First: Welcome the children into the session. Say how happy we are to see them and how important they are for the class. Explain we will follow the letters of the alphabet in order to choose the volunteer for the opening prayer. So, the child’s name that starts with the letter A will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate as the weeks passed by.
After that, the Spiritist worker will introduce the “Raffle Box of Prayers”. In your turn, each child will open the box, choose one prayer and read it loudly for whole class. We will do it until all the kids have their chance to choose and read a prayer.
When the activity with the “Raffle box of Prayers” finishes the volunteer will collect the booklet “The Lord’s Prayer” with the children who was responsible in the previous week.
The volunteer can make up few questions, such as:
· What did you most like in this prayer;
· What could you learn during the week with the prayer and others
The children can also read the prayer for his/hers colleagues. Please note another child will be able to choose himself/herself to take the booklet home and bring it back next week.
P.S. The parents will be informed and also asked about their availability to bring the booklet next week, at the end of the class.
Second: Prayer Activity – Each child will receive a piece of paper in order to create his/her own prayer. As soon as they finish they will be encouraged to read it to their colleagues and put the prayers inside the “Raffle box of Prayers”
Extra activity: The volunteer will bring some music instruments made from recycled materials. The kids should decorate them and sing some songs afterwards.
My God is so Big
Jesus love is very wonderful
Third: Sing songs together; get the children to remain standing but in a circle.
Fourth: Get the children to come up with a list of positive behaviours. The volunteer will merely facilitate but encourage them to come up with the list collectively.
Fifth: Play true/false game – The volunteer will make a list of several essential social skills and mix it up with bad social skills’ behaviour. Each phrase will be written and folded on a small piece of paper. All phrases will be placed inside a bag. Each child will choose one of the pieces of paper, open, read it and establish whether these are true or false. The volunteer will ask what each child thinks about that behaviour.
1. Accepting positive criticism
2. Accept ‘NO’ for an answer
3. Working with others
4. Asking for permission
5. Following instructions
6. Showing respect to others
7. Listening to when someone talks to you
8. Using appropriate voice tone
9. Asking for help when required
10. Making an apology
11. Waiting for your turn
12. Be/playing safe alone and with others
13. Being considerate: thinking of others
14. Be kind to others
15. Be polite with others
16. Be sincere: being totally honest
17. I do what I say, all the time
18. I keep up with what I promise to do.
19. I am grateful to life.
20. I respect my parents, my family and myself.
21. Be responsible for your actions.
Here is a list of words that refer to bad social behaviour:
1. Be Aggressive to others: verbally or physically threatening
2. Argue with people whenever possible
3. I am bossy: always telling people what to do
4. I get people to do what I want
5. I don’t care others or their feelings
6. I am very moody: unpredictable; change moods often
7. Being rude: treating people badly; breaking social rules
8. Don’t think about the effects of your actions or words
Sixth: Acrostic activity – Give each child a piece of paper and ask her/him to write the word ATTITUDE vertically down the left side of the paper.
Set a timer for about 5 minutes and brainstorm with the children all the traits and characteristics that we see in people with a good outlook on life. Let’s look at Jesus, our guide and model to follow. Next, ask the children to remember some of those traits and word them so they fit in acrostic. For example, the children’s paper might say:
Always see the good in a situation.
Tries to find solutions to problems.
Takes time to appreciate the little things.
Is happy with what he has.
Takes responsibility for his actions.
Understands the need to listen to other people’s opinions and thoughts.
Doesn’t complain often.
Seventh: The volunteer will show the following video: (the boy who shares the bread and fish with Jesus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaPChCpphU4
Eighth: Activity - Create a Jesus' life book. The volunteer will first explain they will prepare a book with all the stories told and lived by Jesus. Children will be asked to colour the hardcover of the file and also write down a name for the book. The volunteer will then bring the story of the boy printed (please see the pictures below)
The kids should put the pictures of the story in sequence and also write about what happened in each picture. They should put the first story inside of their book as soon as they finish.
Extra Activities: Activity - Learning how to be a boy who shares. The volunteer will bring the drawing of fish and bread that will be distributed for all the kids. Each child will be asked to write on the fish and bread good actions they do in order to help at home, at school and with their friends. They can have more than 2 pictures if they want. One at each time should then read one action and put the drawing inside of a basket which will be placed in the centre of the table.
Extra story: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
This story is about a miracle. If you don't know what a miracle is, you should by the end of this story. Just remember only God can do miracles, and He still does them today!
Jesus had sent the twelve disciples out into the country and gave them the power to heal sick people and tell others about God's love. When the disciples returned, they met with Jesus to tell Him about all the people they talked with and had healed. They were all very excited to tell Jesus about their adventures.
The problem was people followed the disciples so they could find Jesus. They had seen the miracles He had done and wanted to see more. But Jesus knew the disciples wanted to talk to Him and they hadn't even had a chance to eat yet, so He said to them, "Come with me and we will find a quiet place to talk and get some rest."
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a quiet place. But many people saw them leaving and recognized them and ran after them on land. The boat Jesus and the disciples were in was slowed down because of wind so the people actually got to the other side of shore ahead of them.
When Jesus and the disciples arrived they noticed the large crowd. Jesus felt love for these people because He knew they needed a teacher and someone to believe in. He knew that the disciples would understand so He began teaching the large crowd many things.
It was starting to get late in the day and none of the people had supper yet. The disciples came to Jesus and said, "There is no food around here and it’s already getting late. Maybe we should send the people away so they can go to the surrounding towns and get themselves something to eat."
But Jesus replied, "You give them something to eat." The disciples didn't think that they understood Jesus right, "We can't feed all these people; we would have to work almost a year to pay for all the food." The disciples said shocked.
While the disciples were talking to Jesus one of the disciples named Andrew noticed a small boy walking by with a small lunch. He stopped the boy and asked him what he had. He quickly ran over to where the disciples were talking to Jesus and said, "Here is a boy with five small loaves of bread and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many people?"
Jesus smiled and said, "Ask everyone to sit down." There was lots of grass to sit on so everyone was seated, all five thousand of them. After everyone was seated Jesus took the loaves of bread and thanked God for it. Then the disciples passed around the bread and everyone could take as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
Remember these were five small loaves of bread and two small fish, enough for a boy to eat on his own. There were five thousand people all eating from this boy's small lunch, and they could eat as much as they wanted. There are probably more than five thousand people at your church or school; it's a lot of people!
After everyone was full, Jesus asked the disciples to gather all the food that was leftover so nothing would be wasted. After they gathered all the baskets of food they counted them up. There were twelve baskets still full with some bread and fish from the little boys’ small lunch.
His small lunch probably barely filled one of the baskets before Jesus touched it. And that is a miracle! After the people realized what had happened they said to each other, "This must be an important person sent from God." He was much more than that!
Ninth: Get the children to help cleaning the room; one of the children will do a closing prayer; encourage the children to volunteer for this task. If they don’t want to collaborate we could say we will follow the letters of the alphabet. The child’s name that starts with the letter A will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate.
Class suggested being suitable for: 1st cycle (7 to 8 years old)
Spiritist volunteer: Juana Castro, London, linked to The Spiritist Psychological Society.
Suggested activity to be given as Homework: