Parables are Great …no really and they are easy to make into
Real…Relevant lessons for your class
Remember I teach first grade but the following can be taught to classes of any level.
If you want your class to remember what you’re teaching this is a way to do it.
Start like this:
Class today we are going to hear a story about a gardener
What does a gardener do?
(grow things, plant things, take care of plants/garden)
(perhaps have some seeds on hand to show them)
Explain the word sower
Read Mathew 13:1-9(the link above)
now tell the class they are going to help tell the story and that you need some volunteers
First you need a sower
then depending on the number of children in your class you can divide them up into groups to be the different types of seed.
help the children pantomime the story(similar to how I discussed The Parable of the Good Samaritan)
it may help for you to watch Godspell as they do this parable in that musical (check out this link starting at 4:29)
and the following which I did not create can be found on YouTube and is a cute animation that illustrates what happens to each type of seed
Remember in everything you do when teaching others about the gospel
….oh yeah about that….ask the children
–what things in their lives make them feel like they just can’t grow(like the seeds on the rocky ground
– what things in their lives make them shrink or feel like they are being choked(like the seeds surrounded by weeds)
– and finally what things in their lives make them feel important and loved so they can grow to be faithful followers of the gospel(like the seeds planted on fertile ground)
go forth in faith to love and serve the lord
peace in christ