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• a green circle around Jesus and the little children. In what book do we read this story?• a red circle around the Pope. What color does the Pope usually wear?• a blue circle around the child doing a loving action. What shows that this is a good action?Words to Know—pages 28-31A feeling of belonging is very important to children.  ey gain security and con dence from belonging to a loving familyand extended family. Part of the security of belonging comes from understanding and feeling comfortable with what family members say and do. A child learns to expect warm hugs from Mom and knows that Dad will want to take his or her hand when they cross a street. A big sister or brother will sometimes be ready to play catch, and Grandma and Grandpa will almost always have time to tell a story or read a book.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 this book includes “Words to Know,” child-friendly illustrated de nitions of words that are part of the speciallanguage of the Church. Children will become familiar and comfortable with these words from hearing them in the lessons in What the Church Believes and Teaches for Seeds. One or two of the words will be part of each lesson.But the words can be repeated and reviewed throughout the year. Make a game of it by asking questions such as these: What is the word for this picture? Who knows what this word means? Where did you hear it before? Is this a word you hear in church?Prayers to Know—pages 32-33Children will also become familiar and comfortablewith “Prayers to Know” through repetition throughout the year.  e goal is for children eventually to learn these important Catholic prayers by heart, so they can feel part of the community that is praying the Lord’s Prayer at Mass or the family that is praying before meals.Help preschool children 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. Preschool children will probably need help to remember some of these prayers, but most children should be able to memorize the Sign of the Cross and the Blessing Before Meals.14

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