Once upon a time Lesson Plan

Theme: Once upon a time

Day: 1

Module Activity
Circle Time Classroom Fairytale
Letters & Numbers Letter Oo Food Series
Worship Time Why did Jesus teach in Parables?
Art & Science Mixing Magic Potions

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Classroom Fairytale

During circle time start a story with “Once upon a time…” Have the children take turns telling more of the story. Write it down and display it in your home or classroom! Once you write it down have the children draw a picture of their story using crayons, markers or colored pencils. They can draw multiple pictures if they’d like then you can put them together to make their own Fairy Tale book.

I thought it would be neat to add a bit of background information about Fairy Tales that you could talk about with children. I just found this information from Wikipedia so if you’d like to do a bit more research to share with the children feel free to do so.

A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described)and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables.

In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending)or "fairy tale romance" (though not all fairy tales end happily). Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any farfetched story or tall tale; it's used especially of any story that not only isn't true, but couldn't possibly be true.

Skills

  • Concept development
  • Imagination
  • Social skills
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Expressive language skills

Materials

  • Pen and Paper to write down what they say
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils for them to draw their fairy tale
  • Construction paper for children to draw their fairy tale onto.

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Letters: Letter Oo Food Series

Miss Cullen and Gator are going to show the uppercase and lowercase letter Oo in this video. Then review the sound of the Oo. Next look at three types of food that have the letter O with Gator and Miss Cullen with this Food Series Video: Onion, Oreo, Olive.  If you have these items at home you can try them with Miss Cullen and discuss what it feels like, tastes like, sounds like and smells like.

 

Remember, when trying the different foods, it has to go in your mouth but it doesn’t have to stay there. But it is always good to try something new.

Music and Movement: All Around the Castle

Skills

  • Increases language development
  • Works on concepts: Identifying letter
  • Taking turns and sharing

Materials

  • Listening Ears
  • Letter Ii Patterns Uppercase and lowercase (see links in description below)
  • Looking Eyes

Worship Time

Activity Description: Why did Jesus teach in Parables?

Thank you Ministry to Children for providing the content below.

Parables are a great way to teach about the words of Jesus because they are in the form of a story.  Let’s take a look at why Jesus taught his disciples using parables. The children will learn what a parable is and why Jesus taught using parables. There are a lot of things below to read and use with your children. You can use what you’d like to learn about why Jesus taught in parables.

Ask: “Who loves to listen to stories?  Why do you like to listen to stories?”  Take some feedback from the children. “Did you know that Jesus told lots of stories when He was on earth as a way to teach us?  Jesus’ stories are called parables.  A parable is a simple story that tells a lesson.”

 

  1. “Why do you think Jesus taught us using parables?  Let’s look at the reason Jesus himself gave when he was talking to his disciples.”

  2. Read from Matthew 13:10-17.

Look:

  1. “In these verses Jesus explains why he taught using parables.”

  2. Reread verse 11.  “Jesus spoke in simple stories as a way of teaching his disciples lessons he wanted them to learn.  Lessons learned in the form of a story are easy to remember and later share with others.  His disciples could listen to the story and understand the lesson Jesus wanted them to learn.  Those who were not his disciples heard the stories, but did not understand the lessons.”

  3. “Why do you think some people did not understand the lessons in Jesus’ stories?”  Take input from the children. “They did not understand because they had hardened their hearts to hearing the truth Jesus was teaching.”

  4. I highly recommend you use the Salvation Object Lesson, to demonstrate to your children the difference between a hard heart and a soft heart.  God’s truth cannot penetrate a hard egg shell covered in sin, but it can penetrate the soft skin of a hard-boiled egg white whose hard shell of sin has been removed.  You can use a straight pin as “God’s Word” and show how the pin cannot push through or penetrate the hard shell, but once the hard shell is removed the straight pin easily enters through the soft egg white.

  5. Reread verse 12.  “Those who believe in Jesus and understand the lesson of his parables will continue to learn even more because their hearts are soft toward learning truth.  For those who do not believe in Jesus even the lessons they have learned they will soon forget because their hearts are hard.”

