The season of Lent is just one turn of the calendar page away. Ash Wednesday falls on March 1 this year. Now is a good time to plan ahead for how you might observe Lent in your classroom, your home, and your own heart.
You’ll have plenty of Lenten symbols and themes worked into your lessons already since the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies draw on the Sunday Gospels for their lesson topics. It’s also good to make your own Lenten plan for your class—these students, this year.
Do you have grumblers in your class? Young people who don’t want to be there and make it known? If so, you might suggest adopting Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking/Talk as your classroom Lenten practice. Classroom grumblers are often grumblers outside of the classroom as well. You might suggest this practice be adopted beyond your classroom as well.
Do you always want to work in a class service project, but time gets away from you? If so, now’s the time to plan ahead for a Lenten service project. You might have your own idea or maybe you want the class to come up with an idea to pursue. It will be natural for your project to be based on one of the Three Lenten Practices—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (helping those in need).
Here are some other activities you might consider for Lent: