Religious Classes – How can we “honour thy father and thy mother”?


For 3-7th graders: How can we “honour thy father and thy mother”?

Created by educators Naomi Baumgarten & Curricula team. Lifeforce in Later Years; www.L-i-L-Y.org | T.917-775-1199

This project requires the teacher to help students connect to the right answers (in red) to questions that will help prepare them for honoring their forefathers and mothers.

Warm-Up Session
Teacher asks these two questions, writing on board (1) Who are the fathers and mothers of the fathers and mothers? The grandparents of course. Once this is clear, the second one should be written: (2)Should they be honored by their children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren? Why? The more honor, the better! So, what about seniors that never had any children? Should they be honored? Did they function as teachers, guiding forces, helpers in the lives of those who needed it? Why not assume that they performed similar acts to parents? Why not help all older seniors who need help?

Ask students to write down the thoughts and feeling they have when they hear the phrase ‘elderly people.’ The teacher can ask students to choose a sentence to share with the group. A discussion can follow, depending on time.
Ask students to respond in writing: What are all of the things you need in order to feel healthy, comfortable and happy in the course of a week, both physical and otherwise if this is appropriate for your students. Sleep, nourishment, ability to hear, see, walk, move about freely, see friends, play ball, play games, respect, receive/give love, to be able to do things independently, get homework done correctly, do well in school, etc.

Then, through discussion, help students make the connection to the elderly population. Help students to understand that elderly people have the same needs, but that there are several factors which sometimes prevent these needs from being met. Children may come up with some of these: limited eyesight, limitations in hearing, mobility issues, living far from friends and family. Let them know that sometimes, with good care, older seniors can live long and happy lives. For example, we know of a senior living on 112th Street in Manhattan who is 107 years old. Let them know that CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE can contribute to this care.

Children can learn that OCTOBER 1st is the UN Day to Celebrate Older People and, in the state of NY, October 1st has been legally proclaimed “Love An Elder Day”!

Focused Activity
Contact An Elder: Let students know that through making and sending a greeting card to an elderly relative or neighbor who they know or have seen, they will be adding to the amount of contact that an elderly person has. They can be honored and feel that people have not forgotten them just because they are not able to get out so often.

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