Fertile Question: How do stories of the past tell us about God?
Core Content Area Four:
Teachers before you start:
Teachers refer to the Ways to Pray Weebly (including the prayer library) to become familiar with different methods of prayer. Further references, background information and prayer experiences can also be found in the Prep learning byte “And God Said…”.
Stage of Inquiry
Exploring our breath through prayer
Students begin by focusing on the idea of breathing. Students breathe in and out a few times. Students listen as the teacher talks about what it sounds and feels like to breathe. Students become aware of the movement of breathing.
Students share their ideas about the different types of breathing that we can have. Students engage with visual images such as blowing a candle, blowing bubbles, warming hands with breath, breathing underwater to explore types of breathing that make changes and have energy.
Students reflect on which story they have heard from the Bible that mentions breathing. Teacher refers to visuals of the Creation story from Core Content 1 (Genesis 2).
Students explore how the breath in the Creation story is experienced by investigating questions such as:
- What makes God’s breath so special in the story?
- What did God’s breath do in the story of Creation? E.g. As God created the world, God’s breath created a human being.
- What does the story of Creation tell people about how breathing can help them feel God? (e.g. God breathed life into people. From this time and through to the moment each person takes their first breathe, God is with them. A person's breath is a reminder that God loves them and is with them)
Experiencing different types of meditative prayer
Students review why prayer is significant to believers, and to the school and class community.
Students review meditative prayer strategies for their class prayer time, including practices such as times for silence; breathing exercises, stilling the body and Breathing Meditation from the resource Small steps in teaching children how to be silent and still for prayer.
As a whole class students investigate ways that people can listen and talk to God through different types of prayer e.g. by making a class list or booklet that includes ideas such as images of praying hands, sitting quietly, music, mandalas, and mantras.
Students share what skills might help people to listen and talk to God. E.g. being still, head bowed, eyes closed and being quiet.
In small groups, or as a whole class, students explore different places to pray in the school such as prayer garden, sacred space, parish church, classrooms.
Students are introduced to different ways of praying and students explore prayer through sensory prayer experiences such as