Nov 04

God uses unlikely people

God often uses unlikely people. This concept is seen in the Old Testament story of King Eglon and Ehud. Judges 3:12-20.

Ehud was left-handed. Although being left-handed doesn’t sound like a big deal, it was of great importance in that time.?Soldiers held their shields in their left hands and their swords in their right hands. This was opposite for Ehud since he was left-handed and was much more effective using his left hand.

Verses 12-14. But the People of Israel went back to doing evil in?God?s sight. So?God?made Eglon king of Moab a power against Israel because they did evil in?God?s sight. He recruited the Ammonites and Amalekites and went out and struck Israel.

So God sent Ehud. Verses 15-16.?Ehud made himself a short two-edged sword and strapped it on his right thigh under his clothes.

Ehud sent a message to King Eglon that he had a?secret?for him. When the king leaned to hear Ehud’s message to him,?Eglon stood up from his throne. Ehud reached with his left hand and took his sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king?s big belly. Verses 20-21.

The people realized that the king was no more and they were free of his rule and reign. They could go back to serving the one true God.?The land was quiet for eighty years. Verse 30.

To each this lesson to school age students in children’s worship, start off by giving each student a blank sheet of paper and a pencil. Ask them if they are left-handed or right-handed. Tell them to write the weekly Bible verse with their non-dominant hand. Ask them how it felt using their non-dominant hand. Was it easy or difficult to write?

Tell the story of King Eglon and Ehud. Ask them if they think it was easy for Ehud to use the sword with his left hand. Ask them how God can use them in unlikely ways to minister to others.

As a side note: One student in children’s worship asked how large this king was. After reading that he was an obese man, this makes me think there may be a similarity between this king and the king who wanted Daniel and his friends to eat his rich unhealthy foods.??Hmmm?! This makes me ponder and think about the eating habits and exercises of kings in those days.

Nov 03

The First Thanksgiving video book reading

The First Thanksgiving written by Garnet Jackson and illustrated by Carolyn Croll

This book is a great explanation of the first Thanksgiving celebration and how the Pilgrims and Native Americans friended one another. The Pilgrims learned a lot from those Natives.

Modern-day Americans have a lot for which to be thankful.

Click the link to listen and read along with the story.


Nov 03

National Author’s Day

National Author’s Day was November 1 but we celebrated on Friday, November 2. We were unable to schedule an actual author of a children’s book to visit the students in preschool.

Well, I am a children’s book author, but definitely did not want to feature myself on this day. See my published books here and here.?

So, for National Author’s Day, we got creative. We rented a bear costume and had a very nice volunteer (Bob Cunningham) dress up in the costume. We set up a theatre and the students saw a story from a children’s book acted out in a play.

Our narrator (Judi from read the Goldilocks and the Three Bears book as our costumed bear and a 4 year old student acting as Goldilocks acted out the parts of the story.








The student audience enjoyed seeing this familiar story acted out visually. This activity brought the story to life for the preschool students. We emphasized the adventures students (and all of us) can have when we read books.


Nov 01

Exploring the Sense of Touch

In Science class with Mrs. Judi (, the preschool students learned about and explored the sense of touch and the importance of thumbs.

First, the students put their hands inside a sock to feel different items and guess what they were. There was a fork, a screw, and a rubber band in one sock. They were able to feel the different textures.?

Then, in another sock, they felt different temperatures. In one sock there was a foot warmer to feel hot. In another sock there was a bag of ice to feel cold.

Another student put one mitten on one hand and attempted to pick up a quarter from the floor. Another student put one glove on one hand and attempted to pick up the quarter from the floor. It was much easier to pick up the quarter using the glove rather than the mitten.

Then Mrs. Judi taped the thumb on the gloved hand down so the student only had use of the four fingers and the palm of her hand. She attempted to pick items up with only her fingers and palm. She attempted to turn the door knob, too. It was much more difficult to grip things without the use of the thumb.

Finally, the students tried to take a bite of an apple hanging on a string but they were not allowed to use their hands to hold the apple. They were instructed to put their hands behind their backs and bite the apple. Of course, the string moved and they were unable to take a bite. However, there was one very smart problem-solver who figured out how to use his shoulder and his chin to hold the string in order to get the apple to his mouth. He was almost able to take a bite.

The students talked about the importance of having thumbs on each hand. They talked about animals that do not have thumbs and are unable to pick things up or grip things like humans.

Oct 27

Kids Feeding with Reading

During the month of October the preschool students were challenged to read books (or have someone read books to them for younger students). They were participating in a program seen on Joyce’s blog Childhood Beckons.

During the first week of October the students solicited sponsors to donate a canned food or non-perishable food item for every book they read during the month.

Then, for two weeks, the students read and read and read. They were gaining new adventures and strengthening their language and vocabulary skills with each book they read.

Then during the final week of October, the students collected the canned foods from their sponsors. We plan to donate these foods to local organizations to help with individuals and families in need of healthy foods to eat.

This picture of canned foods is only a small portion of the ?collected cans and non-perishable food items. Thank you so much for your generosity and for your reading adventures.

Oct 25

Sunrise in a Bag science experiment

Preschool students can have a great time learning about solids, liquids, and gasses with this experiment.

Pour a small amount of clear water (liquid) into a plastic bag.?

Squirt a few drops of red dye into the water in the bag. This red dye is found at swimming pool stores.








Dump a spoonful of DampRid into the bag to mix with the red liquid. Seal the bag and allow the students to feel the outside of the bag. The red liquid turns pinkish in color and, amazingly, the bag feels warm.?

Next scoop a spoonful of baking soda into the bag. Seal the bag. ?Watch the gas as it bubbles and fizzes inside the bag. Amazingly, the contents are now turning an off-white beige color. Allow the students to feel the outside of the bag again as it now feels cool.

Science lessons by Judi at


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