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Acknowlegements This unit would not be possible without the original hard work of Karen Caroe, the author of several unit studies including A Blessed Christmas. Although I’ve expanded her daily lesson suggestions, this is in no way meant to detract from her original unit and purpose, but to compliment it. I appreciate her permission to expand on this unit.
I’d also like to acknowledge the various websites and books, many of which are cited through out this unit, that provided ideas and inspirations fore expanding each day’s activities.
And of course I’d like to thank all the help I received from individuals, including my family, my internet buddies, and those folks who took the time to help me edit and refine my writing.
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Please note: Each family may make the number of copies they need of each section in this unit for educational and developmental purposes; however, this unit was freely given and is not to be re-sold in any format or fashion. Biblical verses quoted in this unit are from the New International Version (NIV); however, you can use alternate translations without impacting these unit lessons.
INTRODUCTION I have used this unit on several occasions while it was still in Ms. Caroe’s original format for both Christmas and Easter holiday unit studies. It was a wonderful blessing for all of the family to work on. The unit is very compatible with teaching multiple ages/levels simultaneously. However, just like with the original Blessed Christmas1 the kids wanted more activities to go along with each Name.
Just like with “Blessed Christmas”, I obtained Ms. Caroe’s permission to expand on her unit. I did this by adding additional Bible verses, discussion questions, lesson activities, recipes, service project ideas, crafts, puzzles, etc.
Do not fret over trying to complete every activity within the unit. There is no practical way to do everything for each day in a single day, particularly. You are expected to pick and chose the activities that best suit your family’s interests and age appropriateness under each Name. The unit may be used supplementary to other curriculums and resources; however, I have tried to include enough cross-curricular activities to allow it to stand-alone as well.
Above all, enjoy the unit and study the meanings behind the Names given to Jesus in the Bible and how they pertain to us today.
HOW TO USE THIS UNIT2 In every age and every culture names are important. Parents often struggle to select just the right name to give their child. It is more than just a label of identification. In Biblical times, a name had a significant meaning--often denoting a characteristic or something related to the history of the person or his time. Sometimes a new name was given to indicate a change of character or a major event in one's history.
Some possible pre-unit or unit-expansion activities is to look up some of the Biblical people who had their names changed. Why did they change? Did they change names on their own or did someone else give them a new name? Was their new name a good one? Did they live up to their name?
Names often run in families and keep alive family traditions. In the Bible a name and the way in which it is chosen holds significant meaning. A messenger from God tell Zachariah to call his child “John.” His close family and friends would have expected the baby to receive a more traditional name, familiar within the family. Similarly, Jesus’ name was announced by an angel before His birth. During His life He was given other names and titles by those who followed Him, to describe the man, what He did and what people believed of Him.3 Throughout the Old and New Testaments, it is possible to find more than 100 names and titles for Jesus Christ. Why so many names for Jesus? Perhaps it is because a name is descriptive but it is also restrictive. A name or title has a self-imposed limitation and no one single name could begin to describe or define Jesus. His glory and His greatness defy description and definition!
This Funschooling Unit is one that my family often uses as we enter into the Christmas Season. We alternate our studies each year between the Symbols of Christmas [the expanded version is better known as “Blessed Christmas4] and Names of Jesus. The unit is meant to begin on December first and continue each day through December twenty-fifth. It is a combination advent devotional and unit study. It is recommended that your family make a “NAMES OF JESUS” journal while doing this unit. It will be fun for the whole family and a testimony to Jesus when people visit during the holiday season. We leave ours sitting out where others can enjoy it. This unit is suitable for the entire family and activities can be added or changed to meet the needs of the very young child or the older student.
However, this unit is just as equally fit for studying at other times of the year. Easter would be a particularly advantageous time of year to implement this unit.
Additional hints for using this unit:
Feel free to re-arrange the order in which you study each Name. Also, I’ve included additional Names at the end of this unit that you may want to substitute in your study to make an adjustment for your family’s need or interest.
I have arranged this unit to make printing each individual day’s lessons as easy as possible, so you do not have to print out the entire unit at one time. Also, while the graphics are in color, it is not necessary for you to have a color printer. I chose graphics with maximum clarity in both color and black-and-white printings.
Before beginning this unit, it is beneficial to review the entire unit and pick and chose the activities that you want to do for each day. The supply list is a simply one, but you will want to make sure that you have your supplies in advance so as not to have to unexpectedly skip any activity just for want of a simple item.
Where at all possible I have included each of the following type of item for each of the first twenty-four 24 Names of Jesus: Bible verse(s), discussion question(s), lesson activities, recipe(s), service project idea, appropriate hymn or sheet music, handwriting sheet, prayer suggestions, craft(s), journal sheet, and coloring page.
Most of the names in this unit were taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Other translations may use slightly different names; however, they should not conflict. If you run into this issue, simply adjust the name, but the meaning should remain the same.
For understanding why names are important in the Bible, I suggest you use the study located at http://www.bsc300.org/bible_names.htm . This study disects the idea the a name not being merely a combination of sounds used to describe something or someone, but is actually the meaning of what they sounds mean.
GENERAL SUPPLY LIST: Below is a list of general supplies that you will need to do many of the activities within this unit. Some of the activities will require additional supplies, such as the science experiments and the cooking activities. While there are some suggestions for journaling activities included within most of the days, these are not mandatory but they do offer additional learning opportunities.
1. Binder or notebook for the holiday journal
2. Construction Paper
5. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.
6. Old magazines, books, etc that can be cut up.
8. Holiday hymns, carols, and songs.
9. Hymns that use some of the names of Jesus
I used an online Bible for cross-referencing the various names and additional verses. At the time of publication of this unit the URL was http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?version=NIV&passage=all Another program that I’ve found useful for Bible study is http://www.e-sword.net which is actually a download with many uses.
Yet one more resource that you may be interested in is the free Bible curriculum for children that can be found at http://www.calvarychapel.com/children/site/curriculum_n.htm and which is divided into Old and New Testament stories. For example, to go along with the name “Good Shepherd” you may wish to include http://www.calvarychapel.com/children/site/pdf/New/Curr206.pdf which covers the same subject.