Summer has been jam-packed with all kinds of crazy weather, traveling, appointments, and some laid back review. And a little experimental lessons. One that worked out really well was to combine six little cartoon ponies with Galations 5: 22-23. Teaching the fruit of the Spirit can sometimes be tricky for little ones. I mean, forbearance? When you’re seven, you are pretty sure that you daily carry a load of suffering.
Enter My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, originally by Lauren Faust. Gasp. Magic and talking ponies means witchcraft and the devil, right??? Things of This World? Certain hellfire and doom??? Slow down, there, everypony.
In the cartoon series, heretofore referred to as MLP:FM, the main character, Twilight Sparkle, has to figure out magic and friendship and what it means. She has five friends, each with a special strength. Rarity’s is generosity, Rainbow Dash has loyalty, Fluttershy’s is kindness, Pinkie Pie’s is laughter, and Applejack has honesty. These are all parts of a whole “magic of friendship,” and are the elements of harmony. Which dovetails really nicely with the fruit of the Spirit.
What we did: Wednesday and I traced pony images from a coloring book onto paper, and labeled it with the pony’s name and element of harmony. I wrote out Galations 5: 22-23 on our chart paper, and a definition for each element, and connected it to an aspect of the fruit of the spirit. Each week, we picked a pony, taped it to the chart, and read various stories in the bible about loyalty and kindness, etc. We also watched episodes of MLP:FM on Netflix service that portrayed clear examples of these traits, and discussed them constantly. We saved Twilight Sparkle for the end, and used the combined elements of harmony to discuss how all the fruit of the Spirit work together to portray the love of God through us.
I consider it a win. Wednesday and Pugsley were both very engaged, even Capstone memorized the verses, and we still are able to pull “kindness” and “generosity” into the discussion, weeks later.