Sorry I have had to make the two days together and then give the rest of them to you for Tuesday. By the time Grandma realized she had given you not only the books that were on the video but had included one or two not on the video's. Therefore, she decided to give you all of them out of Book (6) before she gave the rest of the lessons she has for those two days. So now she will give parents the last books of the Old Testament out of the Bible through Faith Alive, the Calendar information and activities from Friday until Wednesday, and whatever else Grandma can give for now.
The next book in the Faith Alive Bible is Nahum. Faith Alive asks these following questions:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Nahum, a prophet to Judah, the southern kingdom, wrote this book.
When...was this book written? Nahum probably wrote between 663 and 655 BC. He may have prophesied during some of the same years as Zephaniah and Jeremiah.
How...special messages does this book give us? Nahum describes in great detail the fall of Nineveh. For us, too, this stands as a warning of the consequences of sin. But since the Assyrians were enemies of God, their defeat is finally a comfort for God's people.
...are some important passages in this book?
God's patience and love. Nahum 1:2-7
Good news to proclaim! Nahum 1:15
Destruction of Nineveh. Nahum 2:1-10"
These are the things Faith Alive says in Nahum through "Words to Remember 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him."
The next book is called Habakkuk and Faith Alive asks the questions as follows:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Habakkuk, who lived in the southern kingdom, Judah, wrote this book. Habakkuk probably lived at the same time as Jeremiah.
When...was this book written? Habakkuk was probably written near the end of the reign of good King Josiah, who died in 609 BC.
How...does Habakkuk show us God's love? Habakkuk calms the fears of those who wonder whether God is really in control, caring for his people. God assures us that those who have faith in him will live (Habakkuk 2:4), even if disaster strikes all around. In the New Testament, St. Paul twice quotes Habakkuk on this point(Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11), showing that faith in Jesus Christ saves us from death.
What...special messages does this book give us? The prophet wonders why God is allowing a wicked people, the Babylonians, to threaten God's own people, Judah. That seems unfair. In truth, Judah, too, is sinful and must suffer consequences, but God will save all who trust in him. God is in control and knows best. Finally, Habakkuk realizes how true that is.
...are some important passages in this book?
Habakkuk wonders if God cares. Habakkuk 1:1-4
Saved by faith. Habakkuk 2:1-4
God is still in charge. Habakkuk 2:20
Habakkuk rejoices in his Savior. Habakkuk 3:18"
Faith Alive says through, "Did You Know? 1:2 Why was Habakkuk so unhappy? Habakkuk saw injustice and sin in Judah. He was unhappy that God let such evil go on. But then he became still more upset when God said he would use an even more wicked people, The Babylonians, to punish Judah.
Life in Bible Times-Eagles' Nests-Because the eagle built its nest high up on rocky cliffs, its nest was a symbol of safety. Like other Bible writers, Habakkuk uses many pictures from nature. Habakkuk is saying there (2:9) that there is no safety for those who do wrong.
Life in Bible Times-Mountain Goats-High mountain cliffs are dangerous places for people. But mountain goats, called deer in Habakkuk 3:19, walk there safely. This picture from nature teaches that God will keep his people safe, even in dangerous places.
Did You Know? 2:20 How did God answer Habakkuk? Even if he seems unfair, God is ruling all the earth wisely (2:20). Therefore, everyone who has faith in him will be saved from death (2:4). Now Habakkuk realizes he can trust God (3:18)."
The next book in the Bible is Zephaniah and Faith Alive presents these questions:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book?
The prophet Zephaniah, a descendant of good King Hezekiah of Judah, wrote this book.
When...was this book written? Zephaniah was written during the reign of Josiah, perhaps about 630 BC.
How...does Zephaniah show us God's love?
After the Lord has punished sin, he will bring a new day of joy. In fact, God himself will rejoice over his people! When Zephaniah describes the best thing about this day, he writes as if it had already come. The Lord, he says, has already taken away our punishment (Zephaniah 3:14-18). Zephaniah knew a wonderful truth: Because Christ would someday take the punishment for all sin upon himself, God had already forgiven his people.
What...special messages does this book give us? The day of the Lord will bring punishment to Judah and to the other nations. No one can escape God's judgment. Meanwhile, God actively works to prepare people for his message of salvation. He leads them to repent so that he may then rejoice over them and gather them to himself.
