you have a helper for each computer to help the kids along and also get some discussion going.
Play & Learn
Select Bible Stories - Beginnings - Creation - Would you like the story read to you? Choose NO.
Tip: for this age group we work as a team, in our case on four computers with one teacher, so I select No. The reason being is I like to work together as a group. I will ask one team [computer] to have their computer read the story to everyone, but all the kids can look at the story picture on their screen. To have the story read out loud on each page, simply click anywhere on the story text and it will read it to the kids. This way I can keep their attention and ask questions to the group about each page . They all look forward to their turn to tell the story to everyone.
Once the story page is done, I ask the group questions about what they just heard. In addition, if you have them click on the book graphic (at the bottom), when they then scroll over the picture two ? marks will appear, clicking on the character with the ? mark it will then ask them a question, which you can all then discuss together.
If you had them click on the book, now have them click it again, to turn it off.
Scavenger Hunt Game:
Now when they scroll over the picture, with their mouse, they will see a camera wherever there is a hidden animation, click it to see what happens. Often on each page, I will have previewed it first and noted something specific that happens and will ask the children to find it, just for added fun. They love to let me know they found it!
Turn to next page by clicking on the right arrow and continue as with the first page. I usually will say, "everyone get ready...on the count of three let's turn the page."
There are general four or five story pages, in this story, there are four pages.
If you have more than one child per computer, which I always have, I have the children take turns being in control of the mouse. This group will love to do the story all over again giving everyone a chance to click on things they didn't the first time through. It also improves memory retention the more they hear and interact with the story.
There is a colouring page (animals) and the same picture in puzzles.
Follow up with either the Games Section or if you have it, open up Charlie Churchmouse and continue with it.
Charlie Church Mouse #1 (also called Preschool)
Level 1 - drag shapes to matching shape in picture.
Level 2 - drag puzzle pieces (12) to their correct position (puizzles are 3 pieces down and 4 across).
Younger children will do better with the shapes, while older children, in this group, will enjoy the challenge of the puzzles.
Story begins, then it will say, "Let's see what God did on the ____ th day by putting the puzzle pieces/shapes in their proper places." (Note: days are randomly selected by software, they are not done in order.)
Children then need to either move shapes/puzzles pieces to complete the picture for that day.
Once the picture/puzzle is done, it says, "Excellent you completed the puzzle/picture. On the ____th day God created ....... followed by a short animation.
Then it asks, "Do you want to play again? YES / NO — if you select YES another day is randomly brought forward.
They can continue to play until they have completed all seven days then it will say, "Isn't God an awesome creator. God wants us to take care of what he created. How are some ways you can do that?
Program then exits back to main screen.
Software: Storybook Weaver or Kid Pix Deluxe 4.
Because of shortness of time in class, I prepared a file with the text already input for the events that took place each of the 7 days.
This file was opened on each computer and the kids were then asked to make a title page, then read what happened each day and add pictures (graphics) to each page.
The last page they were to type in and add pictures of what they could do to look after God’s creation (earth).
Have each group save their work, at the start and as they create each new page, in case something happens and they accidently exit the program, they can then simple reopen their file.
I printed their creations and bound them with coloured paper and handed out the following week.
Notes: This took longer than class time for the kids to finish - and they stayed after class determined to finish their work. I printed it off on a colored printer and the following week they made covers for their masterpieces after classes.
In this program you can add sound effects and music - I did not tell the children this - they would not have had time to do it anyways.
In future I’d do this over two Sundays - the second Sunday they could finish their work - then we could go to each computer and read each other's stories. Then see if the kids could remember the correct sequence of events.
Close with a prayer.
Sources for Software
Charlie Church Mouse #1 (Preschool), Play & Learn and Kid Pix Deluxe 4 can all be purchased at www.sundaysoftware.com.
A lesson written by Luanne Payne from: Hampton United Church
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