This lesson is a way for children to understand why each of the four
Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written differently.
First, we spend time
studying the apostles and the fact that the Gospels were written by four of
them. We then read about certain events in Christ's life in different books
and see how the apostles wrote about the same event differently.
this point, during the teaching time I have a helper, very
unexpectedly, burst into the room. The person will have a sticker on
his or her nose, a
large (something easily seen) item in hand, hands flapping over head and hopping on one foot.
The helper runs in momentarily and then runs right
back out shutting the door. The children at this point usually all have their
mouths open in astonishment. I then tell them all to please write down what
they just saw without any talking or any questions asked. We then share our
accounts of the event and see how each person saw what happened
differently. Usually only one or two children will have caught the sticker on
the nose. Others might not have noticed that the helper was carrying something. Some will have
written down what the helper was wearing and others
This is a wonderful way to teach that each person sees things
differently and that is why the Gospels are each a little different.
Copyright 2002 Angela Freed