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1: Joseph and Joshua Love God 2: People Who Loved Jesus

3: David Loves God

Kindergarten Volume 27 Number 1 Sep • Oct • Nov 2020

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TEACHER GUIDE Ages 5–6 years

TEACHING HELPS The ABCs of Salvation............................................................................................. 1 5 Steps to a Successful Sunday School Class................................................ 2 Learning Styles Sidebar........................................................................................... 5 Lesson Planning 101............................................................................................... 6 Lesson Plan Form...................................................................................................... 7 Maximize Your Sunday School Class................................................................. 8 Teaching Strategies for Kindergarten Teachers.............................................. 9 Unit 1 Overview...................................................................................................... 10 Unit 2 Overview...................................................................................................... 42 Unit 3 Overview...................................................................................................... 68 Coming Next Quarter........................................................................................... 94 Attendance Bulletin Board Patterns................................................................. 94 Evaluation Form....................................................................................................... 95 Bulletin Board.............................................................................Inside Back Cover

LESSONS Unit 1: Joseph and Joshua Love God September 6 Joseph’s Special Coat....................................................... 12 September 13 Joseph Rescues His Family.............................................18 September 20 Rahab Rescues Joshua’s Spies......................................24 September 27 Joshua Crosses the Jordan.............................................30 October 4 Joshua Conquers Jericho................................................36 Unit 2: People Who Loved Jesus October 11 Fishermen Follow Jesus.................................................. 44 October 18 A Tax Collector Loves Jesus...........................................50 October 25 A Samaritan Woman Loves Jesus.................................56 November 1 A Short Man Loves Jesus................................................62 Unit 3: David Loves God November 8 David’s Great-Grandmother.............................................70 November 15 David the Shepherd Boy...................................................76 November 22 David Is Anointed King......................................................82 November 29 David and Goliath................................................................88 Cover photo: SbytovaMN at iStock by Getty Images

The ABCs of


Leading a Child to Christ

Evangelism is a privilege. There’s nothing quite so exciting as helping a child accept Jesus as Savior. As you teach, look for opportunities to lead children to Christ. When a child responds to a salvation invitation, use this plan to guide them as they accept Jesus as Savior.

Admit you are a sinner.

• Read Romans 3:23 with the child: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” • Say, “Everyone disobeys God. That is sin.” • Ask, “Do you understand that you have sinned?”

Believe in Jesus.

• Read John 3:16 with the child:

“‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’” • Say,“God hates sin but loves each of us—even though we all sin. He loves us so much that He gave Jesus, His Son, to die and take the punishment for our sins.” • Lead the child in the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I have disobeyed You. Please forgive me. Come into my heart and life. Help me love and follow You. Thank You for the gift of salvation. Amen.

Confess that Jesus is your Lord. • Read Romans 10:9 with the child: “Confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord.’”

• Say, “Asking Jesus into your heart is the start of a new life, a life where Jesus is your Leader, your Lord. He will never leave you alone.” • Ask, “What has happened to you?” and let the child respond. • Encourage the child to tell someone about his or her new life with Jesus.

What Now?

• Encourage the child to

• Talk to Jesus every day in prayer, asking Him for help to live for Him. • Readers: Read the Bible every day. Start by reading the Gospel of Mark. • Non-readers: Ask someone to read Bible stories to you. • Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” when you’re not sure what to do. • Go to church.

Teaching Tip

Tell the child’s guardian the good news of the child’s salvation. Ask if the child would like to be baptized in water as a sign of his or her decision to live for Jesus.

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Steps to a Successful Sunday School Class

Start with Curriculum

You’ve made the right choice in choosing your curriculum. This material provides biblical teaching that your students will enjoy and understand. Lessons are designed for easy preparation,

and the activities will keep your students interested as the lesson is reinforced. As you begin lesson preparation, list all the curriculum pieces you will be using.

Kindergarten Teacher Guide— 13 easy-to-use lessons, plus helpful hints and tips Kindergarten Resource Packet— lesson helps for your classroom, including a CD Kindergarten Bible Visuals— fun-to-use Bible characters bring the story to life Kindergarten Lesson Pages— lesson-reinforcing activities Kindergarten Handwork Packet— crafts that are tied into the lesson for hands-on learners Kidz Adventures— take-home paper to connect to the lesson through the week


Think about Your Class

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Extra Time Options * Sharing Circle * Closing Game E. Taking God’s Word Home C. Lesson Pages * Targets Michaela (seeing & touching) Using activities from the Lesson Pages will appeal to kindergartners who learn by seeing and touching and will help them better retain the lesson.

