S: Some Bread: A Story About God 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: Some Bread: A Story About God A Retelling of Exodus 16:2-21 Text and images by Linnea Ryshke, Peyton Aldrich, and Will Ingram Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Brooke Stevens, Cate Ragland, Zibran Vastani, Katherine Vuckovic, Kenya Warner, and Huntington Stone 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, in a land far, far away, there was a man named Moses who had a brother named Aaron.
3: Moses and Aaron led God’s chosen people, called the Israelites. They were traveling through the desert on an adventure to the land God had promised them and they walked all day and all night.
4: At first, they were happy. However, as time went on, food supply became low and everyone was hungry.
5: The Israelites started to complain. The hungrier they got, the more they complained. Finally, God heard their cries.
6: God told the people that later that night, birds would swoop down from the heavens for them to eat, which they did, and the people were happy.
7: Later, God told the people that in the morning bread would come from the heavens for them to eat, but only if they followed a few of God’s rules.
9: God told the Israelites that in order to get their bread for a week, they would have to gather bread for a whole day from Sunday to Friday. On Friday they would collect enough bread for Friday and Saturday so that they didn’t have to collect bread on the Sabbath, the holy day of rest.
10: The people agreed to follow God’s rules, so in the morning, when the people woke up, there was all the bread that they could eat.
13: Some people followed directions and collected the bread as God commanded, but some didn’t listen. They didn’t gather enough bread on Friday so on Saturday, they were hungry.
14: God saw they were hungry and commanded Moses and his brother Aaron to save some bread for Him. He said He would always provide for them.
16: God did this so we would all know that if we keep Him in mind...
17: ...He will always make sure we have everything we need.
18: Sight Words Used in Some Bread: A Story About God Pre-Primer a, and, away, come, down, for, in, make, said, the, to, up, we Primer all, at, but, did, eat, get, have, he, on, saw, that, there, they, this, was, who 1st Grade an, as, could, from, had, him, his, know, of, some, them, were, when 2nd Grade always, first, their, which, would 3rd Grade about, far, got, if, keep, long, only Nouns bird, bread, brother, day, man, morning, night, time
19: 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