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Live the GospelPlanting Spring Bulbs: Promise children will enjoy preparing a surprise for the whole parish by planting tulip, daffodil, and other spring bulbs on your church or school property. Explain to the children how the bulbs will sleep in the ground or soil during the winter. When spring comes, the sun will warm the earth, the bulbs will send out green leaves, and flowers will appear.Show the children how to dig a hole, add some water, place the bulb in the hole, and pack earth on top of the bulb.Prepare a sign that announces to the parish that the Promise class has planted a surprise. Be sure the sign is weatherproof so it will withstand winter weather. Place the sign you prepared in the flowerbed and put up a protective fence, if needed. Stand with the children and read the sign with them. Pray a short spontaneous prayer asking God to send rain and sun and to bless the work of your hands. If there is a danger of people walking on the area, put up a small fence purchased from a discount or hardware store.Stretching Activity: Return to your classroomor gathering space. Invite the children to pantomime how the bulbs they planted will grow. Have them crouch down and scrunch up as tightly as possible. Invite them to begin to move, stretch, and grow until they are standing tall and blooming. Conclude by singing “God’s Love Is...” (Promise/Good News Music CD, CD-2, #6).Garden Journals: Give each child a sheet of drawing paper. Ask them to fold the paper inhalf so that it resembles a greeting card or two pages of an open book. Print the day’s date on the board or on a sheet of newsprint and ask the children to copy the date at the top of the left side of their drawing paper. Give them time to draw pictures of themselves planting their flower bulb on the right side of the paper. Ask them toOnline Early Start Lesson 3write their names underneath their pictures. Tell the children that this is their gardener’s journal. Explain that gardeners often make notes of when they plant their seeds or bulbs and of the stages of growth of the plants. For example, they may write down the date on which they notice green shoots coming out of the ground.Point out that during the rest of the year their bulbs will be resting and then growing. Ask the children if they think they themselves will be growing during the winter and into the spring. Invite them to suggest all the ways they are growing. They will focus on the physical, sobe sure to remind them that they will also be growing in other ways, such as growing in love for God and for the people in their lives, and growing in reading ability and math skills.Collect the papers and put them where you can find them in the spring, so the children can record the stages of growth of the plants, draw pictures of the blooming plants and celebrate their own growth.Activity: Praise God for Growing ThingsDistribute the “Praise God for Growing Things” activity page. Read the title with the children. Ask what we do when we praise others. We tell them how beautiful or good or smart or kind they are. When we praise someone, we say that we appreciate him or her. Explain that when we appreciate the beautiful things God has made, we praise God.Have the children identify the pictures at the right of the page. Tulip, child, pumpkins, dog, butterfly. Point out that on the left side of the page are pictures that show how each of these creations of God began. Tulip bulb, baby, pumpkin seeds, puppy, caterpillar. Give the children time to draw lines to connect the pictures at the left side of the page with the appropriate pictures at the right side of the page. Talk about God’s wonderful planEarly Start 3: We Pray Together©2018PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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