The ten commandments given by God on Mount Sinai are at the core of our social code of behavior today. As parents and teachers our role is to pass on to our children these important values in ways that are both simple and memorable.
Following the philosophy of T.I.M.E. (Think Influential Meaningful Experience), below you will find highlights of the story of The Ten Commandments and discussion point.
When telling the story, be dramatic and exaggerate your actions, to help create an emotional connection for the children. I like to add the sounds of thunder and trumpets and ask the children to join. By asking the children to participate you are allowing them to own the story. It becomes their story and no longer yours.
On their third month traveling in the desert, B'nei Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai. They are told that God has chosen them to be His people. B'nei Israel respond by saying: "We will do and will listen."
God tells the Israelites to bathe themselves and wash their clothes so they will be prepared to receive the Ten Commandments. On the third day God comes down Mount Sinai. The mountain shakes, there is thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of trumpets is heard all around the mountain. God asks Moses to come up the mountain, where He tells him the Ten Commandments:
(Deepen your voice for affect)
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A great way to open up the discussion is by asking the children 'why do we have rules?'
Rules are there to protect us. Such as safety rules (wearing a helmet) and traffic rules. We have rules at home and in class too. What are some of the rules you have at home? in class? Other than keeping us safe, what else do rules provide us? Rules are the moral code of our society.
What would the world be like without any rules?
Once you establish the need for rules in a society in order for them to protect the people living within it, ask the children why do we need rules such as Honoring Our Parents and Keeping the Sabbath a Holy Day? These commandments are not for safety or protection.
Why would God command us to follow these 'rules' as well?
These commandments help create a harmonious and caring society. We need to be kind, respectful and tolerant to all people in the world especially the ones we cherish and honor such as our parents.
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