Reaching the Heart + Friday Contest

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When children come to Sunday school, we hope they will learn many things about God. While facts are good and important for them to learn, head knowledge is not the ultimate goal of our curriculum. We want to help children move from head knowledge to heart knowledge. Children not only need to know the truth of God’s Word, but more importantly, they need to respond to and act on it.

Students Workbooks are the tool we have designed for this very purpose. Not only do workbooks help reinforce the main ideas presented in the lesson, using them in a small group setting will help engage children and enhance the application process.

In the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook, kindergartners will enjoy hands-on activities such as Dot-to-dot, coloring, matching, mazes, tracing letters, and cutting and pasting. While children are completing the workbook pages, small group leaders engage them in discussion based on questions provided in the Teacher’s Guide.

For example, some of the directions and discussion starters to accompany the workbook page pictured above include:

…have the children turn to Lesson 19 in the workbook, and have them fill in the missing word from the memory verse (“life”). As you discuss the memory verse, explain what the word “abundantly” means.

How was the young man given “abundant” life by Jesus? If Jesus had just healed his legs, could he have had the abundant life that Jesus was talking about? Why not?

Have the children color the picture of the healed man in the heart on the workbook page. Finally, help the children tape the darkened heart over the heart on the page. Place the tape along the sides so the darkened heart can open up like double doors to reveal the healed man and healed heart below.

Is it easy to treat little problems like big problems? What are some little problems? What problems do you have in your life? What is your biggest problem? Do you feel that sin is your biggest problem? Why can it be easy sometimes to forget that sin is our really big problem?

Take a look at this sample of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook pages. The revised version of Jesus, What a Savior! will be released soon but you have a chance to be one of the first people to receive a Student Workbook!

Friday Contest—We are giving away two free copies of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook (list price: $9.25). To enter your name in the contest, leave a comment below by Wednesday, November 6 with an answer to this question: What do the children in your class love to use most when decorating their workbook pages—markers, crayons, colored pencils or glitter glue? We will randomly select the two winners on Monday, November 11.

Written by Rachel Golias

Rachel Golias

As a Resource Development Specialist at Children Desiring God, Rachel focuses on curriculum development, marketing, design and photography.

22 Responses to “Reaching the Heart + Friday Contest”

  1. Kendal Barriere November 1, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Pencils (the boys) and crayons (for girls)

  2. Marguerite Harrell November 1, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    I would love to win this contest for our Bible Study teachers that does teach the children in Bible Study. I do love to see their works as they share with us after Bible Study before Worship Service or after Worship Service. Since we are a pack in go church (we rent school building). They use crayon and love it.

  3. Ashley Bird November 1, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    My students really enjoy using markers and highlighters. Sometimes we even have some stickers involved!

  4. Elizabeth November 1, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    We only supply our 3-5 year old class with crayons, but glitter glue sounds like a real treat to this child at heart. 🙂 I could see my crew having a lot of fun with this.

  5. Mary November 1, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    I would definitely say glitter glue for the girls. 🙂 boys, probably pencils.

  6. Kristen November 1, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Glitter glue & markers.

    Thanks for the chance!

  7. Marcia November 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Markers (girls), pencils (boys)

  8. Marcia November 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Markers, mostly.

  9. Darina Pilipchuk November 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Although glitter glue, stickers, stamps and sponge painting seems to be more attractive to our kids in Sunday School, we stick to crayons for our typical lessons because of their practicality (they are cheap, usually don’t ruin dressy clothes, do not leave mess on the table, and less likely to cause a poking accident).

  10. Cheryl November 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Colored Pencils

  11. Audra Greene November 4, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Markers but glitter glue would be a hit!

  12. Chien November 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Crayons. But good to know a variety of ways of decorating the workbooks! We definitely will make these supplies into our shopping list as we are finally going to move into our own church building! Praise the Lord!

  13. Stephanie Jackson November 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    We love teaching the “Jesus what a Savior!” study with our 1st grade class! We usually use Markers to decorate but, a parent donated glitter water color paints to our class and we have had lots of fun using those to decorate 🙂

  14. Cara November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    We don’t do glitter–I am sure it would be the favorite, but markers are also a special treat! The children are always asking for them! 🙂

  15. Casey Rainer November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    We use the CDG Jesus What A Savior in our KG room. The kiddos LOVE to use, scissors, glue, markers and pencils… The teachers will take out dry erase boards, play-dough and felt boards as well to branch learning! We are super excited for the revised curriculum and can’t wait for our “box” to arrive 🙂

  16. julie November 6, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Crayons for the younger bunch and markers for the older ones. Stickers are always a winner too.

  17. Marlene Iseli November 6, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    We use mostly markers, never thought using highlighters. May go buy some:)

  18. Deb Hudson November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Colored pencils. The nice Prang ones with a gold and silver pencil!

  19. Rachel November 6, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Glue sticks or transparent tape – and anything with stickers or velcro is also a plus.

  20. Bonnie November 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Markers!

  21. Florence November 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Stickers and markers! I’d love to have this resource!

  22. Deborah Robinson November 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    My older kids love using the glitter glue. The middle age kids like using a combination of glitter glue and crayons and my younger ones like the markers and crayons.

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