When teaching children about the church year the following are good leading discussion questions.
What is a calendar?
What is a year?
It helps to have on hand…if you have one..
a yearly calendar(like you might have on your wall at home)
a school year calendar(september -may)
a liturgical calendar
show them a liturgical calendar, I prefer the circular kind
Ask them to notice things about it
some of what they might notice:
different colors(purple, yellow, green, red)
some sections are bigger some smaller
OK teacher now its your turn, respond and elaborate on what they noticed
Purple= a time of Preparation, a time of getting ready, a time to prepare our hearts (notice both purple and preparation start with the letter P)
advent and lent are purple
in advent we prepare for Christmas(birth of Jesus)
in lent we prepare for Easter(death and resurrection of Jesus)
I also like giving them each their own liturgical calendar that they can color(something like this)
depending on the age of your class you can go into more or less detail.
I find it best to have the calendar be something you refer to nearly every class period
asking the children the following line of questions
What season of the church year are we in?
What is the color for this season?(where do we see the color, altar clothes, the robes the priest wears)
If Advent or Lent as then what we do during advent/lent? we prepare
Talk about what season comes next and what season came before
When nearing Holy week you may opt to talk about the tridium.
Integrate the church year into your weekly lesson and you’ll be surprised at how much they remember and how it helps them to focus on what is happening in class.