My daughter was asked to give a little talk on Sunday. Her assigned topic was “the birth of Jesus, and the second coming.” Strange combo for a four year old. My wife came up with a great strategy for helping with these talks.
Rather than writing something for her, we ask what she knows about the subject, jot down her thoughts, then weave them together. So even though one of us stands at the little podium to whisper in her ear, she’s reciting—for the most part—her own words. I recommend this strategy to parents and caregivers because it gives the child a sense of ownership over their talk. And of course, kids usually boil things down to the most important things.
Here’s my daughter’s talk, as redacted by my wife from my daughter’s own words:
“The scriptures teach me about Jesus and how he was born. Everyone went to the little town of Bethlehem to see baby Jesus. There were shepherds and angels. There were animals and his mom Mary. Everyone went there because they loved him and because he was so cute.
“Jesus is important to us because he loves the kids. And he loves everybody. He loves you no matter who you are. And I hope I can see him one day.”