Help trace the miracles, parables and events of our Lord's life while showing children who the real hero in their lives should be.
What is a hero? In today's modern world, many of our children are very confused about who or what a hero actually is. Many children do not even consider Jesus as a candidate for this honor, which is very sad considering He is to be the focus of their lives. Many think of celebrities, sports stars, fictitious characters, singers and contrived personalities as heroes to pattern their behavior and morality after. The truth is there really isn't anyone on the earth - past, present or future - that even mildly compares to the power and authority of our Lord, Jesus.
Many times I am amazed at who children seem to think are most important to them. I have use this lesson in my CCD class as a way to teach the children about Jesus, the miracles He performed, and the parables He taught. I also use it as a chance to tell them about the importance of choosing the right influences in their lives. I often feel like I am competing with the Internet, computer games, television, and so forth for a mere 75 minutes of attention weekly. I am merely a mouth piece for our Lord, but I wanted to make sure that children take home with them a catechism lesson as well as a lesson that they can use in their everyday life as they deal with peer pressure and the bombardment of the modern world. Thus, this lesson was born.
By comparing our Lord to any hero possible (real or fictional), children will see how powerful, awesome and loving our Lord really is. He gives us everything we will need to be happy forever. Using the things that every hero (super or otherwise) generally possesses: special powers or talents, a unique identity or costume, enemies, special friends or fans, righteousness, and triumphs over evil, children are challenged to come up with a hero greater than our Lord. They can easily see that our Lord possesses all the hero criteria and then some.
To use this lesson simply download the sixteen page file, print out the card pieces on card stock and laminate for repeated use and best results. Print the activity sheets, one per student. Read through the directions and scripture suggestions to prepare yourself. Using the picture cards, labels and sign, children must guess what categories the picture cards belong to and what heroic feature they highlight in Christ, whom we should all imitate. Christ's enemy, the devil, is our enemy too. Christ's teaching the apostles to pray, teaches us to pray as well. His friends, the apostles (the saints), are our friends too!!
It really is such a fun lesson.
Theme: Illuminating Jesus Christ as the hero for our lives
Focus: Comparing Jesus Christ to a modern-day hero or fictitious superhero
This resource is suitable for CCD classes or home education use.
Laminate pieces for repeated use.
Download packet includes all pieces, teaching instructions, and reference sheet.