In my ongoing efforts to teach according to a principle set forth by St. Ignatius of Loyola—”When teaching, enter through their door, but be sure to leave through your door”—I have found a couple of cute video clips that fourth graders should be able to relate to as a way of introducing the concept of trust and how God can be trusted because he kept his promise of salvation.
The first is the Geico insurance commercial in which the CEO talks about trust and then invites the little Gecko to catch him as he falls backwards in a trust activity.
The second is the classic scene from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” in which Lucy promises to hold the football for Charlie Brown instead of pulling it away as she always does. She tells Charlie that he can trust her.
I plan to use these two as a prelude to learning about the story of Adam and Eve and God’s promise of salvation.