S: God's Chosen People The Solomon Shelf™
BC: THE WILBUR AND HILDA GLENN INSTITUTE FOR PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE LEARNING The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning is pleased to support The Solomon Shelf™ project. The mission of the Glenn Institute is to provide transformative educational experiences that engage The Westminster Schools’ family and peer communities in philanthropy, active citizenship, and commitment to the common good. The Institute strives to create opportunities to nurture in students and adults a sense of commitment to help others in their community and to improve society for the betterment of all. Through this service learning project, students in Mrs. Solomon’s Old Testament Bible class have had the unique opportunity to integrate their classroom learning of Old Testament text with an identified community need. By rewriting this often obscure text into modern day adaptations, they hope to widen the level of biblical literacy in young people and reinforce reading skills. Service learning became the vehicle by which students realized their potential for creativity and innovation, their desire to question and seek new answers to old problems, and their willingness to be engaged citizens. In short, it gave real purpose to their learning and living in today’s dynamic world. Like the Westminster student authors and editors of these books, the Glenn Institute likes to imagine the many different hands into which these books will find their way. The students’ goal was to develop a series of Bible stories that would elevate, educate, and empower others to live daily lives guided by their faith. The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning hopes The Solomon Shelf™ project touches readers’ hearts and minds across the world.
1: God's Chosen People A Retelling of Exodus 19:1-20:1, 24:9-18 Text and images by Rivers Patterson, Will Ruggiano, Laura Kelecki, and Alex Oliver Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Carolyn Reid, Ryan Schaufele, Jessica Grasing, Anna Davis, Franklin Brannen, David Goetze, Ryan Chambliss First Graders in Karen Anderson's, Leigh Anne Schlafly's, and Ami Kadaba's 2008-2009 Class The Westminster Schools Special Thanks to The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning The Westminster Schools 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327 United States of America The Solomon Shelf™ is a series of retellings of Bible stories for children Copyright 2009 Kay F. Solomon, The Westminster Schools
2: A long time ago, Moses and his buddies were walking through the wild wilderness of Sinai. They found a spot on the side of a mountain without many trees, and they set up a camp. While Moses’ friends were setting up, Moses walked up the mountain to talk to God.
4: While on top of the mountain, God reminded Moses of how he saved Moses’ people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt and brought them safely through the desert. Then he said to Moses that he wanted to talk with all the people in about three days.
6: After speaking with God, Moses went down the mountain and told his people all that God had told him. Before meeting with God, the Israelites had to take a bubble bath and get clean.
7: God told Moses that there would be a big storm and trumpets would sound when God was ready to meet with his people.
9: God also warned the Israelites that nobody was allowed to touch the mountain until God said they could. Whoever did would get into BIG trouble.
10: The Israelites waited all day and all night for two days. Then on the third day, just like God had said, a big storm came. The sound of trumpets could be heard far and wide.
11: The day to finally meet God had come and the Israelites gathered around the mountain.
12: God said to the Israelites that they were his chosen people, and that he would be with them for as long as they lived.
13: The Israelites needed to be a Priestly Kingdom and Holy Nation. | That meant that they had to behave and follow God’s orders, to be an example to other people and countries.
14: Later, Moses and Aaron, Moses’ brother, walked up the mountain together and God gave them a set of laws written on ten stone plates.
16: These laws were rules for the Israelites that told them how they can live and how they could eat. He also told them things that God didn’t want them to do….like lie or steal.
17: These rules were called the Ten Commandments, to show the people how to live happily with God and with one another!
18: Sight Words Used In God's Chosen People | Pre-Primer a, and, big, can, come, down, for, in, said, the, three, to, two, up Primer all, be, came, did, do, eat, get, he, into, like, on, that, there, they, want, was, went, with 1st Grade after, an, as, could, from, had, him, his, how, just, live, of, take, thank, them, then, were, when 2nd Grade around, before, found, gave, many, or, these, would 3rd Grade about, clean, far, long, ten, together Nouns day, night, time, top
19: The Writers and Illustrators | The Writers and Illustrators with the Editors
20: “The Solomon Shelf™” “The Solomon Shelf™” is an idea which developed in one of my Old Testament classes during the second semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. As we were reading the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel aloud one class period, one of my students said, “You should read that to your daughter.” I replied, "There are no pictures.” Another student suggested, “We can draw the pictures!” I said, “The text is a little complicated.” My students said, “We can rewrite it!” And from there a series of books which my students entitled “The Solomon Shelf™” was born. While we were not able to complete the project that semester, I want to say “Thank You!” to this group of students who had the foresight and innovation to lay the foundation for this project. “Thank you” Baylor Banks, Hilliard Burton, Forrest Cobb, Shelby Dover, Monique Gilmore, Jeremy Godsell, Anna Greene, Mary Zack H'Doubler, Lillian Haas, Sam Higgins, Julia Marshall, William Morgan, and CiCi Reid. Without you all, “The Solomon Shelf™” would not exist, and therefore would not benefit the many elementary students for whom biblical literacy and literacy as a whole is the key to unlock the world. Kay F. Solomon Department of Biblical Studies The Westminster Schools Atlanta, Georgia