Daniel and David
from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software, www.sundaysoftware.com
We have two CD that cover portions of David and Daniel stories, but not all.
This page below describes how to cover “Fiery Furnace” and some King David stories….
Daniel and the Lions’ Den
The Fiery Furnace
The “furnace” story is NOT found in Adventures with Daniel CD. So here’s how I have done Fiery Furnace in my labs: with Let’s Talk CD (Sunday Software). The teacher will stand and deliver a series of questions which the kids will respond to using the “Talk Now” module in Let’s Talk. Whatever the kids type, the computer will speak out-loud.
This “stand and deliver” question/response method is a popular technique in Let’s Talk CD and is described in greater detail here. In this particular lesson, we’ll be asking the kids 5 questions about the FRIENDS, FURNACES, ANGEL, FAITH and KINGS in our lives.
After each question, the kids play their responses. Each response is an opportunity for the teacher to elaborate! Follow up questions are very appropriate. Pause after each to hear responses, talk, then move on to the next question/response.
How strong is YOUR FAITH on a scale of 1 to 10…. ten being “I’d go in a furnace for my faith”.
On a scale of 1 to 10, ten being really hard….How hard is it to OBEY God’s law and being a good Christian these days?
What one rule change could YOU make to spend more time with God?
What do you think is the #1 reason why people lack faith these days?
What is the biggest temptation/heat young people face today that keeps them away from church and learning about God?
Name three things God sends us to strengthen our faith and protect us.
Name 3 people (of any age) who you know will help you grow in faith and help you with tough decisions, and/or help you resist temptations.
Story Summary: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego won’t worship false gods. They are condemned to death in a furnace for their faith, yet saved by God’s angel. This demonstration convinces the King to rescind his law.
- Bullies. Is the King a Bully? or is the King being bullied by his advisors into doing something he didn’t want to do?
- FRIENDS: Notice that the three friends faced the trial TOGETHER. Their friendship is a great metaphor for why we join a church…. for strength.
Where are the furnaces in a 4th graders’ life?
- A parent or sibling that makes fun of going to church?
- A coach that makes a law that if you go to church instead of ball practice, you’ll have playing time taken away?
- People who look down on you because of the church you go to.
Who is the King?
- Bullies, people who make fun of us, parents?, pastors? governments?
- The “King and his Laws” COULD BE EACH OF US. We in the church often exert PRESSURE TO CONFORM/BEHAVE/ATTEND that is a furnace of sorts. Looking down on non-believers or judging them for NOT going to church is a form of “being the King.”
What does God say to us in the middle of our furnaces, in the middle of these life situations? “Be of good cheer” ??? Have kids attempt to articulate “God’s advice and encouragements in times of trouble” using Let’s Talk CD’s “Talk Now” module.
Fact of the matter is, most of us DO get burned by the furnaces we find ourselves in. It’s tough being a Christian. Jesus didn’t avoid the torment of the cross. This is important to say to our kids. God doesn’t promise us a rose garden when things get tough. What DOES God promise us? This is another great question to ask your kids to articulate with Let’s Talk CD.
A few of Neil’s teaching notes on:
The anointing of David
David and Goliath
The Life of David CD from the Interactive Series did a decent job of presenting content on these two stories, but there are other options to consider.
If you have a copy of the iLumina Bible CD-DVD, locate the David and Goliath animation. It’s quite good. Use that to illustrate your Bible study. In fact, older children can read the entire story onscreen, view the animation, then jump over to play the quiz game Fall of Jericho -in which you have created 25 questions about the David and Goliath story.
David and Goliath is also found in Charlie Church Mouse #2. Like all the rest of the stories in the Charlie CDs, this one does a good job of animating the basic story for the kids, but the follow up activities fall a little short (they are more homeschool oriented –ie academic skill games, rather than the ‘on content’ Bible study games you’re used to from Sunday Software-made CDs. Still good to use if you have them in your software library!
What would you have said to Goliath if you were David? If you were Goliath? Imagine Goliath deciding to NOT fight David. What would he tell his Philistine buddies? Imagine that conversation…using Let’s Talk CD or Kid Pix to create the dialog (which the computer which speak back out loud).
For “David the King” content, I’m quite partial to the King David presentation in the famous Pathways Through Jerusalem two-CD set. He’s quite good, and there’s extensive animated info in it. David briefly talks about building the nation, and then takes you on a tour of Solomon’s Temple. Remember the Bible verse where God tells David that HE is going to build a house for David, and not the other way around? Interesting questions to pop into the tour as you tak
By the way…if you haven’t seen the 1980’s “King David” movie starring Richard Gere…see it. It is wonderful, and sticks VERY close to the Biblical story. Love that movie!e it. I’ve put a bunch of background material and questions like this one into my Pathways Teacher & Tourist’s Study Guide. I mention Pathways and the Guide because they have been around a long time, and many many of my customers already own them. David’s pathway also includes the trouble with Bathsheba. Quite fun.
How could you use Let’s Talk for teaching about King David?
You could use the Lesson Builder to construct a spoken lesson about the meaning of “a man after God’s own heart.” …the Bible Verse which informs the anointing of David story. What does that mean?
If you are working on the stories of David and Jonathan, Let’s Talk CD will be really helpful, because Jonathan appears in no other software at this time (Aug 06). David and Jonathan’s pledge of friendship is wonderful. How would that pledge sound today through the Let’s Talk Talk Now module? Have the kids rework it (I love the lesson power of kids reworking the language and explaining vocabulary in their own words. great stuff).