Ages 3-5 Epistles,Feasts,Sacraments Overview

EPISTLES, FEASTS, AND SACRAMENTS

AGES 3-5

This sample schedule is supplied for the use of the Church School supervisor. Feel free to fill in your own dates and teachers!

Teachers:

                 

Schedule of Classes:

     Date

 Lesson/Activity

Teacher

                Special Notes

September  7

                  14

                  21

                  28

Nativity of the Theotokos

Elevation of the Cross

Romans

Romans

 

 

 

 

Memory Work: New Testament Books

 October    5

                  12

                  19

                  26

I Corinthians

I Corinthians

II Corinthians

Galatians

 

 

 

 

 

November   2

                    9

                  16

                  23

                  30

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

Entry of the Theotokos

I and II Thessalonians

 

All Saints Party after Church School

December   6

                   7

                  14

                  21

                  28

Tentative

I and II Timothy

Titus/Philemon

Christmas Pageant

Nativity of our Lord

 

St. Nicholas Party?

 

 

Parish and Nursing Home

Painting of Holy Water jars

January     4

                  11

                  18

                  25

Theophany

Hebrews

Hebrews

James

 

Three Kings Party after Church School

 

February     1

                   8

                  15

                  22

Meeting of the Lord

I Peter

II Peter/Jude

I,II,III John

 

Memory Work: 12 Major Feasts

 

Make Homeless bags

 

March        1

                   8

                  15

                  22

                  29

The Revelation

Baptism

Chrismation

Annunciation

Confession

 

 

April          5

                  12

                  19

                  26  

Palm Sunday

Pascha

No Church School

Eucharist/Liturgy

 

Candle Decorating Workshop

 

Pascha!

Prosphora Workshop

May           3

                  10

            15-17

                 17

                 24

                 31

Marriage

Orders

Camping Trip ages 6-12

No Church School

Ascension

Pentecost

 

 

 

Theme: Journeys of St. Paul

 

Make “Kneel-upons”

Birthday Cake for the Church

June          7

                 14

                 20

                 21

Holy Unction

Requiem/Burial

Play Rehearsal

Closing Exercises

 

 

Koliva Workshop

After vespers, with overnight

Play performance

August      2

             3-7

                 9

Transfiguration

Vacation Bible School?

Dormition

 

 

 

 

General notes:

 

Classroom supplies: Each class is supplied with the following items; if you use the last of something, please either replace it or let me know so I can replace it.  If you need special craft supplies for your lesson, just submit the receipt to me for reimbursement:

            Paper plates, small and large               Scissors

            Paper, plain and construction              Tape and dispenser

            Stapler and staples                              Paper bags

            Glue or glue sticks                              Crayons and/or markers

            Popsicle sticks                                     Chenille sticks (Colored pipe cleaners)

Books should be available for class use, Bibles in older classes and the Children’s Bible storybook in the younger classes.  There will also be a copy of the icon for each of the 12 major feasts for each class.  Your Children’s Bible Readers will have some limited use this year as well.

 

Teaching schedule: I have tried to accommodate any scheduling needs that you have communicated to me ahead of time in the schedule.  However, we all know that there will be last-minute needs; please trade with someone if you cannot teach on your assigned day and then call me and let me know who’s traded with whom so I don’t panic at Liturgy when I don’t see you there!

 

Paperwork and insurance regulations:  Each of us must “apply” each year for our volunteer position; our references will be checked as per diocesan regulations.  We will also have a parent volunteer who could come into any classroom at any time as required by the insurance company.  Please be sure not to send small children to the bathroom unattended and accompany your charges back to the church building after class – again new safety regulations.

 

Opening Exercises: Church School supervisor will supervise this or delegate it when she will not be in church.  Church School children and teachers are dismissed first from liturgy; children come straight across for snack during opening exercises and teachers can take 10 minutes to eat before coming over.  We will review material from previous weeks, teach songs, rehearse plays, play games to augment lessons, or hear memory lessons during opening exercises.

