Thursday, October 4, 2012

September 30th Class

We had another great class this week.  The children are an absolute joy to have in class.  Our class is a great group of kids who are eager to contribute to our discussions.

We covered two chapters in our book this week, chapters 2 and 3.  In chapter 2 the children learned that God gave us the gift of light.  We discussed the different sources of light we have, including Jesus, and that God gave us this gift because he loves us.  In chapter 3 we discussed God's gift of water.  We talked about how every living thing needs water to live.  We talked about the places we find water and the ways we can use and enjoy it.  We also learned about how we can properly care for this vital gift from God.

Since the feast of the Guardian Angels is on October 2nd, we did a Guardian Angel craft where the children decorated and pasted their angels on to a sheet that has the Guardian Angel prayer.  We talked about how God gave each of us a guardian angel to watch over us.  Help your child to learn the Guardian Angel prayer.  I suggested to them that they can pray this prayer at the start or end of every day.

During our circle/prayer time.  The children listened to a story about St. Michael the Archangel from the Catholic Children's Treasure Box Series #18.  The story told us about how God made all the angels and it described the battle between the good and bad angels and how St. Michael lead the good angels.  The children were told that St. Michael the Archangel's feast day was just this past Saturday.  Some of the children are still getting the hang of making the Sign of the Cross.  This week we began saying the Hail Mary during prayer time.  Please work on this prayer with your child daily.  I was very excited to discover that some of the children already know this prayer and a few of them are working on it at home.  I will send home a copy of the Hail Mary when our class meets again on October 14th.

Hail Mary full of grace
the Lord is with thee
Blessed are thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.

Flat Father Stanley has begun his adventures for the year.  I'm looking forward to hearing about his latest adventure during our next class.  

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Columbus Day weekend.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Welcome to a new school year!

I'm thrilled that you have taken the time to check out the classroom blog resource I have compiled for your son or daughter's religious education class.  I would like to give you a brief overview of how this blog is set up and how you can use it to enrich your child's faith life.

First and foremost, I have set up this blog as a way of communicating what your child is learning in their religious education class with me each week.  Each  Sunday morning at 9AM I have the pleasure of teaching your child's Kindergarten religious education class.  I will blog about our Catholic Faith Adventures in each class weekly.  It is my hope that an account of the Sunday class will have a synopsis up on the blog by Wednesday at the latest.  However, it's possible that some weeks the blog may not updated in a timely manner.  Life with a baby and two school aged kids can be unpredictable at times!  I will do my best to keep up with weekly class updates.

I have also provided a parents page filled with suggestions for enriching your child's faith formation.  Imparting the treasure of our Catholic faith to our children is one of our most important duties as parents.  It is my hope that I will be able to help you in doing so during the current school year.

Along the sidebar of this blog you will find links to various Catholic sites or products or resources.  Some of them are to Catholic storesand others are items that I either use in our classroom or use with my own children at home.