Memory Mastery: The 10 Commandments
Children who learn their memory mastery assignments receive special gifts to add to their Bible artifact collection.
Mission Mail: God is Our Help
Papias is a 9 year old boy that lives in Zimbabwe. Papias cannot swim. One Sabbath his family went for a walk along the river. Mother and father told Papias to be careful on the rocks because they are very slippery. Papias' brother saw a fish and reached in the water and grabbed it. Papias wanted to grab one, too, so he bent over to reach in. He lost his footing and fell in the water. Oh no! His head went under water, and he prayed to God for help. His sister called their parents over. Suddenly, his mother jumped in and pulled him out of the water. Father wrapped him up in his warm jacket. Papias learned that it's important to obey your parents and to learn to swim. He also was very glad that God is our help.
Bible Story: Shipwrecked
Table Time: Place Mats
Today children decorated place mats to be used at fellowship dinner next week.
Early Bird Special: Block Tower Shake Down
Children who arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 AM get to do a bonus activity in Sabbath School. Today our early birds built a tower with blocks and saw what happens when an earthquake shakes it down. Our Bible story today is about an earthquake that caused the prison doors to open.
Nature Nugget: Rainbows
Today in our nature lesson, the children learned how a rainbow is formed in the sky. They reviewed the colors in the rainbow. They remembered that God put the rainbow in the sky to remind Noah and us that He would never flood the whole earth again. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:23, "He who promised is faithful." God has never flooded the whole earth again. God always keeps His promises to us. Below is a fun little video by another little kid reviewing the colors in the rainbow.
Memory Mastery: Moses Receives the 10 Commandments
Finally, a few of our children are able to say their memory mastery story line: "Moses Receives the 10 Commandments - Exodus chapter 24 and chapter 31 verse 18." Children who recite this memory mastery assignment receive their very own replica of the widow's mites coins, the start of their Bible artifact collection.
Mission Mail: Jordan's Lesson in Love
Our mission story today is about a 6 year old boy named Jordan who lives in Zimbabwe. Jordan has a little brother Sifa who is 3 years old. Sifa is so big that he thinks he can do everything big brother does. Jordan's parents got him a bicycle. He practiced a lot with his training wheels. Often Sifa would want to get on, too, so they would ride together. One day, father took the training wheels off. Jordan couldn't ride the bike well without training wheels, and he especially couldn't get Sifa on to ride, too. Sifa was so sad he started to cry. A neighbor offered to help them, but the only way for Sifa to ride was for Jordan to get off completely. Jordan wanted to share with his little brother, so while the neighbor steered the bike, Sifa rode, and Jordan pushed from behind. Sifa was so happy. Jordan was happy that he could make Sifa happy. That's God's kind of love.
Bible Story: Prison Praises
Table Time: Paul and Silas in Prison Coloring Page
Today during craft time, the children colored a picture of Paul and Silas praying in prison.
Eager Beaver Opening Cheer and Pledge
We begin our meeting with our opening cheer, in which we recite our pledge. Prayer follows. Children must learn the pledge in order to receive their pin at the end of the year.
Meeting Themes: Jigsaw Puzzle and Fire Safety
Today, children completed their Jigsaw Puzzle chip activities.
Children also reviewed their Fire Safety questions through role play activities.
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Just for Fun: Seeds for the Birds Cooperative Game
Children also played a fun cooperative game to remind them of the other chip they completed, Birds. Cooperative games are structured so that all players work together to win together.
Award Ceremony: Building a Dam, Earning Chips
Up through today, our Eager Beavers have worked hard to earn 3 chips: Birds, Jigsaw Puzzle, and Fire Safety. All Eager Beavers who completed the activities for each chip and recited their address and telephone number were awarded chip badges to add to their sash. To start our award ceremony, the children heard a short nature story from our Beaver book. Then, to get their chips, they had to cross the water and help build a dam. Good job, Eager Beavers!!
Goodbye Cheer and Promise
We end our meeting by singing our Eager Beaver Bible Promise, Philippians 4:4.
Early Bird Special: Mixing Paint
Children who arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 AM get to do a bonus activity in Sabbath school. Today the early birds mixed primary colors to make secondary colors. Our Bible story today is about Lydia who sold purple cloth.
Nature Nugget: Sunflowers
During our nature lesson, the children learned about a plant that grows really tall, the sunflower! The sunflower is a beautiful flower that produces sunflower seeds. You can eat sunflower seeds and the baby sunflower plants, called shoots. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:18, "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." God wants us to grow in knowledge about Him so we can realize our true potential. Watch this video to learn the full life cycle of a sunflower.
Mission Mail: The Runaway
Our mission story is about a boy named Sibono from South Africa. Mother told Sibono that they were going to start attending church on Saturday. Sibono didn't go with mother because he ran away to play with his friends, like he always did on Saturdays. Later mother told him the Bible story from church. Sibono liked it and wanted to hear more Bible stories. He decided to go to church with mother on Saturday. He liked church, especially the songs and Bible stories. Now he tries to invite his friends to come to church to hear them, too, but they just want to play. That's okay, Sibono says, I think Sabbath is better than soccer.
Bible Story: Come to My House
Table Time: Purple Tunic Paper Craft
At the table, the children made a purple paper tunic for a craft stick doll to remind them of our Bible story today.
Eager Beaver Cheer
We open our meeting with our Eager Beaver cheer that has the pledge that the children must learn this year in order to get their pin. I would appreciate if you would practice their pledge at home with them.
Meeting Themes: Birds and Jigsaw Puzzle
We continued working on our Birds chip today, while starting the Jigsaw Puzzle chip. The children completed several activities station-style.
Bible Story: Noah's Ark
Children listened to the Noah's Ark story to find out what bird God used to help Noah find out that dry land was there. Below is a poem from part of the Noah's Ark story entitled, Noah Inside the Ark. Can you hear what bird is mentioned in this Bible story?
Eager Beaver Promise
We end our meeting with singing our Eager Beaver promise, Philippians 4:4, which the children must learn this year in order to get their pin. Thankfully, most children already know this verse.
Early Bird Special: Hidden Pictures
Children who arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 AM get to do a bonus activity in Sabbath School. Today our early birds looked for objects in hidden pictures Bible pages to remind them of our Bible story today when Saul lost his sight on the road to Damascus looking for Christians.
Nature Nugget: Moon
Today during nature time, the children learned that the moon reflects light from the sun at night. Because different parts of the moon are in "shade," it's shape seems to change - called moon phases. God says in Genesis 1:14, "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.'" The moon's cycles help us keep up with the months of the year. Check out this very clear and visual explanation showing why the moon seems to change its shape.
Memory Mastery: Moses Receives the 10 Commandments
Mission Mail: The Missing Glasses
Our mission story is about an 11-year old girl named Valerie who attends Riverside Adventist School in Cape Town, South Africa. Valerie is not an Adventist, but she had a special answer to prayer to encouraged her family's faith. One day while playing during recess, Valerie lost her glasses. She was so sad. The teacher invited all the children to pray and then search for the glasses. When the children returned to recess later that day, a few girls knelt again to pray that God would show them where to find Valerie's glasses. Then they saw the glasses in the soccer field. Valerie was so happy. The teacher prayed with the class again to thank God for helping them find Valerie's glasses.
Bible Story: A Blind Man Learns to Lead
Table Time: Jesus Stops Saul Picture
Children finished a picture with glitter of Saul struck blind by Jesus' light to remember the Bible story.