 

Curriculum: There are 3 types of lessons this year: epistles, feasts, and sacraments. For epistle lessons, even the small children can learn a part of the verse. With feast lessons, I have included True/False questions. Make your classroom elephant now. He’s very easy, and each week, when we tell a story, we do true/false afterwards by writing the statements on paper peanuts and feeding the elephant the true ones and stomping on the rotten (false) peanuts. Just take a cardboard box, tape the top shut, and glue on an elephant face out of construction paper (or foam). Cut out a mouth big enough for paper peanuts to fit through. Glue on ears and a trunk, being sure to glue the trunk only above the mouth so the children can lift it to insert the good peanuts. Color in wrinkles and eyes. Then, each week, write the true/false statements on construction paper pieces cut like peanuts and go around the circle. Each child selects a “peanut”, you read it to him, and the class decides whether he should feed it or stomp it! Just be sure you have at least one paper peanut for each child! For sacrament lessons, role-playing is especially fun and leads to long-term remembrance for small children.

 

Movie Nights and Parties: We will have supper after vespers on Saturday night while showing a small children’s movie. Older children should bring a sleeping bag for a lock-in with “feature” presentation; we must have at least 2 adults at each overnight.

 

Workshops: We have 5 workshops planned this year learning traditional Orthodox ethnic “skills” that coordinate with our curriculum: baking prosphora, making koliva, decorating holy water jars, making kneeling cushions, and decorating Palm Sunday candles. These will take place after Church School in the Church Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECIPES

                            CLAYS                                                                  PAINTS

              SALT DOUGH                                                 FINGER PAINT (4 WAYS)

2 cups flour                                                                 Use pudding with food coloring!

1 cup salt                                                                     Mix liquid starch and food coloring.

about 1 cup water                                                       Mix 3 T sugar, ½ cup cornstarch, and

food coloring                                                                          2 cups cold water. Cook over

bath oil, vegetable oil, peppermint oil                                    low heat, stirring, till thick.

            Mix flour and salt. Add water                                     Pour into muffin tin. Add

slowly and mix with your fingers until                                   food coloring to each cup.

it makes dough. Knead in a few drops

food coloring and a splotch of oil (if                                         SAND PAINT

desired). Store in air-tight container.                          Add dry tempera paint to corn meal.

                                                                                    Sprinkle over areas “painted” with thinned white glue

          SELF-HARDENING CLAY      

1 cup sand                                                                    for a sand effect. Shake off excess.

½ cup cornstarch

1 tsp powdered alum                                                                          PASTES

¾ cup hot water                                                          PRIMARY PASTE

Food coloring if desired                                             Mix ½ cup water and 1 cup flour

            Mix sand, cornstarch and alum                       in a bowl. Spoon into a jar

in large pot. Add hot water and stir                           or squeeze bottle to store.

vigorously. Add food coloring if

desired. Cook over medium heat                                PAPIER MACHE PASTE

until thick, stirring constantly.                                    3 cups water

After cooling, store in airtight container.                    1 ½ cups flour

                                                                                                Mix flour with cold water until lumps are gone

       SAWDUST CLAY                   

2 cups fine sawdust                                                                Dip strips of newsprint in paste and mold around

1 cup flour                                                                              surface to be shaped. Air dry.

            Mix sawdust and flour in bowl

or bucket. Add a little water at a time,

stirring till it is stiff but pliable. Knead

till it’s elastic and easy to shape. Store

in airtight container. Air dry.

 

           CORNSTARCH DOUGH

2 cups cornstarch

4 cups baking soda

2 ½ cups water

            Mix cornstarch and soda in large

pot. Add water. Cook, stirring, over medium

heat until thick like mashed potatoes. After

cool, knead on wax paper for 5 minutes. Store

in an airtight container. Air dry.