The third instalment in our Christmas story was titled Good News and was the story of the angels bringing the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. We revisited what had happened in each of the previous stories before reading this one.
At the activity table I demonstrated how to draw a shepherd and sheep. I showed them how if I stand in front of someone then you can’t see them and indicated that it’s the same for the hills. You can’t see the bit that the shepherd is standing in front of so when you draw a line for the hill you have to stop and then start again on the other side. This is a pretty hard concept for a 4 yr old to grasp. Some were able to do it but others drew the line straight through the shepherd.
Once the drawings were completed we glued on some cotton wool to make our sheep fluffy and we painted the rest with Edicol dye. It was interesting to note that some children just painted a strip of blue across the top. I pointed out that if you look outside the sky doesn’t just stop mid air. It touches the ground. I was really impressed with the effort they made and some of them were so gorgeous I am tempted to take a photo and make Christmas cards out of them!
We’ve been secretly making a movie as a gift for our parents for the end of the year. I’ve been asking the children questions about the Nativity story and the responses to some of the questions have been hilarious! On the subject of shepherds I was told this:
Me: What kind of animals were in the stable? Child: Can I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaasssseeeeee say dinosaurs??
Me: How did the shepherds find the stable? Child: The rided (sic) on a pterodactyl.