D. Memory Verse * Targets Austin (moving) Using actions, like sign language, helps keep those who learn by moving involved and helps all students remember the verse.

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* Targets Michaela (seeing & touching) Option: Coat Relay, p.15 Craft and handwork activities will target kindergartners who learn by touching, while keeping those who learn by seeing involved as well. Students who learn by moving may not be interested in doing crafts. You may want to have an optional activity available for them if you have an assistant who can help.

Have additional activities prepared in case you finish early or have a longer than average class time.

F. Take-Home Paper * Ask: What did Joseph’s dad give him? Are sons & daughters special? Who made them special? * Targets Nate (hearing), but helps parents too Asking leading questions as parents pick students up can help them share about the lesson. It can also help parents ask about the lesson as they look at the handwork and read Kidz Adventures during the week.


Take a closer look at . . . LEARNING STYLES

Teach the Lesson As you teach the lesson, constantly evaluate: • Your children—What are you discovering about them and how they learn? • Your lesson—Are the children grasping the concept and objective presented in the lesson? • The activities—Are they working well? Is the order flowing like you’d hoped? • The time—Is service running late? Do you have extra activities or games planned? Are you keeping your students’ attention? What fun activities can you do to reinforce the lesson?


Evaluate After each class, evaluate the lesson as a whole using the questions from step four.

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SEEING (visual) Miguel likes to “see” his world. He enjoys colors, contrast, bulletin boards, and videos. He gets bored when there are no visuals.


• Display posters from the Resource Packet • Show the Bible Visuals with the story • Use object lessons

HEARING (auditory) Allison “hears” her world. She loves to hear stories and listens when you tell her to do something. She becomes bored when she hears information she already knows.

HOW TO TEACH ALLISON: • Tell Bible and life-application stories • Use listening and sharing activities • Sing songs and listen to skits from the Resource Packet CD

TOUCHING (tactual) Stephanie likes to “feel” and “feel good about” her world. She needs to “get in touch” with new concepts and learns best when she can feel and compare information.

HOW TO TEACH STEPHANIE: There’s no “secret formula” for a successful Sunday School class, and there’s no guarantee that all your kindergartners will remember what you teach them and apply it to their lives. But God promises that His Word will not return void. And by following these five simple steps, you can teach biblical principles so that many of your students remember and apply them … and that’s what teaching is all about.

• Use activities from the Handwork Packet • Make crafts and use play dough or finger paints • Use role play with puppets to explore feelings

MOVING (kinesthetic) Zack loves to experience his world through movement. He moves a lot during class and loves participating in things like dramas, action songs, and plays.

HOW TO TEACH ZACK: • Act out the Bible story • Utilize activity centers • Play movement games for review or memory work Lesson 4 •March 22 • Sing action songs Kindergarten Teacher Guide Kindergarten Teacher Guide


LESSON PLANNING 101 Get the Big Picture • Scan the lesson title and the objectives. • Read through the memory verse and the Bible story as it is printed in this book. • Read the Bible story and verse from your Bible.

Scan Your Activities • Read through all the activities in a lesson. Notice the ones you like or that will work well with your class.

Pray about It • Ask God to help you plan the lesson well. • Ask God to help you present the lesson well. • Ask God to use you to change lives.

Plan the Five Key Elements 1—Bible Story. This is the center of each lesson. Choose how you will tell it. Will you use props? actions? role play? Make God’s Word fun and memorable. 2—Spiritual Response. How will you lead children in prayer and life application? 3—Memory Verse. How will you help children learn the verse and apply it to life? 4—Arrival Time. How will you get class off to a good start? Simpler is better. 5—Review Activities. How will you help children remember God’s Word and apply it to their lives? See the activity rules that follow.

Basic Activity Rules 1—The 10-Minute Rule: Each activity will take about 10 minutes. This estimate is based on one teacher and a class of 10 students. 2—The Spare Rule: Always have a spare activity in mind. This takes care of activities that are shorter than expected. It also takes care of activities that “bomb.” 3—The “First Things First” Rule: If you really like an activity or think it is important, make it the first activity after the Bible story. That way you don’t run out of time for it. 4—The Variety Counts Rule: Choose different types of Kindergarten Teacher Guide


activities. Try to include something for each child in your class, from the “sit-and-listen” child to the “wiggles-all-the-time” child to the “loves-to-talk” child. 5—The Quick-Kid Rule: Be prepared for the child who finishes first. Plan to let him start the next activity. Or plan a simple in-between activity such as free drawing.

