We are heading into Lent….no really for us teachers we are because preparations need to start long before the lesson begins.
Lent starts, Ash Wednesday
what will you give up
encourage yourself and your class as well as your family to give up things that take you further from God
Why not Candy??because unless candy is an obsession that you cannot stop eating, cannot stop thinking about and dwelling on Candy generally is not something that takes you further from God…sorry.…its an easy way out.
instead think differently
think about the act of reconciliation or the act of forgiveness.
and further think of the examination of conscious(this can work for any religion/denomination even if your religion does not practice reconciliation it can be an interesting exercise to examine ones conscious.)
Check out this Examination of Conscious for Children from the USCCB(United States Coucil of Catholic Bishops)
my suggestion would be to line up what you give up for lent with the examination of conscious
has the student fought with mom or dad about going to church or religious ed
-then for lent they can give up or stop fighting(it might become a habit they continue well after lent)
now that you’ve covered “what to give up for lent”
at some point you will probably want to go over
the Stations of the Cross
If you are catholic you have the stations of the cross on the walls of your church and can take the children around to see then as you talk about them.
The stations take us from the day Jesus is condemned to die through his ressurection.
you can view various stations of the cross on youtube….here is a neat one I found that uses shadow puppets to tell the stations
Oriental trading company has a “wheel” of the stations of the cross
that I have used past years but there are other “free” printables out there some in book form and some like thew following just a 2 sided coloring sheet.
what ever you decide to do to enhance lent for your class.
make sure they know you are also trying to deepen your life, your prayers, and your connection to God.