52 Interactive Bible Stories (eResource): A Collection of Action, Echo, Rhythm, and Syllable Stories

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A Collection of Action, Echo, Rhythm, and Syllable Stories

This delightful collection tells Bible stories in creative, interactive ways that will engage anyone from the toddlers through adulthood.  They are a great way to add life to classes or retreat-like experiences, and include stories about creation, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Jesus, John the Baptist, Peter, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the woman at the well, the apostle Paul, and many, many more. These playful stories involve the learner in the process and ensure that the Bible story is understood an internalized.

Phyllis Vos Wezeman utilizes a variety of storytelling techniques:

  • Action stories include gestures and movements to interpret each line.

  • Echo stories are initiated by a leader, with the last phrase of each sentence repeated by all participants.

  • Rhythm stories are rhyming verses that can be accompanied by a clapping pattern.

  • Syllable stories are organized into lines of two syllables each, and can be accompanied by a quick, catchy thigh slapping and snapping.

Participants will love these stories and so will you as a leader!

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Format: eResource
Product code: PW100
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 74 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman


As a religious educator, Phyllis Wezeman has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana, and Program Coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Honorary Professor of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she taught methods courses. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in nearly 200 villages in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 1,950 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a youth exchange program to Russia and the Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilly Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Alumni Awards and recipient of the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association.

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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