Aim to learn that parents love for children is the same as God’s love and lasts forever

Aims
To learn that parents love for children is the same as God’s love and lasts forever
To learn that parents love their children no matter what they do


Materials
*Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose
*a large line drawing of a heart
*Picture of a family or picture from the story to cut and paste
*heart-shaped stickers
*Scissors & glue


Lesson Outline
1. Introduction
2. Story & Discussion
3. Activity – cut & paste pictures
4. Review aims of lesson
5. Prayer


1) Introduction

What does your mother do to show that she loves you? Does she love you when you are naughty?
Does she love you when she is angry? Today’s story is called Mama, Do You Love Me?,


2) Story & Discussion
* The story is about an Inuit Indian girl who lives on the Arctic Tundra of North America. It is a universal and timeless story of a child testing the limits of her independence. This story focuses on one simple question. Will their parents always love them no matter what the child does. The answer is a very clear yes

Discussion
* The girl asks Mama “How much do you love me?” She says she loves her daughter more than a  raven loves his treasure, more than a dog loves his tail and more than a whale loves his spout.
How much does your mother love you? Can you show with your arms?

* The girl asks Mama, “How long will you love me?” She says, until the umiak flies into the darkness, the stars turn to fish and the puffin howls. How long will your mother love you?

* The girl asks Mama, “What if I broke some eggs?” She says, I would still love you. When you have an accident and break something does your mother get upset and angry? Does she still love you?

* The girl asks Mama, “What if I do naughty things?” She says, I would still love you. When you do naughty things what does your mother say? Does she still love you? 
* The girl asks Mama, “What if I turned into the meanest bear?” She says, I would still love you. 
* The girl asks Mama, “What if I ran away?” She says, I would still love you.
* If you don’t obey your mother, how does she feel. If you lie, how does she feel? If you fight with your brothers and sisters how does she feel? She may be sad or angry, but she will still love you, No matter what you do wrong, no matter how old you are, your mother will still love you. It is the same with your father. He will love you forever. Parents’ love is the same as God’s love and God will always love us, because we are His children.


3) Activities
*Cut and paste picture of a family or picture from the story onto the large heart. Add heart stickers for decoration


4) Review the lesson aims
To learn that parents love for children is the same as God’s love and lasts forever
To learn that parents love their children no matter what they do


5) Prayer
* Say a prayer to thank God for their mother and father’s love

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