Thursday, February 3, 2011

Psalms 23 - Comic Version

We have been reading the Old Testament Stories together for school recently. We read the story of David and Goliath on Friday and then started this week with David as the King of Israel. We read about how David wrote songs or Psalms and of course had to read some of them. I also thought it would be good for us to put one to memory. One of the most well known is Psalms 23 so we started with that one.
We have been trying to memorize these 6 verses all week, with little success. Sophie and I had about half of it down and Ian sort of could recite some of it but got frustrated. I thought we needed a new approach. I knew we needed some visuals. Pictures were very helpful as we memorized The Living Christ so I suggested we make pictures to go along with each phrase of the Psalm.  It turned out to be a very cute comic strip.

I was thrilled with the way they worked together each taking turns drawing and telling the other what sort of picture it should be. O.k... so maybe Sophie did most of the drawing and more of the telling but Ian was there and did get to put his two cents in a little bit.  I like to think it really helped them put these ideas and phrases into their heads.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me;
Thy rod and they staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

My kids really loved this "exercise". They thought it was fun. Don't let them know it was actually work.


Kodelle said...

I'm pretty impressed. The drawing is great. WHat a fun way to approach it.

Bibliophile said...

I love the drawings and the inspiration to have them create such an interesting assignment!