Pack It Up • By Saturday night have all your materials ready and in the car or by the door. • On Sunday, get to church early so you are ready when the children arrive.

Lesson Plan


Title/Bible Story:________________________Focus:_________________________

Coming to God’s House Attendance_______________________________________________________________________________________________ Songs___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Worship_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Giving___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lesson Lead-In____________________________________________________________________________________________

Learning God’s Word Bible Story_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Applying God’s Word Bible Review_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Lesson Pages_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Memory Verse____________________________________________________________________________________________

Taking God’s Word Home Handwork Packet__________________________________________________________________________________________ Resource Packet___________________________________________________________________________________________ Take-Home Paper_________________________________________________________________________________________

Extended Session Ideas Snack___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Craft____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Game___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Other___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Other___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Closing Idea______________________________________________________________________________________________ This page provides a single page lesson outline. Make one copy per lesson to help view your lesson at a glance. © 2020. Permission to duplicate for classroom use only.

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Maximize Your Sunday School Class by Stacy Wallace and Noel Hall

Do you want to make the most of your Sunday School class each week? These four concepts will help any teacher improve his or her teaching. Make the Most of Your Room Each Sunday School room has its own pluses and minuses. But with creativity and thought you can make the best of any classroom. First, is your room clean and kid-friendly? Check your room and adjust as needed to make it clean and well-lit. Make sure the chairs and tables and wall art are at the child’s height. Second, ask yourself, “If my table fills the room, would floor pillows and lap desks be better for the children?” Third, consider how your room affects your lessons. Can you set up all activities before class? Or will you need to set up activities as you go? How can you modify activities for a small room? Manage Interpersonal Dynamics Interpersonal dynamics affect each class session. A class with three quiet children has a different dynamic than a class with eight highenergy children. The personalities and moods of adults in the room also impact the class dynamics. First, set a consistent class schedule. Routine helps children feel secure, no matter how much the class dynamics vary from week to week. Second, for each lesson, prepare options for both quiet and high-energy classes. Page 6 of this teacher guide offers other lesson helps. Third, plan ahead for discipline challenges. Be prepared for hyperactive children, arguments, and shy children. Dealing with all of these challenges is a normal and natural part of Sunday School teaching. Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Maximize Your Teaching Style Are you a strong disciplinarian who wants every child doing the same thing quietly? Or do you think noise and movement is the normal state of a children’s classroom? Knowing your teaching style will cause you to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. If you are a strong disciplinarian, you may need to let students have more freedom and more choices. You may need to ignore some wiggles and squirms and chattering. If you are really relaxed, set boundaries and limits. Create three to five simple rules such as “Raise your hand before you talk,” “Use only kind words,” and “Keep your hands and feet to yourself.” Then help each child obey those rules. Be Prepared Preparation will make any class less hectic. If your lesson plan is ready, your supplies are set up, and you are waiting when the first child arrives, your class is off to a good start. First, make sure your class has all the basic supplies: crayons, markers, scissors, glue, etc. Second, locate additional supplies. Each lesson in this book has a list of supplies on page 1 of the lesson. If you need help with supplies, make a list a couple of weeks in advance. Give the list to parents or other church members so they can help. Third, make sure your lesson plan is available to all your teaching team. Page 7 of this book provides a single-page lesson plan. Finally, the most important thing you can do is to study the Bible story for the week and pray for the children, yourself, and your teachers/helpers. God hears and answers prayer.

Teaching Strategies for Kindergarten Teachers Strategies for helping children PHYSICALLY

• Alternate times of quiet and activity. • Snacks can be quite helpful. • Give students opportunities to jump, skip, and stretch. • Don’t expect children to sit still.Wiggling is natural. • Offer puzzles, cutting, and tracing to use small muscles. • Some may have difficulty cutting and coloring within the lines. Help these children enjoy their own progress.

Strategies for helping children MENTALLY

• Use activities that let the children enjoy both the process and the end result. • Talk about strategies and the concepts of why and how. • Use role play, “what if” games, and drama. • Help children place themselves in others’ roles, and thus learn to understand and solve the problems of others. • Let children both ask questions and discover the answers. • When you answer a question, speak concretely. • Offer new and varied learning experiences. • Explain things in the simplest, most concrete way possible. • Avoid church phrases such as “under conviction.” • Make time for the children to talk. • Ask questions that require more than yes or no answers. • Provide varied activities in which the child can see, feel, smell, hear, and taste. • Plan activities to fill about 10 minutes each. • Do not leave unplanned time. Your students’ creative minds will find a way to fill the time.

