In my classroom (1st grade religious education) we work a lot on prayer.
- We Memorize traditional prayers
- The Our Father
- The Hail Mary
- The Glory Be
- The Sign of the Cross
- before meals
- before bed
- after waking
- We talk(alot) about the Who What When Wheres of prayer
- We can pray, about anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere!
- We create our own prayers
- Prayers of Thanks
- Prayers of concern
- Prayers for the world
- We’ve tried meditation prayer
- We’ve tried looking at paintings(religious icons) to aid in prayer
Recently in browsing at the local library I came across a book called
Praying in Color
by Sybil MacBeth
there is also a kids version
find her website here
at first I thought WHAT???? how bizarre is that??
it makes perfect sense
especially for the times when you can’t think of the words to pray
those times when you are
- too sad
- too tired
- too angry
- too anxious
you get the idea
so for a lesson
- I told the kids to draw a circle(or two)
- In each circle write the name of someone they are going to be praying for
- using colors, shapes and lines fill in the paper around the circles
while they are doing this they should be thinking about what they are thankful for that person for
or what they are praying for that person for(perhaps a grandparent who is sick)
they went home and were to share this prayer with the person they prayed for(if it was possible) or to just share with a family member
I was blessed to witness a little child from my class run to his mother
share his “Praying in Color”
With sincere joy he ran to her
tell her he prayed for her because he loved her soooooooooo much
and then proceeded to tell her about the picture he drew
and told her several times he chose her because he loves her sooooooo much!
WE will definitely be doing another prayer in color soon!
Check out her website
look at the page of examples
Get the book
and then… Pray in color!