As I begin our Religious Education year in the classroom, I always keep in mind the goals set by our Pastor, our DRE, and myself. There is certain material that must be taught like the Ten Commandments, the Steps to a Good Confession, and the Seven Sacraments, but there is a whole host of less concrete concepts or traditions that can and should be taught as well to prepare children to receive their first sacraments. As a catechist, as well as a homeschooler, I am often told what material should be covered by our learners to meet learning requirements but how I teach that information, that glorious job is up to me!! :)
I am blessed with the trait that I am easily inspired to move to creative action. So as our wonderful pastor gave the blessing upon our CCD families, teachers, students, and materials a few weeks ago, the only thing I kept focusing on was the simple sentiment he shared: "Who is God? Many, adults and children, ask themselves that question." The Lord had given me the new theme for this new learning year. It's as if He said, "Explain to the children who I am." So I am attempting to do just that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, of course.
Lesson: God is . . . Perfect
- God is . . . sign file (as shown above)
- Fat tipped gold or silver metallic pen
- Fat tipped coloured markers in various colours
- Classroom/learning room wall
- White paper or card stock 8.5x11" - I used cardstock.
- Glue stick
- F3 Folder (See how to make this here) - one yearly for each learner
- What is a Soul F3 Piece - one for each learner
- My Book Mini-book on The Perfections of God (link below) - one for each learner
|Learners' Thought Bubbles|
Next using paper and your different coloured markers, create two big thought bubbles length wise on each piece of paper. Each bubble should be in a different colour. Allow one bubble per child for larger classes and two bubbles per child in a smaller classes or homeschools.
|Teacher's Thought Bubbles|
Eternal - a circle made out of arrows or a ring
All Powerful - a lightning bolt
All Holy - a pious symbol of a yellow halo
All Loving - hearts
All Merciful - tear drops
All Wise - light bulb
Create a sign the size of a full sheet of paper with the word "Perfect" on it in gold or metallic pen ink.
Arrange the letters to create God Is . . . on the wall. Affix with tape. Each lesson we will merely change the word to describe God.