What the Children are Doing
We switched the two rooms around and this caused some confusion when it was discovered. The larger children, in size and number, now are in the larger atrium and the two smaller children are in the smaller atrium. The kids realize that it makes good sense and they settled in happily. The environment of an atrium is composed of the physical space, materials for the children to use, and the catechists who lead them through the works. It is all carefully planned and set up and is ready for use each meeting time. Our task is to make it child usable.
The Atrium of the True Vine and Living Bread, grades four through eight, are preparing for the season of Lent. Lent will bring the moral parables and prophecies. The children will begin to build their own understandings of how Lent can prepare us for the Crucifixion and Easter. They are now reviewing the prophets and the Maxims. These works present rules for our Christian Lives. If you have any questions about them please feel free to ask one of the catechists, Kathie Sandmaier and Diane Dues. The explanations of our works are best done as show and tells rather than just telling.
The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, age three through first grade, has finished up the presentations of the Nativity and Epiphany and is also preparing for Lent by processing some important church/faith words such as Amen, Holy, Church, etc. They have been enjoying working with the maps of the Land Jesus Knew and with the water colors that have just been added to the materials.
Thanks for taking the time for reading these notes. Please know that part of our job as catechists is to keep you informed so ask anytime.
Kathie and Diane