View the CD's complete Description and order it at www.sundaysoftware.com/prodigal/prodigal.htm
Recommended Path through the CD:
Bildad the teacher will come out at the beginning of the program and suggest the path through the program. You can jump around the program at anytime by clicking on Main Page button located on the bottom right side of the Bible graphic.
1. LUKE 15: Encounter & Learn
Approximately 15 minutes to listen to the entire story and hear each study note. Additional 10-15 if you talk about each study note presentation.
2. SONTV: Dig Deeper
Channel One: 10 minutes to view twice and discuss images. Figure 10 to 15 more minutes for older students studying Channels Two and Three.
3. LETTERS: Reflect and Apply
Approximately 15-20 minutes for creating content and discussing.
4. PRODIGAL FUN: Have Fun
Approximately 10 minutes
Lesson Plan Tip:
Prodigal Son was designed to be discussed as it unfolds. However, a worksheet of questions could be created to guide students to consider the questions presented in the LUKE 15 and SonTV sections of the program. The questions which appear in the following <Bildad> and <HuH> could be placed on a worksheet for students to answer as they encountered them in the story.
To copy the following section for a handout, simply drag it with your mouse over the text while holding your mouse button down. Then select "copy" from your EDIT option on your browser's taskbar (top of screen). Then open a wordprocessing document and select "edit, paste." The page your are looking at is at www.sundaysoftware.com/prodigal/guide.htm
Startup Tip: When Bildad floats onscreen, click him to continue.
"Quit" Tip: When you click the "Done" bookmark, you are taken to a Credits screen where Bildad has one final thing to say. Click the "Done" tab at the bottom of that page to exit the program. Pressing ESC merely reloads Bildad.
Technical Note Before You Start:
Test the "print" function on the Letters Page to make sure your printer can handle printing the page. If you get a blank page or a printer error message, set your printer properties to "draft" or "economy" (or whatever your printer calls it). Do this before you use the program. In Windows, open up your Printer properties. Consult www.sundaysoftware.com/techie2.htm for more information. On some computers, this print function may give you a spooling error.
See my complete lesson plan below on this page.
Luke 15: Hear, See & Read the Story
Hear and See the story read by storyteller Barry Weaver. (Barry is the vocalist and onscreen guitarist in SonTV's music video.) As each section of scripture is read, the program will display images down on the "projection screen." Note: These images come together as video in the SonTv portion of the program --a pleasant surprise in-store for your students.
As each section of scripture pauses, two kinds of STUDY NOTES can now be clicked on to help your students understand the section they have just seen and heard. <BILDAD> study note buttons launch Bildad the Bible Explorer talking about the meaning of various words and concepts in the verses. Some contain questions. <HUH> study note buttons that launch animated presentations about the meaning of various words and concepts in the verses.
Preschool through First Graders can skip some of the study notes. Use the following list to decide which to skip.
Technical Note: The interactive study notes animate as they are ROLLED OVER. Click on them to activate the note it is attached to. The PARTY rollover has no study note. It simply plays a phrase from the song "Ballad of the Prodigal Son."
<HUH> Study Notes:
<Bildad> study notes:
And then... "Hummm....did you notice that Jesus doesn't say how the story ends. Why do you think he didn't? Take a moment and write down, discuss, or maybe even do a skit about how YOU think the story might end."
SonTV: Dig Deeper into the Story
TV Channel One:
The father and son in the video are a real father and son. They are real farmers too. The video was shot on the KDH Farm near Lockbourne Ohio. The family's 150 year old farmhouse was used for the interiors and exteriors and all but the older brother in the scene are part of the same family. Vocalist and guitar strummer Barry Weaver is a professional storyteller, musician and school teacher. By strange coincidence, Barry grew up about two miles from the KDH farm.
Preschoolers and First Graders will enjoy seeing the video at least twice. In my lab, my preschoolers wanted to see it three times.
SonTV Channel Two
SonTV CHANNEL THREE:
Letters: Reflect on the Story and Apply It
Students are asked to assume various roles in the story and write a letter based on that person's point of view in the story at a certain point in the storyline. In your class setting, you may chose to have students write letters back and forth to each other responding to letters given to them by other students. Or, each student can work on a letter and share it with the class after use of the program.
Caution: Selecting ERASE or Main Page will erase the contents of the letter.
Note: The print-out is a screen shot of the entire Letter's page. It does not cover a full 8 1/2 x 11 area. It will only print on half the paper.
Very Important Technical Note: Test the Letters Page print function before class. You may need to set your printer to "draft," "300 dpi" or "economy" mode to get this page to function with some printer drivers. Set the print function before you use the Prodigal CD. Workaround: With student's text onscreen, press your keyboard's "printscreen" button. This copies the screen image to your operating system's invisible clipboard. Then, open up the Windows PAINT program from your accessories and select Edit, Paste. Viola! From there print in landscape mode so that the image fits on an 8.5 x 11 page.