...are some important passages in this book?
The day of the Lord:judgment. Zephaniah 1:14-18
The day of the Lord:rejoicing. Zephaniah 3:14-18 "
Faith Alive also shows things through "Life In Bible Times-Foreign Clothes-The people of Israel belonged to God. God wanted even their clothes to be different from all other peoples (Zephaniah 1:8). Israelites who wore foreign clothes rejected God.
Life in Bible Times-Desert Owls-The desert owl of Bible lands chooses to live in lonely places and is very afraid of people. Zephaniah (2:14) uses this picture of the owl to show that Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, will lie in ruins. Desert owls live in Nineveh's ruins even today.
Words to Remember 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save."
The next book is Haggai as Faith Alive gives the following questions:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The prophet Haggai, who preached in Judah about the same time as Zechariah, wrote this book.
When...was this book written? Haggai was written after some of the people had returned to Judah from captivity in Babylon. Haggai preached in 520 BC.
How...does Haggai show us God's love? God shows his love in Haggai by promising to give the new temple his people are building even greater glory than the old one (Haggai 2:7-9). This second temple is not as beautiful as the one built by Solomon. But God's promise is fulfilled because Jesus actually comes into this new temple, and he is filled with God's glory (John 1:14; 2:19-22). God glorifies us, too, by making us temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
What...special messages does this book give us? Some of God's people have returned from captivity in Babylon, but they stop rebuilding God's temple. Haggai tells them they must rebuild the temple--before they do anything else. God's power enables us always to put him first in our lives. The people listen to Haggai's preaching and finish the temple.
...are some important passages in this book?
God shows the results of failing to put him first. Haggai 1:2-11
God promises that the "desired of nations,"
Jesus, will come. Haggai 2:7-9
God promises to bless his obedient people. Haggai 2:15-19"
Faith Alive also expresses themselves through "Words to Remember 2:7 The desired of all nations will come."
Next in Faith Alive is Zechariah and asks these questions:
"How...does Zechariah show us God's love? The book of Zechariah shows God's love through many clear and direct prophesies of Jesus. Zechariah foretells Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Zechariah 9:9), his being betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (11:12-13), his being pierced (12:10), and his cleansing away sin by his blood (13:1). Like Isaiah, Zechariah gave the Old Testament people a vivid picture of Jesu' suffering and dying to save them.
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Zechariah, a prophet who preached in Judah at the same time as Haggai, wrote this book.
When...was this book written? Zechariah was written after some of the people had returned to Judah from Babylon, about 520 BC.
What...special messages does this book give us? First Zechariah describes a series of visions. Some of these are quite difficult to understand; overall, they offer encouragement about Judah's future. The visions encourage the people to finish rebuilding the temple. Then the prophet reveals his many prophesies of the Messiah. These promises of Jesus give God's people an even greater kind of encouragement--the assurance of eternal salvation.
...are some important chapters in this book?
The Messiah:in humble triumph. Zechariah 9
The Messiah:sold. Zechariah 11
The Messiah:pierced. Zechariah 12
The Messiah:ruling Zechariah 14 "
Faith Alive brings out more information through "Life In Bible Times-Measuring Lines-Carpenters did not have measuring tapes in Bible times. They used strings on which they marked distances by tying knots.
Let's Live It! Zechariah 8:3 City of Truth--The name Los Angeles means "City of Angels." Philadelphia means "City of Brotherly Love." Unfortunately, cities may not live up to such names. Every city has problems.
So did Jerusalem. But read what God said it would be called (Zechariah 8:3). People in Jerusalem didn't just suddenly start being honest. Through things that happened there, God gave his truth to the world. See how in John 8:31-32; John 14:6.
Life In Bible Times-Fountains-There are many springs of water that bubble out of the earth in the northern part of Israel. When the Bible says "fountain," it usually means a spring, which gives water needed for washing, drinking and watering crops.
Let's Live It! Zechariah 13:1A Cleansing Fountain--Read Zechariah 13:1. How could a fountain wash away sin? No ordinary washing, is it? The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Copy this hymn:
There stands a fountain where for sin
Immanuel was slain,
And sinners who are washed therein
Are cleansed from every stain.(Lutheran Worship 506:1)"
The last Book in the Bible's Old Testament is Malachi. Faith Alive asks the following questions:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book?
