An Overview of THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE

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hru the Bible! We believe that no child should be left behind in Biblical literacy. This unique three-year survey trip through every book of the Bible, with each lesson written by Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton, uses only the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. Be sure to watch the video of Boot the Mule in action!
 
Junior Church Curriculum

 

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usic-Driven! Children love lively music, and one of the best ways to teach God’s Word to children is through music. “101 Songs Thru the Bible with Boot the Mule,” each song written by Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton, will delight as well as instruct children of all ages. Click the video to see children singing a song from this curriculum!
 
The Curriculum Notebook for each quarter includes a CD with all of the songs accompanying the 13 lessons. The CD contains each song sung by vocalists with the accompaniment. Also on the CD is an instrumental version of each song to be used if you do not have a piano player. The Curriculum also includes a bound volume of the sheet music for each year. Volume 1 for the 1st Year (84 pages) includes 32 songs.
 

 

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uppet-Driven! Each lesson contains puppet skits with such lively characters as Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, Smithfield the Swine, and Cecilia Swine. Boot the Mule, confident that most humans are not familiar with the important role that mules play in numerous Bible stories, introduces children to a menagerie of memorable Bible-based characters found in Boot the Mule’s Official Book of Mule History and Behavior. Each week, Boot’s aunt, Mrs. Gloria VanderBoot, the world’s foremost authority on mule manners, helps Boot teach the puppets and the children “Rules to Live By” based on the Bible.
 

Boot the Mule PuppetBoot the Mule

Boot the Mule is the engineer on The Bible Express, a Gospel train which travels all over the world telling boys and girls about Jesus. Boot the Mule opens each puppet skit by singing Boot the Mule’s Official Book of Mule History and Behavior with all of the children. But he gets embarrassed when his Aunt Gloria gives him a big kiss in front of all of the children.
 

Oscar the Pig PuppetOscar the Pig

Oscar the Pig is a real PIG! He roams the countryside and comes to church on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Oscar’s three loves are food, his motorcycle, and himself. Oscar is filled with famous sayings about himself, including:
 
“I’m a pig, and I’m loud. I’m a pig, and I’m proud.”

“I’m a PIG!!! I’m rough, and I’m tough, and I’m all that stuff!”

 
Oscar is usually a severe challenge to Mrs. VanderBoot’s attempts to teach manners to the puppets and the children. Get those manners and brakes fixed, Oscar!
 

Smithfield the SwineSmithfield the Swine

Smithfield the Swine is a proper pig, a sophisticated swine, chauffeured to church each Sunday in his Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Smithfield, a model of sophistication and manners, is often compelled to tell his piggish friend, “Oh, Oscar, you are so-o-o-o-o disgusting!” But even Smithfield can have a momentary lapse of manners when he is offered Grey Poupon Mustard. Don’t drool over the Grey Poupon, Smithfield!
 

Cecilia PuppetCecilia Swine

Cecilia Swine, a cousin of Oscar the Pig, is from Backside Creek in Nowhere, Kentucky. Cecilia has a strong desire to become proper and sophisticated like Smithfield the Swine, but her cousin Oscar often reminds her that at the end of the day she’s still a pig.

1st Year THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE

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hru the Bible! In the 1st Year of this Curriculum, you and your students will travel from the book of Genesis through the book of Ruth.

 
• 1st Quarter — The first quarter covers Genesis 1 – 11, the true story of the beginning of the universe, the Earth, man, . . . and mules! You will meet Adam, Eve, the first volunteer, Noah, and the two mules on Noah’s Ark. Your understanding of Genesis 1-11 will never be the same again!
 

• 2nd Quarter — The second quarter covers Genesis 12 – 50. You will meet the patriarchs — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. You’ll be traveling from the ancient city of Ur, to the land of Canaan, to a prison and a palace in the grand empire of Egypt.
 

• 3rd Quarter — The third quarter covers Exodus – Deuteronomy. You will travel with Moses’ mule, Jethro, from Midian to the far country of Egypt. Jethro will escape from Egypt with Moses and millions of other people and animals. You will then travel with Moses and Jethro to Mt. Sinai, throughout the Wilderness Wanderings, all the way to the doorstep of the Promised Land.
 

• 4th Quarter — The fourth quarter covers Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. You and your students will learn how Joshua conquered the Promised Land and how the judges tried to rally the troops to hold on to the Promised Land. You will meet intriguing Bible characters such as Rahab, Achan, Caleb, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, and Ruth.
 

