Welcome to our lesson for August 31, The Story of Jacob, found in Genesis 25-33,35. (The script is found in the pink Enrichment Presentations for Fall book, p.44-50.)
What a perfect time to present this story. When we finished last week's story, The Great Family, Isaac and Rebekah were married, Abraham died, and we shared that Isaac and Rebekah had children-who had children, who had children, etc. So who were their children? We can pick up right here with the Story of Jacob, ending with the formation of the 12 tribes of the Great Family, Israel.
Jacob's story is so rich with topics that children will want to explore, like sibling relationships, fairness and trickery, making choices, what is a blessing, the idea of wrestling with God. Hopefully there will be plenty of time in your wondering time to hear their thoughts on these and to help them explore their own ideas.
Ideas for their Give a Gift to God Time1. Recreate some of the story materials so that the children can tell the story themselves at home. I would suggest showing them various materials we have on hand and ask, "I wonder what we could do with these items to help retell Jacob's story. I wonder how we might make a ladder or a bowl or a veil or people. I wonder how we could make Jacob or Esau."
A bowl can easily be made out of quick dry clay, a ladder could be made from popsickle sticks, veils from netting. Children can come up with their own ideas of how to make the objects if they have access to materials.
3. Act out the story!
Our children LOVE doing this. Why not break the story into scenes and let the children act them out? Simple props could be a bowl, the animal skin from the story basket, and netting for a veil (I'll have some in the resource room.) I'll have my camera ready to borrow to video if you like.
4. Have on hand marshmallows, pretzels and marshmallow cream, and see if the children can figure out how to make a ladder (Described here)Yum!
5. Teach the children how do to Jacob's ladder with a piece of string, as shown in this video.
While you're practicing, talk about what the dream meant.Thank you for all you do!