We read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs today. At the end, in the particular version we read, Snow White simply spat out the bit of poisoned apple and rose from her glass coffin. As we read this part of the story, one child exclaims,
“She’s just like Jesus!”
We talk about Jesus a lot. We talk about him being a kind, gentle, forgiving and generous person. We talk about how Jesus didn’t just talk about these things, but he did them too (he walked the talk).
I then discussed how we feel when people are not being kind, or how we feel when we are not being kind. The children quickly told me that Jesus would forgive me and show me how to be kind. One child said, ‘When people are being mean everything looks grey and gloomy. It’s not happy and colourful.’ (BINGO! Thank you child!).
I then asked if perhaps they thought Jesus was like a light for people to follow and act like. One child looked very confused and reminded me,
“But Miss Rainbow, there was no electricity when Jesus was live. How was he a light?”
The rest of the class then also chimed in, reminding me that there were no iPads, computers, phones or fridges. They completely disagreed that Jesus was a light for others to follow.
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As we talk about The Easter Story at school, the children have lots of ‘interesting’ questions.
One that gave me a little giggle was,
“Miss Rainbow, why didn’t they put Jesus in a cotton? It’s very mean to put him in a hole and not in a cotton.”
Lucky he didn’t stay in ‘the hole’ for too long, I guess!
Today, we had a class liturgy with the one of the priests at our school. It was a very special time. Our priest talked about Easter, Lent and forgiveness with the children. He also asked them how they could be like Jesus, what being like Jesus ‘looks like’ and he explained that if we need to be more like Jesus, we should pray to God asking for that.
At the end of the liturgy, one boy walked up to the priest and said,
“That made me so happy just then, I could cry!”
The priest had a chuckle, and said, “Oh, it’s alright, just smile about praying!”
The boy then clarified,
“Uh, they’d be happy tears, Father!”
While learning about Jesus today, we talked about Jesus being a person, just like you and me. I read a few stories to the children and explained that even though when he was an adult he had a few ‘special’ things about him, when he was a child, he was just like the children I teach.
We listened to a song about Jesus, which explained where Jesus grew up (Galilee). When asking the children, ‘Where did Jesus grow up?’ One child, brightly and excitedly shot up his hand and said,
“He grew up in Calla Lily! The flowers I grow in the garden must be from that place where Jesus grew up!”