The other New Testament Bookcase is to help your class learn the books of the New Testament in order. It can be used with the song found in the Children's Songbook.
These graphics can also be used to make a poster. This poster can be use to help your class learn the books of the New Testament in order. It can also be used to show how the New Testament books are grouped. Later in the year, it can be used to see where they are in their progress in studying. This has always been a nice decoration for the wall. First I will explain how to make the PDF into a poster, and then how I use it in the classroom.
To make the PDF into a poster, take the Black & White one (in digital form or printed out) to a copy store and for a few dollars, they can blow-up the Black and White copy to poster size. Next I would color this according to the colors used on the second page of the PDF. I like to use colored pencils instead of markers. The colors are VERY important because they show who wrote what. For instance, all the books that are blue were written by JOHN. The books in red were written by LUKE. All the green were written by PAUL (the different shades of green are to note personal epistles, verses general epistles). Last I glue this onto colored poster board. You can have the copy store print the color PDF to poster size, but this is VERY expensive.
During the first week of seminary, I like to give an overview of the New Testament. I start this by singing the books in order (see the Primary Songbook). Then I ask:
Why are the books in the order they are in?
A. Chronological order
B. Alphabetical order
C. By Author
D. By Size
E. By Topic
After they vote, I show that (partially) all of the above are true except “Alphabetical Order”. This is a good time to explain about the 4 Gospels, Acts, Pauline epistles, and the general epistles. This is also a good time to explain who wrote what (according to the colors on the poster). It may also be a good time to look in the Bible Dictionary (Gospels) about how each of the Gospel writers wrote differently and often shared the same stories.