Earlier this year I studied Moses with my 2nd/3rd graders (there’s a ridiculously detailed post explaining the original project), and since we’ve started on our grand “Study the Bible in 2 Years” plan we’re going to be covering it again soon, so I’m trying out the lessons on my kids to start out.
Well, the other day Batman was happily running a dungeon with Jeff on a computer game, so to make Superman and Princess happier I let them make our craft. I got out some of the wooden babies from Casey’s Wood Products and an egg carton and let them have at it decorating their craft.
Of course we tested if our baskets floated in water, which they did quite successfully. This then led to the kids NEEDING to take a bath right then with their peg dolls.
That ended our Bible lesson until the next morning.
At which point we acted out the entire story using our peg dolls. Princess quite happily shared the mommy and little girl she colored, I contributed some of the ones I colored, and Superman contributed the basket.
Once there was a family who had a baby boy. It was against the law to have a baby boy, and the soldiers were going to come and kill the baby. So his mommy and daddy hid him for 3 months. It’s very hard to hide a baby that long because babies cry and are noisy.
Finally, they could hide the baby no longer, so they made a basket and covered it in tar (you could bring in this science experiment), and Miriam watched over him in the reeds.
While the basket was floating in the reeds, Pharaoh’s daughter came down and found him there. “A baby!,” she said, “I’ll name him Moses because I drew him out of the water.”
Miriam came up to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Would you like me to find someone who can take care of him for you?” she asked.
“Yes,” said Pharaoh’s daughter, “and I will play her to do it.”
Miriam brought her mother and Pharaoh’s daughter said, “I will pay you to take care of him, and when he is grown bring him back to me.”
One of the things I noticed when I was preparing for this lesson that I had never noticed before, Miriam was sitting right there watching over Moses. Admittedly, she was hiding, but it’s not like the scene in “Prince of Egypt” where he’s just randomly floating down the Nile river. He was being watched.
Have you ever suddenly noticed something in a story you’ve read many times?