Jesus Heals the Little Girl
This week our Bible lesson (about Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter) came from the Week 22 lesson plan of the ABC Jesus Loves Me 3-Year Old Curriculum. It was a pretty simple lesson, which helped me with my main objective: to help Ian understand the meaning of the words “heal” and “miracle.” I know that seems basic, but I realized as we read through such stories that an almost four-year old really has little framework for understanding those concepts. I’m glad that by the end of the week, he really seemed to get it.
Our first time through the story, I used our flannel board set, (and the boys both enjoyed retelling the story on it throughout the week). Immediately afterward Ian and I read the story in his ESV Seek and Find Bible. (The passage is from Mark 5:21-24, 35-42.) We also enjoyed reading the story in two of our Bible storybooks with Elijah: The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, and The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
Ian really enjoyed “The Miracles of Jesus” video from Nest Family Entertainment. I think this was the main tool that helped me meet my objective of teaching him about healing and miracles. He kept asking why the people were sick and trying to figure out what was going on. Over and over he watched as Jesus healed people and everyone talked about it being a miracle. As soon as the movie was over, Ian wanted to watch it again. (Actually, I think he watched it at least three times this week.) I love this whole series because they really bring the stories to life. (We don’t have the budget to buy all the DVDs, but they broadcast on a couple different DirectTV channels, so I record them on the DVR each week and then save them for the appropriate lesson.)
I didn’t have a lot to go along with this lesson for our iPod playlist, but here’s what we listened to:
- “Woman Healed and Little Girl Lives” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- “Wonderful Words of Life” from the Lillenas Kids Hymn Project
- Karen & Kids podcast: “God Can Do Anything” (another resource I record as it’s available and save for when I want it)
For our Bible notebook page I just didn’t have any great inspiration, so for the first time I opted to just include a coloring page. As long as I don’t make a habit of this, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I didn’t even do a memory verse, although it would have been an easy week because the verse in the curriculum was one we’d already done. (I find it much easier to help Ian memorize when I have a song to put on our playlist.) I’m just glad we spent more time on our Bible lesson this week than we did last week.