Issue #4 - January 26, 2010              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus  

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1) Story Telling Methods
2) Ten Commandments Song 
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Story Telling Methods?

I have a very lightweight cloth treasure chest about the size of a small child. I fill it with items that will help the kids visualize the story.
Example: David and Goliath
a sling
a stone
a shepherd staff
a very large toy man
a very small toy man
small sack of food, etc.
and add suspense by saying I wonder what else is in our treasure chest.
This is best used for pre schoolers
For His Kids~Nancy



2) Ten Commandments Song

I found the song and lyrics for one version of The Ten Commandments Song here: 

Blessings to you!
Denise S. in NJ


3) Ten Commandments Song

In response to the posting from Mary Ann. This is how I learned the song. Hope it helps.

First I must honor God,
Second honor His Name,
Third honor His day keep holy, this will be my aim.
Fourth I must be obedient,
Fifth be kind and true,
Sixth be pure in all I say and see and hear and do.
Seventh I must be honest
Eighth be truthful in all things I say,
Ninth be pure in mind and heart in all I think and desire each day
Tenth I must be satisfied not be jealous come what may.
These are Godís Ten Commandments,
These I must obey.

Karen Bushman
Director of Religious Formation
St. Paul and St. Veronica Parishes

4) Story Telling Methods

> Please share any unique story telling methods or techniques you've used when teaching Bible storiesÖ

One of the best and most memorable methods Iíve used in teaching Bible stories was to draw out the story. Each individual was in charge of one verse of the Bible story, and had to draw a picture depicting just that verse. We just used 8 X 11Ē paper and crayons. When all pictures were drawn, we put them up on the wall in sequence and read the story. With the aid of the visual pictures, it was a story to remember! I donít know what age or how many students you are teaching, but Iím sure the stories could be adapted to the number of students you have. I had about eight to ten 3rd graders, but I believe it would be a success with any age. 


5) To Realize the Value...

To realize the value of a sister/brother
Ask someone who doesn't have one. 

To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple. 

To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate. 

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam. 

To realize the value of nine months: 
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. 

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane. 

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident. 

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. 

To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE. 

Author unknown

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful...make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:2-6 

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6) Ten Commandments Song


In regard to the Ten Commandments Song, I did a little Googling and found this:

I also found another page which has almost the same lyrics here:

I think this is the song you guys are looking for. Both have the lyrics and a music file you can click and listen to, 
but they do not have the sheet music. Maybe they will help.

Have a good one, 
Mike Barnard


7) Story Telling Methods

Our after school Bible club (held in public school) is called The Great Adventure Club. This club targets 3-5th grade. Some of our 80+ kids have Bible or church background but many do not. To level out the gap between those 2 groups - we have had to structure our club as though we are working as missionaries with people that have never heard of Jesus. 

The kids are actually looking up scripture together - helping one another (we are blessed with 2-3 adults per 8-10 kids too). 1 scripture is looked up - then the lesson is shared using the scripture and leads up to the next scripture they look up. Usually 4 scriptures are used that link Truth in the Old and New Testaments with practical application to today. 

Each lesson also has a trinket size object that is worked into the lesson. The kids each get one of the small objects to take home. We give a review at least twice during our 90 minutes together on how they can tell the story to family and friends from showing the object. They are challenged to do just that and report the next week on who they told and interaction they have had in sharing the story. 

We also have a game time that reinforces the lesson and helps gets the wiggles out. 

We are preparing for the 6-week spring club now. It is called Faith Race-Marathon Relay. Our first lesson is on the 40 year marathon the Israelites experienced. Their object will be a small tennis shoe key chain. This will represent the miracle that the clothes and the shoes the Israelites wore didn't wear out during their "marathon". On the "soul" of the shoe will be the acronym J.O.G. This stands for Just Obey God. JOG will be a repeated theme throughout our Faith Race - reminding the kids that if they will just remember to always JOG they will finish the race. 

Another prize will be a bookmark cross that also has a ruler on it. This will be for the story of Joseph - representing that his marathon was long and hard but he always remembered to JOG and he completed his marathon as a "ruler" over his own brothers that had sold him into slavery. We will mention that not many would "measure" up to the challenge that was as tough as Joseph's - and those that don't JOG will not know what awesome blessings that God has for us along the way in the marathon race of life.
Their memory verse is from Hebrews 12:1-2, "...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us; let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our lives." 

The kids are always so intrigued at what the prize will be and can't wait to tell their leaders the story that goes with it. And yes, better yet, this little prize helps them to share Bible Truths at home and in their community as they share the lesson they learned with others.

Joyfully Serving HIM,
Emmalea Butler
Trafalgar, IN



Story Telling Methods

I have done a storytelling technique by dressing as the character. Example: I have rented a shepherd's costume complete with a staff. I made a rod (club) using a 2x2 wood block (24"-26"long) and rounding the edges. I found a small glass pitcher that had a cork lid in it (that represented the oil) and then I used the 23rd Psalm. I used the books "A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23" by Phillip Keller; "God's Psychiatry" by Charles Allen; "Discovery Series Bible Study: Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd" by Discovery House Publishers. Phillip Keller's book uses a shepherd and a sheep's view of each verse from Psalm 23. It gives a whole new meaning and understanding of the life of a shepherd and the challenges of tending sheep.

Another lesson I am developing is using the Armor of God lesson actually wearing a Roman soldier's costume. I am saving money to purchase the costume and also a shepherd's costume so that I can do these lessons whenever or wherever the Lord leads me to do them. 

In His Service,
Randy Gervell 

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9) Ten Commandments Song

The following entries on the 10 Commandments Song are from the Catholic Mom Moments Blog:

First I must honor God
Second honor His name
Third honor His day keep holy
this will be my aim.
Fourth I must be obedient
Fifth be kind and true
Sixth be pure in all I say
And see, and hear, and do.
Seventh I must be honest.
Eighth be truthful in all things I say.
Ninth be pure in mind and heart
And all I do and desire each day.
Tenth I must be satisfied 
not be jealous come what may
These are Godís ten commandments
These I must obey.

Seton Home Study School ( used to put out a tape that had this song and some other classics on it. I couldn't find it on their website just now, but it is worth calling them to inquire about it. I'll bet they do still carry it. 
There's also a 10 Commandments song to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by the Dogma Dogs, that my class liked. Most kids knew the melody, and if they didn't, they learned it quickly enough because of all the repetition. 

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