|Side Altar Honouring our Blessed Mother|
As I kick off a new CCD teaching/learning year, I thought that I would take you along on our weekly journey. I will share lessons, resources, and ideas as much as I can in the hopes of helping other catechists or parents who choose to prepare their children for the sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist outside a formal parish program. As our CCD program meets weekly for 75 minutes, we are limited in what we can accomplish with the children. Once a month we meet in the church instead of our classrooms for special prayer time and presentations. For October we will be having our annual church tour.
The church tour is very special for the children as each class not only goes through the church building itself, including all the nooks and crannies, but they also get a special tour of preparation for Mass including in introduction to vestments, a bit of church history, a chance to touch the Chalice, altar linens, and thurible, smells the oils and incense, examine the tabernacle, learn the history of our church relics and so much more. It is such a wonderful evening and one of my favourite nights of the year.
Mass Tour worksheet that I attach to a clipboard and have them take on the tour. I put a medium sized pencil on a string and tie it onto the clipboard as well. As we go around the church, the children fill out the sheet. Our sacristan, who presents all of the information for the Sanctuary and serving tools, teaches to the sheet which is very helpful. Children are allowed to ask questions and many oooohhs and aaahhs are always heard.
From every class period then on, I use the following resources to keep the tour information fresh in their hearts and minds. Of course I always encourage Mass attendance to see how each of the tools is directly related and used to celebrate our Catholic Faith.
here in both colour and b/w. These use pictures of articles directly from our parish. These are great for class play and review. I have used these for years and once laminated they can be used year after year. I prefer to use 3mil, heat laminated covers for these game pieces. Parents may even want to make sets for home use. It is hands on, Montessori style learning that ALWAYS brings smiles and fun. parents can learn lots from playing these games with their children too. To play, simply mix up and match word to picture in concentration or go fish style, call out words and have class teams find the picture. You may set up a few matches with one that contains an incorrect pair as an alternative method of play as well. Sometimes teams will try and trick each other too. Kids will come up with great ways to play games if you are just open minded.
|Sacramental Themed Calendar pieces|