Today was a celebration of all the things we learned over the last 21 lessons of Grade 2 – wow! Over this past year, we have worked our way through 7 different themes: Prayer, Obedience to God’s Laws, Seeking knowledge, Living in harmony, Being a good friend, service and Consultation. All of them represent patterns of conduct, that show the inner qualities of the virtues we studied in Grade 1. It’s been quite a journey and I’m very proud, how well the children participated and made this journey so exciting!
To remember the 7 prayers the children have memorised as part of these lessons, we made some very special prayer books today. Get the copy master here (print on 2 separate A4 sheets, fold in half on the horizontal and vertical) and tie together with string – done 🙂
To finish off for today we prepared some of the craft activities for our end-of-year special day at the upcoming Whiti Te Rā, Saturday 8 December, 9.30am to 4pm at McJorrow Park. Don’t forget and do come and join us there at the Te Whakakotahitanga o te Rawhiti stall for some crafts and fun… It’s been a wonderful year – thank you to everyone who made it possible!!!
Craft ideas are from the Australian Peace Pack – thank you Australia!
Lesson 21 has the most wonderful introduction on consultation and the spiritual qualities we need to practice when consulting with each other –
When people come together to consult, they share their ideas with purity of heart and radiant spirits. They all know that, in order to discover the right way forward, they must each contribute their thoughts and understanding. They speak courteously to one another and use kind and gentle words. More important, they know that they must listen carefully to one another and think about what each person is saying.
It is in listening and thinking, not just speaking, that ideas come together; new and wonderful ideas are born. Think of making soup. Many different ingredients are put together in a pot, like carrots and beans, salt and water, and as they cook over the fire, all the separate things melt together into one whole and become a delicious meal for everyone to enjoy. In consultation, as all the participants share their thoughts lovingly, listen patiently and think carefully, with their hearts turned to God and confident in His blessings, the most beautiful ideas emerge.
We decided for the next lesson – we will make soup! 🙂
For today’s lesson, we then concentrated on finishing the memorisation of our prayer. The second half of it was turned into a beautiful pop-up card. See the pics for examples.
There are only 2 more classes before the summer holidays… Next week (2 December) we’ll make soup (bring an ingredient if you can) and the week after we have our end-of-year celebration – at this point it looks like we might go to the pool – wohoo! 🙂
Note: We’re very excited to be at Whiti Te Rā again this year – held on Saturday, 8 December – where we will have a stall to join in with the neighbourhood celebrations. Come and say hello 🙂
Just a quick picture from our stall at the Whiti te Rā festival at the park yesterday. Lots of music, people and happy faces. We did crafts and facepainting at the shared stall for Ko te Aroha and our childrens class (Te Whakakotahitanga o te Rāwhiti). The banner the children made last week, looked awesome! 🙂
See you all next Sunday (11 Dec) for our year-end class and certificate hand-out. Bring your family and whanau to share some morning tea as well and enjoy the songs and fellowship.