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
"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