Bible Theme: Building on the Rock, A Strong
Foundation in Christ
Children will learn that it is useless to build anything
without a strong foundation in Christ.
Preschool Theme: Community Helpers
Children will explore different jobs and community
workers. This is a great lesson for children to bring a
parent and share about their job.
Printable Lesson Plan
A printable version of our Building on
the Rock Lesson. Required printables
-Morning Circle Time
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
Music & Movement: "The Carpenter," author unknown:
The carpenter's hammer goes bang, bang, bang,
and his saw goes see, saw, see.
He planes and he measures
and he hammers and he saws,
while he builds a house for me.
Introduce the letter "J." Show the children the letter "j" and pronounce it. Are there any
children with "J" names in the room? Repeat their names aloud as a group. Ask if the
children know any people from Bible times who had "J" names. Help them out by
mentioning "Jonah," "John the Baptist," "Job," "Jacob," "Joseph," and others. If the
children missed the most obvious one, help them out by giving some clues: "Who made
many sick people well in the Bible?" "Who walked on water?" "Who came back to life again
after three days?" Jesus!
When Jesus walked the earth with His disciples, he did lots of work. He was very busy
teaching, being a great physician or doctor, being a minister, and traveling from one city to
another. He did lots of jobs. He also knew how to be a carpenter. He grew up in a house
where his father was a carpenter. That meant He learned the hard work of measuring and
cutting wood. People probably used His and his family's skills to make them furniture and
Spend some time talking with the children about the jobs people did in Bible times: fishing,
tentmaking, farming, raising animals, making perfumes and dyes, etc. Give the children a
chance to discuss the jobs their parents do. What are some other jobs we see everyday in
Rush Hour Center
If you have the available space, set up an area to be a busy
road where workers drive or ride busses to their jobs. Put up
"traffic signs" (you can easily make these out of poster board)
and have some children direct traffic. Provide wagons,
tricycles, scooters, and other ride-on toys and let the children
get a move on!
Carpenter Math Center
Set up a table full of the tools of a carpenter (like toy saws,
planes, levels, hammers, etc.) Include a few rulers, tape
measures, some pencils, and paper with "blueprints" on
them. Also provide some various sizes of wood planks and
blocks. Ask the children to "measure" and record the sizes
of the wood pieces, and to "build" something out of the
available blocks and bits and pieces. You might even like to
set up a scale or other weighing device to add yet another
dimension of fun.
The House that Went Ker-Splat by Bill Myers
This retelling of the wise and foolish builders deals with two paper wasp
buddies who take very different approaches to building a wasp house.
Willie wisely follows the blueprints, chooses good materials, and picks a
smart place to build. Lazy Ray cuts corners all the way---and learns
there's a cost to pay for foolishly ignoring the rules.
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Tell the children that one important job in our community is
that of Baker. Talk about some of the important and tasty
foods a baker makes. Then enjoy some freshly-baked muffins
from your local baker! You might even like to sing a song
about the muffin man while you eat your treats!
Dress Up Corner
Provide the children with lots of costumes and props from various workers in your
community. Include stethoscopes, lab coats, hardhats, safety goggles, work boots,
high heels, tool belts, calculators, old cell phones, old name badges or play police
badges, fireman's hats, books, pencils, "post-it" type note pads, play cash registers,
"exam" tables, chairs, shelves, play grocery items, play shopping trolleys, etc., etc.
Watch the children's imaginations blossom as they explore jobs that interest them.
(Alternate or additional verse: Matthew 7:24-25 "Anyone who hears and obeys
these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. Rain
poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall,
because it was built on solid rock." (CEV)
Explain to the children that, no matter what job we try to do, we should always let
Him be our helper and our guide. Being a builder, a police officer, a cook, a
teacher, or even a student without letting Jesus be the reason for our work, is like
trying to build a house on sinking sand. If we try to do a job just for our own
benefit or our own good, without relying on Jesus or wanting to do what He wants
us to do, then our jobs do not bring Him glory, and we will fail. But if we let God
be the boss of our lives, and let Him help us in our daily work, then our work will
glorify Him and he will help us succeed. We should build our houses on the Rock,
this means to live our lives for Jesus
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Let the children gather pictures of people doing various jobs
from magazines, snapshots of their parents at their jobs,
drawings that the children have made, etc. Using a very long
sheet of butcher paper or a bulletin board, let the children
work together to create a mural depicting jobs in their
community. Add other items to the collage that are related to
occupations, such as food order tickets, ticket stubs, receipts
and invoices, paper clips, tongue depressors, dog tags (military
items,) sales tags, and computer disks. Make the mural a real
showcase for your community workers room!
Work Song by Gary Paulsen
People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically
depicted in Gary Paulsen’s spare and elegant verse and Ruth Wright Paulsen’s
richly textured oil paintings. This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with
sensitivity and dignity--and reminds us of the quiet grace inherent in everyday
Read: Work Song by Gary Paulsen
People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are
lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen’s spare and elegant verse and
Ruth Wright Paulsen’s richly textured oil paintings. This talented
pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and dignity--and
reminds us of the quiet grace inherent in everyday lives.
Play Ella Jenkins' song I Got a Job
Enjoy singing about lots of familiar jobs
with this classic folksinger.
Read: The House that Went Ker-Splat by Bill Myers
This retelling of the wise and foolish builders deals with
two paper wasp buddies who take very different
approaches to building a wasp house. Willie wisely follows
the blueprints, chooses good materials, and picks a smart
place to build. Lazy Ray cuts corners all the way---and
learns there's a cost to pay for foolishly ignoring the rules.
|J is for Jesus
This is a Bible Coloring
Page of Jesus. Talk
with children about what
it means to love Jesus.
Bible Verse Bracelets:
Psalm 127:1 (CEV)
"Without the help of the LORD, it is useless to build
a home or to guard a city."
|Take a Field Trip:
Take a field trip to a bakery, an artist's studio, a radio station,
or other professional workplace and show the children how
those jobs are done.
Bring a Parent Day:
Another idea is to ask some of the children's parents to come
talk about the job they do, and bring in some items to share
with the children.