Before Sunday school class make the covers for
each Bible. (I wanted the children to understand
that the Bible was very old and this process makes
the Bible look old.)
Cut out the front and back covers from the paper
Wipe lemon juice along the edges of each paper.
Burn the edges of both covers.
Now you are ready to fill your Bible. This process
can last a whole year and be as simple or complex
as your class allows. You can create pages in
chronological order or by picking a favorite story
and then putting them in the correct order in
your Bible. Each activity page should be labeled
by book and then put in the correct book section
of the Bible. Label the books with the post-it
Each time we study a story, I first find the
story in the "real Bible" and read a
short segment. Then we turn to the illustrated
Bible and read and talk about the story in greater
detail. And then we are ready to work on our individual
activity pages. This might be a picture the child
draws or a pre-made activity sheet that you provide.
Your level of creativity is your only limitation.
Each page can be enhanced with words or ideas
depending on the age of the child. For example,
you could write down the name of the main character
and what he learned, or you could focus on a theme.
If the theme was prayer, for instance, the student
might explain how the character prayed and what
the result was of his prayer. In an older class,
students could write about how the story relates
to them, what they learned from it, and how it
could help them today.
The beauty of this project is that it can be
incorporated and used with other projects, lessons,
and topics. This is only one tool for teaching
the wonderful stories in the Bible. Have fun and
let your imagination run free.
Sally Johnston Charlottesville, VA