For this coming Monday’s session (10/25/10), we will be taking the children to the church for the Living Rosary. We will most likely still have time left for class – probably 20-30 minutes. Our schedule calls for us to learn about the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.
To introduce the idea of the Sermon on the Mount, I’m going to talk about examples of great speeches in history. To assist, I put together a simple pdf that invites them to try to match phrases from famous speeches with the person who said those words. Take a look.
I don’t think that 4th graders will be familiar with all of these quotes but I think they’ll know a few and I’ll tell the stories about each one (don’t forget, I also majored in history, so I can’t resist this kind of stuff!)
From there, we’ll take a look at the Sermon on the Mount, specifically the Beatitudes. I’m thinking that I will read the Beatitudes as though I’m giving a campaign speech, asking them to applaud after each Beatitude. Then, I’ll invite volunteers – one boy and one girl - to follow my example and do the same thing. At this point, we will have read the Beatitudes 3 times.
With whatever time we have left, we’ll talk about the Beatitudes and how they turn upside-down our expectations of what will make us happy. I might invite the kids to find something in the classroom that they can turn upside-down just to illustrate the point. Of course, we’ll be sure to return it right-side-up before we leave!