As many of you know, this fall we made the big, and rough decision of sending our oldest daughter to first grade at our local public elementary school. One of my chief concerns was the lack of Christian formation in a secular environment. Here are seven very simple ways I am trying to incorporate scripture and prayer into my children daily routine.
1. Morning Prayer:
When I pack Ladybug's lunch every night, I add a little note with a prayer of thanksgiving for the food. Sometimes, I write the traditional Catholic prayer:
Grace Before Meals
Bless us our Lord and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Today, I wrote her favorite mealtime prayer song.
Like many of you, we are now spending a LOT more time in the car. I pick up Ladybug and her friend from the public school, then race through traffic to pick up the two young ladies I watch at our church's school. I always have Christian music on the CD player. Bumblebee loves music, and her favorite right now are the Cedarmont CDs she received from our neighbor for her fourth birthday.
4. Knowledge of Scripture:
Along with my friend, we are learning about scripture through the Great Adventure Bible Study for kids. This week we learned about the Tower of Babel.
5. Bible Story Movies:
In addition, my friend found a great resource through Netflix. The Old Testament: In the Beginning is a cartoon series that shares the stories of the Bible's greatest stories and heroes. This week we watched Cain and Abel and the Tower of Babel. Along our Children's Bible and storybooks, we are going through the Bible chronologically to tell the history of salvation. I am learning too!
6. Church Resources:
Both of my daughters attend weekly CCD classes at our parish, and really enjoy it. As part of their Faith First books, there is also on-line resources for parents to help reinforce their weekly lessons. I have been printing out copies of the activities, and added them to part of Ladybug's homework assignment after school.
7. A Living Example:
"Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary use words."
Here, I struggle, however as I learn how to avoid the near occasion of sin and the fine art of saying no, I hope to have a more relaxed approach, and be a better example of a Christian to my children.
What do you do to incorporate prayer in your daily life or in the lives of your children?
This post is part of Conversion Diary's Quick Takes Friday. For more quick takes, please see Jennifer at Conversion Diary.