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Provide large pieces of art paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons, magazines, glue sticks, and scissors. Tell children they may draw their own pictures or  nd them in magazines.  ey may print the words or cut words out of the magazines. Allow time for children to share their work with the class. If possible, visit a kindergarten or  rst grade class with your picture prayers. Have each child pair up with a younger child and help the younger child to read the picture prayer.Praying with the Communion of Saints, page 40 Review the Communion of Saints with the children. See page 13. Pray the Hail Mary or a decade of the Rosary for all of your brothers and sisters in Christ.Praying the Stations of the Cross, pages 41 and 42 If possible, take the children to the church and walk the Stations of the Cross there. Allow time for children to re ect on each station, comparing the station in the church to the station in their books and  nally writing short prayers of their own for each station.Prayer Promises, page 43Challenge children to  gure out as many of the scrambled words as possible on their own. However, assure them that if they need help, they can check the Gospels for the answers.n Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will  nd; knock and the door will be opened to you.n Which one of you would give a stone when your child asks for bread? If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him!n Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glori ed.n When you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.TREASURES OF THE CATHOLIC FAITHA feeling of belonging is very important to children.  ey gain secu- rity and con dence from belonging to a loving family and extended family. Part of the security of belonging comes from understanding and feeling comfortable with what family members say and do.Children gain the same kind of security and con dence from belonging to their Church family. And part of that security of belonging comes from understanding and feeling comfortable with the words they hear and the actions they see in Church.  at’s why What the Church Believes and Teaches for Good News includes “ ings to Remember,” “Prayers to Know,” and “Words to Know.”Things to Remember, pages 44 and 45 e Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the names of the sacra- ments, the dates of the holy days of obligation—children will be able to refer to these and other important facts about their faith in “ ings to Remember.”Encourage children to memorize at least some of these important facts over the course of the year. You may wish to begin with the Ten Commandments.Prayers to Know, pages 46-50By repeating them throughout the year, children will also become familiar and comfortable with “Prayers to Know.”  e goal is for children eventually to learn these important Catholic prayersby heart so they can participate more fully in the prayer of the community.You can help children to learn some of these prayers by choosing them to open and close your meetings throughout the year.With children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, you may wish to focus on the Act of Contrition and the Apostles’ Creed. Help them to learn these prayers by saying a line and asking them to repeat that line after you. You may also wish to share this hint with parents.Children who have already received the sacraments will be ready to learn more “grown-up” prayers like the Rosary.Words to Know, pages 51-56Children will become familiar and comfortable with the vocabulary of their faith from hearing “Words to Know” throughout this year. One or two of the words will be part of each lesson. Children can become more sure of the meaning of the words by referring to this section of their handbooks.“Words to Know” can be repeated and reviewed throughout the year. Pause and bring the de nition back to mind. Who knows what this word means? Where did you hear it before? Is this a word you hear in church?14

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