Songbook

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usic-Driven! Children love lively music, and one of the best ways to teach God’s Word to children is through music. “101 Songs Thru the Bible with Boot the Mule,” each song written by Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton, will delight as well as instruct children of all ages.
 

The Curriculum Notebook for each quarter includes a CD with all of the songs accompanying the 13 lessons. The CD contains each song sung by vocalists with the accompaniment. Also on the CD is an instrumental version of each song to be used if you do not have a piano player.
 

The Curriculum also includes a bound volume of the sheet music for each year. Volume 1 for the 1st Year (84 pages) includes 32 songs. You can download and view the sheet music for one of the 1st Year songs entitled Before the Beginning Began to Begin by clicking the “Free Downloads” on this page.

 

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uppet-Driven! Every week you will have a visit from Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, or Smithfield the Swine. In addition, we introduce the following Bible-based critters in the 1st Year of the Curriculum.
 

• George the Mule — the first volunteer with Adam and Eve
• Stubbornway — a stubborn mule on Noah’s Ark
• Mrs. Mule — this mule saved the day on Noah’s Ark
• Brimstone the Mule — traveling with Abraham and Isaac, Brimstone was willing to sacrifice his life for another
• Banjo the Benjamin Mule — Benjamin’s mule that traveled with him to Egypt
• Jethro the Midian Mule – this mule helped lead Moses into and out of Egypt
• The Talking Mule — the most famous mule in history opened up the eyes of the prophet Balaam
• Jerry the Jericho Mule — As the only surviving animal in Jericho, Jerry learned to stand up alone against peer pressure
• Samson’s Mule — Samson was nothing until he met a mule
 
1st Year Curriculum

2nd Year THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE

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hru the Bible! In the 2nd Year of this Curriculum, you and your students will travel from the book of I Samuel through the book of Malachi.
 

• 5th Quarter — The fifth quarter covers I & II Samuel, I Kings, and II Chronicles. You will meet the last judge (Samuel) and the first three kings of Israel (Saul, David, and Solomon). You will also meet a special Bible character — Buford the Bethlehem Mule, Jesse’s mule, who was with the young shepherd boy David when the lad defeated the giant Goliath at the valley of Elah.
 
• 6th Quarter — The sixth quarter covers I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. You will meet Solomon’s successor, King Rehoboam, who made such a bad decision that the kingdom split in two. The Northern Kingdom, with a bunch of bad kings, was conquered by the Assyrians. The Southern Kingdom had several good kings; but eventually, the Southern Kingdom was conquered by the Babylonians. This quarter concludes with the exile of God’s people in Babylon and their eventual return to Israel.
 
• 7th Quarter — The seventh quarter covers Job through Song of Solomon. You will travel through the tragic but eventually triumphant story of the suffering servant Job. Then we will sing our way through the book of Psalms. The last three Books of Wisdom were written by the wisest man who ever lived — King Solomon. Proverbs is the most famous book of wisdom in the world. Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s record of tough lessons he learned after making a mess of his life. The Books of Wisdom conclude with the Song of Solomon, a tender love story.
 
• 8th Quarter — The eighth quarter covers Isaiah through Malachi, the study of the Prophets of God. You will journey first through the major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel), then the minor prophets (minor only in length) (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). Many of these writing prophets prophesied of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, with Whom you will travel next quarter.
 

101 Songs

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usic-Driven! Children love lively music, and one of the best ways to teach God’s Word to children is through music. “101 Songs Thru the Bible with Boot the Mule,” each song written by Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton, will delight as well as instruct children of all ages.
 

The Curriculum Notebook for each quarter includes a CD with all of the songs accompanying the 13 lessons. The CD contains each song sung by vocalists with the accompaniment. Also on the CD is an instrumental version of each song to be used if you do not have a piano player.
 

The Curriculum also includes a bound volume of the sheet music for each year. Volume 2 for the 2nd Year (102 pages) includes 39 songs. You can download and view the sheet music for one of the 2nd Year songs entitled Be Nice to Bald Men! Just click on the “Free Downloads” link on this page.
 

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uppet-Driven! Every week you will have a visit from Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, Smithfield the Swine, or Cecilia Swine. In addition, we introduce the following Bible-based critters in the 2nd Year of the Curriculum.
 

• Buford the Bethlehem Mule — Jesse’s mule was there when the young shepherd defeated Goliath
• LeMule — Perhaps the wisest mule who ever lived, LeMule was given by King David to Solomon as a sign that Solomon should be the next king of Israel
 

2nd Year Curriculum

3rd Year THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE

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hru the Bible! In the 3rd Year of this Curriculum, you and your students will travel from the book of Matthew through the book of Revelation.
 

