Hi Godly Play Teachers,
Welcome to our lesson for July 8, the Parable of the Sower.
As you ask the wondering questions, if children have trouble, try to help them put themselves in the place of the sower. (Particularly helpful for questions 3,6,7,8,13,14)
So the important wondering questions we'll use this week are:
1. I wonder if the person had a name.
2. I wonder who the person could really be?
3. I wonder if the person was happy when the birds came and ate the seeds.
4. I wonder if the birds were happy then they saw the sower.
5. I wonder who the birds really are.
6. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds could not get their roots in among the stones.
7. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds were choked by the thorns.
8. I wonder what the person was doing when the little seeds were growing in the good earth.
9. I wonder what the harvest could really be?
10. I wonder what the sower used for seed?
11. I wonder what the sower sold?
12. I wonder what the sower kept for food?
13. I wonder if the sower was surprised at the harvest?
14. I wonder what part surprised the sower most?
Idea Sparkers for our Create a Gift for God time:
1. For the fourth and fifth graders, please use this time first for working on our hall project, making illustrations of Jesus's life. Please ask them to draw their figures as big as possible, to use color, and to make the scenes close-up, like the ones on the Easter tiles. The subjects for their drawings may include:
1. Jesus' birth
2. Jesus as a boy in the temple
4. Jesus' temptation
5. Jesus' work as a healer and parable teller
6. Jesus offers the bread and wine
7. Jesus offers himself at Easter
Thank you! You know I don't like to prescribe what the kids should spend their time on-I like them to have a choice- but we really need their help with this! The drawings will be such a wonderful addition to our hallway.
2. For the younger kids, this would be a perfect time to actually sow some seeds. You could use Styrofoam cups or small terra cotta pots which the kids could decorate, then fill with soil in which to plant a seed. You could also have them write a verse on a popsickle stick to put in the soil near the seeds they sow. They could choose a verse from the Bible story (a good way to have them look up the story themselves) or use Psalm 119:16b “I Shall not forget your Word.”
3. Children could also reproduce the parts of the parable box-the sower, the birds, the pots, the rocky ground, the thorns, the plants.
4. Children could illustrate the parable with watercolors or markers or colored pencils.