Starting a new year is a great way to reteach the liturgical calendar.
Especially for younger children who are drilled daily about the day/month/year
the liturgical calendar can be a little more difficult to understand
this is the type I have up in my classroom
for the sake of teaching really young ones I keep the same calendar up as we talk less about days and more about seasons and this poster is great for illustrating that cycle.
the best way to teach something new: Liturgical Calendar
is to relate it to something they already know: wall calendar at home, school year calendar and seasons of the year chart
good questions to start off:
How many months?
How many days per month?
found the following online as an example of what a school year calendar usually is
note how there are about 9 months the kids are actually in school not 12 months like a wall calendar has
now talk about seasons
Winter, Spring, Summer Fall
talk about which months happen during which seasons
talk about favorite seasons
talk about things that happen during seasons
now comes the fun part
say to your class
– ” Just like we have special calendars that tell us the year, at home, or the school year, or the seasons, we have a special calendar that helps us remember the important times of year in the church, and we call it a liturgical calendar”
then hang up the liturgical calendar of your choice and let the kids observe and react to it.
things they may notice:
- different colors
- any pictures on the calendar
make a list on a paper or board about what they noticed then is the time to discuss
- when the liturgical year starts
- the meaning of the colors
- Purple, being a time to prepare and get ready
- Green, being ordinary time…etc
- important days,
- Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday
- How it is a cycle that repeats(just like our calendars always start in january and end in december) ours always starts in advent
- Talk about the colors as similar to seasons
Obviously depending on the age of your class the depth you go to in these areas will vary. Follow the kids, allow them to ask questions
and then if you have time have them each make a calendar
there are other versions of this online simply search the web
and here from Loyola press a prayer to start your calendar year
May you all be blessed as you begin this New Calendar year and as you continue on your journey through the liturgical year.