It’s the melon time of year in the deep south. It’s also the beginning flurry for many a homeschooling mom and it’s the start of a new quarter for most of our Bible classes in our congregations. Today I want to share a resource that was so patiently forwarded to me by Renee Hunter. It’s an adaptation of the book “Picking Melons and Mates” and I think it’s creation was too time intensive and creative NOT to share. She’s graciously agreed to make it yours and so…here it is. Teachers like Renee just keep on investing time for eternity. This is a four week curriculum, designed for girls ages 8-12. It would take about a month if you did it at home in short increments of Family Bible Time. If you do it in 30 minute Bible class increments, you could easily spend a whole quarter. When you look at the four topics below, you will be taken aback by the importance of the material she was putting in their hearts. She did it with sweet girls who loved getting together. Good stuff. All you need is the Picking Melons book (https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Picking-Melons-and-Mates/p/14051571/category=3290196), the following, and a few supplies that are obvious as you go…. Oh, and a few tender hearts. (Be sure and get the lap book and homework links at the very bottom!) Thanks very much, Renee, for this great resource for teachers. What a blessing!)
LESSON1: PICK OR PICK
Decorate front of lapbook with verse and title “Choosing in Christ” Read: “Picking Melons and Mates” by Cindy Colley, through p.11. Activity 1 (Day 1 #2 and #3)
Use concordance and dictionary as needed.
Complete wisdom scripture lapbook activity: Put glue on three sides of the Bible picture to make a pocket. You will slide the “Wisdom Scripture” paper into the pocket. Have the children write down their favorite wisdom verses.
Complete character lapbook activity: Look again at the wisdom verses and
write down characteristics of wise people on the paper with an owl. Glue in lapbook.
Activity 2 (Day 3 #1 and 2) Discuss
Banana split break Activity 3 (Day 18 #1) Discuss
Activity 4 (Day 18 #2)
Complete Fruit of the Spirit lapbook activity: Use dictionary to look up the words. Glue the pear in the lap-
book. Have the children glue or write the words around their pear. Activity 5 (Day 19 #1)
Put title of lesson 1 on page 1 of the lapbook “Pick or Pick”
Memorize the fruit of the spirit
LESSON 2: APPEARANCES
Recite Fruit of the Spirit homework
(love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self–control)
Read: “Picking Melons and Mates” by Cindy Colley, through p.12–17
Activity 1 (Day 5 #3)
Activity 2 (Day 6 #3)
Activity 3 (Day 6 #4)
Break into groups and discuss
Complete lapbook verse 7 activity: Glue scroll in lapbook. Have the children write the verse on the scroll. Activity 4 (Day 10 #1 and 2)
Discuss. Use concordance as needed.
Complete “darkness” lapbook activity: Glue three sides of the “darkness” paper to make a pocket. Have the children write down the verses that talk about darkness on the lined paper. They will slide this into the pocket.
Activity 5 (Day 12 #1) Discuss
Activity 6 (Day 13 #1) Discuss
Activity 7 (Day 13 #3)
Complete lapbook activity: Cut out the hearts and staple on one side to make a book. Glue the last page down on the lapbook. On the pages of the book have the children write down ways they can follow Jesus.
Put title of lesson 2 on page 2 of the lapbook “Appearances” Homework: memorize 1 Samuel 16:7
LESSON 3: CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES
Recite memory verse homework
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Read: “Picking Melons and Mates” by Cindy Colley, through p.18–23 Activity 1 (Day 6 #2)
Activity 2 (Day 5 #4)
Activity 3 (Day 19 #2)
Break into three groups and discuss Activity 4 (Day 9 #1)
Activity 5 (Day 16 #1)
Activity 6 (Day 20 #2)
Read Ephesians 1:3–14
Complete lapbook activity “Being in Christ”: Glue the “in Christ” and “out of Christ” papers on the lapbook. Have the children make a path using yarn leading to each paper. One will be wide and one will be narrow. Have the children glue or write the words around the correct path.
Put title of lesson 3 on page 3 of the lapbook “Consequences”
Homework: memorize “Matthew 7:13–14”
LESSON 4: WISE PICKER
Recite memory verse homework Matthew 7:13–14
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Read: “Picking Melons and Mates” by Cindy Colley, p.24 to end Activity 1 (Day 4 #1)
Activity 2 (Day 4 #2)
Activity 3 (Day 5 #1 and 2) Discuss
Activity 4 (Day 8 #1, 2, and 3) Discuss
Activity 5 (Day 9 #3)
Discuss and complete “prayer” lapbook activity: Staple the hands together on one side. Glue the back one onto the lapbook. Have the children write a reminder to pray for wisdom on the inside of the hands.
Activity 6 (Day 11 #1 and 2) Discuss
Activity 7 (Day 14 #1) Discuss
Activity 8 (Day 14 #2)
Discuss and complete “wise man/foolish man” lapbook activity: Staple the booklet together. Glue the last page on the lapbook.
Activity 9 (Day 17 #1, 2, and 4)
Discuss and complete “vine connected” lapbook activity: Glue the Bible and the pic- ture of Jesus on the lapbook. Connect the two together using a vine. Staple the vine to the lapbook.
Put title of lesson 4 on page 4 of the lapbook “Wise Picker” Make watermelon charm bracelets.