I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Recipe for a Family Rosary Class Event

Recipe for a Family Rosary Class Event

Pre-stuffed "kits" with beads (10 of one color, 3 of another, + 1 cross bead), & string/twine - enough for each student & parent/grandparent...plus a handful of extras
Invitations (sent home with the kiddos AND via personal email)
Step-by-step instructions for how to assemble the decade Rosaries
Resources for the families to share in class

Day of:
Extra chairs (for the parents/grandparents)
A co-worker to cover your lunch duty (*optional*)
Student-led opening prayer
A resource to help you pray the Rosary with the students & parents

Don't forget to keep a smile on your face in light of Rosary "fatalities" and to remain flexible to help, repair, or start over. Be sure to thank parents and students multiple times for their presence and participation. Pray with full heart, stand back, and enjoy...

I got the beads at Oriental Trading and Michael's

I am so thankful for the opportunity with my 6th graders today to spend time learning about, making, and praying the Rosary together (in both classes, separately). All of the parents/grandparents were so gracious, and everyone seemed to have a good and meaningful time.

I think it's really important, especially in the older grades, to invite parents into the classroom for various activities and such...but it takes an extra effort, since there's less control of time, less amount of time to host the activity, and students who appear indifferent at their parents' presence (even though on the inside they are excited to see them).

But it's worth it. What a recipe...what a day...

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