Children’s Art Inspired by “Genesis”
Holy Spirit, truth divine, dawn upon this soul of mine; Voice of God and inward light, wake my spirit, clear my sight.
To Hear the Tune:
Here are some things we will do and learn on our fifth class:
Note to Parents,
We will do this class in two parts– weeks five and six– as there is so much important material to cover.
We review important words and ideas:
Holy Spirit, Angels, God the Creator, God-created, Man-made, God’s Wisdom, God’s Plan
We Talk About God’s Gifts to Us
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
From Our Teacher’s Manual, Page 20:
Bless the Lord, sun and moon, Bless the Lord, stars of heaven, Bless the Lord, all rain and dew, Bless the Lord, all winds, Bless the Lord, lightenings and clouds, Let the earth bless the Lord; Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, Bless the Lord, all things that grow on the earth, Bless the Lord, you springs, Bless the Lord, seas and rivers, Bless the Lord, you whales and all creatures that move in the waters, Bless the Lord, all birds of the air, Bless the Lord, all beasts and cattle, sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever." Daniel 3:40-43, 51-59
We Sing “This Little Light of Mine“
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine; this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine; this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine; let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Jesus gave it to me; I'm gonna let it shine; Jesus gave it to me; I'm gonna let it shine; Jesus gave it to me; I'm gonna let it shine; let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
We Review the Sacraments
“Holy Communion is the most special and holy sacrament of all. Jesus have us this sacrament because he loves us and wants to be with us always.”
We Review What We Have Learned 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:
Altar, Font, Host, Chalice, Cross
We Read the Abbreviated Reading for the Day
“Honor your father and mother.”
“I praise your name forever, my king and my God.”
The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.
A Reading from the Gospel (for All Saints Day):
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
We Sing “Go Tell it On The Mountain“
Refrain: Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.
We Learn About A Saint– All Saints’ Day
What is a Saint? “All those who have attained heaven.’ November 1 is All Saints’ Day which is a Holy Day of Obligation. It is different from All Souls’ Day as it is for everyone who has passed away and has not 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 the Liturgical Season of Advent
Meanings of Liturgical Colors–Purple: Penance and Preparation During Advent and Lent
We Continue Our Catholic “A, B, Cs”
I Israel “The Jewish people, chosen by God to be his people and named after Israel (Jacob), from whom twelve sons the tribes of Israel descend. God formed Israel into his priestly people in their exodus from the slavery of Egypt, when he made the first or Old Covenant with them and gave them his Law through Moses.“
K Kyrie Eleison “Lord, have mercy.”
More About Our Faith
A Child’s Question: “My mum is in heaven. Will she grow angel wings?”
Story From Dear Pope Francis Pages 40-41
Our Art Projects–All Saints Day Painting
For Our Classroom:
Watercolors, Watercolor Paper, Brushes, Natural Sponges, Gold Metallic Washable Children’s Tempera
For a Homeschool Classroom:
Same as Above.
Alternative Project–Creation Painting:
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. Use small paint brush to make the gold metallic stars.
Since we have a “Church Tour” Saturday to learn the names of the objects in the church, we are taking a break from the usual homework.
Please read the “Bless the Lord, sun and moon” poem with your child. Ask confident readers to read it to you. (Since we have three grade levels in our class, please feel free to adjust any assignment to your child’s grade level.)
Read about Jacob, Joseph, and Moses in the Children’s bible.
Invite your child to recite “The Lord’s Prayer” with you, and then alone.
Please help your child recite :
"Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."