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Unit I

PRO-LIFE
SUPPLEMENTAL
CURRICULUM

For
Preschool/Lower Elementary

 SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHER, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER and HOMESCHOOLING PARENT

 

 Contents of this Unit

 
By Vernella Dobson and several other elementary teachers

INTRODUCTION:

Most Christian school teachers quite naturally incorporate the pro-life message into their teaching because it is only with our Judeo-Christian heritage that we have worth applied to each and every human life. Sanctity of human life and reverence of human life take on their fullest meaning in the life of Christ. Because of the situation in our country today, however, it becomes necessary to clearly and concisely teach our children respect for all human life.

Pro-life concepts are most easily incorporated into the Bible and science curriculums. The story of Moses, for example, is a perfect time to share God's love and protection for babies. Mary's visit to Martha brought joy to Martha's preborn son. The Christmas story is a pro-life story. How God must love babies because He let His own Son be a baby. How He protected Jesus and Mary and Joseph. Scripture contains many references to children being a blessing from the Lord and also warns against shedding innocent blood.

Science, health and safety units also provide opportunity to share pro-life concepts. How God made you and gave you to your parents. He formed you and knew you before birth (all supported by scripture). He protects preborn babies by placing them in a safe environment until they are big enough to be born.

Activity Ideas: As a teacher you will have many ideas - these are just to help you get started:

  1. Have a grandparents day and invite a grandparent to visit the class.
     
  2. Have a baby day and have babies of different ages to show continuity of development.
     
  3. Have students share little brothers and sisters.  Show different stages of development.
     
  4. Visit a convalescent home and adopt a grandparent.
     
  5. Have a pregnant mother, baby, child, teen, parent, grandparent visit the class to show how growth is planned by our Creator.
     
  6. Have a capable person with a handicap share his disability with the class.
     
  7. Have students try riding a wheel chair, using crutches, walking blindfolded etc.
     
  8. Visit a hospital or invite a doctor or nurse to class to share life-saving techniques and first aid. Discuss the importance of each and every life.
     
  9. Display the fetal models of preborn life such as the “young one” and have "Precious Feet" pins available and prenatal charts and handouts.
     
  10. Have the children see a sonogram of a developing baby and hear the heart beat.

Good Resources For Children From Heritage House

*The “young one” is perfect for all ages. www.hh76.com

    Go down the left side to fetal models to 10-12 week models

     The catalog might have cheaper opportunities – look on rt. side
 

       Heritage House '76, Inc. - 919 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937 1-800-858-3040 

*The “precious feet” are perfect for ALL ages. www.hh76.com

    Go down the left side to jewelry to precious feet

     The catalog might have cheaper opportunities – look on rt. side

 

       Heritage House '76, Inc. - 919 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937 1-800-858-3040 

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BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS:

  1. GOD LOVES US ALL - Pictures of all kinds of people at different ages from prenatal, pregnant women through the elderly and handicapped.  Place at random. Glue a mirror on low enough for the child to include himself.
     
  2. GROWING, GROWING, GROWING (enlarge letters on each word) - same as above only age levels are chronologically arranged.  Add a sign over the mirror: "Growing In The Lord, Too!"
     
  3. GROWTH CHART - Measure heights in the fall and in the spring. God loves us as we grow.
     
  4. CHILDREN ARE A HERITAGE OF THE LORD - Put up each student's picture.
     
  5. JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN - Have a bulletin board to go with the song.
     
  6. CHILD OF THE WEEK - Each child brings in pictures of himself at various ages to put on a board and he is the star of the week. Include favorite scripture.
     
  7. GOD LOVES BABIES - Put baby Jesus picture in the middle; surround with baby pictures.
     
  8. MYSTERY BABY - Secretly have a child bring a baby picture to hang up. Guess who? Or have every child bring in a baby picture and current picture so the class can guess who belongs to each picture.
     
  9. CHANGES - Have baby items on one side strung to corresponding grown-up items.
     
  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY JESUS - Make a birthday party bulletin board with Jesus at the center. Have a party!

The most important thing a teacher can do is consciously think pro-life when planning her lessons and when standing before the class. The children quite naturally receive the pro-life message because they feel the rightness of it. It is a message that should flow naturally from the heart; preaching and negativism will not touch children's hearts. Each child you teach was once a precious babe in the womb.  We all need to remember that!

*Good prenatal pictures that can be copied.

http://prolifetraining.com/Prenatal-Pictures.htm   Life Training Institute,  PO Box 50918, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 719-264-7861 -– comments@ProLifeTraining.com

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SAMPLE LESSON PLAN FROM HOMESCHOOLING MOM OF SIX (one is autistic)
Author: Kathy Lowers

Lesson name::  Made in God’s Image

Levels:  Toddler, elementary

Objectives:  To show children how humans differ spiritually from the
animals, to teach respect for human life above animal life

Memory verse:  "And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."  Genesis 1:27

Materials:  old magazines, glue, scissors, construction paper

Procedure:

  1. Ask the children what their favorite animals are and why.
     
  2. Discuss how animals are like humans and how they are not like
    humans, including spiritually.
     
  3. Introduce the memory verse.  Have children glue the Scripture at the
    top of their paper.  Discuss what it means to be made in the image of
    Almighty God.
     
  4. Have the children draw a horizontal line across the middle of their
    paper.  Label the top section “people” and the bottom section “animals”.
     
