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Ask children to complete the word Advent on the page. Use the word many times during the Advent season, and print it on the chalkboard or on chart paper so children can review the shape of this word throughout December.In several weeks you will be able to teach Christmas in the same way and establish the close relationship between Advent and Christmas.You will be able to establish a similar relationship between Lent and Easter. Lent is the season when Catholics prepare with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to celebrate Easter, the great feast of Jesus’ Resurrection. In three- and four-year-old terms, of course, Lent means hearing stories of how Jesus died, doing extra things to make other people happy, sharing what we have with others, and saying more prayers at home and at church.What Is Baptism?—page 13Objective: Children will be able to repeat that Baptism makes them children of God and members of the Church community.Children will likely be very interested in Baptism. Most will have seen an infant Baptism and will realize that they themselves were baptized as infants. To prepare for a discussion of Baptism, send notes home to parents asking them to send photographs of their children’s Baptismto class. Let children show their photographs and share stories they may have heard about their Baptism from moms, dads, and grandparents.Materials: Baby doll, large basin, water, shell for pouring waterLesson Plan: After children have shared photos and stories, help them to  nd page 13 in their handbooks. Tell them to follow along as you read the words at the top of the page. Ask them what the priest’s words remind them of. ( e words of the Signof the Cross.)  en draw children’s attention to the two things Baptism does for the person who is baptized.Next ask children to look at the Baptism shown on the page and the words of the priest. Water is poured for each of the  ree Persons of the Trinity.Children can pretend to baptize the baby doll. Put some water into the basin, and then show the doll to the children. Encourage them to give the baby a name.  en children can take turns baptizing the baby. To make it easier, allow one child to hold the doll over the basin while another child pours water three times. Help children to say the words that go along with each pouring of water. Be sure everyone who wishes to has a turn.Finally, tell children that their parents and godparents made promises for them when they were baptized.  is would bea good time to help children learn about these baptismal promises. Explain that you will ask them the questions that the priest asked their parents and godparents at their Baptism.  ey are to answer the questions by saying “I do.” And when theysay “I do,” they will be renewing the promises their parents and godparents made for them at Baptism.Baptismal PromisesLeader: Do you reject Satan? Response: I do.Leader: And all his works? Response: I do.Leader: And all his empty promises? Response: I do.Leader: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?Response: I do.Leader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary,su ered death and was buried,rose again from the dead,and is seated at the right hand of the Father?Response: I do.Leader: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?Response: I do.Leader:  is is our faith.  is is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Please say Amen.)Response: Amen.Right and Wrong—page 14Objective: Children will be able to recognize loving actions as right actions and unloving actions as wrong actions.Because they have not reached the age of discretion, three- and four-year-olds are not able to clearly grasp the di erence between right and wrong.  at’s because at this age, children are almost completely self-centered.  ey are working to build an idea of themselves as persons. Children need to be able to see themselves as separate persons before they can begin to consider others. But young children can begin to understand the di erence between loving (good) actions and unloving (bad) actions.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Help children  nd page 14. Read the title, “Right and Wrong.”  en read the words at the top of the page. Make sure children understand that right or good actions show that someone is acting in a loving manner. Children this age would probably say that someone acting in a loving manner is being9

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