quinta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2015

Spiritual Family, the real ties

Class suggested being suitable for: 1st cycle (7 to 8 years old)

First: Opening prayer - The Spiritist Volunteer will bring the book LEARNING HOW TO PRAY - A BOOK OF PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN by Elsa Rossi. The following story will be told:


‘Prayer for the Love in the World

Dear Jesus,

My Dad always starts to pray by asking for protection for the world.
I want to do just like him and ask you to protect the world and to make love grow in people’s hearts.
May love be the smile in everybody, the joy of life and this way we all can be good neighbours and live in harmony?
Please Jesus, help the world to progress towards love!’

more>>The Spiritist worker will introduce a box of prayer after the prayer and will ask for one child to volunteer himself/herself to read the prayer for the class. Please ask the child to say his/her words as well, as to complement the opening prayer.


Second: Welcome the children into the session. Say how happy we are to see them there and how important they are for the class. Play hot potato game with the children. When the music stops the child who is holding the hot potato ball will be asked to answer what they can do with their hands; ask for examples.


Third: Sing songs together; get the children to remain standing but in a circle.



Fourth: Get the children to watch the following video and see what their reaction is as we go through the video.



Desenho animado feito por André Gonzaga baseado na parabola "O Lenhador e a Raposa".asgonzaga@gmail.com

Fifth: Get them to retell the story and talk to the children about the video
  • What happened? 
  • Who are the characters of the story? 
  • How about the woodcutter? How do you think he behaved? 
  • What would you have done, in his case? 
  • Is this the right way to treat a friend?
  





Seventh: Get them to retell the story but change the end of the story. Chat with them about friends being part of our spiritual family. We have our blood family but our friends are also part of our spiritual family. Ask them how can we build up a spiritual family? What happens with our family members when they go back to the spiritual world?



Eighth: Get them to draw some members of their spiritual family – friends, colleagues from school, their spiritual mentor, people that are special for them in their hearts. Ask them if they can share with the younger children what they have learned today!



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.



Suggested activity to be given as Homework:


Sixth: Get the children to work on the following activity. They will get copies of certain shots of the movie and will need to place them in the right order.


  1. MAKE A LIST OF ALL PEOPLE YOU CAN THINK OF WHO ARE IN THE BLOOD FAMILY! 
  1. NOW MAKE A LIST OF ALL PEOPLE YOU CAN THINK OF WHO ARE IN YOUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY! HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS LIST IS LARGER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE? 

Spiritist volunteer: Carolina von Scharten, London, linked to BUSS - The British Union of Spiritist Societies.


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