The day before we had talked about the Liturgical Year, and my mom, a former/possibly-still-current religious ed teacher of 25 years had the brilliant idea of setting up a fun station for each of the six seasons in the Liturgical Year. She used to do something similar when she taught the sacraments, and I was thrilled with the idea! (Hindsight, I should've started this with more than 24 hours to go, but it all got done, and it was worth it.)
I split the class into six groups, and they had ten minutes at each station. Each stop had a poster explaining its place in the year, with a question they should've been able to recall from the day before. They also had an activity to complete at each station. I'm looking for a place to store my posters, because I'd love to do this again! There's a gallery of pictures below, along with our list of the year's stations. It was a great end to a fun two weeks!
1. Advent The kids each made their own Advent wreath on paper, and they learned what the three purple candles represent.
2. Christmas At this stop, the kids enjoyed Jesus' birthday cake while they made crowns from paper plates (either "fit for a King," or a-la the three wise men).
3. Lent We had had a long conversation about why we give up meat on Fridays during Lent, so as a reminder, they enjoyed some Goldfish while they "fished for words" on a Lenten word-find.
4. The Triduum This was the trickiest station to fathom up, but I wound up having them create a cross with pop-scicle sticks, attaching them to red paper, and writing either an acrostic poem using the word "cross," or writing words to describe feelings they might have while reading the Passion.
5. Easter At Easter my students cut and colored the Risen Jesus and his (empty) tomb. When the flap (stone) was lifted from the tomb, the Risen Jesus was glued beneath.
6. Ordinary Time Since nothing specific happens during Ordinary Time, but we're always growing in our faith, the class planted flowers to take home and hopefully water at this station :)