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Learning New Skill Picture Prompt

Think of a time you learned something new, like riding a bike or solving a math problem. At first, your skill was as small as a mustard seed. Recount how you practised and who and what helped you. Tell us about your challenges and how it felt when you finally succeeded. How did your new skill grow, and what did it help you achieve?

Warm-Up Discussion Questions

Can you think of a time when you started learning something that seemed really difficult?

What are the steps you took to begin learning this new skill or solving this problem?

Who were the people that helped you learn or practice, and what did they do to support you?

Were there any particular tools, books, or resources that made learning easier for you?

Can you share a challenge or obstacle you faced while learning, and how you overcame it?

How did you feel when you were struggling with learning this new skill?

How did it feel when you finally succeeded and accomplished your goal?

In what ways did your new skill grow or improve over time with practice?

What are some things you can now do with your new skill that you couldn’t do before?

How has learning this new skill been useful or beneficial to you in other areas of your life?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

  1. Why do you think a tiny mustard seed was used to teach us something important in this parable?
  2. What do you think ‘fertile soil could mean when we talk about ideas or actions? How can we create or find ‘fertile soil’ in our lives?
  3. If the mustard seed needs good soil, what do you think our ideas or dreams need to grow big and strong?
  4. In the parable, the mustard seed grows into a large tree where birds can nest. How do you think our good actions or kind words can grow into something that helps others?
  5. Can you think of a small act of kindness that grew into something bigger, like the mustard seed growing into a tree? What happened, and how did it make you and others feel?
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