CLAMbake Sunday School!
OK, let's have a look at our CLAMBake Kids Sunday School Program...
It's a two-year through the Bible course featuring over 400 Sunday School lessons (more than 100 Sundays times four age-levels). It's designed to be repeated every two years as kids grow up, leading to a super-solid understanding of who Jesus is and a lifelong commitment to Him. This is why we call CLAMbake a DISCIPLESHIP course as well as Sunday School curriculum. Also, whatever a lesson's Bible story may be, Jesus is the ultimate focus. The four age-levels covered are Preschool, Early, Middle and Upper Elementary.
CLAMbake is free! You can pay zero dollars guilt-free. Or you can toss in some bucks if you'd like to support what we are doing here at Christ's Love and Majesty Ministries.
Clicking the button takes you to our check out cart where you'll fill out your email address so we can send updates every four weeks. You'll be taken to the download page where you will find CLAMbake posted in five-week chunks, starting with weeks 1-5 with more chunks added as the weeks go by.
Internet connection: CLAMbake is made available as a convenient downloadable resource. We post five weeks worth at a time, normally every four weeks. An Internet connection is of course needed for that but not needed in the classroom. The download folder is large, it'll take several minutes to download. Instructions are on the download page that appears after you check out.
Printer: Toner-based and relatively high volume, color, able to print to letter-size and 11x17-inch paper. Back-to-back print capabilities highly desirable.
Large paper cutter : Able to trim 11x17-inch paper.
Paper : Letter-size and tabloid-size (tabloid is also known as ledger and 11x17-inch) white paper. Some activities require letter-size darkly colored paper (so kids can't see what's printed on the back) and some require white cardstock (for playing table games such as Concentration).
Schedule : CLAMbake teaches through the Old Testament in one year, following with the Gospels plus portions of Acts and Revelation in year two. Thus, the first Sunday of CLAMbake must be the first Sunday of your Sunday School year.
Computer setup: One of the main charms and distinctives of CLAMbake is our series of educational games we call Watchables. They are many, they are fun, they make Sunday School special. For these you need a Windows PC or laptop hooked to a screen large enough for all the kids to view. Watchables are not played by individuals; the whole class and the teacher enjoy these educational games together as one.
Upper 5ot Lesson.pdf
Every file has a name, natch. The filename you see here tells you four things: It is for the Upper Elementary age-level only; it is for the fifth lesson of the Old Testament; it is the lesson plan and it is a PDF file. PDFs can be viewed, downloaded and printed by any computer. All our printable files are PDFs.
Biggie Verse 1ot.pdf
Because each week's Biggie Verse (key memory passage) is printed to use in the Early, Middle and Upper Elementary age-levels, it doesn't have an age-level indicator. This particular Biggie is for week 1 of the Old Testament. The Print and Prep file (see below) gives age-level info for all files.
The Parts and Pieces:
You can sign up to download CLAMbake below (as of October 15th) but first let's see what it is we are downloading...
The first file you want to check is the Print and Prep resource that comes with each week's lessons. It tells you what to print for each age-level, what size paper to use, color or black and white, single-sided or back-to-back, and how many copies to make. We get a lot of praise for this, it makes life a lot easier for the one doing the work.
Notice the blue balloons near the top. Those indicate the files that are used in two or more age-levels.
Here's an important note regarding the number of copies to make. You'll often read "one per kid" and the like, but here is something that might cause confusion: Some will say "print one per class" while others say "print one per classroom." There is an important difference. Printing a poster per classroom means you only need one copy no matter how many services you have. But printing one per class means you need a fresh one for each service. In the latter case, the poster will be defaced during game play.
The Print and Prep has a page like this one for each age-level. Every file is shown along with a brief description.
On this particular page you see the cover of the Lesson Plan, the cover of the CLAMazine comic, the Biggie Verse poster, a Welcome to CLAMbake poster, the CLAM Bible/voCLAMulary student page, the so-called CLAMbake College set of activity pages and a large poster for a team game we call CLAMs and Ladders.
PS: Non-printing activities are never listed.
Every Print and Prep has this Biggie Verse Poster instruction page at the end, showing how to print and put together a typical Biggie Verse poster. In many cases teachers only teach occasionally, not every Sunday, and new teachers come along down the road. To be sure they all know how to assemble posters we always include this.
If any file requires special instructions, they will normally follow after this page.
After printing the Print and Prep resource, you'll want to head to the Lesson Plans.
Here you see the cover page for the Upper Elementary class. It shows the lesson number and title and an outline of the class hour. The illustrations on the left show available Watchables and the recommended CLAMazine file. More on those coming up.
At the very bottom is the copyright line featuring the filename of the resource, in this case Upper 1ot Lesson.pdf.
