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     February 25, 2018 • 2nd Sunday of Lent
   Live the Gospel
Objectives ● The children will:
●  Playagameaboutthingsinnaturethatgrowandchange.
●  Practicelistening.
Activity ● The Growing Game (pages 2–3) Gather in the work area, distribute Seeds, and have the children open to pages 2–3. Direct them to find the boy with the apple. Ask: What is inside the apple? Seeds. Ask: What will grow if the boy plants the seeds? An apple tree. Direct the children to find the apple tree on page 3. Do the same with tulip bulbs, bean seeds, and caterpillar.
Divide the children into groups of four. You will need an aide with each group. Children may also play in groups of two or three. Give each group four different coins—nickel, penny, dime, quarter—and four small game markers of colored construction paper—red, yellow, green, and orange. If you have game pieces in these colors from another game, feel free to use them.
To play, a child or team drops the coin on the color wheel in the center of the board. If the coin lands on the red portion of the circle, the child puts his or her game marker on the red circle closest to START. Each child or team proceeds in the same way. When the
second round starts, the child drops the coin again and their game marker to the closest corresponding color circle. The object is to have each child or team put their game marker on the object that matches its color at the end—red on the apple tree, yellow on the tulips, green on the bean plants, and orange on the butterflies.
This is not a win-lose game. Be firm about taking turns. Let the children change the method of play if they find a way they prefer.
Activity ● I grow and change. (page 4) Direct the children to leave their copies of Seeds in the work area and gather standing in a circle. Ask: Who has been around a little baby? Can little babies walk? Can they crawl? What can they do? Invite the children to get on their backs and imitate a little baby. Ask: What can a one-year-old child do? Crawl. Invite the children to crawl. Ask: What can a two-year-old do? Invite the children to walk like a two-year-old. Ask: What about you? What are different ways you can move? Walk, run, ride a bike.
Return to the work area and direct the children to look at page 4. Distribute colored pencils or crayons and ask them to follow your directions. Put one red dot in the box by the little baby who can only wave her arms and legs. What comes next? Crawling. Put two green dots in the box by the child who is crawling. Continue with the toddler pushing his toy (three blue dots), and the older child riding a tricycle (four orange dots).
Check how well the children listened by asking them to find the box with the one red dot and describe the illustration next to it. Continue with two, three, and four dots. To conclude, ask: What would we draw next to five dots?
Closing Prayer “Thank you, God, for the all the food you made for us so we can grow. We want to grow to be more like Jesus.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “The Seed Song” (CD-1, #1).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
   that Jesus is both God and man. He came to show us how to live and to bring us the opportunity to be with God forever. Mary is Jesus’ mother. His Father is God in Heaven.
Point out the drawing of Jesus and Mary on the page. Explain that no one knows what they really looked like when they lived on earth. They lived so many years ago that there was no TV, there were no photographs. That means artists try to draw what they think Mary and Jesus might have looked like. Show the art that you have brought of Jesus and Mary.
Invite the children to finish the picture in their books. Mary’s robe needs to be colored. Direct them to color Mary’s robe their favorite color.
Finish by praying the Hail Mary together. Help the children find this prayer on page 32 of their Catechism handbooks. Explain that hail is an old-fashioned word that means “greetings” or “hello.” When we say Hail Mary, we’re saying, “Greetings, Mary,” or more simply, “Hello, Mary.” Be sure to make the Sign of the Cross before and after you say the Hail Mary. Say each line of the prayer and invite the children to repeat the line after you.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 2–3.
   Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #12 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-27

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