FAMILIES WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN (0-8 Years OLD)
Planting the Kernel
LET NATURE TEACH ABOUT THE WONDERS OF GROWTH.
If you have 5 minutes, go outside where things are green and get down low enough to see how the grass comes out of the earth. Not long ago it was brown. Now it has to be cut back!
If you have 15 minutes, take a walk and look at all the things that are changing in the springtime. Talk about how the snow, ice, dark days, and rain made it possible for things to grow.
If you have 30 minutes, pick up a packet of simple and fast-growing seeds. Sunflowers and lettuces, and some herbs are all good choices. Plant even a few seeds. You don’t need much soil, just half an inch. You do need 6 hours of sun. Just don’t let things get too wet or too dry or let animals nibble the first shoots. You can even grow the seeds inside in a very small cup, glass or tray.
If you have half a day, spend it in a park, public garden or your own garden.
Feeding the Soul
READ BOOKS ABOUT CATERPILLARS BECOMING BUTTERFLIES.
The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, is a classic.
National Geographic has a great children’s book, Caterpillar to Butterfly.
Both should be available at your local library.
Talk about how Jesus was transformed in his Resurrection. Tell how we are transformed also.
Tending the Growth
PRACTICING SHOUTING ALLEULIA!
Alleluia! Is a fun word to say and a wonderful way to introduce words of worship to children. It is mysterious and joyous. It’s marvelous that there are words that are just for worshipping Jesus, who is unlike any one in all creation.
Keep using Alleluia! At the end of prayers or just to express delight all the way to Pentecost. We celebrate Eastertide until June 8, 2019.
Here’s an Alleluia! coloring sheet.