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Review for Unit 4 of SeedsEach week, Seeds brings the Good News of Jesus to children in ways appropriate to their social, psychological, and spiritual development. Each lesson has stories, Gospel art, and sense-involving activities that lead children to learn about Jesus’ story and to praise God in Jesus’ name as developing members of their parish community.Unit 4 of Seeds leads the children through Lent to thejoy of Easter. They have read and acted out the Gospels the Church uses to prepare catechumens for Baptism. They have joined the community in the solemn liturgies of Holy Week and the joyous celebration of Easter. Use this page to find out what in these parish experiences and what in your Seeds lessons has touched the hearts of the children and left a lasting impression on them.GOSPEL STORIESReview the Gospel stories of this unit by using the Gospel illustrations in your copies of Seeds. Do not worry if the children do not tell the entire story. Listen instead for what they remember about Jesus and his attitude toward the people who turn to him as well as the ways he helps them. If children do not respond to an illustration, try another one.• The Transfiguration: Jesus’ friends will remember Godsaid Jesus is his beloved Son.• The Samaritan Woman: Jesus makes friends with peoplewho are unlike him. He talks and listens to them.• The Man Born Blind: Jesus gives the gift of sight to ablind man who believes in him.• Mary, Martha, and Lazarus: Jesus loves this family andfeels sad when Lazarus dies. He calls Lazarus back to life.• Palm/Passion Sunday: The people of Jerusalem recognizeJesus has come from God.• Easter: Jesus was put to death but rose on Easter Day.He lives with God in heaven now.• The Supper at Emmaus: Jesus’ friends recognize him at ameal like our meal at Mass.• The Good Shepherd: This is a favorite image of God’severlasting love for us.LIVING LIKE JESUSYoung children have one task in life—to develop all their talents and abilities. As they engage in the play it takes to grow and develop, parents and teachers assist them to interpret the interactions they experience in family and community.Talk together about the happy times you have had in Seeds class. Remind the children of the many kindnesses you saw as the children participated in activities and interacted in play. Recall Jesus’ one rule for all of us: Love one another as I have loved you.SACRAMENTSSeeds children are too young to understand the Eucharist as Jesus’ saving act present today. However, they are just the right age to appreciate the faith of those with whom they gather each Saturday evening or Sunday. In some churches, baptisms happen frequently at weekend celebrations of Eucharist. Baptism and Eucharist are sacraments children can understand very well at their own level. Use the following questions to prompt their telling about their understandings—• What is your favorite part of going to Mass?• What part of Mass is part of our Seeds class, too?• How else do you learn about Jesus at Mass? • Have you been at a baptism? Tell about it.HABITS OF PRAYERIn this unit of Seeds, the children learned the Sign of the Cross. Ask them, individually if you wish, to lead you in praying this prayer.The children also prayed thank-you prayers to God for creation, for themselves, and for each other, and prayers of petition for family and friends. Make a fun review by calling out the kinds of prayer and letting volunteers give you an example. Use one of the simple songs to conclude.ADDITIONAL LESSONS FOR MAYDoes your Seeds group continue to gather during May? If so, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies website has three additional lessons for you to use. They are on creation, Jesus’ Ascension, and Pentecost. Go to, click on Catechists/Teachers, then Seeds (Preschool), then Early Start/Late Close Lessons.Coming in 2017–2018!1. New Family Connection on all levels with the same question of the week and family prayer so families can discuss and pray together each week.2. New Expanded Teaching Guides contain flexible weekly pacing guides for parish programs; and a five-day-a-week lesson plan for Catholic schools. Now in full-color, the guides have a clear link between the weekly lessons and the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism Handbooks.3. New systematic linking of the Gospel and Catholic Doctrine found in each lesson increases the emphasis on Catholic Identity and helps children appreciate the importance and beauty of being Catholic.4. New resources to meet the needs of catechists and teachers include activity master books to enhance and extend each week’s lesson, video links, and lesson and unit assessments. Plus, we have new music composed by well- known liturgical and catechetical composer, John Burland.

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