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about it, our answer may come in the form of a change in our feelings. We may not feel so sad anymore. If we tell God about something good that happened, our answer may come in the form of feelings of gratitude toward the person or people who made the good thing happen.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Ask children when and where they pray. Some will say at church; others at their bedside every night. Explain thatit is  ne to pray in any place and at any time. Some people will pray when they feel very happy. Seeing a litter of  ve-week-old puppies will make some people say a quick prayer of thanksto God for making such cute little creatures. Many people who see a tra c accident will say a quick prayer to God to help the victims. en ask children if they say prayers they know by heart or if they make up their own prayers. Some three- and four-year-olds may know the Prayer to the Guardian Angel by heart. Some may think made-up prayers are not acceptable to God. Explain that God likes all prayers from people. Made-up prayers are  ne, and so are memorized prayers.  e important thing is that our prayers are sincere, that we mean what we say. To close class with prayer, begin with the Sign of the Cross, a memorized prayer, and  nish with a made-up prayer that relates to the subject of the lesson. For example:God, our Father in Heaven,We thank you for bringing us together today to learn about prayers. Help us to think of you often and to stay close to you in prayer. Amen.Distribute the children’s handbooks and help children  nd page 18. Read the words at the top of the page to review what children have learned in this lesson.  en ask children to look at the four pictures. Tell them to use a red crayon to draw a circle arounda child praying before a meal.  en ask them to draw a yellow circle around a child praying in the morning and a green circle around a child praying at night. Finally children will draw a blue circle around a child praying in church with others.The Church Has a Holy Book—page 19Objective: Children will be able to say that the Holy Bible is the holy book of Christians.Our holy book is the Bible, the living Word of God by which God speaks to his people.  e Bible tells the story of how God created Heaven and earth and how he sent Jesus to show us how to live.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Ask students if they know what we call our holy book. Have they ever seen this book? Where? Do they know what is in that book?Distribute the children’s handbooks and help children  nd page 19. Tell them the page shows a picture of our holy book. Can anyone read what the title is?  e title is the two words on the cover of the book.  e title is Holy Bible. Ask them if they have heard that title before. At church on Sunday, they hear people read from this book. It has lots of stories about Jesus and about the good people who lived before Jesus was born. It tells stories about Jesus’ life and Death and about all the people he helped. It tells how Jesus came back from being dead and lives in Heaven today.Ask children to color the title of the book. Print the words one at a time on the chalkboard or on newsprint or chart paper. As you print each word, say that word out loud.  en ask children to repeat the words as you point to them. Be sure to print the words occasionally during remaining classes so children will become familiar with them.The Holy Bible Tells Us What God Made—pages 20 and 21Objective: Children will be able to say that the Bible tells us that God made the world. e important thing in this lesson is for children to learn that God made the world and all that is in it. God alone creates something from nothing. Human beings can make plans and build bridges.  ey can write books and compose music.  ey can develop medicine to cure diseases. Yet all of these human creations are made from materials God made from nothing long ago.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Find a copy of the Bible, preferably one with the words Holy Bible printed in large letters on cover. Show the Bible to the children and ask if someone can show you which word is Holy.  en ask which word is Bible.Read the opening of the Book of Genesis. Read as long as the story holds the attention of the children. Ask them what the story is about.  ey will easily recognize that the story is about creation. Ask children one at a time to name some of the things God has made.Distribute children’s handbooks and help children  nd pages 20 and 21. Invite children to color all the things they see there. As they  nish, ask them to read with you the banner acrossthe bottom of the pages.  en walk around the room, asking each child to point to a di erent one of God’s creations or creatures—a stream, a mountain, an animal with fur, an animal with feathers, a child, a  ower, a tree, and so on.The Bible Tells Us Stories about Jesus—page 22 Objective: Children will be able to say that the Bible includes the story of Jesus welcoming little children like them.11

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