Strategies for helping children EMOTIONALLY

• Express your approval with words, pats on the back, smiles, and eye contact. • Distinguish between a child’s bad behavior that you disapprove and the child whom you love. • Teach how to appropriately express emotions. • Help an upset child realize it’s okay to feel angry, but it’s not okay to yell, hit, or kick. • Help an excited child express excitement without yelling. • Keep things in familiar places. • Use the same basic lesson structure each week. • Make changes in steps. • Make a few simple rules, review them frequently, and enforce them consistently.

• Use a time-out as a consequence for disobedience. • Make sure a child knows that she chose time-out because she chose to disobey. • Keep time out focused on helping a child change his behavior, not on punishing him. • Let your class choose often. Freedom to choose prevents frustration and helps develop the child’s sense of self-worth.

Strategies for helping children SOCIALLY

• During this year, children move from parallel play (playing by another child) to actually playing with another child. • Help children to successfully play with others. • Help children identify how their actions affect others. • When you see friendly behaviors such as helping or kindness, compliment those actions. • Help children learn to negotiate their conflicts. • Help children learn to take turns. Manage the amount of time a child has to wait to take a turn. Less time waiting equals a better chance of success. • Help children learn to share. Monitor the amount of sharing so children don’t get too frustrated. • Realize the children have a desire for attention and self-expression. • Provide personal attention and give frequent opportunities for children to express themselves. • Avoid personal competition. • Use games in which participation, not winning, is the goal.

Strategies for helping children SPIRITUALLY

• Help children develop love and trust for God. • Help each child look forward to church. Positive emotions about God, the Bible, and church help a child become open to salvation. • Help children believe the Bible is like no other book. It is God’s special book to teach about God and His plans. • Teach that the Bible is always true. • Teach Bible stories, memory verses, and spiritual truths. • Teach children about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Help them learn that all three are equally God. • Children can learn that Jesus is God as well as a man. • Teach them that God knows and loves them personally. He wants relationship with them. Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Unit 1 Overview Joseph and Joshua Love God

Joseph and Joshua both demonstrate godly character. Because of Joseph’s character, he survived betrayal, slavery, false accusation, and jail to become the second ruler of Egypt. Joshua demonstrated his godly character by serving as Moses’ obedient servant for many years. (See Exodus 24:13 and 33:11.) He, too, became a mighty leader. Both Joseph and Joshua survived the molding process to become great leaders. Teach children that being the right person and doing the right thing—even when it is tough—is important. Help your students develop godly character.

Unit 1 Objectives

By studying these five lessons, the child will • explore Bible stories from the lives of Joseph Joshua, and Rahab, • recognize that God helped people through Joseph, Joshua, and Rahab, • and rejoice because God helps His people.

Room Decorations

Alphabet Line: An alphabet line is provided in the Kindergarten Resource Packet. For this unit, refer to the letter “J” for Joseph and Joshua. Unit and Virtue Posters: Four mini-posters are provided in the resource packet. Display the Unit 1 Posters and the Virtue Poster. Kindergarten Teacher Guide


J Room: Feature the letter “J” in your room throughout the unit. Cut out, post, and hang variations of this letter wherever space allows. Squirrel Coloring Sheet: Use this coloring sheet found in the back of the Kindergarten Lesson Pages to fill time at the end of a short lesson. Then reward your students’ efforts by posting their artwork on your seasonal bulletin board. Be sure to write each child’s name on his sheet so you can send his work home with him when you update your bulletin board for the winter quarter.

Unit Memory Verse

All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28 (KJV) In all things God works for the good of those who love him. Romans 8:28 (NIV) Verse Puzzle: Draw and cut out a large “J” from poster board. Print each word of the verse in such a way that the words can be separated into jigsaw puzzle pieces. Cut the pieces so each edge has a clear partner. Use the pieces on the floor or table or board and let the children assemble them every week. Read the words to them. Encourage them to say the words as they put the pieces in place. Phrase Memorization: Decide how the verse naturally breaks into two or three phrases. Tell children they are to echo your words. In following weeks, use longer phrases.

