In my RE class this past weekend, we learned about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Specifically, I introduced my class to a sacred vessel called the monstrance. Our parish priest invited our class into the sacristy for an up close and personal lesson of the monstrance and other sacred vessels used in the Eucharist Liturgy. They loved having a close view of a monstrance, ciborium, chalice and pyx and especially the attention of our priest. They struggled saying the words but it certainly deepened their understanding of Jesus' special gift to us.
We then returned to our classroom and viewed Brother Francis Bread of Life DVD which they found entertaining. Brother Francis is very appealing to younger children by his use of humor throughout his explanations. My students were giggling and attentive as they watched. It was perfect for my first graders!
Next on our agenda, was a monstrance craft. The idea came from Jennifer at Catholic Inspired and instead of using paint, I gave them chalk to use on black paper. They turned out great even though I didn't get a picture of theirs, just my sample.
We ended our class with another craft to celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise. I took my cue from Jessica at Shower of Roses and we made her edible candles.
It was a perfect faith formation day for my students even though they still struggled pronouncing the names of the sacred vessels.