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Amazing Airplanes
book       lesson

Autumn is for Apples
book       lesson

Barney Says Play Safely
book       lesson

Can You Hear It?
book       lesson

Dream Snow
book       lesson

Elmer
book       lesson

Grimm's Fairy Tales
book       lesson

I Got Two Dogs
book       lesson

Papa, Please get the
Moon for me.
book       lesson

Magnets
book       lesson

My Shadow
book       lesson

Spring is Here
book       lesson

St. Patrick's Day
in the Morning
book       lesson

Teddy Bear Picnic
book       lesson

Ten Apples up on Top
book       lesson

The Boat Book
book       lesson

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
book       lesson

The Little Red Hen
book       lesson

The Mixed Up Chameleon
book       lesson

The Three R's
book       lesson

The Tiny Seed
book       lesson

The Very Hungry
Caterpillar
book       lesson

There's No Place
like Space
book       lesson

Three Little Kittens
book       lesson

Two Little Trains
book       lesson

Queen of Hearts
book       lesson

We Three Kings
book       lesson

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
book       lesson
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A printable version of our Redemption
Bible Lesson Required printables are
underlined.
-Morning Circle Time
-Preschool Theme
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
-Snack Suggestion
-Thematic Craft
-Bible Theme
-Bible Verse
-Bible Song
-Optional Resources
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Bible Theme: Hard Work
Just like the spider in the story, God is not distracted
from the good work He is doing in your life.  He
promises to keep making is finished when Jesus comes
back again.  
Preschool Theme: Spiders
This page is  full of Spider printables!  There are spider
coloring pages, bible verse bracelets, handwriting
worksheets and more!  We have everything you need
for a webby adventure!
"The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle
A board book edition of the best-selling story
features thermographic pages and a raised spider web
children can feel for themselves, which complement
the book's colorful collages and easy, rhythmic text.
"The Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Iza Trapani
The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the
day it discovered it could change not only its color
but its shape and size,too. When it saw the wonderful
animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like
them -- and ended up like all of them at once -- with
hilarious results.
Music & Movement:
Have the children stand up and act out
the journey of the spider as you play the
song, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
Snack Time
Provide a large oatmeal cookie
and a small container of cake
icing.  Assist the children in
spreading the icing over the
cookie.  Give each child eight
raisins for eyes and eight pieces of
black licorice for legs,. Use the
icing for "glue" if needed.  
Yummy creepy spiders!
Real Spiders
Show a nice, large glossy photo of an
especially creepy spider.This Jumping
Spider photo was provided courtsey of
Tristinba, and is under full copyright
laws.  Check out more amazing bug
photos
here, but please remember to
ask permission before using them!
Take a Class Poll
After the children see the images, note
their reactions. Talk about these
reactions.  Take a vote...who likes
spiders?  Who doesn't like spiders?  
Discuss some of the ways spiders are
beneficial. Show the children how to do
the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" fingerplay and
repeat it with them.
Morning Circle Time
Show them the letter "W."  Ask for some other words that begin with "W."  (Worm,
wasp, wet, water, wiggle, Wednesday, weather, and walrus, for example.)  
Show a
photo of a black widow spider.  Discuss it with the children.  Show the children a
photo of a window spider (also known as the house spider, in Australia.)  Ask the
children if they can tell which sound is the beginning sound for black "W"idow
spider and "W"indow spider.
Read: "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Iza Trapani
The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the
day it discovered it could change not only its color
but its shape and size,too. When it saw the wonderful
animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like
them -- and ended up like all of them at once -- with
hilarious results.
Classify Plastic Spiders
Provide a table full of toy spiders.  Make sure there are a wide variety
represented:  small black ones, middle-sized brown ones, large scary
ones, and everything in between.  Make a classification chart with
various categories listed, such as size, color, hairiness, fang size, etc.  
Let the children tally up the differences.

                            
You can purchase a varitey of bug sets here
Spider Science
If you happen to have mounted specimens for viewing, that would be
ideal.  If you do not have sealed and mounted specimens, consider
catching several species of spiders (put them in separate jars!) and
bright lights and magnifying glasses.  (If you live in Australia, you
bright lights and magnifying glasses.  (If you live in Australia, you
might want to consider obtaining previously deceased samples!!) .
Spider Library
Make a corner devoted to all things spiders!  Decorate it with webs
and giant plush spiders..  Provide lots of library books on spiders
and comfy reading pillows and chairs.  Have a video of spider
behavior playing quietly in the corner.  You could even turn up the
ambiance by playing some nighttime sounds (such as crickets
chirping) on a hidden CD player.
Handwriting Practice:  W is for Black Widow
This is an optional handwriting worksheet for children
who are ready to practice tracing the letters of the
alphabet.  

W is for Black Widow Coloring Page
W is for Wolf Spider Coloring Page
Bible Verse Bracelets:
Philippians 1:6
"...He who began a good work in
you will carry it on to completion..."

Just like the spider in the story, God
is not distracted from the good
work He is doing in your life.  He
promises to keep making you better
and better, until His work on you is
finished when Jesus comes back
again.
Bible Song
"Love Overboard" from Veggie Tales
Jonah's Overboard Sing-Along.   

God indeed "goes overboard" for us!!  He
neither slumbers nor sleeps!
Make Glittery Spider Webs!
Materials:
Black Construction Paper
Glue
Glitter (Optional)
Give each child a large piece of dark-coloured construction paper.  Show
them how to use PVC glue or Weldbond glue to make a spider web pattern.  
Let them try to make their own on the paper.  When their webs are dry, they
should have a raised texture.  After the webs have "set," let the children
moisten a thumb with a black ink pad and make a spider's body on their web.  
Then draw a few eyes and some legs and enjoy all the very busy spiders!
Spider Memory Match Game
Print two copies of these spiders to make a
Memory Match or Concentration game.  
These would also make fun cards to put in
you Spider center so children can see what
different kinds of spiders there are.
Spider Web Lacing Cards

This is a set of printable cards you can laminate and
use for teaching the children how to lace.  Younger
children can learn to do dot to dots with them, and
older children can lace them to finish the spider web.
Class Visitor
Ask an entomologist to come for a spider
demonstration.  If you have access to an entomology
museum or local university department, consider taking
the children there.(The correct term for a person who
studies spiders is "arachnologist," although many
entomologists also study spiders along with insects.)
Read: "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle
What happens when a spider's web is disturbed or broken in
some way?  The spider goes right back to work, fixing it and
making it both beautiful and effective, until it's perfect.  God does
the same with us.  He will not stop working on us; He will not stop
making us beautiful and effective, and we will also not be perfect,
until He says so when Christ returns.
W is for Wash
This is a Bible Coloring
page for letter W, washing
a persons feet.
Black Widow Spider
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