A class with the ‘littlies’… learning about patience

Kia ora everyone! We had a fabulous class supporting our youngest children’s class participants – the 2-5 year olds. Starting out with prayers and songs and of course a scrumptious morning tea, Raewyn then started the lesson on patience.

First we heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. Each of the children could then choose to be either a tortoise or a hare – colouring in their little paper puppets (stuck on a straw) and re-enacting the race, that the two take. The hare laughs and is off in a hurry, realising, that the tortoise cannot keep up with his speed. He goes and has a little sleep since he’s so far ahead of the tortoise. But – the tortoise – slow and steady, wins the race, while the hare is sleeping! What an example of patience and perseverance! 🙂

After finishing the race, there was a sing-along to Stefan’s CD – the ‘Patience’ song: “…practicing patience is a wonderful thing, the more that you practice the more love it will bring, so be willing to wait for the things that you want, be patient and gentle and kind…”

And then the wonderful children did some more crafts – a pretty little butterfly, cut out of coloured paper, and its wings decorated beautifully with glitter gems and coloured bits of paper. They then got stuck onto a peg, that had a magnet attached, so the butterflies can go to our homes to adorn our fridges. They’ll definitely help us remember to be patient – just as it takes time for a caterpillar to wrap itself up into a cocoon (or chrysalis) before transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

After a snack of popcorn, which the children helped make (very patiently too!) it was time for quick ride on the 6-seater buggy – what a wonderful Sunday! Thank you everyone and we can’t wait to see you again next week.

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