4th & 5th:
The 4th & 5th graders will study the big stories in the Bible week by week. They often, but don’t always, line up with the other Sunday School classes. They will be “Pretending the Bible.” The basic idea is to read the story and internalize it through play acting and pretending. The children then talk about the experience of the story, and talk about what it was like to be each character in the story. For example, how does it feel to be Peter on the mountain with Jesus? Or how does it feel to be Moses leading God’s people through the sea? Most weeks this will line up exactly with the readings we hear in worship.
A Note from one of the 4th and 5th grade teacher, Pr. Sally Ponfick –
So, how old were you when you learned to recite the books of the Bible, in order? For me, it was (finally) when I started teaching Sunday School with Gretchen Knutson, a couple of years ago. Gretchen started challenging our students to memorize the names of the books as a Bible skills exercise. So we teachers have to do it too. The reward is chocolate. Sometimes parents or other householders learn the books too.
The kids and teachers enjoy singing with Gus, and the video that comes with the Whirl lessons. And then we have a Bible story–frequently it is one that we also read in worship. Whenever we can, we encourage the kids to “pretend the Bible.” We have a closet of costumes for them. One of the most popular choices is the military uniform jacket my husband once wore daily. The kids are slow to figure out, however, that in the Bible stories the military types frequently do not fare so well. We act out the story, then we conclude with theological reflections (“How was it being your character in this story?”), and a prayer.