Wee Wonder

Contents and Overview

Intro and goals

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Guide for leaders

Introduction

Wee Wonder: Sharing God's love with twos is a Bible-based curriculum for two-year-olds. These young children are beginning to expand their environment beyond the immediate family and home. The world is opening up to them in wonderful ways. What better place than in a Christian childcare or church setting to explore God's world and nurture the child's relationship with a loving Creator God?

Goals
  • To provide a safe setting in which two-year-old children can know and love God
  • To delight in and respect young children as beloved children of God
  • To support young children as they grow in spiritual awareness
  • To create an environment of wonder and awe
  • To engage children in the language and habits of worship
  • To give young children the time they need to experience God's loving presence
  • To foster a sense of belonging to a faith community

How to use this guide

What to expect of twos
Seasoned early childhood teachers will be familiar with much of the information given about the world of the two-year-old. For first-time parents or teachers, this material will help you understand how twos learn and grow, and what to expect from them.

The role of the leader
You have the wonderful privilege of introducing these little ones to the treasured stories of Jesus and his friends. You will help children experience church and what it means to belong in a faith community. Within a loving classroom environment, two-year-olds can flourish as beloved children of God. Review the ten best ways to experience God with twos in the classroom setting.

Getting started
This section gives tips on how to set up your classroom, the materials you will need, and the preparations that are necessary before you begin your Wee Wonder sessions.

At a glance

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Wee Wonder at a glance
    12 modules
  • Undated
  • Flexible—use in any order
  • Re-usable—take the time you need
  • A single theme about sharing God's love
  • 52 sessions: 4 or 5 sessions per module
  • Quarterly option—each set of 3 modules has 13 sessions
  • Tie in with the church year at Christmas and Easter
    Each session
  • 52 Bible stories
  • Teaching pictures and story figures
  • 6 Responsive play suggestions
  • Songs, prayers, snack
  • Bible activity card to take home
    Using the Bible
  • Choose a Bible that your congregation uses
  • Highlight the Bible story for the session
  • Use a special bookmark to mark the Bible story each session
  • Have on hand different children's Bible story books
    Teaching pictures and story figures
  • Re-usable for many stories
  • One time preparation, multiple uses
  • See page 15 for more on story figures
    Bible activity cards
  • One per session
  • Colorful
  • Connect to the Bible story
  • Use in group activity time
  • Take home each week
    Wee Wonder CD
  • 13 sing-along songs
  • 1 theme song one per module
  • Closing song
  • See pages 271-72 for song lyrics
    Wee Wonder website
    Visit www.mpn.net/weewonder to:
  • See how to teach a Wee Wonder session
  • Order more materials
  • Find samples of resources, additional music resources, and an updated list of storybooks

General supplies

    Have on hand the following general supplies. (Check module introductions for lists of specific supplies.)
  • Crayons, washable markers
  • Washable ink pads in several colors
  • Glue sticks and/or washable white glue, plastic lids and cotton swabs to use with glue
  • Fabric in a variety of sizes, textures, and colors: bed sheets, silk scarves, fleece blanket, felt squares, bath towels, cotton
  • Baskets: a small one for each child; larger baskets for Gather and Responsive play
  • Wooden blocks, large cardboard blocks
  • Wooden puzzles with large pieces
  • Large pillows for reading and quiet time
  • Clear plastic bottles with lids: peanut butter jars, parmesan cheese jars, individual size bottles
  • Pre-moistened wipes, wet paper towels, or access to water for cleanup

Table of Contents

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Guide for leaders . . . 5

What to expect of twos . . . 8
The role of the leader . . . 11
Getting started . . . 13
How to use story pictures . . . 15
How to use Bible activity cards . . . 16
How to do Responsive Play . . . 16
How to set up the learning environment . . . 18

Module 1: We come to church . . . 23

Session 1: We come to church . . . 25
Session 2: We sing together . . . 29
Session 3: We read the Bible . . . 33
Session 4: We give an offering . . . 37

Module 2: God made the world . . . 41

Session 1: God made the earth . . . 43
Session 2: God made light . . . 47
Session 3: God made plants . . . 51
Session 4: God made animals and birds . . . 55
Session 5: God made people . . . 59

Module 3: We thank God . . . 63

Session 1: We say thank you to God . . . 65
Session 2: We thank God for food . . . 69
Session 3: We thank God for friends . . . 73
Session 4: We thank God for families . . . 77

Module 4: Jesus is born . . . 81

Session 1: Waiting for baby Jesus . . . 83
Session 2: Jesus is born . . . 87
Session 3: Shepherds visit baby Jesus . . . 91
Session 4: The Magi visit baby Jesus . . . 95

Module 5: Jesus and his friends . . . 99

Session 1: Simeon and Anna . . . 101
Session 2: Little children . . . 105
Session 3: Peter, Andrew, James, and John . . . 109
Session 4: Martha and Mary . . . 113
Session 5: Zacchaeus . . . 117

Module 6: Loving God . . . 121

Session 1: God made me and loves me . . . 123
Session 2: God knows me and loves me . . . 127
Session 3: We love God . . . 131
Session 4: We love one another . . . 135

Module 7: God is with us . . . 139

Session 1: All the time . . . 141
Session 2: Happy and sad times . . . 145
Session 3: Safe and scary times . . . 149
Session 4: Healthy and sick times . . . 153

Module 8: Holy Week and Easter . . . 157

Session 1: Jesus rides on a colt . . . 159
Session 2: Jesus eats and drinks with his friends . . . 163
Session 3: Jesus died and is alive! . . . 167
Session 4: Jesus makes breakfast . . . 171

Module 9: Jesus told stories . . . 175

Session 1: Parable of the sower . . . 177
Session 2: Parable of the seed . . . 181
Session 3: Parable of the great dinner . . . 185
Session 4: Parable of the lost coin . . . 189
Session 5: Parable of the lost son . . . 193

Module 10: We help others . . . 197

Session 1: Ruth . . . 199
Session 2: David . . . 203
Session 3: Miriam . . . 207
Session 4: Girl who helped Naaman . . . 211
Session 5: Good Samaritan . . . 215

Module 11: God's people share . . . 219

Session 1: First church . . . 221
Session 2: Dorcas . . . 225
Session 3: Lydia . . . 229
Session 4: Philip . . . 233

Module 12: Word pictures for God . . . 237

Session 1: Loving father . . . 239
Session 2: Mother hen . . . 243
Session 3: Good shepherd . . . 247
Session 4: Air/Breath . . . 251

Resources . . . 255

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