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Teaching GuideOVERVIEWSunday begins the events of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. It is a Sunday unlike any other in the Church year. For one thing, there is a procession. Maybe it’s just the priest and servers, but perhaps in your parish everyone gets to take part. The second different part of this Sunday is the reading of the Passion. Both these changes alert even young children that a time of intensity is upon us.Young children are not able to grasp the meaning of Jesus’ passion and death. They can appreciate, however, that Jesus’ life shows them how tenderly and persistently God cares for them. Seeds gives children the opportunity to show their wholehearted acceptance of Jesus’ love in a reenactment of his entry into Jerusalem.MATERIALS: Scissors, tape, stapler, palm branches, puppet, Bible, fabric, flowers, battery-operated candle, Seeds music CD, CD player.SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will identify ways they welcome people into their homes or classroom.1. SINGING Begin class by gathering the children in a circle, holding hands and singing the gathering song—Gathering With JesusTo the tune of “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”—April 9, 2017 • Palm/Passion SundaySunday Readings: Matthew 21.1-11; Isaiah 50.4-7; Philippians 2.6-11; Matthew 26.14—27.66is to have the puppet incorporate the children’s experiences into his or her conversation with them. The puppet asks questions, reinforces the lesson theme, mimics the teacher, and expresses emotions. The puppet does not convey the religious message but only reacts to the teacher, a particular child, or a situation.In presenting a lesson, the teacher suggests a situation the puppet is experiencing (corresponding to the lesson theme). The puppet shows some kind of emotion. Study the reaction of the children and begin a dialogue. Help them bring out their own ideas and attitudes.For instance, this Sunday the puppet gets excited because it sees a parade coming and jumps up and down trying to see who is in it. The children will tell the puppet what is happening in the illustration and how it makes them feel. The puppet can keep asking, “What else do you see?” until the children have described the total illustration. Children carrying a dragon through the streets, firecrackers going off, someone juggling, children beating drums and playing a horn, a boy carrying a lantern, a girl waving a fan, a mom and her child watching the parade.What kind of a parade is it? Tell the children that this is a welcome celebration for the lunar New Year. All Asian peoples celebrate this festival. People make a big dragon out of paper or cloth, and lots of people help carry it through the streets. Wherever the dragon goes, it brings peace and good luck for the new year. The Chinese words say “Happy New Year.” This parade happens in Boston and New York and San Francisco and other cities where there are large numbers of people of Chinese, Vietnamese, or other Asian ancestry.3. STRETCH AND MARCHING PARADE Invite childrento pick up their Seeds copies and stand side by side in pairs. Practice marching in place—right, left, right, left. Then march around the room until you end up in the Gospel storytelling area.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will celebrate Jesus’ coming into our lives.4. GOSPEL RITUAL Gather the children in a circle around the Bible on a bookstand or piece of lovely fabric. This will help the children see that the story about Jesus they hear in Seeds class is the same one they and their families hear on Sunday. Bring fresh flowers and light battery-operated candles as a way to honor the presence of Jesus in the Word of the Gospel.Teach the children the following prayer, adding gestures after they know the words by heart, or sing “Two Little Ears” from the Seeds CD—Jesus, Jesus, we are here.We come to you from far and near.With our ears we hear your words.In our hearts we keep your words. Amen.We gather here together, together, together.We gather here together to show we love God.To hear Jesus’ stories, to clap, pray, and sing. We gather here together to show we love God.2. GOSPEL STORY WARM-UP Have the children sit around you in a story circle. Review your class rules for talkingand listening. Then ask the children what they would do ifthe pastor or the principal or a special guest came to the classroom. How would we welcome that person? Give him or her a hug, find a chair for them, tell them what we are doing, shake hands, share treats. What if someone comes to your home, your grandparents or cousins or neighbors? How do you welcome each of them?What if Santa Claus came to town? How do we welcome Santa? Often with a big parade—bands, banners, singing, crowds of people. Follow up on the parade idea by asking children if they have ever seen a parade or been in a parade.Distribute Seeds and direct the children to open it tothe middle pages. Give them time to look at the picture by themselves for a moment. Use a puppet to begin discussion.A puppet in a classroom is more than just a toy. It can help you get and hold the attention of the children. You do not have to be a puppeteer to use a puppet effectively. The keyTG4-12

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