S: Water for the Wanderers 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: Water for the Wanderers A Retelling of Numbers 20:1-13 Text and images by Ale Nunez, Tommy Fitzgerald, Sean Smith, and Alex Boss Ninth Graders in Kay Solomon's 2008-2009 Old Testament Class The Westminster Schools Edited by Catie Chubb, Riley Patton, Mary Grace Morrison, and Charlie November First Graders in Sara Chapman's and Mya King'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
3: After escaping from Egypt and its harsh ruler, the Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness in search of the Promised Land for many, many years following their leader, Moses.
5: Moses was a man who had great faith in God.
6: After so many years of wandering the desert, the Israelites were tired, thirsty, and wanted to eat.
7: Since the desert was so hot and dry, they especially craved water. They complained to Moses that they would like water for them to drink.
8: Moses listened to the Israelites and said, “I will go ask God to give his tribe of wanderers something to drink.”
9: God heard Moses’ plea and told him to hit the rock with his staff and tell it to bring forth water for the people. God wanted to show what He could do if the people trusted Him.
10: So Moses gathered the Israelites to tell them, “God is going to bring us water.”
11: Moses hit the rock with his staff and rather than doing what God told him to, he said “Listen, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?”
12: By saying “we,” Moses took the credit that belonged to God.
13: Since Moses did not do as He said, God punished Moses very badly.
14: God said that He was not allowing Moses to enter the land which had been promised to the Israelites, the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
16: Instead of bringing the people to the land, Moses would die without having entered the great land.
17: God is faithful. Do not take credit for what God provides.
18: Sight Words Used In Water for the Wanderers Pre-Primer a, and, for, I, in, is, it, not, said, the, to, we, you Primer did, do, eat, he, out, that, they, this, was, what, who, will, with 1st Grade after, as, ask, by, from, give, had, him, his, of, them, were 2nd Grade been, its, many, tell, their, us, very, which, would 3rd Grade bring, drink, hot, show Nouns water, man
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