Unit Action Rhyme

“J” is for Joseph with a coat so rich and swell, (Draw “J” in the air; smooth clothes.) His brothers got upset and left him in a well. (Put hands on hips; shove down and out.) Yet Joseph grew into a man of power so great. (Move hand from knee to high; salute.) He sold grain to feed many before it was too late. (Hold out both hands; pretend to eat.) “J” is for Joshua too, who rescued Rahab’s kin. (Draw “J” in air; reach hand out as if to help someone up.) The Jordan River dried up as he led his people in. (Make water flowing motions; walk hands.) Jericho fell as Joshua’s men their trumpets blew. (Wave hands for falling walls; cup hands as if blowing a trumpet.) Both “J” men loved the Lord their God. Do you? (Make “J” with both hands; point out with both hands.)

Song Suggestions

Resource Packet Songs: These songs are provided on the CD in the Kindergarten Resource Packet. These songs will complement Unit 1. “Jesus, I Love You” “Love and Follow” “All Things Work Together for Good” “Zacchaeus”: You will find in the resource packet a colorful songbook poster, printed music, and a CD recording. Instructions for folding the poster into a book are provided on the inside cover of the resource packet. Tracks 6 and 12 of the packet CD are recordings of the song. Sheet 6 has the printed music for this song. NOTE: With just one slit and the instructions provided in the resource packet, you can fold the “Zacchaeus” Song Visual into an 8-page booklet. Additional Songs: Sing other songs of your choosing that also reinforce the Unit 1 lessons.

Worship Ideas

bet line and name something that begins with that letter for which you are thankful. For example, for “J,” you might express thanks for “Jam” or “Jane.” Let each child in turn point to a letter and name something he is thankful for. Ribbon Worship: Bring a long, red ribbon to the worship circle. Every child should hold part of it. Let them take turns naming their own family members. Then pray for God to bless them all. Trumpet Praise: Let the children imitate Joshua’s men as they marched around Jericho blowing their trumpets to honor God. Let children blow paper trumpets to celebrate God’s power.

Offering Ideas

“J” Container: Use a “J”ar or a “J”ug to collect love gifts for “J”esus during this unit. Each week hold up the offering container during worship time and pray over the offering. Help students learn that giving is an act of worship as much as singing and prayer. Giving Discussion: Talk with the class about why we give offerings (because we love God) and how it helps to show others God’s love. Tell how the church uses the offerings. Often children have no idea that others, young and old, are in Sunday School at the same time they are. Describe all the people who are in Sunday School and say they are also giving. People who give to God are His helpers. Giving Medals: Using plastic lids, ribbon, yarn, and paper, create necklaces that say “I gave.” After the children give, let each one wear a giving medal. Teaching Tip: Bring coins to share so every child can give an offering and wear a medal.


Each quarter, the resource packet contains Attendance Posters, a Chart Poster, and Chart Stickers that can be used for attendance or incentives. Kindergarten Handwork Packet also provides an attendance page and matching stickers.

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Lesson 1 • September 6, 2020

Joseph’s Special Coat UNIT 1: Joseph and Joshua Love God

Teacher Focus

Joseph was the apple of his father’s eye. He had what every child wants and needs—the knowledge that he is special. As you teach this lesson, focus on Jacob’s reason for giving the coat. He wanted Joseph to know how special and loved he was. Help your students realize that they too are special in their families. Help motivate them to care for their own special family members. Remember, each child you teach is special to God and to his family. Help him celebrate that fact in Sunday School this week.

Memory Verse

The father of [a] righteous [child] shall greatly rejoice. Proverbs 23:24 (KJV) The father of a good child is very happy. Proverbs 23:24 (NCV)


The child will be able to tell why Joseph’s coat was special.

Life Application

Family: To help each child believe he is special to his family.

We Believe

God created families as the basis of society.

Bible Text Genesis 37:1–4,12–19,23,24,28,32 LESSON STEP



Coming to  Attendance ��������������������������������������� Page 94, items from the Kindergarten Resource Packet God’s House  Unit Ideas ����������������������������������������� See pages 10 and 11. 5–10 minutes  Welcome ������������������������������������������� Colorful robe or large shirt  Lesson Lead-In  Family Pictures ������������������������� Drawing paper, markers or crayons  Coat Game ��������������������������������� Colorful robe or large shirt, open space for a game Learning God’s Word 5–10 minutes

 Bible Story........................................ Visual 1 of the Kindergarten Bible Visuals, flannel board, Bible

