For some ideas this week I think that it might be good to go deeper into some of the previous lessons we have covered. In particular, your understanding of the Mass, the Rosary, and prayer.
I found this article interesting and it might be helpful in considering that bringing the faith alive in the home is good for a relationship with Jesus and understanding of the faith, but also good for our health! https://teachingcatholickids.com/why-catholicism-is-good-for-your-health/?utm_campaign=TCK%202020-10-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
Two of the items listed: prayer and ritual and we covered these last week and a couple of weeks ago with the Mass. After reading this brief article I think it might be good to reiterate the importance the Mass and prayer and make these two a daily focus of your conversations and practices with your children. Because if in fact the studies show it is good for our health then why would we be practicing these more than just once a week or sporadically.
In addition to prayer and ritual the focus of charity and community are equally as important when we are considering a balanced approach to our faith. More of those topics in the coming weeks.
Since the month of October is almost over, a good review question to ask you children is: October is known as the Month of __________? The answer is the Month of the Holy Rosary. For your own growth in this beautiful prayer look to Saint John Paul II (coincidently who’s Feast Day we just celebrated on October 22) and how he exemplified the fruits of the Rosary: 5 ways in which St. John Paul II embodied the Rosary
Next, look to this article for some more tips on praying the Rosary with your family. Try a new way to pray it if these past two weeks were not working well. Find a new time to pray it if it has not been a priority. Simplify it and start smaller if you were aiming to pray the whole rosary just pray a decade or two. Build some incentive into praying it. Give your children some responsibility in leading it. Tips for Praying the Rosary
So for the Mass review and continued growth and understanding I would like to suggest this great guide to explain again and ask questions for review to your children. A Walk Through the Mass
Lastly, for prayer I would recommend continuing the personal prayer exercise that was given last week and expanding on it. Make it a little longer (if they are ready), add more days (if you are not doing it daily), reflect with and share your experiences with your children if you are not doing so already.
Bonus! Looking ahead for next week we are going to talk about the Saint’s since next Sunday is All Saint’s Day. But as you know many people (maybe even you yourself) have been preoccupied with the elections that will take place on the 3rd. If you have not talked with your children about this now would be a good time to. You can talk to them about forming your conscience, the common good, and Catholic social teaching. Consider these few options to frame your discussions and activities around voting:
Election and Voting
The USCCB has 4 different lesson plans, pick one or do them all!: https://www.usccb.org/resources/elementary-lesson-plans-introduction