• 9th Quarter — The ninth quarter covers the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell the greatest story ever told — the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The birth and childhood of Jesus are introduced through the eyes of Clem, Joseph’s faithful but slightly goofy donkey. Then you will learn about the early ministry and miracles of our Savior.
 

• 10th Quarter — The tenth quarter covers the Gospels (Matthew – John). In this quarter, Jesus continues His earthly ministry, teaching and preaching about the kingdom of God. Then, you will travel with Delbert the Donkey into Jerusalem with Jesus the Messiah on his back. You will relive that sad day when Jesus is betrayed, beaten, and crucified. And you will rejoice again on the third day when Jesus rises from the grave, victorious over sin, death, and the Devil.
 

• 11th Quarter — The eleventh quarter covers Acts, Romans, and I & II Corinthians. In this quarter, you will learn how the early church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, went into all the world preaching the Gospel. The greatest church planter in the New Testament was the Apostle Paul. The Holy Spirit led Paul to write several letters to new believers, instructing them in right doctrine about Jesus and right conduct in the world.
 

• 12th Quarter — In the twelfth quarter, you will be finishing up the shorter epistles of the Apostle Paul to the churches (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I and II Thessalonians), then Paul’s letters to individual Christians (I and II Timothy, Titus, and Philemon). Then you will examine the book of Hebrews, followed by letters written by other early church leaders (James, I and II Peter, I, II, and III John, and Jude). In a glorious climax, you will spend your final weeks in the Apostle John’s great book of the end time — Revelation.
 

Songbook

M
usic-Driven! Children love lively music, and one of the best ways to teach God’s Word to children is through music. “101 Songs Thru the Bible with Boot the Mule,” each song written by Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton, will delight as well as instruct children of all ages.
 

The Curriculum Notebook for each quarter includes a CD with all of the songs accompanying the 13 lessons. The CD contains each song sung by vocalists with the accompaniment. Also on the CD is an instrumental version of each song to be used if you do not have a piano player.
 

The Curriculum also includes a bound volume of the sheet music for each year. Volume 3 for the 3rd Year (123 pages) includes 50 songs. You can view the sheet music for one of the 3rd Year songs entitled Blotted Out! Just click on the “Free Downloads” link on this page.

 

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uppet-Driven! Every week you will have a visit from Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, Smithfield the Swine, or Cecilia Swine. In addition, we introduce the following Bible-based critters in the 3rd Year of the Curriculum.
 

• Clem the Donkey — the donkey who carried Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem
• Delbert the Donkey — the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerualem
• Starlight the Celestial Stallion — the horse who rides from Heaven to Earth
 

3rd Year Curriculum

Scope and Sequence of Curriculum

THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE is a three-year, through-the-Bible curriculum for boys and girls in Junior Church. The Old Testament is covered in the first two years; the New Testament is covered in the third year.
 

One of the distinctives of our curriculum is that the important role of mules, donkeys, and horses in the Bible is naturally highlighted by Boot the Mule. You may notice that we almost always use the word “mule” (for obvious reasons) to describe both mules and asses in the Old Testament.
 

Quarter Title
Books of the Bible
Boot’s Relatives
1. The Beginnings Genesis 1-11 George the Mule, Stubbornway and Mrs. Mule
2. The Patriarchs Genesis 12-50 Brimstone the Mule, Banjo the Benjamin Mule
3. Moses and the Wilderness Wanderings Exodus-Deuteronomy Jethro the Midian Mule, The Talking Mule
4. Joshua, Judges, and Ruth Genesis 1-11 Jerry the Jericho Mule, Samson’s Mule
5. The Early Kingdom I & II Samuel, I Kings, II Chronicles Buford the Bethlehem Mule
6. The Decline and Fall of Israel I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther  
7. The Books of Wisdom Job-Song of Solomon LeMule
8. The Prophets of God Isaiah-Malachi  
9. The Life of Christ – Part I The Gospels Clem the Donkey
10. The Life of Christ – Part II The Gospels Delbert the Donkey
11. The Early Church – Part I Acts, Romans, I & II Corinthians Delbert the Donkey
12. The Early Church – Part II Other Epistles and Revelation Starlight the Celestial Stallion

Systems Requirements

Puppet StageAt Glory to Glory Ministries, we must admit that THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE has certain systems requirements which do not fit every church. As you consider whether this new curriculum fits your church, please consider the following systems requirements:
 

Spiritual Requirements

1. A love for Jesus. “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19).
2. A love for children. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).
3. A burden to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).
4. A burden to teach God’s Word to children. “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 3:15).