  6. Reread verse 13-16.  “The eyes and ears Jesus is talking about are our spiritual eyes and ears.  People who believe in Jesus have eyes to see his truth and ears to hear his truth because their hearts are soft.  They are blessed by what they learn. The soft heart of a Christian wants to understand Jesus’ parables and learn more of the lessons Jesus has to teach.  But, people with hard hearts have blind eyes and deaf ears to learning the meaning of God’s Word.  They do not want to know the meaning of Jesus’ parables because their hearts are hard.”

  7. “Do you like to learn about Jesus through parables?  When you come to church to learn about the Bible do you have a soft heart?  Or do you have a hard heart that does not want to learn more about God’s Word?”
  8. “Jesus taught in parables for his followers to understand the truth he was teaching, but those with hard hearts could not understand.  Are you a follower of Jesus or a person with a hard heart who does not want to know more about Jesus’ teaching?”

Skills

  • Learning about stories in the Bible
  • Listening
  • Public speaking when sharing their thoughts

Materials

  • If you choose to do the Salvation Object Lesson you will need one hard-boiled egg, One black marker, One straight pin
  • A Bible

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Mixing Magic Potions

Provide the children with different measuring devices (beakers, measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc.). Use pitchers and fill them with different colors of water. Also, lay out trays with glitter, foam letters, felt, paper cut outs etc. Have the children measure or spoon different amounts of their liking into a bowl and stir to make their own magic potion. When done, pour their potion into an empty bottle. Have them tell you about their “Potion”. What does it do? What does it smell like, feel like?

Skills

  • Fine motor skills
  • Color recognition
  • Concept development
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Sensory-motor
  • Measuring

Materials

  • Measuring devises
  • Pitchers
  • Water colors
  • Water
  • Empty bottle
  • Items to put into their potions
  • Bowls

Theme: Once upon a time

Day: 2

Module Activity
Circle Time Jack and the Beanstalk
Letters & Numbers Letter Oo
Worship Time Parable of the Soils
Art & Science Jack and the Beanstalk Vine

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Jack and the Beanstalk

For circle time today your children are going to have the opportunity to listen to the story Jack and the Beanstalk told by Miss Cullen.

Skills

  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Concept development
  • Cognitive development
  • Imagination

Materials

  • Looking eyes
  • Listening ears

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Letters: Letter Oo

Pull out some bubble wands and make some bubbles to do this activity with Miss Cullen or you can watch the video having your child answer the questions that Miss Cullen asks along the way. Look at the letter that the bubbles make. Can you see a bunch of O’s flying around? Make sure you have the children say the sound of the letter Oo as they fly them around.

 

Music and Movement: Bubbles in the Air

Skills

  • Increases language development
  • Works on concepts: Identifying letters
  • Taking turns and sharing

Materials

  • Beans
  • Cups
  • Pens

Worship Time

Activity Description: Parable of the Soils

Thank you Ministry to Children for providing such wonderful content.

Show a package of seeds.  Ask (leaving time for answers): What are these?  (Put a few in each child’s hand so that they can feel and look at them.) What do seeds need to grow? (Water, sun, good soil) Soil is very important for seeds to grow (hold up a bag of soil and show them what it looks like. Allow them to feel it as well. Have paper towels ready in case it sticks to their hands.) If a seed is not planted in good soil, it cannot grow.

 

Story:

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path (show picture), and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places (show picture), where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns (show picture), which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil (show picture). It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times! Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear. (NIV)

 

Meaning of the Story:

The seed is the Word of God. Some people are like the path. As soon as they hear the Word of God, Satan comes and takes it away like the bird took away the seeds in the parable. Others are like the seed sown on the rocky places. They hear the Word and believe it with joy. But they have no root, and when trouble comes their way because of the Word, they quickly fall away from it, just like the sun scorched the plants of the seeds in the parable.  Still others are like the seed sown among the thorns. They hear the Word and believe it, but the worries of life and the desire for money and other things choke the Word, making it unfruitful, meaning it cannot grow. Others are like the seed sown on good soil. They hear the Word, believe it, and produce a crop or fruit, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown (point to the picture of the crops)!

 

Extra Content: If you’d like, you can plant some of the seeds. The seeds you purchased for the children to look at during the story would be great for the children to plant. You can plant them in cup, in a pot or in the ground. You will need soil, a shovel, water, seeds and the place you will plant the seeds.