Malachi, probably the last Old Testament prophet, wrote this book.
When...was this book written?
Malachi was written between 465 and 430 BC during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
How...does Malachi show us God's love? Malachi is God's last word before the coming of Jesus. God wants to leave no doubt that he is fulfilling his gracious plan to save. God tells his people of a great messenger who will prepare the way for Christ (Malachi 3:1-4). This messenger will be as powerful as Elijah in bringing people to repentance (4:5-6; the last words of the Old Testament). In the New Testament, we learn that this messenger is John the Baptist.
What...special messages does this book give us?
Malachi rebukes the children of those who returned to Judah from Babylon. God deserves only our best,but they were giving him much less. Malachi warns that when the Messiah comes, it will be terrifying for those who continue in sin. But he also promises the messenger who will prepare the people for Christ.
...are some important passages in this book?
Honoring God. Malachi 1:6-11
Unfaithful priests. Malachi 2:1-10
God's special messenger. Malachi 3:1-4
Robbing God. Malachi 3:6-12
God's treasured possession. Malachi 3:14-18
The "sun of righteousness." Malachi 4:2"
Faith Alive also gives us messages through "Let's Live It! Malachi 1:1-3 How Has God Loved Us?--The people in Malachi's time doubted that God loved them. Malaachi reminded them that God had chosen them, the children of Jacob (Israel), as his own people. God said he loved them.
At mealtime, ask your family to help you list answers to the question, "How have you loved us?" (Malachi 1:2). on a 3x5 card write each way God has shown love to your family. Pick a defferent card at each meal to help you thank God for his special blessing.
Life in Bible Times-Washing Clothes-Most often clothes were washed in Bible times simply by dipping them in water and beating them with sticks. Professional launderers used ashes to treat cloth and then whitened it in the sun.
Let's Live It! Malachi 4:2-3 The Sun Also Rises--We know about the son rising, don't we? Jesus, God's Son, rose from the grave to give us eternal life. The Bible often speaks of Jesus as the Son.
But check out Malachi 4:2-3. The "sun of righteousness will rise." Guess what that means. The sun is the Son. And it rises, too.
Malachi was the Old Testament prophet. You might say that as Malachi ended his book, it was the end of a day, the Old Testament day. But Malachi was looking forward to Jesus' coming. That would be like a whole new day, a new sunrise. The day of waiting would be over, the day of fulfillment would begin.
Jesus is like the sun. The sun gives light and life. So does Jesus. He "enlightens" us to see how loving God really is. And by dying on the cross, he gives us eternal life. Good morning!
That finishes the Old Testament and starting Tomorrow we will going into the New Testament again. Grandma may have questions of her own. We will see.
Now Grandma will catch the calendar up in Book (1). Which the project for the month of February is to pick a month of a year to add various ideas to. Book (1) says, "Use National New Idea Week to focus your (children) on creativity and problem solving throughout the month." Maybe you have seen the popular "Word-a Day," "Joke-a-Day," or "Sports-Fact-a-Day" calendars sold commercially that Book (1) mentions, Grandma has not but she doesn't get out a lot.
The project starts with you picking a month--maybe April or a summer month. Then have the children and whoever can contribute tasks and situations that would benefit from some new ideas, such as homework, play, studying, games and sports, making new friends and associations, violence, child abuse, the homeless, political reform, pet care, baby-sitting, earning extra money, etc. Then generate ideas for the topics. Next draw pictures for some of the topics. When the calendar is done it can be sold to others to form an idea group(as grandma's suggestion) to help our world.
Following are the Observances, Events, and Special Days of February:
American Heart Month-a lot can be done with this
Black History Month-a good continuation project
Canned Food Month
Children's Dental Health Month- a good one
Grapefruit Month-an ok project, a lot is being said about Grapefruit(maybe Grandma can help there)
Great American Pies Month
Humpback Whale Awareness Month
National Cherry Month
National Music Month
Potato Lovers Month
Snack Food Month
World Understanding Month
National New Idea Week(First full week)
National Pay Your Bills Week(First full week)
National School Counseling Week(First full week)
National Crime Prevention Week(Second full week)
Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week(Week of Valentine's Day)-that really opens doors for ideas
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Week(Week of Washington's birthday)
National Engineers Week(Week of Washington's birthday)
National Pencil Week(last full week)-create as much pencil sketches as you can
International Friendship Week(Last week)-maybe start some pen-pal letters
Special Days and Celebrations
Groundhog Day(Febr. 2)-Grandma is sorry she did not mention it Friday to do something
Lincoln's Birthday(Febr. 12)
Valentine's Day(Febr. 14)
Presidents' Day(third Monday)
Washington's Birthday (Feb. 22)
NBA ALL-Star Game
Even the first day of February starts out exciting for it is National Freedom Day and Robinson Crusoe Day.
