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.
Second: Prayer Activity – Get the children to create their own prayers. They will be able to decorate them as they wish. Ask each child to read the prayer to the rest of the group.
Everyone will need to stop and listen to each one’s prayer. When the activity with the “Raffle box of Prayers” finishes the volunteer will collect the booklet “The Lord’s Prayer” with the child who was responsible for it during the previous week.
The Lord’s Prayer booklet
The volunteer can ask questions, such as the below:
- What did you most like in this prayer;
- What could you learn during the week with the prayer and others
- Ask him/her to read the prayer to the rest of the group.
Another child will be able to choose himself/herself to take the booklet home and bring it back on the following week.
P.S. Parents will be informed and also asked about their availability to bring the booklet next week, at the end of the class.
Third: Sing songs together, which could be as follows
My God is so Big
Jesus love is very wonderful
Fourth: Story Time - The volunteer will tell them the Story called: The blue whale
She was born big and strong. Since newborn, the whale was already much larger than the other inhabitants who lived deep into the ocean. After all, it was a whale. A beautiful blue whale! His friends called him flabby. The whale couldn’t play and have fun like all other sea creatures because of its size.
Over time, it could only play with the other whales. It began to develop a huge disdain for other creatures, whether fish, molluscs or shellfish.
The blue whale began to consider others to be small and insignificant. It was now full of pride for its size and beauty. The whale would say to the other sea creatures when they approached wanting to play or just talk:
- Can’t you see? Look at my size and look at yours! Go and find other creatures. I am busy now to talk to you.
Many sea creatures ran away from it for fear of being crushed by the blue whale. It then began to believe to be invincible and self-sufficient. It claimed, confident and full of pride:
- I am strong and powerful. I don’t need anybody.
One day, however, it went strolling with her mom, but decided to go on a different direction. The blue whale was delighted to see the beauty of some corals. It ended up getting lost from the rest of the group.
That region was absolutely unknown to the baby blue whale.
It didn’t worry. The blue whale was strong and knew how to defend itself. There wasn’t one single living creature in the see that could beat it up. The whale was also confident it would be able to find the way home. It was only a matter of time. It wasn’t afraid of anything, with its intelligence and strength.
The whale travelled vast distances without knowing which way it was going to. The whale then suddenly began to feel tired. It came closer to a beach and got stuck on a sandbank. The whale tried to get away from it but couldn’t. It then began to plead for help:
- Help! Help! I'm stuck and can’t get out! Help! Please!
The beach was desert; hardly anyone passed by those areas.
The poor animal had now spent many hours away from the water, under the sun. It felt increasingly weak after that time, feeling exhausted from fighting for its life.
Nobody answered its prayers. The poor blue whale thought that was going to be the end of its life. It would die there, helpless and far from its family.
She cried a lot. The blue whale soon realized that it wasn’t as self-sufficient as it always believed to be. The huge body of the blue whale, it was always so proud of, was precisely the reason why it was on the sandbar.
The blue baby whale said, with tears in the eyes:
- Ah! If I were small as the other fish I wouldn’t be in this situation now.
The whale meditated a lot. The animal decided that if it managed to survive from that incident, it would become a different whale. It would never despise anyone anymore. The whale would stop being so proud and become friends with every sea creature.
A boy walked on that beach, a few hours later. He saw the blue whale and shouted in delight:
- A blue whale! It seems to be stuck, the poor thing. I'll get help.
If it was another time, the blue whale wouldn’t believe such small creature could be of some use. It was different now, however. The whale thanked God for sending that young child to help it.
After some time, the boy returned with his father and other people. They worked together and managed to free the whale, which happily disappeared in the waters.
Some time later, the whale found its mother. Mother whale was very worried, looking for her baby whale everywhere. Phew! What a relief!
On that day, a great party took place in the sea. The fish were quite surprised for being invited by the blue whale to that party. Furthermore, the sea creatures were received with care and attention by the beautiful blue whale, which changed from that day onwards.
Fifth: Create an Ocean Shapes Mural. This activity is going to be used to enable kids to cooperate and respect each other while playing. This idea was taken from the internet
(http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/05/ocean-shapes- craft-for- kids.html)
- Bright printer paper / multi-coloured paper
- Contact paper
- Good quality painter
- Scissors and markers.
Sixth: The volunteer will bring a daily visual schedule for the children to play with, using a pocket chart. Each child will have a turn to grab one activity from the pocket chart, mimic it and place the card for the schedule in a basket which will be placed in front of the pocket chart.
This idea was taken from the site:
Seventh: The children will be given a piece of paper with several actions on it. They will need to stick a ‘Happy or Sad’ face on each picture, depending if it’s good or bad behaviour. They can also colour the ‘good behaviour’ drawings.
Eighth: Videos from Affies4Kids Series
I Am A Good Listener - AudioBook - Affies4Kids
I Am A Good Listener: Teaching children the importance of listening
Extra activity - 5 step breathing technique, which was found on the internet:
Ninth: Reading Time - Spiritist Books for children will be placed on the table. The children would be invited to share, to read and say what they see when they are reading.
Tenth: Healing Theatre - Prepare the kids for the healing time. The volunteer will bring many pieces of paper with some good and bad instructions. 2 children will participate on activity at a time. 1 child would seat down on the chair meanwhile the other will read the instructions. The child who is sitting down on the chair should follow the instructions told by the othe colleague. If these are good instructions the child should stick it on a board created by the volunteer. However, if these are bad instructions the child should through it in a bin. Each pair at a time will have the chance to participate.
Eleventh: Closing prayer - One of the children will do a closing prayer. Explain we will follow
he letters of the alphabet in order to choose the volunteer for the closing prayer. So, the child’s name that starts with the letter B will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate as the weeks passed by.
Class suggested being suitable for: Kindergarten (5 to 6 years old)
Spiritist volunteer: Carolina von Scharten, London, linked to The Spiritist Psychological
Suggested activity to be given as Homework: