I am so happy to announce that this week started our first week of Sunday School at our church. I am teaching the 4th grade class and I am super excited that I have a class of awesome students who are excited to learn about the Word of God! So as this is my first time teaching I would like to share it with all of you and get your feedback.
Luke 16: The Parable of the Rich man.
So one of the key lessons I wanted my kids to learn from this story is the idea of privileged. How do you teach privileged of a class of fourth graders! I did some research and figured that showing the kids that life is not fair would be a good place to start.
I wadded up a bunch of paper and made them stand in line and try to get them to make all of the papers in the basket. Of course the kids in the back complained and the children in the front said nothing. This fact went completely unnoticed by the class.
This was actually based on a lesson for high school students that I modified for my class, you can find the original link here .
By asking them to figure out the following they were able to grasp the concept:
- Why wasn’t this fair?
- What could the people in the front do to help those in the back?
- Why didn’t the people in the front offer to help?
- What would Jesus say to do in this situation based on this parable?
- How can we make it fair for everyone?
- How do we apply this to real life and making good choices?
Leave the questions open ended. My class wonderfully outlined that sometimes if we do not know we are supposed to help others that we don’t. This gave us an opportunity to talk about how Jesus wants us to always help others even when it is not considered the social norm.
The harder lesson to tackle was not being able to serve God and Money. My class wants to be rich (because who doesn’t), so once again all I could do was try to get them to figure out the answers on their own.
- Why should we choose to serve God over money? (This question is supposed to be hard put those brains to work)
- Why does God want us to pay attention to things like helping the poor and being a good person over being rich and famous?
- When have you been in a situation where you picked doing the right thing over money?
I love making my class think and I love that they were honest that some of them had never been in those kind of situations. They were however able to still give examples of different situations such as turning in a found wallet, doing volunteer work and not getting paid for it (like Ms. Bella they were so happy to add), or like picking up trash when no one asked us to, which is how we ended the last 15 mins of class.