Kindergartners Say “Yes to God!” by Bridget Banner
When spring fever invades your classroom, you’ll recognize the signs, especially the restlessness. Catechist Bridget Banner devised this fun game that fills her kindergarteners' need to get outside!
Many of you, especially those who work with younger children, cope with wiggles and giggles all year round. Catechist Bridget Banner certainly does. “I am a catechist in kindergarten and truly enjoy the lively bunch! But after being in school all day (our kindergarten is full-day), there is NO WAY the children want to sit for an hour and listen to me! So when I see them getting restless, I take the children outside to play ‘Yes to God/ No to God.’”
Bridget patterns the game on “Red Light/Green Light.” The children all line up at one end of a large grassy area on the parish grounds. Bridget calls “Yes to God,” and the children begin running toward the finish line. “I tell them that when they listen to their parents, play nicely, and so on, they are saying ‘yes’ to God, and they can run freely. But then I call ‘No to God’ and the children have to freeze. Anyone who moves has to go back to the start. I explain that when they say ‘no’ to God, they need to stop, think, be sorry and apologize, and try not to do it again. Then I call ‘Yes to God’ and they start running again. The game takes only about five minutes and the children love it every time!”
Bridget is a creative catechist at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Valley Center, CA.
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