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Phyllis vos Wezeman and Colleen Aalsburg Wiessner have a book called "When did we see you?" Sixty Creative Activities to Help 4th to 8th Graders recognize Jesus today. I realize that's not the primary age group you requested, but it might be helpful.
Exchange Volunteer adds: book is out of print. Look for used copies on the internet. Published by Ave Maria Press; Spiral edition, 1994.
For Spring 2001 we adapted the Building a Culture of Peace Begins with Children from Presby. Peackemaking Program for our workshops. I have also utilized Peacemaking Creatively through the Arts (ALAssocicates, Phyllis Wezeman)extensively. 2 other resources I have, but haven't used (yet) are Young Peacemaker Project and PeaceWorks, from Kathy Fry-Miller (Educational Ministries Publ). We made indiv. Peace Poles and worldpeace.org website is great for those. Good Luck and May Peace Prevail on Earth!
has a great free curriculum book on hunger. We adapted it for a VBS long ago. Check it out. Pam C.
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POSTED BY Ruth Kroboth on 10/21/02:
I'd recommend the book Peace Begins with You by Katherine Scholes (ISBN# 0-316-77436-7). It's nice for young children. We're using it for K-4th grades. Among other things, it talks about how working for peace may mean starting a conflict, standing up and saying "NO!" We will also be learning a bit about Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu encouraging South Africans to put injustices of the past aside and work for peace. Brand new Nobel laureate, Jimmy Carter is another great role model (and a Sunday School teacher!)
For older kids (middle school & high schoolers - even adults) we will use Mark Twain's "The War Prayer." It describes a congregation praying for the success of their young soldiers and the destruction of their enemy. Then flips the coin to consider that victory for one side means tradgedy for the other. Powerful & thought-provoking.
With so many tensions in the world I too have given this a lot of thought and prayerful consideration. All I can say is that I have no idea how to counsel about war. I can only work to teach peace to the next generation if only in my small corner of the world.
I just posted my lesson on peace & peacemaking. Check them out under "Beatitudes - Blessed are the Peacemakers." Blessings to you and to all of us as we try to answer the unanswerable, Ruth
POSTED BY Catherine on 10/22/02
After 9/11 we changed our plans for Advent and wrote worskhops for a rotation on The Prince of Peace - Peacemaking. Though we did this at Christmas, it could be used anytime.
One activity was to make origami cranes for world peace - part of the true story about a Japanese girl named Sadako. The entire congregation got into it! They are a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy. We made 1000 paper cranes. The little kids made a simple origami peace dove.
Our other workshops deal with how children can resolve conflict in their own lives.
We need to start somewhere!!
You can find this lesson set at the exchange under Jesus' Birth/Advent - other ideas Or you can find the set at our web site:
Yours in Peace, Catherine
POSTED BY Lisa M on 10/29/02
In the current political climate: the story of Hagar and Ishmael in the Abraham narrative is good for helping us understand that Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam all have the same roots.
The peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9) is good for children. Through nature programs they know that wolves and lambs aren't natural friends, but that God's vision is for a world at peace.
POSTED BY Cindy LB on 10/29/02
We are using a book in our Children's Worship program that goes through names for God.
Last Sunday's name was Jehovah Sabbaoth- God is in control. We talked about God being in control of the whole world, even when it doesn't look like it. We touched on war a little, and that God is still in control of these places where wars are happening. We then prayed for different countries- that God would show his love to them and that they would learn about his love in Jesus.
The kids really got into it- we had a few globes and the blow up beach ball type globe that we passed around. Each child chose a country and then prayed for that country as they held the ball.
Along with teaching kids about individual peacemaking, remember prayer is our greatest weapon!!
POSTED BY julie burton on August 07, 2004
A couple of resources that may help are Peacemaking resources from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Go to www.pcusa.org and search the catalog.
A great book I found is "World Peas" (author escapes me). No, that's not a typo! It has some great activities.
POSTED BY Lisa M. on posted August 12, 2004
One of the posted rotations for the Beatitudes is a unit on "Blessed are the Peacemakers" which is very good.
POSTED BY Jan FPC Napa on August 12, 2004
Here's a free lesson from Cook Ministries called "God's Peace, My Peace". We've adapted parts and used the prayer labyrinth from it.
by Karyn Henley, Standard Publishing, 2002, ISBN: 0784713693.
Description: Do your students want to know God? Do they want to discover how to live at peace with others? Use Making Peace to help kids explore why and how to make peace with God and others. This 13-week course about making peace will help kids understand what it means to be at peace with God and others, provide biblical examples of people who were peace makers, and guide kids in ways to confront, apologize and forgive biblically. This book includes small group and large group discussions and activities, and activities to help kids deal with anger, make peaceful choices, and live in harmony. Ages 8-11
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Ruth Moore -Posted May 16, 2003
We are going to be doing a rotation model summer study using UMC Peacemaking curriculum. What an important topic for our time. The news lately of the high school girls attacking each other has left me with convictions that we need to help our children learn non violent conflict management. I also think we need to help parents model this. I have noticed elementary aged girls hitting other girls ( even 3rd graders) when they are jealous or want something. I have noticed children who are bullied unable to repond. I've noticed a few boys who slap younger sisters frequently.
I obvious repond to each situation. Any ideas of ways to teach children that this behavior is inappropriate and that peaceful resolutions are not only the moral choice but also a more productive choice in resolving conflict, If we pray for God's Kingdom to come on earth we must work toward those ends. I work among well educated, wealthy, highy competetive people
This may be a contributing factor. They are trying their best but we need to do more. Shalom !!
Ann Cover - Posted August 20, 2003
I would love to see your curriculum for Peacemakers. I also have the umc curriculum, but find it difficult to teach. Whatelse did you use?
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posted March 31, 2005
I'm looking for some ideas for computer lessons under the topic of "Peace, Peacemaking." We do not have software as was recommended --Actual Reality, but might get that. I'm in a fix for ideas to use with "Kid Pix" for toddlers-grade 3.
posted March 31, 2005
I just did a search on the internet for ideas on computer lessons for peace and came up with some ideas to get you thinking.
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If you do a Google search using words such as, "bible stories related to racism" you will get lots of hits. Suggestions of Bible stories to use were: Good Samaritan, Moses, Ruth & Naomi, Rahab... I'd pick a few, then look in those lesson forums for material that would work with your racism theme.
This could be acted out in a drama workshop very easily.
How about some Creative Writing and tying to NPR's Michele Norris and her Race Card Project? Her project was to spark thoughts about race and ethnicity written in just six words. Could also be a Computer Workshop idea if you've got internet access you could explore her site, and maybe use Let's Talk to speak their thoughts?