Asking kids: 'What is Easter?'

The school that I teach at is non-religious and we have children from all cultures, but we still discuss topical public and religious holidays. This week I decided to ask each child individually as sometimes you get copy cats who will just answer the same as someone else.

My question was:

What is Easter? And why do we celebrate it?

Naomi, 5: "It is when the bunny rabbit comes out at night and hides the chocolate eggs."

Kevin, 4: "Because Jesus died yesterday."

Audrey, 5: "Jesus died on the cross, so we celebrate his birthday."

Clive, 4: "It is when the Easter bunny comes to your house, makes a mess on the floor with his fur and drops eggs for you to eat."
Me:  "What kind of eggs?"
Clive: "Delicious chocolate ones."

Naomi: (again!) "Can I tell you a joke teacher?"
Me: "Yes, what is it?"
Naomi: "Hot cross bum, do you get it?"

Jeremy, 5: "Easter is when Jesus died on the cross, so when you eat hot cross buns you will see the spot where he died on, in the middle."

Elliot, 5: "I don’t believe in the Easter bunny."
Me: "Why not?"
Elliot: "I know it’s your mom, but can I still have a chocolate egg?"

Our belief system, their belief system

No matter what your choice of belief system is, whether you are religious or not, your children will be exposed to other systems of belief at some point or another, which may be quite confusing for a 5-year-old. It is important to help them understand that while your family has their own belief system, other families may believe differently, and to respect the fact that we all have the right to choose our own belief system. This is how we encourage a society of tolerance.

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