Monday, March 4, 2013

Early Christian Symbols- The Noah Plan History Quarter 2, week 7

The Noah Plan- History
Quarter 2, Week 7

{Download your free notebook pages at the end of this post!}

Early Christian symbols are the focus for this week's lesson. This is something I have really enjoyed teaching because it ties in with art and communication. I love how the lesson content is laid out in The Noah Plan Curriculum for this topic.

The curriculum has suggestions for these notebook pages but we wanted to do something different. These are what our kids did for their notebook pages and I hope you find them inspiring!


If you do not know how to get this effect, there is a mini tutorial at the end of this post.  :)

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I asked my kids to come up with different ways people may communicate, they suggested:
  • sign language
  • talking 
  • writing
  • drawings (arts)
 I had them stamp letters inside the fish to give a visual graphic of how pictures and word symbols may tie in together for means of communication.

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I am doing some research about the early Christian symbols. When I taught about these to our older children, I hadn't invested in researching about them. This time around I decided to and I am learning that their origins are not what I had assumed them to be. I'm also finding myself with some questions about the usage of these symbols today. I am bothered by the fact that paganism has been borrowed from. As I study history I cannot help but wonder why this is and I'm trying to comprehend why.  The Jews believe in the One True God (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). The pagans do not believe in the One True God at all. So, why is it that throughout history the church has chosen to borrow from the pagans vs. the Jews??? It doesn't make sense to me. Especially since we Christians (Gentile converts) are grafted onto the Cultivated Olive Tree (The House of Israel) according to Romans 11.

Have you researched about the early Christian symbols? Did you find yourself having questions about their current uses? What conclusions have you come to about them?

Mini Tutorial:

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Cut out the cross and place folded masking tape on the back of it.
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Now tape the cut out cross over the cross on the notebook page.

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Take oil pastels and draw lines pointing away from the cross.
The lines may be straight or angled.

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You can paint on lines close to each other or far apart from each other.

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Now smear the oil pastels away from the cross.
Colors will blend. :)

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Varying textures will happen depending on how heavy the oil pastels are applied. :)
*Oil pastels may stain clothing.
*It may come off of your table but it's best to 

have newspaper or something to protect the work space.
*I chose to use sheet protectors just to help keep the oil pastels from smearing.



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