It’s always fun for us to hear how others are using and adapting the materials we produce in their own contexts. Recently, I’ve received a couple of encouraging notes about how folks are helping young people to live out the peacemaking principles using the Young Peacemaker materials. Perhaps they will be an encouragement and help to you, too.
STORY #1: Scott, a 5th grade teacher all the way over in Thailand, created all sorts of extra teaching materials (songs, scripts for skits, etc.) that he used in his classroom. He created a simple website to share these materials with anyone else who might be interested. He includes some great advice on how he’s had success using the scripts, helping kids really get into the lesson. For instance:
Using these scripts is much more effective than merely having the teacher read the stories to the students. I can think of two reasons this is so. First, students are more involved because they are part of the presentation, not merely listening. Second, students can “feel” conflict from the inside, but in a safe, controlled manner because they are within the confines of a script. And it’s easy! Unlike skits and drama – readers theater is meant to be READ. No memorization.
Thanks, Scott! Great job putting this together!
STORY #2: Gail, from a church in Ohio, wrote the following note to us:
One of our kids’ ministry directors sent me the following:
“This week, and next week as well I will present lesson 7 of the Young Peacemaker curriculum in the public school. I had to delete some of the information due to my restrictions of presenting God. I was able to teach the 5 A’s. I taught them as the 5 A’s of Apology. I then taught the kids the sentences that they would say to correlate to each A. 1. ADMIT “I did it.” 2. APOLOGIZE “I’m sorry” 3. ACCEPT “I deserve it.” 4. ASK “Will you forgive me?” 5. ALTER “I will change.”
The kids started to use the rhymes on the handout as a rap song. So, 5 kids each took 1 step of an apology and rapped about it! It was so fun! They were clapping and stomping and moving in rhythm. They can’t wait till next week when other kids will get to take the rap lead for each step. They will remember this, and they will be able to use it. The teachers that I have been working with were very impressed with the skill that this taught the children. They said they very few of these kids even knew how to say “my bad” or “sorry” and now they are learning how to make an apology that will “turn any anger into a pile of mush.” They are excited to see the kids use it and have each made a flip chart of an apology that is hanging in their rooms.”
How exciting to know these young children are learning peacemaking principles at such a young age!
Yes, Gail, it is exciting! Praise God for his work through you and your church!
If any of you have a story of how you’ve used The Young Peacemaker, we’d love to hear about it. Please post a comment here or send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.