Today I wanted to share with you what the girls did today at the Atrium. In the Catechises of the Good Shepherd Program, the children are introduced to 5 parables about the Kingdom of God. These parables are the Mustard Seed, The Pearl of Great Price, The Parable of the Yeast, The Parable of the Buried Treasure, and the Parable of the Wheat. The first two are presented in the first year. In year two the children learn about the next two. I love the parable because they offer so much to think about in such a small amount of words. Today the girl learned a about a new parable that all the kids love to do~ The Parable of the Yeast.
” He spoke to them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”” Matt. 13: 33
With this parable, we talk a bit about what yeast is and then we work! The work is rather complex and takes some time, but it well worth the wait. The children mix together 3 measures of flour (tablespoons) with 1 measure of yeast (1/4 teaspoon), and mix that with an ounce of water. Then then mix another cup without the yeast. We look at the colors, we smell the yeast, we see the dry turn wet and notice the changes. Then we sit these on the shelf and wait (for a while).
While they work, the yeast rises and and the children can see what Jesus was talking about when he talked about the kingdom of heaven being like yeast. I love the hands on way this parable speaks to them and helps them see it! What a way to connect to the words of the Lord. Yet another reason I love this program! The look of wonder on the kids faces is priceless!