This is a project that is very dear to me. I really wanted my class to learn about the Ten Commandments in a way that they could learn and remember them. To remember them, they’d need something that they could go back and look at and know what the Commandment was. To do this, I’d need pictures and not many words, after all, most 4 & 5 year olds can’t read.
My final project is a mini coloring book. I have to tell you, there is a story behind this and why it’s taken this long for me to post it. First, I made it for my class last year, but it never got used. I struggled with the 5th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. I finally used an image of a boy holding a gun with the circle and line through it. I knew it was strong and in your face, but in today’s world, I wanted to be clear on what it meant. My DRE immediately turned this down, which I understood. However, she also said that I couldn’t show any type of “violence”….death. I couldn’t even show them fighting. I didn’t use this book and put it on the back burner for awhile. I finally got this Commandment to a way that I’m happy with it and think that it explains enough to the kids. I’ve showed it to many people and they think that the way I originally presented it was fine, especially in today’s world and they said this one is good too. The tv they watch and games they play are far worse. That being said, it’s still toned down because I want to benefit as many kids as possible. I went the “fight” way, but I still can’t use it in class, per my DRE’s wishes and thus I’ll probably never fully teach them. However, I’m hoping that this helps many others teach the Ten Commandments to their kids!!
UPDATE: After my DRE saw this version of the book, I was allowed to use it in my class. The kids really loved it and they wanted to talk about what was happening on every page!!
Please note that this is the Catholic version of the Ten Commandments. Everything is presented in a simple manner with stick kids so that they understand each Commandment. I tried to use as few words as possible since it’s geared toward little ones who probably can’t read. The last page of the mini coloring book lists the 10 Commandments along with the tablets. I also included extra page of them for you to do as you’d like with whether you use as a worksheet or poster…..or something else.
Here’s a thumbnail view of a couple pages of this coloring book….
The coloring images are from internet sources and believed to be public domain and they’re used without profit for personal and educational purposes.
I’m really happy with this mini coloring book. If you are too and you’d like to use it with your kids, please just click to….
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