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• You tell your coach that you will bring snacks for half time. But you forget to tell your mom. You show up at the game without the snack you promised. Accident, mistake, or sin?• Youseeyoubigsister’shomeworkonthetable.Youaremadat your sister. You take a marker and scribble all over her homework paper. Accident, mistake, or sin? en ask each child to make up his or her own superhero.  e power of the superhero is virtue. Children can choose any virtue they want their hero to show. Give examples to get children started: Temperance Man, Justice Girl. Distribute art paper and markers. When everyone is  nished drawing, take time to share the results. Discuss how they can imitate their hero’s virtue.God’s LawThe Ten Commandments, page 31Go through the Ten Commandments, reading what each requires. Ask for examples of how children can keep each Commandment. You may need to make clear that  ghting, getting angry, and hurting someone’s feelings are all sins against the Fifth Commandment.Discuss with children what it means for a person to examine his or her conscience. Help children write their own examination of con- science based on their discussion of the Ten Commandments. Give them lined paper to write out questions for each Commandment. Encourage children to go through these questions honestly every night before they go to sleep.  ey can end with the Act of Contri- tion, and try to do better the next day.The Great Commandments, page 32Help children see that the Great Commandments sum up the Ten Commandments.  e  rst three Commandments tell us how to love God.  e other seven Commandments tell us how to love others.  e Great Commandments tell us how to love God and to love oth- ers as we love ourselves.The New Commandment—The Law of Love, page 32 Read the text aloud. Ask children for examples of how Jesus’ law of love can help them learn how to love one another.The Good News, page 32Point out that this list summarizes what it means to be a Christian. Tell children that you will read each item. Invite them to respond after each by saying,  at is good news! Read each item slowly and with expression. Wait for their response before going on.What Would You Do? page 33 Answers:1. Fourth Commandment2. Seventh Commandment3. Fifth CommandmentKeep My Commandments, page 34Invite the children to draw a picture showing how he or she can fol- low Jesus’ commandments at home or at school.PRAYThe Bible Is a Great Prayer Book, page 35Invite children to look through the Book of Psalms with you. Explain that there are prayers here for every human feeling. Have the children  nd Psalm 23. Read it together, alternating verses between boys and girls.• Youtakethedogforawalk.Whenyougethome,youarereally thirsty. You leave the dog in the backyard and go into the kitchen to get a drink. When you go back out, the dog is gone. Accident, mistake, or sin?• Atdinneryoukickyourbrotherunderthetable.Hekicksback. You yell and say your brother kicked you. Accident, mistake, or sin?Emphasize that Jesus teaches us to do the right thing, not just to avoid doing the wrong thing. Ask for examples of how children their age do the right thing. Go over each of the scenarios again. What would be the right thing for a child to do?The Choice Is Yours, page 29Play “Red Light, Green Light.” Cut three 12-inch circles out of construction paper—one red, one green, and one yellow. Place the three circles in a row on the  oor—red, yellow, green— with about six inches between them.Explain that when making a moral choice, we may need to stop and think before we go ahead and do something. Have a volunteer stand up. Pose a moral dilemma such as the one in this story. No one wants J.R. to be on their team at recess because he is not a very good player. You know he feels left out. You want to let J.R. play on your team, but you are afraid of what the other kids will say. What should you do?Ask a volunteer to stand on the red circle.  en ask the other chil- dren to tell you what that means. Have the child move to the yellow circle. Discuss with the class the questions the volunteer should ask or think about before he or she makes a decision about J.R. When the volunteer is ready, he or she should move to the green circle and tell everyone what he or she has decided to do.Play “Jesus Says,” based on “Simon Says.” Prepare statements ahead of time so you can keep up a quick pace. Everything that Jesus says should be good, such as, “Jesus says, “Say your prayers.”  e others are bad choices, such as, “Tell a lie.” Children can respond to the statements with a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down.Virtues, page 30Ask children to de ne the word habit. What are some examplesof good habits? What are some examples of bad habits? Explainthat there is another kind of habit—moral habits.  ese habits are morally good or morally bad. Good moral habits are called virtues. Some examples of virtues are kindness, truthfulness, generosity. Bad moral habits are called vices. Some examples of vices are cheat- ing, disobeying, sel shness.Tell children that the word virtue comes from a Latin word that means “strong.” Ask them to  nd and underline the word strong on page 30. Read aloud the sentences in which strong is used.12

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