Aim To better understand the kind of child Father was
* To better understand the kind of child Father was.
* To learn from this story about our own life as a child
Story – A Most Unusual Child by June Saunders
Visual aids – a picture of Father’s Mother – Kim Kyung-gye
1. State the aims of the lesson
2. Brainstorm words to describe Father as a child
2. Tell the story
4. Complete the worksheet
5. Colour the Korean flag (if there is time)
* Tell the children the aims of the lesson
* Ask children what kind of child they think Father was. Brainstorm words and put them on the whiteboard
2) Story & Discussion
* Tell the the story. As you read ask the children to think about the words they gave. Are they accurate? When you have finished review and adjust the list of words
* Use the list of words from the worksheet to add to the whiteboard – wild , curious , caring, special , friend to the poor , hated injustice, compassionate, active, easily cried , mischievous, strong character, sensitive
* Discuss the three questions
1) What three qualities in Father’s character do you think are the most important?
2) In what way did Father live for others?
3) What can you do in your family to live for others?
* Children fill in the missing words on the worksheet, answer the three questions and colour the pictures
As a child Father was a very caring and compassionate boy, who understood the suffering of others.
He became a friend to the poor. He gave them food and sometimes his own clothes. He could easily cry when he saw people suffering. Father was very curious about nature and knew a lot about animals, birds, fish and plants. He was also sensitive spiritually and could tell if a marriage would be successful or not
On the other hand Father was strong and wild and not easy to control. Until he was around ten years old, he was mischievous and wrestled a lot with other boys.. He was highly active, always running, never walking, and into everything. He also had a strong sense of right and wrong. He hated injustice so much that he would protest loudly, even to grown-ups. Once, his uncle aid, “That boy will either become a king or a terrible traitor.” Despite his strong character his parents loved him deeply. They knew he was very special and would be a great person one day.
*Colour the picture of the South Korean flag if there is time
South Korea is a country in eastern Asia. South Korea’s flag pictures a red and blue Yin-Yang symbol, red (yang) on top, blue (yin) on the bottom, in the center of a white field. Four groups of three long and short black bars (called kwae) surround the central circle. This ratio of the height to the width of the flag is 2:3. South Korea’s flag was adopted on January 25, 1950; the flag is called Taegukki (which means, “Great Extremes”).
The white in this philosophical flag represents peace and purity. Symbolically, the Yin-Yang symbol represents opposites; it is the belief that all things in the universe have two, opposite aspects that cannot exist without the other. The kwae trigrams are from the I Ching; the broken bars symbolize yin (dark and cold) and the unbroken bars symbolize yang (bright and hot). The four Kwae represent: heaven (three unbroken bars), the Earth (three broken bars), water (one unbroken line between two broken bars), and fire (one broken bar between two unbroken bars). The Kwai trigrams are placed in such a way that they balance one another, heaven is placed opposite Earth, and fire is placed opposite water.
* Ask volunteers to read their answers.
*Ask each person what they could learn from today’s lesson. Refer to the lesson aims
– To better understand the kind of child Father was.
– To learn from this story about our own life as a child
5) End with a prayer