  5. Have the children cut out pictures of people and animals from the
    old magazines and glue them in the proper sections.
     
  6. Discuss how we need to have a special love for humans, above the
    love of animals as people are God's very special creation.
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ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: for the teacher, parent and child during the preschool and primary grades. * Highly recommended. (The material below covers several different age levels. Please preview carefully before showing.)

*The Miracle of Baby Samuel by Dr. Frank Joseph – Depending on the age of  the children – must see for adults!
http://abortiontruths.net/samuel.html 

What your baby looks like this week.
http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-fetal-development-index?s_evar2= fetal%2520development&s_prop2=fetal%2520development

http://babystepsdvd.com/   DVD called Baby Steps Help others see the miracle of life develop throughout a baby's 16 stages of growth – for all ages. http://www.all.org   American Life League    P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555 540-659-4171  

www.bakerbooks.com  (Put abortion in the search box.)Forgiven and Set Free by Linda Cochrane Healing from abortion for women and men. ISBN Number: 0-8010-5723-X Published by: Baker Books, PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287 

Books for a church Pro-Life Library. http://www.christianbook.com  (Put abortion in the search box or the title of the book.)
 * Honey for A Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt gives imaginative use of books in family life, with both secular and Christian titles for children of all ages including teenagers.

  • For the Families Sake, For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley
  • Let's Talk by Danae Dobson for young teenage girls  
    services@christianbook.com

     

cph.org - Children's Books  from Concordia Publishing

*Arch books are perfect for young children. cph.org - Arch Books Concordia Publishing, Official publisher of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 3558 South Jefferson St. Louis, MO 63118 314.268.1000Toll-Free 

http://www.cph.org/searchnew.aspx?SearchTerm=sex+education  A Sex Education Series for Christian families. From preschoolers to adults, the updated and revised Learning About Sex series makes the awesome gift of sexuality understandable to all. Age-appropriate language and graphics throughout the six books help the reader recognize gender differences as one of God's great gifts designed as part of His creation plan. (From Concordia Publishing)

 

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/   Focus on the Family  P.O. Box 35500, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3550 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459) 

http://www.heartlink.org/PDF/ firstninemonths.pdf  Beautiful fetal development brochure for all ages especially upper elementary and older.  Pregnancy Resource Center   http://www.heartlink.org/   1-800-395-HELP 

Focus has partnered for materials with http://www.christianbook.com
service@christianbook.com  (See above under Christianbook.com.)

 

 

Good Resources For Children From Heritage House

 

*The “young one” is perfect for all ages. www.hh76.com

    Go down the left side to fetal models to 10-12 week models

     The catalog might have cheaper opportunities – look on rt. side

 

       Heritage House '76, Inc. - 919 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937 1-800-858-3040 

 

 

*The “precious feet” are perfect for ALL ages. www.hh76.com

    Go down the left side to jewelry to precious feet

     The catalog might have cheaper opportunities – look on rt. side

 

       Heritage House '76, Inc. - 919 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937 1-800-858-3040 


 

http://www.humanlife.org/life_begins.phpp"Life Begins" for grade school feedback@humanlife.org
 

http://www.joniandfriends.org/kids-corner/  Special section just for kids!

 

http://www.lifecyclebooks.com/usa/products/Book-%252d-Horton-Hears-A-Who.html  * Horton Hears a Who – book and DVD Excellent for preschoolers.  Life Cycle Books   http://lifecyclebooks.com   PO Box 1008, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 800-214-5849 fax888-690-8532 excellent material on all aspects of pro-life including abstinence, euthanasia and health. orders@lifecyclebooks.com
http://lifecyclebooks.com/usa/product_details.asp?PRODUCT_ID=3125DVD

 

http://www.lifeissues.org/windows.htmlGreat pictures of fetal development for all ages "Windows to the Womb".      

 

http://www.lutheransforlife.org/store-teaching-for-life/ Lutherans for Life  Witnessing to the Sanctity of Human Life, Through Education, Based on the Word of God - 1120 South G Ave, Nevada, Iowa 50201  888-364-LIFE  *One of the best selections of materials for all ages covering fetal development, abstinence, abortion and other related life issues. http://lutheransforlife.org/Catalog/catalog.htm "Teaching for Life" – lesson plans for all ages. info@lutheransforlife.org   

 

http://www.nace-cee.org    NACE/CEE, P.O. Box 329, Veradale, WA 99037 Helping parents decide between Christian, home or public schools for  their child's education. Exclusively from CEE, by Dr. Bob Simonds & Kathi Hudson.  

 

http://prolifetraining.com/Prenatal-Pictures.htm   Life Training Institute  

http://ProLifeTraining.com   - PO Box 50918, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 719-264-7861 -– *good prenatal pictures for elementary comments@ProLifeTraining.com 

http://regnery.master.com/texis/master/search/?q=facts+not+fear&xsubmit.x=
16&xsubmit.y=12  

Regnery Publishing, Inc.   regnery.com - One Massachusetts Ave, N.W.,
Washington D.C. 20001  202-216-0600 fax202-216-0612 1-888-219-4747 Facts Not
Fear, A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children About the Environment  by
Michael Sanera and Jane S. Shaw 
webmaster@regnery.com

 


Please send any comments and suggestions on this curriculum to: 
 prolife@crusadeforlife.org 

 

Thanks!

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