A creative way to make the nativity story come alive for children in the classroom!
The David and Goliath Story Manual Story contains the scenery, characters and lessons to teach and re-enact the story in the Jesse Box diorama.
The separate Activity Resource book provides activities and games related to the story for each student to perform.
There are 7 beautiful stories to choose from and all use the Jesse Box diorama and wooden figures to re-enact and display the story.
Session 1: David arrives at the Battle Camp.
David was the youngest of seven sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. David’s job was to look after his father’s sheep. He had been chosen by God to become the king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:6-12). The election of David by God appeared strange as he chose the youngest of the brothers who did not have the taller stature. David knew and loved the Lord; God chose David because God knew his heart. D&G Session 1 David arrives at the battle 1 D&G Session 2 David and Saul
Session 2: David is sent to battle Goliath.
The story of David and Goliath comes into the picture as God was preparing David to become king of Israel. The first public appearance of David was when he was a young shepherd and he defeated Goliath. This took place when Israel was about to go to battle with the Philistines. The Philistines were age-old enemies of Israel. At one stage they had managed to capture the Ark of the Covenant, the most prized possession of Israel, as this was where God dwelt among the Israelites.
Session3: Goliath is slayed.
Through Moses, God formed his people into the nation of Israel. Moses led the people out of slavery in Egypt and for 40 years they wandered in the desert as God taught them through the events of their lives that he is the one true God. Once they are in the Promised Land God continued to form his people. Because they were surrounded by pagan nations, the Israelites fell away from God and even desired to have a king so they would be like the other nations. What they did not realize was that God was already their King.</p>
Paul is married to Sheila they have six children and a lot of Godchildren. For Paul and Sheila passing faith to their children has been their first priority. This can be seen in their children and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their home, where there is always time for the visitor and a helping hand if needed. The Bible stories that Paul's father told him as a child stay with him to this day and inspired the Jesse Box project. Paul loves hiking and has cycled his bike thousands of miles. His background is in fine art papers and the invitation printing business. Paul has a great eye for detail and communications. He looks after the business side of the Jesse Box.
Sebastian is married to Sinead and they have two children, the apples of his eye. He studied history and education in college in his native Poland and came to live in Ireland in 2007. Sebastian and Sinead are involved in the Neo-Catechumenate for years and are a family on mission in the west of Ireland. Sebastian's enthusiasm to live by and spread the Gospel can be contagious and encouraging to all who meet him.
Beta is married to Eunan and they have one son Tadgh. She’s the artist. She’s incredibly gifted. A qualified architect and graphic designer, she prefers making art using mixed media or recycling objects of all sorts, in a very Brazilian way. She spent her childhood making things from paper and when it comes to the Jesse Box , she says it brought all her skills together.
Gerry is married to Anne, they have seven children and seven grandchildren. Gerry writes the material for The Jesse Box. He and Anne have been involved in Faith formation and Pastoral evangelisation for the past twenty years. Gerry’s favourite Bible quote are the words of St Paul Philippians 4:11-13 “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me …..” He lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains, the garden of Ireland, along the route of St. Kevin’s way. If you’re doing a pilgrimage here be sure to drop in for a cup of tea and a chin wag (Irish for a good chat).
The Jesse Box is a wonderful resource for making Scripture come alive for children. Enabling teachers to engage in creative and imaginative play with concrete materials, the Jesse Box provides an affordable means of introducing contemporary methods in religious education to your classroom practice.
- Anne Hession, Lecturer in Religious Education, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin
I was so impressed by The Jesse Box. It is ingenious and really child and family friendly.I think that you could use this idea for all kinds of faith formation and pastoral work with children. Adults might enjoy the process too! I am involved in RE in primary schools and I think the schools would love such a resource. I can’t wait to use the Jesse Box in Mary Immaculate College with students who are being formed as teachers. I’ll definitely use this with my own kids.
- Dr. Patricia Kieran, Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, Faculty of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
The Jesse Box is an attractive resource for children in the home or school. At home the endeavour of constructing the characters through craft work brings a sense of ownership and anticipation for children. The mystery of the characters unfolds in the stories which can be enacted over and over again. Parents and children can explore the stories together in a creative and engaging way. In schools or church settings, the Jesse Box can serve as a valuable resource for telling bible stories to children. Every school (indeed every classroom) would benefit from having the Jesse Box as a resource for Religious Education.
- Cora O’Farrell, Lecturer in Religious Education, St Patrick’s College, Dublin