Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

20 November 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sometimes all you need is a really beautiful picture book to make any lesson a huge success. Picture books, lift the flap books and pop up books can enchant and inspire. If you have left your Christmas book shopping a little late – don’t worry. Pop down to Koorong and see what they have available.

Here are some of my favourites.

The Fantastic Christmas Stable opens up to create a delightful 3D play scene, complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, Wise men and animals!

There are plenty of interactive books to choose from, so fill your classroom with these colourful books and spread the Good News!

If you have time to share these stories and activities with your students, you are going to allow them to explore the Christmas story in a creative and engaging way.

If you want some ideas for teaching students about Christmas Gifts, remember to have a look at our other blog, A Few Smallish Fish.

12 November 2018

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

There are so many fabulous videos that you can watch with your students this Christmas time but here are a few that are a little different! Thank you to St Paul's Church in Auckland. These videos are truly magical!

Some children can't imagine that Bethlehem is a real place. Try watching this video and discussing the key themes that are introduced. It might spark a discussion about the current issues in the Middle East as well as questions of peace now and then! This is for older students!

If you are interested in responding to Christmas using drama and role playing in your classroom, this might be just the inspiration you need!

While you are in this Christmas mood, the creative and generous Chaplain Steph from Churchie shared this favourite song. It might be just the song you are looking for this Festive Season!

And for the younger students, a lovely story book with rhyme and rhythm so that the students can read along with the story!

Enjoy the end of the school year with your students as you share the Good News!

3 November 2018

The True Meaning of Christmas

It is November, so I confess. I have started watching Christmas movies on Netflix already!

As Term 4 is such a short term, teachers will need to start showing Christmas movies at school too or you won’t have time to see all the great videos that are available.

For slightly older primary students, make sure you take time to enjoy Superbook – The First Christmas. It is a rather modern take on an ancient story! It explores the true meaning of Christmas.

There are lots of themes to explore, from selfishness to sacrifice, from cruelty to compassion and from bravery to blessings. Students will be captivated by the 'super book' super hero character and the modern perspective on an ancient story. 

Perhaps explore the concept of 'change' during your reflection time. 

How did the characters change in the story? 
How has the birth of Jesus changed history? 
How can celebrating Christmas change our lives? 
Has the way we celebrate Christmas changed over time? 
Should we change the way we celebrate Christmas? 
Why would this story change the hearts of people who hear it?

Enjoy your Christmas movie time with your students. Remember that students, like us, enjoy seeing movies more than once, so do not worry if they say they have seen a movie before. Watching certain movies can become a part of your Christmas tradition with your students.

Merry Christmas!