Our religion lesson this week was based on the parable of the lost sheep. I read the story from the Bible as part of World Book Day after which we had a discussion. This was the outcome:
- The shepherd cared for each and every sheep just like Jesus cares for us. Even our parents and guardians care for us in the same way. They all protect us and help us in different life situations. They will do their best for us.
- The sheep did not do a good thing by wandering off from the herd. Even we at times do things which are not quite right like not listening to our parents and teachers. The children came up with their own list of things that they should do better at times. However those who care for us always forgive us and show us the right thing to do. Even Jesus does the same.
The children also acted out the parable themselves. Some were sheep, some were the shepherd and his helpers, another boy was the tree and yet another was the wolf. Last but not least one boy was Jesus. They really enjoyed acting the parable out.
This is an online version of the parable of the lost sheep
The children who do not follow the religion lesson were given another activity during explanation time. However they joined in during the craft part of the lesson since it was a fun activity and also an exercise in gross and fine motor skills. The children decorated a black cartoncene sheep with white cotton balls. They enjoyed gluing and counting the amount of pieces of cotton wool they used.
The explanation given to all the class is that no matter what religion we belong to, at times we all do mistakes and get lost on our way just like a sheep might get lost from its herd. We have special people in our lives who guide us onto the right path again.