Applying God’s Word 15–20 minutes

 Color the Coat Review.................... Marker board, markers, review question on page 15  Student Book.................................... Kindergarten Lesson Pages, crayons or markers, pencils  Memory Verse ................................. Sign language shown on page 15

Taking God’s  Word Home  10–15 minutes

Kindergarten Handwork Packet ��� Activity 1, stickers, crayons or markers Kindergarten Resource Packet  Coat Puzzles ������������������������������ Precut Sheet 7 coats, construction paper, glue or tape, scissors  Painted Coats ��������������������������� Cardboard copies of Sheet 7 coat, finger paints, plastic wrap, newspapers, paper towels, water  Letter to Parents ���������������������� Copies of sheets 1 or 2, one per child  Take-Home Paper ��������������������������� Kidz Adventures

Extended Session Ideas Church Time

 Snack ����������������������������������������������� Jelly beans or colorful cereal loops, drinks, napkins  Coat Collage ������������������������������������ Poster board robe, glue, fabric scraps  Sharing Circle ���������������������������������� Colorful shirt  Coat Relay ��������������������������������������� Two colorful robes or large shirts  Closing Game ���������������������������������� Colorful shirt  Cleanup Idea ����������������������������������� Colorful robe or shirt

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Coming to God’s House

Attendance Display

(5–10 min.)

Attendance, Songs, Worship, Giving: See pages 10 and 11 for unit ideas. A unit action rhyme is also provided on page 11. Welcome: Greet each child warmly. Let her know you’re glad to see her. Place a colorful robe or large shirt by the door. Let each child try it on. Say, “Today, we will learn about a special robe.” Then guide each child to an activity.

LESSON LEAD-IN Family Pictures: Provide drawing paper and markers. Let each child draw a picture of his family. As the children work, ask about their families. You might ask, “Is this your big sister? What is her name? How many people are in your family?” Then ask questions of the group and let children stand up to answer: “Who has a big brother? a little sister? Who is the oldest in their family? the youngest in their family?” Also include questions about blended families such as, “Who has a stepmother? Who has a stepbrother?” Coat Game: Have the children stand in a circle. Place a colorful shirt or robe on a child. He is “Joseph.” Whisper to him whom to tap. (This assures that every child is tapped.) He then walks behind the circle and taps that child. He and the tapped child race around the circle in opposite directions. No matter who arrives first, the two children trade places.

An attendance wall display is provided in the Kindergarten Resource Packet. See page 94 and the inside back cover for more information. An attendance sticker picture is provided in Kindergarten Handwork Packet. Handwork Packet Sticker Picture


Learning God’s Word

(5–10 min.)


Teacher Tip Open your Bible to Genesis 37. Put the visuals where you can add them to the display. Figures 1A & 1B

This lesson is from Genesis 37:1–4,12–19,23,24,28,32. Use the Bible story and visuals to teach students about Joseph’s special coat and how Joseph was special to his family. JACOB LOVES JOSEPH (Display Figures 1A and 1B from Visual 1 of the Kindergarten Bible Visuals.) Jacob loved his son Joseph very much. Jacob wanted Joseph to know he was special. So Jacob gave Joseph a very special gift. Do you think Joseph was excited to get a gift from his father? Do you like to get gifts from your father and mother? Raise your hand if you like to get gifts from your parents.

Lesson 1 Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Figures 1B & 1C

JOSEPH’S SPECIAL COAT Let’s pretend we are opening a gift. (Lead the class in pretending to unwrap a gift.) We don’t know how the special coat was wrapped. Maybe it was not wrapped at all. But it was very special. It was a wonderful coat of many colors. (Add Figure 1C, coat, over Joseph’s plain clothing.) The coat was a very special gift for Joseph. He must have felt happy when he put on the coat. He must have felt proud too. His father had given him a special gift. A SPECIAL PART OF THE FAMILY Jacob wanted his son Joseph to know that he was a special part of the family. Did you know that you are as special as Joseph? Each of you is special to God.

Figures 1D, 1E & 1F

DIFFERENT PARTS God planned for different people to be a part of each family. (Display 1D, first puzzle piece.) God made mothers and fathers to be a part of each family. Mothers and fathers are a special part of God’s plan for families. Are you glad God gave you a mother and a father? Yes, I’m glad too. (Be sensitive to children with bad parents, no parents, or divorced parents.) GOD GIVES DAUGHTERS (Add 1E, second puzzle piece.) God made daughters. They are a special part of God’s plan for families. Who is special in her family because she is a daughter? Raise your hand if you are a special daughter. (Count raised hands.) We have (number) special daughter(s) in our class. GOD GIVES SONS (Add 1F, third puzzle piece.) God made sons. They are a special part of God’s plan for families. Who is special in his family because he is a son? Raise your hand if you are a special son. (Count raised hands.) We have (number) special son(s) in our class.

