After a crazy week of politics, I decided that instead of going in order and teaching Islam next, I would teach Buddhism to the kids this week. Together, we read from our text book “Apples and Oranges” and each student had a chance to follow along and read out loud. Buddhism stems from the idea that there is a purpose to life, and that regardless of injustice and inequality, there is a way to practice and follow life that will lead to true happiness. We spoke about The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path and the ideals surrounding such an accepting religion. We also talked about how there are many “Bu-Jews” around the world!
Just like with our week talking about Christianity, we split up into groups and created / sketched out posters and prompts that we will be presenting at the end of the unit. I’m hoping the kids are enjoying this unit, and are not only learning more about Judaism, but learning about the ideals of other religions as well.