Teaching character traits with Little Pot, the main character in the lesson, and a fruit-bearing vessel created by the potter can be an exciting adventure. Through the journey, children learn the fruit-bearing cycle and how to produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These lessons perfectly blend fun and learning with engaging activities. The third lesson in this series, The Seed, is all about planting the correct information so good character can grow. So, let’s dive into Little Pot’s third lesson and discover the significance of The Seed!Read more: Little Pot’s 7 Free Lessons for Teaching Character Traits – #3 The Seed
Why you should use Little Pot when teaching character traits.
First, let’s discuss why Little Pot is the perfect tool for teaching character traits. The seven lessons illustrate complex concepts in a way that’s easy to understand. Little Pot’s fruit-growing cycle can teach character traits such as identity, humility, integrity, relationships, and knowledge. Moreover, Little Pot is a tangible reminder of the creator’s love and care for us. It symbolizes how God nurtures us, wants a relationship with us, and helps us grow into the people He wants us to be.
You’re not just teaching good behavior when you use Little Pot. You’re helping others understand that character is not fixed or innate but something God cultivates and develops over time. Using Little Pot as a teaching tool develops the skills and attitudes needed to become the vessels God designed us to be. Each week, we will discuss one of the following lesson plans.
- Lesson Plan 1: Identity
- Lesson Plan 2: Humility and How to Contain It
- Lesson Plan 3: Planting the Right Seeds
- Lesson Plan 4: Strong and Upright Integrity
- Lesson Plan 5: Fostering Healthy Relationships
- Lesson Plan 6: Blooming Knowledge
- Lesson Plan 7: Producing Fruit of the Spirit
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Lesson Plan 3: Planting the Right Seeds
This series’s third lesson plan is about planting the right seeds. This lesson plan aims to help students understand the parable of the sower (Luke 8 and Matthew 13). Within the parable, Jesus referred to God’s Word as the seed. Therefore, God’s Word (the Bible) should be planted in them and take root in their life.
The set of Lesson 3
Begin by reading the Parable of the Sower.
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when they came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew with it and choked the plants. Still, other seeds fell on good soil. It yielded a crop a hundred times more than was sown.”
Review the previous lessons for teaching character traits.
Next, explain the parable’s meaning as you review the previous lessons.
Review the information in the first and second lessons about identity and humility. Discuss with the students that the location of the seed was important for its growth. Good soil is humus, and it was in that dirt that the seeds could thrive. Therefore, when growing good character, soil quality and humility are important.
The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, but the devil takes away the word from their hearts. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but life’s worries, riches, and pleasures choke them and do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
A. Sequence and retell the parable
Draw a picture for each section of the parable. One picture should contain the birds. The next rocks, and the third thorns. The last picture should show the seeds sprouting in good soil. With the pictures mixed up, have students sequence the images and retell the parable to friends.
Copy each picture and challenge students to write their text in a self-made booklet. These images are included in the curriculum if you would rather purchase them over creating your images.
B. The quality of the seed is also important.
Likewise, the seed’s quality will determine the fruit’s quality. The world has a lot of information to give us. Knowing we are created by the potter and containing a humble heart is insufficient. It is easy to plant the wrong information. For example, if we plant untruths, we will bear bad fruit. You can then ask your students to reflect on where truth comes from. In Galatians, just before Paul speaks of the fruit of the Spirit, he warns of false teachers. It is important students know the information they hear is Truth.
Using paper seeds, write various biblical truths and Bible verse references on them. Place them inside a seed packet. Then, students can pull out different seeds and “plant” them in their hearts. A great resource is the Seeds Family Worship. Check out their YouTube videos.
Review with students once again what “good” soil is and that our hearts are to be humble. Planting the seeds of God’s Word in our hearts should be ongoing. Continue to use the seed pouches and write new Bible verse references throughout the year.
In the next lesson, we will discuss what grows from the seed. The straight and upright stem will help us understand integrity. However, If you can’t wait, purchase the complete curriculum here for just $10.25.
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