Classroom Notes: 2016-2017

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

CLOW FootprintsThe children in Children’s Liturgy of the Word have been working on walking on a Lenten project.  They have been studying, with their parents, from a small book titled “Footsteps to Jesus: A Lenten Journey for Children.  These footsteps include things like doing a small chore, saying a prayer of thanks, helping a neighbor, or letting someone else pick the TV show.  They are taking these steps to become closer to Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bee-attitudes

Bee-attitudesThe Kindergarten and First Grade students have been as busy as little bees, working on their Bee-attitude project.  The students studied the Beatitudes from Mark’s gospel.  Then, with the support of their Catechists, the class cut, colored and glued to make a visual reminder of the Beatitudes for their classroom. The children learned the Beatitudes and how to live them.  Let’s all refresh our own understanding of the Beatitudes and apply them in our lives.  Our Catechists and the children are leading the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy, designated by Pope Francis, concluded this November. The children have been studying mercy, including both the spiritual and the corporal works of mercy. To show their understanding, they participated in “building” a mercy ladder.  Each class contributed “steps” on which they had written examples of mercy. The children heard that Jesus wants us care for people’s physical needs–to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, and alms to the poor. Jesus wants us to take care of the homeless, visit the sick and help prisoners and their families. He also wants us to honor the dead and support the grieving.

Along with these corporal works of mercy, we are encouraged to also consider the spiritual works of mercy. While three of the spiritual works of mercy (counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, and admonishing the sinner) are often seen as for more advanced learners, children can understand value in comforting the sorrowful, forgiving people, and bearing wrongs patiently. The last of the works of mercy is one they model regularly in class: praying for the living and the dead.

Rosaries

The second and third grade class spent some time in October making rosaries. They honored the Lady of the Rosary, our Mother Mary, with this undertaking. Katie S, one of the parents, was instrumental in the project. The class has already been praying the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be. Now they are learning the Apostles’ Creed, allowing them more independence in saying the rosary. This could be a family project. Remember, “the family that prays together, stays together.”