Monday, October 1, 2012

Interesting Tidbits

(this post is more for the catechists in my home town :) )

Some interesting differences or little bits of information for those back home :)

Good use for the blue water jug and the green bucket -
a water source IN the level 1 atrium without leaving for the bathroom
or the catechist constantly refilling.
Gets the children involved and doing real work. 

The set up of the cruets (see the wine in the back).
Then these cruets (in the middle) are used for the
preparation of the chalice.  

I've not seen the liturgical calendar arcs and arrows painted white....
Godly Play leaves theirs plain (see below)

(not from the formation course where I am right now)
I made this calendar for a Godly Play customer
Notice that Easter and Pentecost are fixed into place
(I could cut these the same as the CGS calendar - with the grooves)
And Christmas is "movable" with no groove.

This allows for the changing date of Easter each year..... 

Tracing packets are ALL in the art area!
If we use artwork to match the boxes, keep the tracing in the art area and the children will be inspired to more appropriate atrium art work.... perhaps even in level 2 !?
It's a thought.... !

I have more, but those are the highlights for the evening ;)


  1. Hi! I have been perusing your pictures over the last few months as I attempt to set up a Level 1 atrium. I like the way you present the preparation of the cruets. Can you tell me how you present the lavabo? Also, in another post, you discussed a practical life in stain glass work, which I would love to learn more about. Thanks! Sabrina

    1. Sabrina,

      Lavabo has the materials all in the same place, with the prayer cards right there, so the child can do any of the gestures work in one "station".

      Just to be clear about some of the images on this blog --- I also visit other atriums as well as have attended the level 1 formation leaders course; so some of the images are from the course, some from other atriums, and some from the various atriums I actually serve as catechist. :)

      The stained glass work I do with the children has evolved over the years. In my very first level 1 atrium, as we were transitioning into the atrium mid-year from a typical class set-up, I had the children working on creating stained glass images when they didn't have anything else to do. I would tape down contact paper to one of our large tables; at a small table nearby, the children practiced cutting or tearing multiple colors of tissue paper and place them in small baskets; these baskets would be brought to the larger table for other children to stick onto the contact paper. When all was the children liked it, we would then affix the contact paper to one of our many windows. We had removed the blinds from the windows because they were old and VERY nasty - the priest was not happy to have anyone from the street be able to look in - so this took care of the beauty AND privacy AND practical life all in one ;)

      This past year, I have handed over our laminating scraps to my level 3 children - instead of throwing them out (or trying to trim pouched before laminating to use those pieces later... that just gets to be a mess) - along with a cup of permanent markers. They use the permanent markers to create beautiful stained glass window designs --- and the reward for a job BEAUTIFULLY and completely and WELL-done is the use of sticky dots to affix the images to our windows. They get a kick out of the sticky dots. A small number of the children simply can't handle them, so a friend has to help with the dots in those cases.

      When i hung small curtains in this room, they covered up some of the designs and the children are disappointed. I hope to shorten the curtains later today so the images can all be seen.