Work with Iona on her morning Bible reading is going really well. Yesterday and the day before we read the story of Noah and the flood, and I decided to make a lapbook with her. I was amazed how much we got done in a short time. She enjoyed colouring pictures of Noah:
(page from Lilliput Station http://www.hslaunch.com/mypage/downloader.php?file=userfiles/100/87127475612.pdf&id=704).
The colouring picture of Noah came from Christian Preschool Printables (http://www.christianpreschoolprintables.com/Pages/Noah/NoahArkColoring.html).
The minibook telling the story of Noah came from Lapbook Lessons (http://lapbooklessons.com/files/LapbookingFIles/BibleABC/Noah/NA4.pdf). They also had a layer book for practice measuring animals, but the link to this appeared to be broken, so I drew it myself. Iona received a ruler for Christmas as part of a present from someone at church, and had appeared somewhat interested in what it was, so I used this activity to demonstrate to her how to use a ruler to measure. I first asked her which animal was tallest; she said the elephant, but I showed her how the giraffe was taller. I then asked which was next tallest, and she said the elephant. Next I asked which was smallest, which she answered correctly, and likewise for the next smallest. Having put the animals in order, I put the ruler alongside the line next to each animal and helped her to read the nearest number. To begin with she seemed a little rusty on reading numbers, but soon got back into the swing of it.
The other minibook on this double page also came from Lilliput Station. I used it to document how we made rainbow shaped animals (Iona coloured them while I cut them out and assembled them) and Noah for Iona to play out the story. The animals were printed from MakingLearningFun.com (http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/RainbowShapeAnimals.htm).
On the next page I used some of the leftover printed animal heads from the rainbow animals to put inside a folded ark shape. I got the idea from Bible Kids Fun Zone (http://biblekidsfunzone.com/onlinestore/adnoahsark.html) but was not able to print it out as I am not a member. I liked this craft as it was reinforcing the message I was trying to teach Iona from the first half of the story.
The song on the next page was one I was taught when my Mum taught me in Sunday School:
Mr Noah built an ark.
The people thought it such a lark!
Mr Noah pleaded so,
But into the ark they would not go.
And the rain came down in torrents x3
And only 8 were saved.
Iona enjoyed me singing that to her, and demanded I sing it many times.
On the next page we completed a sequencing activity I found at Bible Story Printables (http://www.biblestoryprintables.com/BiblePrintablesNoah.html). Iona wasn't really concentrating, so needed some prompting from me, but she managed to put some of the pictures in the right order. On the opposite page is a water cycle wheel which I found with great difficulty using people's posts on Lapbook Lessons. The address is http://www.epa.state.il.us/kids/fun-stuff/water-cycle/wheel-part-1.html. Iona coloured it in a little and I explained to her about water falling as rain, running along rivers, and into the sea, although I rather glossed over the last step. She was quite interested, although as we had watched on "Come Outside" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/comeoutside/) that morning about the sewer system she thought that water from rivers flowed into the sewer!
Finally we talked a little about rainbows, although not too much as Iona already knows the colours from one of her other favourite programmes, "Show Me, Show Me" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/showmeshowme/). I drew a rainbow and coloured it in, then drew another for Iona to colour. I labelled it with the 2nd day's lesson - God keeps his promises - and Iona kept saying "God promises me" as she "coloured in" the writing (translation: coloured over it so it became illegible!).
I also taught her another song my Mum had taught me in Sunday School:
When you see a rainbow, remember God is love x2
Yes, God is love x2
When you see a rainbow, remember God is love.
This was even more popular than the other song, and I had great difficulty persuading Iona to let me stop singing it!