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The Weeklies recognize young children must learn through hands-on, sense-involving activities because they do not yet have
the ability to learn in more abstract, conceptual ways  To take advantage of all the Weeklies have to offer, parents need to have crayons, scissors, tape, markers, construction paper, and other materials readily available 
Family programs tend to enroll more preschool and primary children than middle grade and junior high  Parents who do catechesis with older children at home need to take special time with them to do the Bible, liturgy, and doctrinal features, because these features are integral to how the Weeklies make their approach to liturgically-based catechesis comprehensive  Some activities, such as puzzles and cartoons, are
for children to do individually without supervision  Some upper- grade Gospel activities need tailoring for individual rather than group participation 
Like most catechists, parents need to develop skill in letting their children discuss and
think out ideas and choices for themselves  The editors intend the stories and articles in each lesson to foster discussion between adults and young people and among young people themselves 
Training Parent Catechists
The online Resource Manuals are the primary training tools for parent catechists using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. A parish offering a family-centered option for its faith formation needs to direct parents
to these manuals online or have copies of manuals that parents can take turns using 
In all likelihood, parents
will get as much from teaching their children as the children receive  Teaching another is
one of the most wonderful ways to recognize one’s own values, beliefs, and understandings  Like other catechists, parents will
need training in how to use the Weeklies in their sessions with their children  Parents benefit from input on how children’s spiritual and human development work together 
   Parish Model THREE
Family/Parish-Wide Catechesis
In order to build parish community, some parishes establish a weekly family night  Children, catechists, parents, and other parish adults gather as a parish family one night a week for two hours  This model can be organized in two ways: Keeping age groups separate or mixing generations for a combined program 
For the same reason, some parishes plan a Sunday morning time of breaking open the Word that provides sessions for children of various ages and for adults  These sessions usually precede
or follow the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist 
Adults and Children Meet
Adults gather in groups to reflect on the Sunday readings, and catechists gather children at
each of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies’ levels—Seeds (preschool), Promise (K-1), Good News (grades 2-3), Venture (grades 4-6), and Visions (grades 7-8)  These sessions conclude with open discussion, show and tell, and/or a prayer time  All ages participate  Snacks and social time follow 
Gospel for All Ages
The Gospel for All Ages
(gospelforallages com) provides online an intergenerational set
of Life and Gospel Questions for faith sharing and a Gathering Ritual that can form the center
of a religion program  Each week The Gospel for All Ages features faith sharing questions from the five edition levels of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, preschool through junior high  In addition, this online resource provides faith-sharing questions from Exploring the Sunday
Readings for high school and adults (visit exploringthesundayreadings  com for more information)  The Gospel is at the center of this feature  These questions can be used in parish and school bulletins for personal use or to generate intergenerational groups 
The Gathering Ritual is a
ready made prayer service with
the Gospel in reader parts at its center  This ritual can be used to gather children together in prayer before they separate into age-levels groups  Children proclaim the Gospel for the group  A reflection lifts up key themes from the Gospel and readies the children for their sessions, using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies  The Gathering Ritual invites different grade levels to share creative work, songs, and plays that they do in class for the whole group 
For more information on
this program model, visit gospelweeklies com/catechists- teachers/

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