The first birthday was in 1902 in which Langston Hughes, African-American poet, dramatist, and short-story writer was born. Then in 1941 Jerry Spinelli, children's author, was born. Then in 1954, the same year Grandma was born, Oprah Winfrey, TV talk-show host, was born.
Now in 1709 a Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being stranded for 4 1/2 years on a desert island. Then they just rescued someone this week from the same type of instance. Book (1) says, "Alexander Selkirk, the sailor who inspired Daniel Defoe's classic adventure tale, Robinson Crusoe, survived alone for 52 monts on a South Seas island. For fun and imaginative thinking, have your (children) play "Stranded," a game in which they're on a desert island that has only a tree and a freshwater spring. In a box, put about 20 index cards, each with the name of an object that may help them survive and eventually leave the island(examples:umbrella, book, bed, mirror, dog, bugle, rope, ax, peanut butter). Have (the children) draw five object cards and plan how to use the items Ask them to act out their survival strategies for (the family)."
In 1790 The U.S. Supreme Court held its first session. In 1862 The "Battle Hymn of the Republic," by Julia Ward Howe, was published. In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln approved the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery.
Then in 1893 Thomas Edison completed work on the world's First Motion Picture Studio. "Celebrate the completion of the first movie studio by making "moving" pictures with your children. Give each two rubber bands and a cardboard circle about 3 inches in diameter. Have the kids staple one rubber band to the left side and the other rubber band to the right side of their circle directly opposite each other. Next, have them draw unrelated objects on the front and bak of their circle.(They could use the center of both sides to draw such objects as an elephant and an empty bird cage or use the top half of one side and the bottom half other to draw, for example, a cow and the moon.) Next, have the children work in pairs to view the "movies.". While one child holds the ruber bands, one in each hand, the other child winds and releases the cardboard circle. The kids will experience the illusion of motion as they watch the elephant entering the bird cage or the cow jumping over the moon." (They can also make a movie strip to roll from a toilet paper cardboard roll in which the toilet paper is all used or an empty paper towel roll like a film strip. It can be placed in an empty box with the bottom cut out to make a stage or TV screen.)
February 2 was Groundhog Day so I hope most of you got to observe it for Grandma heard some things on Saturday in which I was hoping I would be able to mention it, but she would have mentioned it last week if she had been on her toes. Following is some fun to do with the activity from Book (1) called ""How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?" Richard Thomas, a fish and wildlife biologist, was intrigued by the famous groundhog (woodchuck) riddle: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? So he decided to figure out approximately how much soil a woodchuck tosses when digging a burrow. He found that the average groundhop burrow measures 35 cubic fee, and that 1 cubic foot of soil weighs 20 pounds. Have (the children) complete the calculation. What other "groundhog math" challenges can they develop?
Grandma had heard the other day that the Groundhog actually comes out of his hole to see if his female is done hybernating to give birth to the young. If he does not see her than she is still sleeping and he will go back to sleep for another 6 weeks and she will sleep that long, otherwise spring is around the corner. I missed what the results were this week. For in 1887 Pennsylvania Germans celebrated the First Groundhog Day.
In 1802 Thousands of Bostonians paid 25 cents each to see the First Leopard exhibited in the United States. A project book (1) mentions is to have a "Mystery Box" "People generally enjoy seeing something unusual--such as the leopard exhibited in the United States in 1802. Tap this tendency in your (children). Transform a shoe box into a peep box by cutting an eye opening at one end and a few light holes in the top. Label the box "The Greatest Sight in the World." Put something unique and personal of yours, such as a family photo or a special piece of Jewelry, (a special picture, etc.). Tell your (children) something they must do to get a chance to look inside. After a while, change the artifact or ask a (child to place something in it.)