Skills

  • Learning about stories in the Bible
  • Listening
  • Public speaking when sharing their thoughts

Materials

  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • A Bible if you’d like to read from it or you can use the story provided
  • And print out the pictures to show the children during the story.

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Jack and the Beanstalk Vine

After watching the Jack and the Beanstalk story it is time to draw a picture of what they have seen and heard. Place white paper on the table with crayons and markers and bottles of glue. Also have out 5 green beans per children. Have the children count out 5 beans. Then have the children draw a picture of the story and glue on the beans wherever they think they should go. While the children start drawing you may need to talk about the story a little just to refresh their memory. They can draw whatever they would like to.

Extra Content: Provide the children with beans. Label cups with the numbers 1 – 10 or 1 – 20. Have the children help you count the beans to put into the cups. Which has the most beans? Or the least?

Skills

  • Increases language development
  • Works on concepts: Identifying numbers
  • Taking turns and sharing

Materials

  • Beans
  • Cups
  • Pens
  • white paper
  • markers
  • bottles of glue

Theme: Once upon a time

Day: 3

Module Activity
Circle Time Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Letters & Numbers Letter Oo Cup Painting
Worship Time The Prodigal Son
Art & Science Bear Head

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Goldilocks and The Three Bears

For circle time today your children are going to have the opportunity to listen to the story “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” told by Miss Cullen.

 

Extra Content: Make oatmeal with your children to eat as porridge. 

Skills

  • Listening
  • Increases language development
  • Develops understanding of different sizes

Materials

  • A way to watch the story video

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Letters: Letter Oo Cup Painting

We are going to do Cup Painting on the letter Oo pattern. You can choose from the uppercase letter O or the lowercase letter o patterns to have children paint on top of. Since the color of our month is lavender you can cut the O in lavender construction paper or use lavender paint for the children to dip their cups and and paint with. Make sure you talk about what the Oo looks like and the sound that it makes. 

 

Skills

  • Recognizing the letter O and the sound it makes
  • Color recognition
  • Fine motor skills when picking up the cups and pressing them down on the paper, Concept development of mixing colors possibly to make a new color

Materials

  • Letter Patterns
  • Paint-any colors of paint you’d like to use
  • Cups of various sizes
  • Trays or bowls to put the paint in (make sure they are wide enough for the cups to be put into)

Worship Time

Activity Description: The Prodigal Son

Parables are a great way to teach about the words of Jesus because they are in the form of a story.  Let’s take a look at why Jesus taught his disciples using parables.  

You can read the story below from The Beginners Bible and then talk about the meaning of it.

“Jesus told another parable about God’s love. “There was a man who had two sons,” said Jesus. “He owned a big farm.” “His youngest son did not want to work anymore. He want to travel and have fun. so he asked his father for his share of the family money.” “The son go the money. He packed his things and left. He couldn’t wait to see the world! His family was sad to see him go.” “At first he had fun spending the money. He bought expensive clothes, and he ate fancy food. But soon all the money was gone.” “He had to go to work and he got a job with a pig farmer. He was so hungry that even the pigs’ food looked good. He said, “I will tell my father I am sorry for what I have done. I do not deserve to be called his son. Maybe he will let me work for him.” “The father saw his con coming down the road. His eyes filled with tears as he ran to greet him.” “The son said, ‘Please forgive me, Dad.’ That night, they had a big party. The father exclaimed, ‘My son was lost, but now he’s found.’” Jesus explained his story. “God is like this father. He is full of love and joy when people who are lost come back to him.”

Meaning of the story: In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus was teaching that God wants to forgive both sinners and self-righteous people. The real focus of this story is the long suffering father, who continues to love both sons as they dishonor him. It is a beautiful story of God’s love and determination to see the lost return to him. 

Skills

  • Understanding what a parable is
  • Learning about how Jesus tells stories
  • Learning about the love of God

Materials

  • Children’s Bible or just use the story I have written out for you.

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Bear Head

Let’s make a bear head for art to go along with our Goldilocks and The Three Bears story. Click here to see the video.

 

Extra Content:  Gummy Bear Sorting

Skills

  • Imagination
  • Fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles in their hands when they squeeze the bottle of glue.

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Pom poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Wiggly Eyes