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Live the GospelActivity: The Sign of the Cross Have the children move to their worktables. Ask volunteers to distribute copies of the “The Sign of the Cross” activity page. Ask the childrento look at the page and identify what kind of activity this is. They should recognize that this is a follow-the-dots activity. Have children guess what they will see when they connect the dotted lines. Some will notice the cross shape. Distribute colored pencils or crayons. Have everyone position his or her pencil on the dot marked 1: Start. Tell them to find the numeral 2 and follow the dotted lines to that number or to just draw a solid line over any of the dotted lines they see. Some children will know their numbers in sequence and others will not. Go around the table helping the children and praising them for their work.Encourage the children to color the cross if they wish. When they finish, show them where to print their names. Help them print their names or print their names for them. Collect the pages and tell the children you will return them when they are ready to go home so they can share them with their parents.Closing Prayer: Gather the children in the prayer space. Have them sit comfortably ina circle. Ask if they have people or concernsthey wish to tell God about today. Encourage children to state their prayer. You can add the ending “we pray” to each prayer and children will learn to add the ending themselves over time.If a child prays, “For my grandma who is sick,” add, “We pray.” Ask the children to respond to each petition by saying “Amen.” After they have shared their petitions, ask if there is anything for which they want to say thank you to God. Again, add, “We pray” to each prayer. Have the children respond to each thank-you by saying “Amen.”Online Early Start Lesson 3Thank the children for coming to spend this time together. Encourage them to thank God for all good things during the week. Tell them you look forward to seeing them all again the next time. Return the “Sign of the Cross” activity pages to the children, so they can take them home and share them with their families. Sing The Seed Song (CD-1, #1) before you dismiss the children.Early Start 3: We Pray Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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