There are two birthdays for February 2. One is Judith Viorst, children's author, born in 1931. The other is for Garth Brooks, American singer, born in 1962. Book (1) Judith Viorst wrote about her son in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Ask (the children) about bad days they've had. Have each child describe and illustrate a "from bad to worse" experience. Create a compilation for your (home) library. Read the book aloud on days that seem to be spiraling downward. (Even these kinds of things are good for your newspapers. Your Newspapers could included things that have happened to the family, people you know, the neighborhood, the community, writting you have all done, things about our country and other country, history things you have learned about, birthdays, holidays, bible things, jokes, etc.)
There are two other events for February 2 to mention: One is in 1848 in which Mexico and the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which formally ended the Mexican-American War. Under the terms of the treaty, the United States paid Mexico $15 million for territory that now forms part or all of the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado.
The other is that in 1876 Baseball's National League was founded.
February 3 was also full of excitement, for in 1809 Felix Mendelssohn, German composer was born. Then in 1811 Horace Greeley, American jounalist and political leader, was born. Book (1) says in an activity called ""Famous slogan" Horace Greeley popularized the slogan "Go West, young man!" What other slogans have your students heard? Develop a class list by category--advertising, geography, history, and so on. Then challenge the kids to create some catchy slogans in other categories, including ecology, peace, and friendship." Display the results. Also discuss why people wanted to move west so bad in the 1800's.
In 1821 Elizabeth Blackwell, American who became the first woman medical doctor, was born. In 1894 Norman Rockwell, American illustrator, was born. In 1907 James Michener, American novelist, was born. Then in 1927 Joan Lowery Nixon, children's author, was born. Book (1) has an activity for this called ""Magic spell" Tell your (children) that one of Joan Lowery Nixon's books is titled A Deadly Game of Magic. Can the kids list other stories and fairy tales in which magic is a key ingredient? How about "Jack and the Beanstalk" or "Snow White"? Invite the (children) to create a story in which magic plays an important role.
Of the events that happened February 3, in 1690 Paper money was first issued in Massachusetts. Book (1) says under ""Dollar description" Test your (children's) observation skills by having them study both sides of a dollar bill. ... How many times does the word or number one appear? Are the top and bottom borders identical? What appears at the bottom of the pyramid?"
The last event was in 1882 when P.T. Barnum bought JUMBO, the world-famous elephant.
February 3 is also Four Chaplains Memorial Day. It is also Setsubun in Japan. It is a ""Soybean ceremony" The Japanese bean-throwing festival, Setsubun, sprang from a legend in which clever warriors outsmarted their enemies by throwing soybeans into their eyes. Invite your students to describe and illustrate an imaginary celebration--complete with the rituals that accompany it."
Today is February 4 and we have 4 birthdays. The first one was in 1746 in which Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Polish patriot and aide to George Washington was born. Then in 1902 Charles Lindbergh, American pilot who became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was born. In 1913 Rosa Parks, American civil rights heroine, was born. She "brought the issue of segregation into national focus when she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person in Montgomery, Ala. Because of her actions, she often received harassing telephone calls. Have your (children) role-play what to do if they are home alone and answer a threatening call. Talk about and research about other things that were done to the black's if they did something not allowed in the South.
The last birthday was in 1925 when Russell Hoban, children's author, was born. The events for today include that of 1789 when the Electoral College named George Washington as president. In 1861 The Confederate States of America was formed in Montgomery, Ala. In 1877 the empress of Brazil presented Queen Victoria with a dress woven of spiderwebs. It was called ""Gossamer gown" Is a dress made from spiderwebs the ultimate "all natural" fashion statement? Challenge your students to do the empress of Brazil one better by devising and drawing their own outfit made entirely of objects found in nature, such as shells, seaweed, flowers, leaves, cattails, birds' nests, moss, and pinecones." I don't think anything of these would be very nice as well as one from spiderwebs, for there is nothing dirtir than dirty cobwebs. However, dresses made with lots of pearls or one with some shells might be ok or jewels, gold, silver, or other purely good metals, maybe skins or fur. Certain flowers could be nice. There is also silk dresses that are different and pretty. But I guess that ends Grandma's ideas for the day. I must now get ready to type tomorrows lesson up. Please have a good day!