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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will identify the special talents God has given each of them.Begin Seeds class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “This Little Light of Mine”(CD-1, #11). As they sing“I’m gonna let it shine,” raise hands up high and sway side to side.Gathering Prayer Invite the children to stand in a circle holding hands as you say the following prayer: “Dear God, thank you for making each of us special. Thank you for making us members of this special group. Help us learn more about you today.” The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity ● Everybody has talents. (page 1) Use a puppet for this introductory activity about talents. In advance, prepare slips of paper that list talents the children in your group have. The puppet will read a talent, for example, “Draws very good pictures of cats,” and the children will answer with the name of a classmate. Word the talents so each child will be given as the answer at least once. To conclude, have the puppet marvel at what a talented class this is.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize that God calls us to use our talents.Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel ● Everybody has talents. (page 1) Gather the children in the story circle. Distribute Seeds and ask them to describe the cover illustration to you. Comment on the happiness of the children—they are all playing together; they are sharing the ball; each child is using arms, legs, and hands to catch and throw the ball. Ask the children to put their copy of Seeds on the floor in front of them as they listen to the story about Jesus.Jesus liked children very much. One day, he told a story about three children—Trish, Oscar, and Paula. Trish and Oscar were coloring with their big crayons. “Come and color with us,” they said to Paula. “I don’t like to color,” said Paula. “I can’t stay inside the lines.”Oscar said, “Then let’s play blocks. You can build the castle.” Paula said, “I can’t play blocks very well. My castle might fall over.”“Then let’s go to the playground and play kickball,” said Trish. Paula said, “I don’t know that game.”So Trish and Oscar skipped away. Paula was sad that they had left her alone. Mrs. Rooney saw Paula and said, “Tell me why you are sad,Paula.” Paula said that when she wouldn’t try to color orplay blocks or go to the playground, Trish and Oscar had gone away. Mrs. Rooney said, “Don’t be afraid, Paula. You can do these thingsif you try. Let’s walk to the playground together and find Trish and Oscar. They will teach you how to play kickball.” Oscar and Trish and Paula played all afternoon.Ask: Why was Paula afraid? Could she really do these things? Was she afraid she wasn’t good enough? Are you sometimes afraidto try things? Tell the children that God has given each of them special gifts. We call these talents. God wants us to use them. Invite the children to talk about different talents they possess and that they recognize in their classmates.Activity ● Stretch and Sing Invite the children to pick up their copies of Seeds and lead them to the work area while playing and singing “I’m So Special” (CD-2, #20). Direct them to take their seats and color the cover illustration of Seeds.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG2-6WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesGod Loves You! (page 17)Preschool children do not have a good sense of the size and diversity of the human family. The adults in their lives can make them aware that the human family includes great numbers of people of different cultural backgrounds.Help the children find page 17 in their Catechism handbooks. Ask: What do you see? How are the children dressed? They are wearing different clothes according to where they live. Ask: Do they all have the same skin color? No, some are black, some are brown, some are white, some are Asian. Ask: Do they all look alike? No, some have curly hair, some have straight hair. Explain that God makes many different kinds of people and loves us all.Invite each child to color the child at the top of the page to look like himself or herself.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, page 2.The NEW Gospel WeekliesFinish coloring the picture.Everybody has talents.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 23, Number 2The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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