My Sabbath School class is learning about the Bible as our theme program/lesson. We are using a resource from My Bible First that would be a definite blessing for family worship, a Sabbath afternoon activity or for Sabbath School. Learning About God’s Letter to Me is a two-part resource consisting of a spiral bound, 46 page booklet and a separate device booklet. The 23 lessons in the booklet are 1 to 3 page stories that teach how we got the Bible, how to find things in your Bible, how the Bible is organized, etc. The back of the booklet includes a brief summary of each book of the Bible as well as the music and lyrics for three complementary songs. Don’t read music? That’s okay, because you can go to the product page for God’s Letter to Me and download the MP3 music file for each song. What a blessing!
My Sabbath School class is a unique group of children from ages 3 to 13, including a few with learning and developmental disabilities. A large portion of my class is new to attending Sabbath School. I have found the language of the lesson booklet to be accessible for all of the ages in my class. Having the device in their hands as we talk helps those who need a visual connection with what they are hearing. I will cycle through this book again in a few years to make sure the youngest students have another chance to learn the material.
The price of the this resource is more than fair! The spiral-bound lesson booklet is $4.25, and the full-color device is just $1 each. Very budget friendly for homes and Sabbath Schools. My Bible First offers extra resources to expand on this theme, including additional question cards, illustrated Scripture songs and more.
There are several other topics available in the Learning About series. including the importance of the Sabbath, and the 10 Commandments. You can be sure that my Sabbath School students will be going through those topics as theme lessons as well!
Looking for a Bible Reading Plan for younger children? Here’s the Adventist Junior Youth Bible Year Plan. It is a four -year plan that divides the Bible readings into themes by chapters, such as Prophecy, Praises and Peace.
The Encounter Series is a AY/Pathfinder Club reading plan that works very well as a Bible Curriculum for middle and high school aged students. The series is a four-year plan that combines reading the Bible with the corresponding Spirit of Prophecy books. Each link below leads to a printable .pdf reading checklist for each day of the year.
Alphabet/phonics/word work manipulatives add enjoyment to the process of learning to read and spell. These hands-on materials can be found very inexpensively if you know where to look.
Next time you are in a dollar or discount store, be sure to check for potential manipulatives. Don’t limit your search to just the educational supply section, also take a look in the office supply aisle, and the dollar bin area. The toy aisle might reveal manipulatives as well – think wooden alphabet blocks!
The blue foam letter squares, the letter magnets and the alphabet bingo game shown above were each found for only a dollar. I’ve also found simple file folder games and sight word strips, and even the pocket chart for one dollar. Don’t forget to look for blank sentence strips!
Next time you are at a yard or jumble sale, look for old Scrabble or other word games. Doesn’t matter if all of the pieces are there, you just need the letter tiles or word pieces. Many times these games can be had for free. That was the case with the wooden Scrabble tiles shown above. I love those Scrabble tiles because they are very sturdy and will hold up to lots of word play.
Keep your eyes peeled for cheap letter & word study manipulatives – they’re out there!
One of the first steps of teaching reading is to read aloud to your child. Spend some time reading aloud to your children, as well as discussing what you have read. You will soon discover that the benefits reach far beyond developing and strengthening reading skills.
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The newspaper is an excellent learning resource for secondary students , especially in the areas of current history/culture, journalism and reading comprehension. Every weekday The New York Times provides new free educational resources based on the content published in the newspaper. Click on the image below to browse The Learning Network’s teaching and learning resources.