It can be difficult for children to realize that all adults were once children, too. Mother Teresa by iStoryBooks.co brings the life of this beautiful woman into the hands of children who need to know about her.
Review and Synopsis
The story begins with the childhood of Mother Teresa, who was given the name Agnes at her birth. It is obvious that young Agnes had a pleasant life until her father died during World War I in Macedonia. This brought the family into a financially depressed state. The young girl who learned to share with others suddenly was left with nothing to share. Her next step in life was to join a nunnery while in her teen years. As Sister Teresa, she was sent to Calcutta, India, the place she made her home for the remainder of her life.
Children who read this story will learn about the way that Sister Teresa responded to the poverty and sadness she saw in Calcutta. From caring for disabled children to feeding and teaching the poor and uneducated, children will be able to see the growth of Sister Teresa into the name that most adults still revere today: Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa did not show concern for herself; she only appeared to care for those who were less fortunate than she was. She repeatedly risked her life by working in the slums of Calcutta and she helped treat the sick and injured who were fighting in wars in the city. Eventually, nuns decided to join her rather than reprimand her. The first nun to join her took the name Agnes out of respect for Mother Teresa. Eventually, her followers took on the name the Missionaries of Charity and their work spread around the globe. Her work was dedicated to helping those who were so sick that hospitals turned them away and those who were so poor they were not given the honor of an education. People began donating money and time to make Mother Teresa’s mission come to fruition. By the time of her death in 1997, Mother Teresa had over 4,000 nuns in her community and they helped people in over 120 countries around the world. Her good deeds still inspire people today.
Learning about Geography and Vocabulary with Mother Teresa
Teachers who want to use this biography in their lower elementary classes will need to teach some geography, history, and vocabulary. Most children will not know where Macedonia and Calcutta are what wars occurred in those areas of world. Children will also be interested in knowing where Mother Teresa and her Sisters helped out the poor and sick around the world. Once students learn about places in the world where there is extreme poverty, they often express their desire to help people living in those places. With Mother Teresa and the good deeds she did, geography and history will come to life very quickly for students.
The Mother Teresa story is full of new vocabulary words. Children will be unfamiliar with the words merchant, boast, brag, independence, nun, witnessed, slums, admire, inspired, deeds, donate, expanded, continents, criticized, efforts, discouraged, saint, pope, and encourage. Children can learn about continents, countries, and cities during their lessons about Mother Teresa. They can also learn about the differences between a Sister and a Mother in a convent. They can also learn about the steps it takes to become a Saint as well as a Pope. Teachers can also teach their students about roots and prefixes with words like encourage and discourage. This long list of words would be fun for students to alphabetize, too. There are plenty of ways that students can organize the words into categories. They can rank words like brag and boast and discourage and criticized to see which words are harsher.
Words by and about Mother Teresa
Children can also work with the quote at the end of the book. Children enjoy learning about words from famous people. They could illustrate the quotes, or create their own stories with the quotes as inspiration. Children could conduct a search online for more quotes by Mother Teresa and they could find quotes about Mother Teresa, too.
Biographies like this offer a plethora of fun activities that can help bring real people to life for young children.