Option: Use the "Dear God" or "Dear ____" letters to write your own personal letters. Seal them in an envelope and give them to the leader. The leader mails them 3 or 6 months later.
Non-readers will probably need to skip this activity. Instead, break away from the computers and re-enact the story. Young children enjoy being the pigs! Also...the "older son" part of the story is often too much for preschoolers and Kindergartners to absorb. Simplifying the story down to "a father and son" is a good idea.
On the Letters Page...
Printing Tip #1: The Print-out will automatically include the title (ex. "Dear Son") and the first line seen on the left side of the screen and above here in this document (ex. "I'm worried about you...). Students should begin typing the body of the letter, not the salutation.
Printing Tip #2: If you want to save ink, open the printer properties and select "draft" or "economy." The Letters page will print in black and white.
***See the Tech Tip at the top of this document if your printing of this Letters page throws an error.
Age Appropriate Tips: If you decide to use the Letters activity with non-readers, get older students to do the typing for little kids, or to help them pick out letters on the keyboard.
I have used this CD with preschoolers as well as teens. The preschoolers enjoy seeing the story and watching the video. The CD was built to stretch, but a teacher will have to help the little ones through it, and their attention span, both physical and intellectual was about 20 minutes (the preschoolers, not the teens!).
Lyrics to "Ballad of the Prodigal Son"
Lyrics to "Native Son"
It's been years since I walked this place
Sing to the sky in her blueness
Many people have journeyed with me
Sing to the sky in her blueness...
Possible questions for discussion:
Copy the following text with your mouse and paste into a word processing document to add your own notes.
A Lesson Plan for Teaching the Prodigal Son CD
"Who forgives? Who to forgive? When to forgive? and How to forgive?"by Rev Neil MacQueen, originally posted in the Lesson Exchange at www.rotation.org
Software: The Prodigal Son CD (Sunday Software, www.sundaysoftware.com/prodigal
Comments about the story and the CD:
The Lesson Plan:
1. Gather the kids and have them tell you the story of the Prodigal Son. Fill in what they have forgotten. Have a race to see who can find the passage in a printed Bible. As they try to find it, give them clues, such as, "Luke", then, "it's in the same chapter as the parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin", then "chapter 15".
2. Write out the Question of the Day: "Who forives? Who to forgive? When to forgive? and How to forgive?"
At the end of the lesson, you will ask them to answer those questions.
3. Dive into the Prodigal Son CD
a. Do the Luke 15 Story. It's presented in pages. Work through select study notes on each page.
Pause at the end of the story to highlight key ideas before moving on.
b. Go to SonTV "Channel 1" and view the music video "Ballad of the Prodigal Son". This will knit together the whole story, and has a snappy song!
Note: Channels 2 and 3 can be used with older students --or those with more time or for another lesson period.
c. Go into "Letters". Assign various letter options to your workstations. The CD's online printable guide has a list of all the letter options. Help them think through how to express themselves in writing. Have them read their letter out loud to the class. Comment on the language of forgiveness.... how certain words and actions can come from the heart or sound fake. What really is forgiveness? What does God require?
Non-readers will need help, and the activity can be revised as something the non-readers might want to color on a page, --a situation in their life or at school that needs forgiven. You will need to stoke the discussion with examples.
c. OPTION: Hand students a blank sheet of paper and a letter envelope. On that paper they are to write either the name of someone they need to forgive, the sin that needs forgiven, how you hope it will turn out, and why it's important to forgive that person, then have them seal that letter in the envelope and put their name on it. Collect the letters and tell them that "in a month I'm going to give you back your letter so you can see how you've done forgiving someone".
4. CLOSING: Tell the kids that after this closing they'll get ot play the Prodigal Fun game on the CD.
a. Look at the opening questions and ask the kids to answer them out loud:
"Who forgives? Who to forgive? When to forgive? and How to forgive?"
b. Pile their letters on a table, have everyone place their hands on the pile and close their eyes and repeat the teacher's prayer:
(Repeating after the teacher...)
Dear God | I'm sorry for my sins. | It hurts me when people sin against me, | so I know that my sins must make you feel bad too. | Please help me keep from doing wrong, | teach me to do what's right. | Remind me that you are always looking for me | and will always throw your arms around me even when I have done wrong, | And that I should do the same with others who sin. | Amen.
5. PLAY THE PRODIGAL FUN GAME at the end of the CD
I hope you like my CD and lesson.
Copyright Neil MacQueen. Permission for local teaching church use only.