All CLAMbake lessons have pages like these. The first lists the files needed for the lesson plus any special materials. Any Watchable option is pointed out. There is also a column showing fifteen lessons in order, so teachers know where their lesson fits into the whole. The second page shows the title and purpose of the lesson, along with the Biggie Verse and main Bible passage(s) covered. Page three is the lesson plan's main body. It tells which activities to do, along with any needed instructions. In CLAMbake an activity's instructions can appear on this page, in the Print and Prep, on the activity page itself or any combination of the three. Next comes the CLAM Bible page that the teacher reads to the kids. Guided discussion thoughts and questions are shown in gray.
The Upper lesson plans also feature a final page called Bible Wars. Kids of this age group are old enough to easily read aloud Bible verses found in the course of the Bible Wars game.
Bible Wars achieves two main functions. One, it teaches kids the ever-important ability to look up Bible references. Two, when played at the end of the lesson it can be kept going until class ends.
The Upper Elementary includes a separate file called the CLAM Bible. It's for the teacher to hand out to the students. On the back is the voCLAMulary page, a glossary of terms used during the Bible reading. The voCLAMulary page is rarely mentioned in the lesson plans, so it serves as one more optional activity when wanted. The cartoon above is from the weekly CLAMazine. The CLAMazine can be used in class or sent home. It's for Upper and Middle Elementary ages.
More Parts and Pieces:
The Preschool (or Pre-K if you prefer) lessons are much simpler than what you've seen so far, of course. They do include three things the other lessons don't have. First is the Advent Bible which, when trimmed and taped together, has paper doors to open like a Christmas advent calendar. Behind the doors are illustrations from several Bible stories. The teacher has a separate page from which to read the stories. There's also a puppet skit with each lesson. And each lesson shows kids how to use simple sign language to make short phrases about God and His Son Jesus.
Watchables are the coolest thing ever! Computer games and activities that the teacher controls while the kids watch, laugh and learn. There are several for the little kids and a bunch for the older, with more on the way.
There are a ton of Watchables coming, but this one is of special interest. Our CLAMbake OT 50 Biggie Verses Watchable (for want of a better title) has the first fifty weeks of Biggies covered. That means no printing, trimming and taping! Plus, the Watchables version features a fun memory game your class can play to better retain the awesome truths found in the Scriptures.
Just before leaving Parts and Pieces, we'll point out that there are always a ton of Bible learning activities each time you download a new set of lessons. You may not need them all, so be sure to check the Print and Prep file before feeding the printer.
Let's Sum Up:
I started CLAMbake in first grade and attended until I graduated in the fifth grade. This program got me excited to learn about Christ through the interesting Bible stories and games. My mother and I went back to volunteer. Becoming excited about my relationship with the Lord from a young age helped me walk with Him into my middle and high school years. I went on to staff the middle school youth group.
What's in the Download Folders?
It's our plan to create a single zip folder for every five weeks of lessons. The link to the latest ZIP folder will be emailed to you once every four to five weeks. In each folder you will find:
The CLAMbake lesson format is terrific for both the teachers and young students. I've used it with my 8-10 year-olds for nearly ten years.
Resort Restaurant Owner, Sunday School Teacher
The first 15 lesson topics
NOTE: The lesson topics, shown in bold, will likely stay as you see them. Other items may change a bit.
Title, Theme, Main Passage, Memory Verse:
- 1God's BIG PLAN. God has wonderful plans for us. Genesis 1:1. Biggie Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
- 2Creation. Jesus is God. Genesis 1:1. Biggie Verse: John 1:3.
- 3Adam and Eve. Jesus loves us. Genesis 2 and 3. Biggie Verse: 1 John 3:5
- 4Cain and Abel. Jesus is the cure for our sins. Genesis 4:2-12; Matthew 9:1-8. Biggie Verse: Romans 6:23
- 5REVIEW of Lessons 1-4.
- 6Noah. Jesus saves us. Selections from Genesis 6:9—8:17. Biggie Verse: Acts 4:12.
- 7The Tower of Babel. Jesus, name above all names. Genesis 11:1-9. Biggie Verse: Philippians 2:10-11.
- 8Abraham is Called. Jesus chooses us. Genesis 12:1-7. Biggie Verse: John 10:27.
- 9Abraham and Sarah. Jesus can do anything. Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7. Biggie Verse: Jeremiah 32:17.
- 10REVIEW of Lessons 6-9.
- 11Abraham and Isaac. Believing our Lord. Genesis 22:1-18. Biggie Verse: James 2:22.
- 12Jacob and Esau. We are to forgive others. Selections from Genesis 27,32 and 33. Biggie Verse: Matthew 6:14.
- 13Joseph the Slave. Jesus sets us free. Genesis 37:1-36. Biggie Verse: Romans 6:17.
- 14Joseph the Prince. We are part of God’s Big Plan. Excerpts from Genesis 39—46. Biggie Verse: Mark 16:15.
- 15REVIEW of Lessons 11-14.