Today’s lesson: consultation brings unity.
May 23, 2014: 8 children, aged 6–13(!). This was a fun, and slightly crazy, class with plenty of movement. We started a new lesson today, after having spent the past few weeks introducing the topic of consultation. The class started and ended early to accommodate our host family, who had to leave to attend a family get-together. Two girls from the neighbourhood who hadn’t attended the class in a while showed up, which was great to see. After starting with prayers, we reviewed the story of the king’s elephant from Lesson 19 in Ruhi Book 3, Grade 2, and then launched into the meat of Lesson 20, beginning with some warm-up games.
After doing our regular stretches, we asked the children to pick a role to play, one that would fit well in a village: teacher, police officer, nurse, grocer, student, etc. We then explained the scenario from the lesson, in which a village ends up in the path of a hurricane, leaving the whole place a mess. The children, in their different roles, had to come together and consult on what measures they should take to deal with the crisis and help life return to normal. As you can guess, there was delightful chaos as the children pantomimed getting blown across the room by the hurricane. With some difficulty, we managed to steer them back towards the point, asking them what problems needed taking care of in the village. At first, things seemed dire. No food! Thousands of bodies littering the streets! Zombie disease everywhere! But as we calmed down from the adrenaline rush and started to consult in earnest, we realized that, hey, the grocery store still had food, and the grocer was willing to give it away to help with the disaster relief. The nurse and doctor organized volunteers to bring injured villagers to the hospital, and the police helped to maintain calm.
Overall, it was a fun class, but a crazy one. The huge disparity in ages accentuated this, as usual. The good news is that we’ve done enough outreach to begin a new class for younger children further down the street, which, if all goes as expected, will be starting in June.