For our last lesson this week in our history curriculum (The Mystery of History, Volume I, Lesson 21), we learned about Joshua, Jericho, and Rahab.
After we read our lesson, and she narrated back to me what she had learned, we watched this VeggieTales YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDpM_j1MZG8) on that same story.
Then, we watched and listened to the "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" song on this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClsDFZsOf94.
For a craft project, we used the great idea we found at
http://auntiesbiblelessons.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/battle-of-jericho/ to make a picture of Rahab with her scarlet cord hanging from her window, as instructed by the Hebrew spies, to keep her and her family safe from the battle of Jericho. First, we crafted the scarlet cord by braiding three pieces of scarlet DMC floss together.
Then, using cardstock and colored pencils, tape, scissors, and glue, we crafted a little window cut out of a stone building. We added our cord to look like it was hanging down from the window.
We placed our "stone building" onto some blue cardstock and added a "stone wall" with photo scrapbooking paper that already looked like a stone wall. Maggie added her drawing of Rahab to the window.
She also added the two spies and labeled the artwork with "Battle of Jericho" and a Bible verse from Joshua.
For our next activity, Maggie constructed a model of the walls of Jericho with LEGOs.
We placed this on the floor ...
... and marched around it six times (to represent six days), blowing a shofar, just as the Hebrews did as instructed by Joshua.
(We picked up this little, plastic shofar at the Explorations in Antiquity Center that we visited this week on our field trip.)
On our seventh march around Jericho (representing the seventh day), Maggie gave a shout and the walls fell down!
For our final activity with this lesson, we started our own Joshua Basket. (I purchased this one at Amazon, but you can make one just as easily with stones, a basket, and a small notebook.)
The purpose of a Joshua basket is to recognize and remember the times in our lives when God is faithful to us.
In Joshua 4:4-7 (NIV), it reads, "So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, 'Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, "What do these stones mean?" tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.' "
A Joshua basket allows us to do exactly what those Israelites did, use stones to remember God's faithfulness. We started by adding her name and start date to the journal.
Then, she said she wanted to remember a time that she made a bad choice (putting some of my coins into her own drawer without asking) and God faithfully forgave her.
We wrote "forgiveness" on a memory stone.
This was placed in our Joshua basket.
(We hope to update our journal regularly.)
So, that wraps up our history lessons for this week. Next week is our break week, so we will be posting more about history on the following week, at the start of November! Happy learning!