Down to the Wire: Just $7,103 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: Preschool Parent Pedagogy: Planning the Teaching of our Faith

    Supplies

  • quiet time
  • pen and paper
  • Prep Time

  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty

  • Cost

  • N/A
  • For Ages

  • 21+
  • Activity Types

    Linked Activities

    • None

    Files

    • None

    Linked Recipes

    • None

    Linked Prayers

    • None

    Feasts

    Seasons

    • None

There are so many books written on organization and planning, so many computer programs and DayTimers and Palm Pilots to help one plan one's life. We have to organize our cleaning, our cooking, our job tasks at work, the carpool schedules, family times and events, doctors' appointments. All these are important, but are we forgetting to plan our approach of teaching our children their faith, even at a very young age? Here are some suggestions on how to plan the attack.

DIRECTIONS

In all our teaching of small children, we must remember that it is our business to present new ideas to them. If we want them to have good ideas, we have to introduce them. How did the baby learn to know the "pussy"? He heard his mother say "pussy" to the little animal. By the age of one year, he knows many objects and people. Does he know God, Blessed Lady, some saints, church? That depends upon whether we have presented them to him. One idea at a time enters his mind, as we present it. The responsibility is ours.

We parents should sit down with a pencil and paper some evening when all is quiet and write down a few questions and answers:

Q. What do I need for my job? A. Thought, time, sense of responsibility, patience.

Q. What do I want my child to know about first? A. God, Blessed Mother, Infant Jesus, Church, a few Saints, obedience, etc.

Write down also one or two things that you are going to teach your children within one week, and one or two things that you are going to do with them.

Having taken thought, resolve to take a little time each day to make sure that you are living up to your plan. Have a sense of responsibility about this sacred duty; and use patience with the children when you put your plan to work.

We are very busy in the physical care of our children, in housework, cooking, farmwork, in all the hundred things that other people forget about. That is all true. But then parents have to be saints. They cannot escape their vocation. No matter how worn out and overworked, they still must think about the training of the souls of their precious children.

Activity Source: Religion in the Home: Monthly Aids for the Parents of Pre-School Children by Katherine Delmonico Byles, Paulist Press, 1938

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 3 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right 24 hours ago
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25