Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gifted Gab and the Classroom Corner--Book of the Week Wednesday

This week's book is one of my absolute favorites!  It is the beautiful story of the Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Whether you plan to read it in Sunday School, Children's Church, or to your own personal little ones, this book teaches a beautiful lesson about shining God's light and how God can create something beautiful out of each one of us.  This is just a small snip-it of how we used the book in our class.   
We began with a traditional favorite!  Each child estimated the circumference of our pumpkin by cutting off a piece of orange ribbon at the appropriate length.  Then we measured our guesses.  As you can see, some of our estimates were close, but others were way too long or way too short.  Congratulations to Rachel--she was our closest guesser--just 1 cm off!
We also had 3 learning stations set up around our room.  At one station 1, the children used various cut outs as well as real pumpkin seeds to do a pumpkin sequencing craftivity.  From seed to pumpkin, the children ordered their materials and glued them down.  Along the top we wrote, Thank you, God, for new life!  
At station 2, the children ate a snack to accompany our story--mini-pumpkins (cheese puff balls) and some animal cookies to remind us of the farm animals in today's story. 
Sadie works here at our final station to complete her collage pumpkin using orange construction paper squares.  On our pumpkin leaves we wrote, God makes all things grow, even me!
Fun Fall Ideas to Help Your Family "Fall" in Love with Jesus Looking for even more great fall devotional ideas?  Follow the link below to take you to a FREE download full of ideas to help your family "Fall" more in love with Jesus!  Enjoy!

Blessings, Shannon :-)

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