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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will identify rules they follow at home and in the classroom.Gathering Activity Begin your Seeds session by calling each child by name, giving him or her a heart, and saying, “(Name), God loves you. You are special.” Continue distributing hearts during the session. You will be a living sign of the overflowing love God has for us.Gather the children for prayer by singing “One Family” (CD-1, #12) and adding gestures.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, thank you for bringing us together today. You teach us how to love God and how to love each other. Thank you, Jesus, for being our teacher and friend.” The children respond, “Amen.”Activity l Everyone Needs Rules Gather in the story circle. Using a puppet, ask: Do you have rules you must followat home? Allow each child to say just one rule. After they’ve identified home rules, the puppet asks: Why are rules important? Help the children understand that rules help them stay safe and help them love one another.Next ask: What are some classroom rules? Pick up, put toys away, use materials correctly, hang up jackets. Do the same with playground and bus rules. Ask: What happens when people don’t keep rules? They can get hurt or quarrel and act mean towards each other.MoveandSing Movetotheopenarea.Tellthechildrenthey’ll sing a song that shows how we feel when we follow rules. Standing in a circle, sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (CD-1, #3) and make appropriate gestures. Repeat two more times, adding stamp your feet and jump up high.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize Jesus’ Great Commandment.Have the children sit in a circle in the listening area. Don’t distribute Seeds until after the storytelling. Sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4). Add simple gestures.Sunday Gospel l Jesus has two rules for us. (page1) Tellthechildrenthatintoday’sGospelstory,Jesustellshis friends two important rules they must follow:One day, Jesus was teaching in the Temple. A man saidto him, “Jesus, there are so many rules. Tell us which is the most important one.” Jesus answered, “Here is the most important rule: Love God with your whole heart and your whole soul and your whole mind.” The man said, “I will try to do that. Are there any other rules?” Jesus said, “Just one more: You must love other people the same way you love yourself. Try to keep these two rules.”Distribute Seeds and invite the children to describe what is happening in the cover illustration. Read the sentence. Ask: What are the two rules? Love God and love one another.Decide which rule is being followed in each small illustration. Ask: Why do you think I gave you paper hearts? We did a loving action, kept a rule, joined in praying and singing.Gather in the work area. Give a heart to those who go quietly.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Golden Rule (page 15)Children of three and four are focused on themselves and their needs. Remind them of the needs of others and emphasize how pleasant home, daycare, and preschool are when the children wait their turns and share.Help the children find page 15. Ask: What do you see in the first set of pictures? How many swings are there? How many children are there? How many children may want to swing? How will each child get a chance to swing? Take turns. Allow time for the children to follow the direction.For the second row, ask: How many apples do you see? How many children do you see? How many children may want to eat an apple? Is there an apple for each child? Allow time for the children to follow the direction.For the third row, ask: How many children do you see? How many children do you think may want a hug? Allow time for the children to follow the direction.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, page 2–3.TG1-26Jesus has two rules for us.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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