 

Staffing Requirements

A minimum of four or five regular workers are required for THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE.
One person could hold one or more of the following positions.
 

1. Director. The overseer of Junior Church assures that the staff is properly supplied with lessons, music, and puppets.
2. Teachers. The teachers conduct opening exercises, teach the Bible message, and give the invitation.
3. Puppeteers. Puppeteering is a great training ground for older teens and adults to become involved in “the work of the ministry” at the local church.
 

Supplies

1. Puppets. Your church should purchase Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, and Smithfield the Swine to get your Junior Church started. At the end of the first year, the church also needs to purchase a fourth puppet, Cecilia Swine.
2. Puppet stage
3. Outfits for Mrs. Gloria VanderBoot and other mule characters. Each church should select a crafts-oriented lady to produce two or three mule hats (see photo above).
4. Sufficient copies of weekly curriculum for each staff member.
5. The annual songbook, in the event that the church chooses to use a pianist.
6. The quarterly CD, in the event that the church chooses to use the CD accompaniment.
7. A CD player, in the event that the church chooses to use the CD accompaniment.

How to Get Started

PuppetsStep One: Decision
After prayer and consideration, the pastor decides to use the THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE Junior Church program to reach and teach boys and girls in your community about Jesus. The church must then purchase the Basic Junior Church Package.
 

Step Two: Selecting the Director
The pastor must select the Junior Church Director, who will be responsible for the entire program — consulting with the pastor about staffing, selecting the physical location of Junior Church and the puppet stage, making mule hats and costumes, etc.
 

Step Three: The Adopt-a-Puppet Program
An excellent way to promote the new program in your church, and to seek special funding, is to announce the Adopt-a-Puppet program, whereby an individual or a family adopts (buys) one of the puppets (Boot the Mule, Oscar the Pig, or Smithfield the Swine). See link on the left side menu for more info.
 

Step Four: Selecting and Training the Staff
The pastor must select three or four other individuals to be teachers or puppeteers. The Junior Church Director must acquaint the staff with the curriculum and make such decisions as to which staff members will play which mule and pig roles, who will operate the CD player, who will play the piano, etc.
 

Step Five: Advertising in the Community
The pastor may decide to use the occasion of the launching of THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE to advertise the new Junior Church program via local media or a special church bus promotion.
 

Step Six: Training for the First Sunday
The Director may wish to spend some special time on the Wednesday night or Saturday before the first Sunday to practice the skit with Boot the Mule and Gloria VanderBoot. The Director should also assure that each teacher is prepared to teach the Bible message. Each week thereafter, the Director must find the time — on Wednesday night, on Saturday, or even on Sunday morning — for the mule and pig characters to practice the skit and songs.
 

Step Seven: The First Sunday
After conducting the opening exercises, the skit must be introduced with great enthusiasm. Boot the Mule and Gloria VanderBoot must be highly energized and excited, especially in that first week.

Adopt-a-Puppet Program

Boot the Mule PuppetTo help churches control the cost of purchasing this curriculum, we have developed Boot the Mule’s Adopt-a-Puppet Program. The purpose of this program is to get people in your church involved in purchasing or “adopting” one or more of the four (Cecilia, the fourth puppet, is not needed until the 2nd year curriculum) puppets used in this Junior Church curriculum.
 

When your church decides to use THRU THE BIBLE with BOOT THE MULE, you will receive a flyer that introduces Boot the Mule’s Adopt-a-Puppet Program along with an adoption certificate for each puppet. The flyer can be used to hand out to church families who are interested in adopting a puppet. When a person decides to adopt a puppet, they will be presented with an official Adopt-a-Puppet certificate. A sample copy of the flyer and adoption certificate for Boot the Mule can be downloaded below.
 

Free Downloads

1st Year Samples

1. Overview of the 1st Quarter Lessons
2. One Complete Sample Lesson – Paradise Lost…and Found
3. A List of the 1st Quarter Songs
4. Sheet Music for the Song Before the Beginning Began to Begin
 


 
2nd Year Samples

1. Overview of the 5th Quarter Lessons
2. One Complete Sample Lesson – Hospitality Lesson
3. A List of the 5th Quarter Songs
4. Sheet Music for the Song Be Nice to Bald Men
 


 
3rd Year Samples

1. Overview of the 9th Quarter Lessons
2. One Complete Sample Lesson – Temptation Lesson
3. A List of the 9th Quarter Songs
4. Sheet Music for the Song Blotted Out
 

Download 3rd Year Sample Packet
Watch this video of the curriculum in action!


 


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