David & Goliath
Ian already knew the story from church, so when he saw the flannel board set all ready, he was eager to dive in as soon as he woke up Monday morning. I was cooking breakfast and told him I do it with him after we ate, but he just couldn’t wait. I loved hearing him tell the story (as he remembered it) as I worked in the kitchen. And then as soon as he’d eaten, he ran back to the board and asked me to tell it over and over. I told it twice and then just left him to act it out on his own while listening to our iPod playlist (see below). He especially liked making David’s stone knock Goliath down!
We made a lifesize Goliath picture on some mural paper. Both boys were SO excited about coloring him. At first I tried crayons and markers, but then I decided it would be much easier to break out the dot markers.
Proportions are hard when drawing something that big on the floor! I thought his arms were too long until we got him posted on the wall. Ian is exactly 3 feet tall, so he was only a 3rd of Goliath’s height! Measuring him out even surprised me. 9 feet was taller than I had imagined. He barely fit on our wall, even with our high ceilings! On Friday I let the boys throw sock balls at him as I helped him fall down. (Of course, then Ian wanted me to put it back up, but I was not up to dragging the ladder out again!) For our Bible notebook, I just printed out a page with these pictures.
We enjoyed two videos this week: Veggie Tales: Dave and the Giant Pickle (available streaming on Netflix) and David and Goliath from the Nest Animated Stories from the Old Testament series (so thankful for my parents’ DVR). We also read from our Bible story books. Ian really liked it in The Rhyme Bible for Toddlers. (The stories in that book are short and don’t have a lot of detail, but the rhymes are a lot of fun and it’s one of Ian’s favorites.)
For some reason, Ian really wanted to sing a song about David and Goliath, so I was glad to find one in the ABCJLM lesson plan. I wasn’t familiar with it and it wasn’t on any of the CD’s I have, but it was in our Wee Sing Bible Songs book, so I was able to play it on the piano, and Ian had a great time singing with all his heart even though he’d never heard it before.
Along with that song, here’s our iPod playlist from the week:
- “1 Sam 17 David and Goliath” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- “The Lord is My Shepherd” from 100 Ways to Know God Loves me & 100 Songs to Love Him Back
- “Psalm 23” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- “Psalm 23” from the Sing the Word: A New Commandment CD by the Harrow Family
- Karen & Kids podcast: “David”
- “The Lord is my Shepherd” from John Rutter’s Requiem
As you can see, we’re still working on Psalm 23 for our memory work. Ian can now recite the entire psalm along with me, though he can’t do it on his own yet. We still have one more lesson on David, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets there. Even if he doesn’t he is definitely on his way, and I know it will be hidden in his heart for many years to come.
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 (NASB)
P.S. For more ideas, check out Jen’s post over at I Can Teach My Child. I love the way she brought the story to life for her daughter!