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l Do you have storytellers who might do Gospel storytellingat the Seeds prereading levelor who might use their storytelling abilities to enhance the children’s stories found in all levels of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies?l Do you have puppeteers who can help children tell the Gospel with puppets?l Can you draw on someone who knows birds and flowers and might lead children on a nature walk?l Aside from the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies music program and video links, what videos and music does your parish have that you can incorporate in the faith formation program?Training CalendarCatechists are not born  They develop through training and experience  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provide online Resource Manuals for each level  These manuals are every catechist’s primary training tool  They provide background for catechists in the faith development of children, and the design and flow of each lesson in the Weeklies This chapter of this Program Handbook suggests three inservice training sessions with catechists each year and a concluding evaluation/celebration session Catechist Inservice Session 1:OrientationCatechist Inservice Session 2:Advent/Christmas: Exploring the Incarnation MysteryCatechist Inservice Session 3:Lent/Easter: Exploring the Paschal MysteryEvaluation and CelebrationDrawing on the online Resource Manuals for training and discussion content, this chapter providesthe resources the DRE needs to become the catechist to his or her catechists Catechists’ NeedsIf the parish has experience using the Weeklies, the director must both meet the needs of new catechists and survey experienced catechists to identify their evolving needs A director can draw experienced catechists into training and mentoring new volunteers and into helping one another learn new techniques  For example,a primary-level catechist who isa good storyteller or who uses creative drama effectively can help others develop these valuable ways of involving children in their own learning Orientation of new volunteer catechists usually includes:l the flow of a Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson;l the management of class time and space;l guidelines regarding discipline, attendance, use of the building, and other expectations and responsibilities When a parish shifts for the first time into a liturgical catechesis approach, the director needs to familiarize all catechists and parents with the aims and resources of the new program  Experienced catechists benefit from overviewing how the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provide the elements of basic, comprehensive catechesis  They usually want to know where they offer lessons on concepts that they are used to teaching, such as Old Testament, Commandments, prayers, and Sacraments All teachers, catechists, and parents need ongoing help internalizing the doctrinal themes of the Liturgical Year  Each inservice session should include time to identify the doctrinal themes of the liturgical seasons that upcoming Weeklies explore Tailoring InserviceSessionsDirectors have the role of suiting inservice sessions to the specific needs of their catechists  This Handbook describes three inservice sessions, which can work in any of the implementation models that earlier Handbook chapters describe Depending on the needs of those using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies the director can plan training sessions for:1  Total group;2  Grade- or edition-level groups; 3  Self-directed groups in whichcatechists work together;4  High-interest presentations byoutside specialists The important part of catechisttraining—and this also applies to training parents as catechists of their children—is to ensure that your catechists meet and exchange ideas with you and with one another, that they meet in smaller groups to plan especially for the edition levels they teach, and that they learn more about special topics Inservice TopicsEach online Resource Manualoffers a menu of possible topics for inservice presentations  This Handbook provides training masters for those topics, especially useful for the first year of the liturgical catechesis approach  Directorscan use the menu to createtheir own inservice sessions to respond to the needs of their catechists in subsequent years of implementation 21

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