Figures 1D thru 1H

GOD GIVES GRANDPARENTS (Add 1G, fourth puzzle piece.) God made grandfathers and grandmothers. They are special parts of God’s plan for families. Are you glad for your grandmother and grandfather? GOD GIVES EXTENDED FAMILIES TOO (Add 1H, last puzzle piece.) God made aunts and uncles and many other family members too. They are all special parts of God’s plan for families. God made many different people part of His special plan for families.

Lesson 1 Kindergarten Teacher Guide


PRAYER TIME You are a special part of your family. Can we thank God for you? Yes, we can. Can we thank God for your family too? Yes, we can. Let’s do that right now. (Lead the class in prayer.)

Applying God’s Word

Lesson Pages

(15–20 min.)

Use one or more of the following activities to review the lesson and to help the children believe they are special to their families.

BIBLE REVIEW Color the Coat: You will need a marker board, markers, and review questions. Draw a robe with 10 stripes on the board. Ask each child in turn a review question. After she answers correctly, let her color a stripe on the coat. Questions: These questions will help you review today’s lesson. 1. Who was the father who loved his son? (Jacob) 2. What gift did the father give to the son? (a colorful coat) 3. What was the name of the son? (Joseph) 4. Who made fathers to be special in their families? (God) 5. Who made mothers to be special in their families? (God) 6. Are sons special? (yes) 7. Are daughters special? (yes) 8. Who made grandparents, aunts, and uncles special? (God) 9. Why are all families special? (because God made them special) 10. Whom should we thank for our family? (God)

LESSON PAGES You will need for each child a copy of Lesson 1 from Kindergarten Lesson Pages. You will also need crayons and pencils. Give each child a copy of the lesson page. Help him work the first page. Then tell him to turn over his paper and color the Bible story picture of Joseph’s coat. Ask, “What did Joseph’s father give him? Joseph was special to his father. You are special to your family too.”

MEMORY VERSE The father of [a] righteous [child] shall greatly rejoice. Proverbs 23:24 (KJV) The father of a good child is very happy. Proverbs 23:24 (NCV) Teach the signs below. Say the verse in unison several times with the signs. Then let each child in turn stand by you to “lead” the class in saying and signing the verse.

If you prefer to teach one unit verse for Lessons 1–5, see page 10.

Lesson 1 Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Righteous / Good


Rejoice / Happy Happy





Handwork Activity 1

Taking God’s Word Home (10–15 min.) HANDWORK

Coat Puzzles, Sheet 7

You will need for each child a copy of Activity 1 and the matching sticker from Kindergarten Handwork Packet. Also provide crayons or markers. Give each child an activity page. Let her place the sticker and color the robe. Then help her punch out the pieces. Show her how to choose three strips and weave them into Joseph’s coat. Say, “Joseph felt loved when his father made a coat for him. Can you do something for someone to make them feel loved?”

RESOURCE PACKET Coat Puzzles: You will need construction paper, glue or tape, scissors, and for each child a copy of Sheet 7 from the Kindergarten Resource Packet. Before class, photocopy the coat onto many colors of paper. Cut out each coat. Give each child a precut coat. He will cut the coat on the dotted lines to make puzzle pieces. Then let the class trade coat pieces so each child has at least one piece of every color. He will glue the pieces to a full sheet of paper to make a colorful coat. Under or above the coat, help him print “I am special.” Say, “Joseph had a colorful coat to show that he was special. You are special in your family too. To whom in your family can you give your picture? You will make them feel special.” OPTION

Painted Coats, Sheet 7

Painted Coats: You will need cardboard copies of the coat on Sheet 7 from the Kindergarten Resource Packet, finger paints, plastic wrap, newspapers, paper towels, and water. Before class, place two or three spoonfuls of paint on each cardboard coat. Cover the shape with plastic wrap, sealing the edges. Cover the table with newspapers for protection. Give each child a plastic-wrapped shape. Let the children squish the paint around, moving the paint until they are satisfied with the way it looks. Then carefully unwrap the plastic wrap and throw it away. Let the paintings dry before moving them. Say, “We are making painted coats. Whom will you give your painting to? Will that make them feel special? Yes, it will. Remember, they are special just as you are special.” OPTION

EVALUATION 1. Was each child able to tell why Joseph’s coat was special? 2. Did I help each child believe he is special to his family?

