Why is this study so important?
What we teach our children stays with them all of their lives. The values and morals we teach by our words and by the example of our lives will help to establish the ethical behavior of our children as adults. That is why it is so important that children are well grounded in Biblical truth and know how to apply that truth to their daily life.
Learning about Dinosaurs and the fact that they were created by God and understanding the great significance of the judgment in Noah's time that led to their demise can and will have a tremendous impact on your child's personal behavior. That is why it is so important that the facts presented in this Biblical story be remembered and applied. As Noah was faithful, the animals were spared because they were inside the Ark of Safety. We, too, are saved when we step into the Lord and accept Him as our personal Savior.
As God judged the world in the past, we as parents and teachers can emphasize the importance of faithfulness in the light of the fact that there is also judgment to come. This truth and our faithful response to God needs to be a part of our daily life. As this story is repeated the child will remember these life-changing Biblical truths.
How to use this study
As you read this Story to or with your children, point to the pictures that illustrate the story so your children begin to associate the words with the actions.
By reviewing the Video with your child and by asking questions and reinforcing the truths and values in the film as detailed in this guide, you will be placing these concepts into your child's mind so that they are reinforced each and every time your child watches and enjoys this film.
The Audio can be copied to your computer where you can then transfer it to a CD or a portable media device such as an MP3 player. Then you can take the story with you. Remember to make this learning experience fun for you and your child.
The Quiz will allow you the opportunity to see what your child has learned from experience, so that you will be able to apply these truths to your child's daily walk with God. These questions can be asked in a conversational manner rather then like a test if you so desire.
Talk with your child about this Biblical story and what it means to them in order to reinforce these truths. This will lead to a proper understaning and application of this story to your children's daily walk with the Lord.
What are we learning?
As we learn about Dinosaurs we also learn the importance of living our lives in faithfulness to God as Noah did. Most Dinosaurs died out in the Flood which God sent upon sinful man. Judgment will come again upon all men and we must be prepared to stand before God.
Reptiles were created specifically by God. The longer reptiles lives, the larger they grow, since reptiles grow proportionately all throughout their lives. The word Dinosaur means terrible lizard and the Dinosaur is nothing more than a large reptile.
of God's judgment in the flood, conditions on the earth drastically
changed and the lifespan of man was shortened, which would also affect
the growth of large reptiles. Man also became a hunter and ate meat
for the first time after the flood. This event known as the
flood, led to the demise of the great reptiles. Once again,
the sinfulness of man had a great effect on nature and the
whole earth as well. Sinful man was destroyed in this devastating
judgment of God. The results of this judgment can be seen in
the fossil remains of dead animals and plants all over the
earth. The Dinosaur is no more, only their small cousins remain.
One day man will live no more on this earth as a result of the final
judgment of God upon mankind. Will you be ready?
When we obey God's command, we are doing God's will, which is the only wise way to go if we are to grow in the Lord. After all, true wisdom comes from God and is gained by following Him each day, being faithful to His Holy Word. And, we need to apply this truth daily.
The world has changed and the Dinosaur is no more. Only their little cousins, the lizards, Iguanas, etc., still remain. Why? Because of the Judgment of God upon the world because of man's sin. The wickness of man was great and even the animal world was affected, especially the Dinosaurs.
Genesis 6 - 8
The people living on the earth paid dearly for their sin for they died in the Flood. As we accept the Lord as our personal Savior, we step into Him just as Noah stepped inside the Ark. We must learn therefore, to do as Noah did and be available to do what God wants us to do, to obey God each day and be faithful. The world has changed as a result of God's judgment. There is another judgment to come. We must learn to apply this truth always. It begins as a child and it is demonstrated each day as we live our life in obedience to God's word.
When we visit the zoo, go to the desert or watch a TV program with reptiles in it, it provides an opportunity to talk about the Biblical account of Noah and the flood. When we see a rainbow or experience rain, we can remember Noah and again reinforce and apply these great Biblical Truths of Eternal Value and live them each day.
To see this truth live in our children we must teach by both word and example. We need to remind them of Adam and Eve and what happened to them and to us as a result of their sin, and what happens in our own life when we sin. To see a true change in our children's actions we must make the story real. We must also keep the application alive by constantly reinforcing this concept whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Therefore, we will achieve our goal of a life-changing attitude geared toward eternal values for which we will all be held accountable when we stand before God.
Our purpose of making the Scriptures come alive can only be accomplished if the application is kept simple and these truths are understood. Thus we accomplish our spiritual objective by explaining the eternal consequences of our daily actions. Adam and Eve's disobedience is sometimes discussed as an isolated event of the past.
We must teach the consequences of our sin and apply the results to our own lives, so that our children will comprehend the importance of obeying God and the dangerous consequences of sin in their lives. By watching this film and by using the student guide, children will learn by repetition and reinforcement. You will have the opportunity to explain, discuss and apply spiritual truth in a real and meaningful manner that will truly have an eternal effect on your child's life.
As an added learning objective, a vocabulary test or quiz can be created from the story. Such a test could be difficult using words like "remnant" and "command" or very simple using words like "plan" and "good", depending on your child's age. The "words to live by" section of the Student Guide provides an excellent beginning point for a vocabulary test as well as a way to test your child's comprehension of the subject at hand.
A similar test or quiz could be given on the vocabulary words mentioned above or on different words to challenge your child's spelling ability and to enhance the learning process. The level of difficulty and the number of words selected is up to you, but the more you utilize the tools provided in this series and reinforce these truths, the more you can expect living results in your child's actions and attitudes.
It is not necessary to force these activities on your child as tests in the formal sense, but you can make a game of it as somthing new to learn or a special fun time. These tests on vocabulary words or spelling do not need to be given at the same time or all at once. A few words each day while riding in the car or even while waiting in a line at some event, not only provides your child with an additional learning experience, but also opens the door to further discussion and allows you to emphasize again the important Biblical truths related to us by the story "Dinosaur No More!".
Some things to remember
The following questions are given to help your chilren understand the truths that are presented in "Dinosaur No More!" and why it is so important that we remember these truths and obey God each day.
Discuss these questions with your children and have them write down their answers on a separate piece of paper or talk about them with you. Be sure that they understand how to apply these truths.
What happened in the pre-flood world?
What was the result of man's sin in these days before the flood?
How does this sin affect you in modern times?
What is the result of this sin in regards to Dinosaurs?
Why did God ask Noah to build the Ark?
What did Noah do for us by building the Ark?
Noah and his family were saved because they were in the Ark. How does this relate to salvation in the Lord?
How should you live your life each day?
What did you learn from "Dinosaur No More!" that will help you to be faithful as Noah was?
How will this help you each day as you obey God and live for Him?