"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love

Monday, June 30, 2008

Activities to Get You Started

One reason for beginning this site is to create a public forum for Orthodox resources, that are free and theologically sound in their teaching. Many materials and ideas never make it to be published, however, they can be used and adapted according to your needs NOW - not tomorrow, or next year. So, without delay, here are two activities in various age levels -


Pre-K to 5th: Show & Tell
Using a handout complete with pictures of objects from the Altar, ask your local priest to invite the kids for an afternoon of hands-on learning. Have each child pick an item to touch, smell, and see close-up while discussing its name and function. Children can approach the Royal Gates to find the item from the handout, and wait on the Solea together to pass it around. At the end, conduct a quiz all together to see who can remember the names of the items!

Click Here for the Altar Game Handout


6th to 12th Grade: Tune In

Select ten songs to burn on a CD that range in genre to include the following: rap, techno, classical, jazz, a Church hymn...and one song to simply be "silence." Using the handout, ask teens to listen to each song as it is played and write down the way it makes them feel using the list of emotions from the handout. Openly discuss how music effects us and our soul - do we become sad, angry, pumped-up, flirty, peaceful... which songs do we feel closest to God, loving to our neighbors, or most influenced by? Which songs do we know the words to as opposed to others?

Click Here for the Tune In Pop Music Activity Handout

2 comments:

::Sylvia:: said...

Elenie, Would you mind emailing me the word document for this activity? the Pre-K version? Thanks so much! Also please check out this post (or click on the thinking cap on my page)and if you have any ideas that you wouldn't mind me using in my book e-mail them to me! Thanks again!
http://orthodoxmom.blogspot.com/2008/06/alright-ladies-i-need-you-to-put-on.html

mike said...

love to see this discussion! It’s great to see you all working through the issues and also, it’s great to see recommendations for testing. In the end, it’s what your actual users do and prefer hat should be your biggest driver in making these decisions.


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