After the success of our St Michael's Day Party earlier this month, Fr John and the parents of the children in church decided that it was time to start church school. Aside from one seven year old, the rest of the children are three and under. Because of this, we've decided to make our church school a sort of co-op where we all help out and there isn't just one teacher.
Yesterday was our "official" start and the topic was the Feast of The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, which we celebrated on Saturday. We had the seven year old read Mother Melania's book and then I read The Story of Mary the Mother of God to everyone while they worked on coloring the icon for the feast (the younger children didn't do much, but the older ones did a beautiful job and we had the seven year old try to copy the colors that were used in the real icon of the feast. The children had some of the Litiya bread leftover from the Vespers on Saturday night. Finally, we decorated candles with colored beeswax and the children will light them the next time that they are in church. Our next session is for St Nicholas Day on December 6th!
What a great idea to share the work. I'm going to pass this on to our church school director. Not only would it alleviate some of the stress of planning all the lessons on my own, but it also builds on the community, drawing the families closer together. Thanks for sharing.
the perfect ages to start an atrium! have you considered this www.cgsusa.org There is a Byzantine church in Ohio that uses this....It helps the littlest child participate in the greatest moments of the Liturgy and the life of Christ.
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