We were working through the Gold Page lesson for the second time, and had spent quite a bit of time on the problem of sin. When we got to the picture of Jesus on the cross, one of the boys, age 9(?) raised his hand. When I called on him, he pointed to the picture and said, as with new understanding, but also confidently, “So Him, Jesus, took all our sin and punishment so God could give us a second chance to know Him!”
This 5 year old boy picked up part of the Bible lesson about Jonah: Once during the lesson, and then again during the review, he stated what seemed to most impress him from the account: “He [Jonah] was in the storm, and then he was drowned. But God saved him. Then the big fish came, and he was eaten, but God saved him and made the fish spit him out. So he got to the city again because God saved him.” This was not the intended point of the lesson, but it was a good one!
At the end of class I asked a new student (age 6) if she remembered the memory verse we had been working on learning. She said she did not think so. Another girl (age 5) who was sitting next to her said that she would help her learn it, and proceeded in starting the verse and hand motions. Like I’d normally do, the 5-year-old would go through a phrase and then have the new girl repeat it. I also went through the verse with them, mainly focusing on the first half since it was only the girl’s first time there. When I declared that she had done pretty well and earned a prize, both girls were excited, although the 5-year-old looked a little concerned. As I was walking away, I heard her say seriously, but very nicely to the new girl, “No, you actually have to say the words! Look at me. The word is not [and pronounced the word however the other girl had]. It’s ‘fearfully’. Say ‘fearfully’.” The new girl good-naturedly did and the 5-year-old “teacher” seemed happy that her “student” could say the exact words of the memory verse!