One of the lessons this week was dedicated to religion. All those who follow this topic heard the story of how the three kings visited Jesus and offered him beautiful presents such as gold. We noted the expensive style of clothes that these rich three kings were wearing.
The Story of the Epiphany –
We discussed that although gold and other very expensive presents are nice to have, Jesus prefers simple presents but which are very important for each and every one of us such as love, hugs, sharing a toy or a book, helping others, being kind to each other etc.
At this point all the children in the class joined in where they coloured in a patterned present picture. I went around each child asking what they would personally give to Jesus as a present and in the case of those who do not follow the religion lesson what is the present they would give to their mummy and daddy.
This lesson brought the Christmas activities to a meaningful end. It also linked us to patterns topic we are currently developing.
We Three Kings –
This week we started our special topic about Christmas.
In fact today we had our religion lesson and we focused on the true meaning of Christmas – The Birth of Jesus Christ. We started looking at the nativity story. We will be dividing the story into two parts.
The first part is the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem which I read from The Christmas Story Book and at the same time took out our class crib showing the characters to the children.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus who was still to be born, the animals and so on. We also took a closer look at the words used in the book. We created a parallel between what existed in those days and today.
For instance the inn was the equivalent to todays’ modern hotel. The inn keeper was the man who runs the hotel. In Jesus’ time they had animals which they kept in a place called the stable. The manger used to put Jesus in was truly the place where the animals ate their food from.
We saw why Mary and Joseph had to travel on the donkey to go to Bethlehem. Why they had to travel using a donkey and not a car like we have today. We finished the lesson by listening to some Christmas Carols.
The Nativity Story online –
Little Donkey –
Just like Mary and Joseph were preparing themselves for the arrival of Jesus even we are preparing ourselves for this big day. In class we discussed what a good deed means and I encouraged the children to do one good deed a day.
I will be uploading these good deeds on the blog so that you can remind them and help them carry these good deeds out when they are at home.
I also explained what an Advent Calendar means. We will also be setting up a reverse Advent calendar in class in which we will be asking the children to donate a food item which will be given to those in need.
Each day I will be asking a different group of 4 children to get in an item to build up our stock of food starting Monday 4th December.
I will be putting up this list on the blog tomorrow providing you with further details too.
Our religion lesson during the 8th week was also related to family topic work which we finished during the beginning of the week. We emphasized the importance of showing our love to our family.
We discussed that there are people who although don’t form part of our family still have a very big heart and are ready to help other people in need. A classic example is St. Mother Theresa and St. Martin.
Three boys acted out the story of when St. Martin saved a poor man from dying by tearing his cloak in half to protect him from the cold weather.
We ended the lesson by creating a craft of St. Martin with a two coloured cloak representing the splitting of the cloak in half to save the poor man’s life. These are hanging outside our classroom door.
There aren’t any online cartoon St. Martin of Tours stories for children. This is the closest version available.
Our first religion lesson for this term is the story of creation. First I showed them a children’s Bible Book and told them that in this book we find many special stories about Jesus and what happened long time ago.
The children became aware that there was a time where nothing existed. But God who loves us very much created the world we live in.
They then listened in to the following video clip :
We then discussed what we saw in the video clip and each child had a turn to think and mention 1 thing they thought God created. These are some of the thing they mentioned.
We also saw that on the last day of creation God made man. He made us. We are very special and unique for God.
The children then played with various animals that God created. At this point the children who do not follow the religion lesson joined in to play as well.
We ended the lesson by starting a collage representing creation where the children enjoyed gluing kite paper to represent the sky etc.
The collage will be finished next week. Here is a glimpse of the start of our collage. More photos will be posted next week.