Lesson 1 Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Letter to Parents: Sheets 1 and 2 in the Kindergarten Resource Packet provide photocopy masters for letters with all the fall memory verses. The letter is provided in both KJV and NIV versions. Send a letter home to encourage Bible memorization. OPTION

TAKE-HOME PAPER Give each child a Kidz Adventures. This paper contains the Bible story, life-application story, and reinforcement activities.

Extended Session Ideas Snack: You will need assorted jelly beans or colorful cereal loops, drinks, and napkins. Make sure each child washes his hands. Then give him a napkin, a drink, and a handful of jelly beans or colored cereal. Lead the children in a prayer over the food. As the children eat, say, “Our food has many different colors. How does that remind us of our Bible story? Yes, Joseph had a coat of many colors. His coat was a gift from his father.” OPTION

Coat Collage: You will need a large poster board or newsprint outline of a robe, glue, and many different colors of fabric or paper scraps. Print “Joseph’s Coat” somewhere on the robe outline. Let the children choose and glue fabric or paper scraps to the coat outline to create a “coat of many colors.” This will represent the colorful coat that Jacob gave to Joseph. Say, “We are making Joseph’s coat. That coat showed that he was special to his father. Name something a parent has given you.” OPTION

Use these ideas if your Sunday School class is longer than 1 hour.

Coat Collage

Sharing Circle: You will need the colorful shirt from earlier in the lesson. Seat the children in a circle. Let one child put on the shirt and sit in the middle of the circle. He says, “My name is,” and gives his name. Then he says, “I am special in my family. I am . . . ,” and names his role in the family (oldest, youngest son, middle daughter, etc.). Then let another child sit in the center. Say, “We are all special in our families. Let’s learn how we are special in our families.” Adaptation: You may have the children name their favorite food, their favorite game, describe their pets, etc. Choose anything that will help a child celebrate his role in his family. OPTION

Coat Relay: You will need two colorful robes or large adult shirts. Divide the class into two teams. Line up the teams at one side of the room. Give the first child on each team a shirt. When you start the game, the first child on each team puts on the shirt, hurries to the other end of the room, touches the wall, takes off the shirt, and hurries back to her team. Then the second child starts the race. Play until each team finishes. Say, “Why are we using colorful shirts for our race? Yes, these colorful shirts remind us of Joseph’s colorful coat.” OPTION

Closing Game: Seat the children at a table. They will put their hands behind their backs. You will walk around the table while the children close their eyes. You carry the colorful shirt, and pause behind each child. Place the shirt in one child’s hands. When you have returned to your place, let the children open their eyes. Then let the children take turns guessing who is holding the shirt. OPTION

CLEANUP IDEA Place the “Joseph’s coat” on a child’s shoulders and say, “Special child, it is time to put away your things.” The child will put away activity items and gather his belongings. Repeat for each child. Lesson 1 Kindergarten Teacher Guide


COMING Next Quarter _______ Jesus Comes to Earth UNIT 1

Christmas Is Special December 6, 2020 Zechariah’s Special Visitor December 13, 2020 A Special Message for Mary and Joseph December 20, 2020 The Shepherds’ Special Announcement December 27, 2020 Jesus Has Special Visitors January 3, 2021 Simeon and Anna See Baby Jesus


Jesus Loves People January 10, 2021 Jesus’ First Miracle January 17, 2021 Jesus Calms a Storm January 24, 2021 Jesus Heals Jairus’s Daughter January 31, 2021 Jesus Heals a Sick Woman


Jesus Can Do Anything February 7, 2021 Jesus Feeds 5,000 People February 14, 2021 Jesus Walks on Water February 21, 2021 Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind February 28, 2021 Jesus Brings Lazarus to Life

Please note: Lessons are subject to change without notice. Kindergarten Teacher Guide


Harvest Time

Attendance Wall Display The display shown below is provided to record attendance in a fun way. Cut out the display items found on the posters in the Kindergarten Resource Packet. Display them on a wall or bulletin board. Duplicate the patterns on page 94 to use with the poster items. Each week when a child is present, he will add a pumpkin or gourd to the bulletin board display. He should print his name and the date on it. The colored leaves from the posters can also be used to keep track of attendance, if you wish, or use them for decoration.

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