Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham, Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham, Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham, Oh, rock my soul. Too high, can't get over it, Too low, can't get under it, Too wide, can't round it, Gotta go through the door.
Here are some things we will do and learn on our fourth class:
We talk about six important words
Gates of Heaven, Blessed Trinity, Sign of the Cross, Calvary, Mystery, Mystery of Faith
“The Gates of Heaven were opened again when Jesus died on the Cross. Because He died, everyone may someday enter heaven and live with God in His home forever.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 21
We Talk About Christ’s Baptism
“Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Baptism (Mt 28:19). “…it is through Baptism that the Holy Spirit comes to live in us.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p.19
We read the story of The Baptism of Jesus in our children’s Bible.
What is the difference between “Doing” and Being”?
We Review the Sacraments
Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, Holy Orders
How many Sacraments are there? There are seven sacraments.
We Learn about The Mass
We Process In with the Bible and Stand in Front of our Classroom Altar, with Hands in Prayer Posture and Bow. We practice the gestures and different bows for the altar and Tabernacle. We practice using our thumbs to cross our forehead, lips, and heart before the passage from the Gospel is read by our priest.
We Review Our New Vocabulary Words:
Host, Monstrance, Cross, Tabernacle, Monstrance, Chalice, Paten, Host, Altar Lamp,
We Read the Abbreviated Reading for the Day
“Remember to keep the Lord’s Day Holy.”
“I will bless you and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore.”
The Lord hears the cry of the poor. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad."
We Learn About A Saint– Saint John Paul II
“Christ is the center of the universe and of human history”
“In 1995, he described himself to the United Nations General Assembly as “a witness to hope.”
What is a Saint? “All those who have attained heaven.”
A Saint is a Friend of God who Lives with God in Heaven.
We Sing: “When the Saints Come Marching In”
Refrain: Oh,when the saints go marching in, Oh, when the saints go marching in; Lord, I want to be in that number, When the saints go marching in.
We Learn About Another Liturgical Season
Meanings of Liturgical Colors–Purple: Penance and Preparation During Advent and Lent
What is a “penance?”
“A penance is something we do to help make up for what we did wrong and to help us not do it again.” Sometimes it may be a prayer. Sometimes it may be an action.” Source: Child’s Guide to Reconciliation.
We begin to talk about the meaning of “Advent” and the Upcoming Liturgical Season
We Continue Our Catholic “A, B, Cs”
A Abram/ Abraham
More About Our Faith
A Child’s Question: “How can I find God in me and my family?”
Story From Dear Pope Francis Pages 50-51
Our Art Projects–Desert Painting Reflecting on Abraham’s Journey
For Our Classroom:
Watercolors, Watercolor Paper, Brushes, Natural Sponges
For a Homeschool Classroom:
Same as Above–Use a fresh tooth brush to “splatter” dots of watercolor paint onto your watercolor. Dip tooth brush in paint and run your finger down the bristles making splatter dots onto the painting.
Alternative Art Project: The Tower of Babel
Use watercolor paper, tempera paint, watercolors, and metallic tempera paint using brushes and sponges on sticks.
Read “Joseph” and “Baby Moses” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.
Talk about two significant concepts:
“Envy” and “God’s Help”
Which story talks about “Envy?” Which story talks about “God’s help?”
Read Chapter 4 in the text.
Choose two to three activities from Chapter 4 in the Activity Book.
Continue to help your child memorize “The Lord’s Prayer.”