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Week 9: Icons in Our Narthex – Abraham and Isaac

Week 9: Icons in Our Narthex – Abraham and Isaac

This week’s goal was to learn about our icon of Abraham and Isaac in our church’s narthex. (Genesis 22: 1-19) In November, our parish has a “Youth Sunday” where our Sunday School students have an opportunity to do tasks around the church just like everyone...
Week 8: Icons in Our Narthex – Prophet Elijah

Week 8: Icons in Our Narthex – Prophet Elijah

This week’s goal was to learn about our icon of the Prophet Elijah in our church’s narthex. This is part 2 of 4 for our Youth Sunday project coming up in November. Week 8: In addition to the the teacher’s outline, you will need the following for this...
Week 7: Icons in Our Narthex – King David

Week 7: Icons in Our Narthex – King David

In November, our parish has a “Youth Sunday” where our Sunday School students have an opportunity to do tasks around the church just like everyone else. Each class is assigned something to do for that Sunday. This year, the 3rd/4th grade class was asked to...
Week 6: The New Testament

Week 6: The New Testament

The goal for this week is to explain the different sections of the New Testament. It’s important to place the Bible in context of its layout, content, and how we use it in our daily life – both in our worship and in our own personal, daily reading....
Week 5: The Old Testament

Week 5: The Old Testament

The goal for this week was to learn some basics about the Old Testament. Within the Old Testament, each book is grouped together by theme: The Law, Books of History, Books of Wisdom, and the Prophets. We used Fr. Jon Emanuelson’s Old Testament banner as a visual...
Week 4: Saint Romanos the Melodist

Week 4: Saint Romanos the Melodist

This week, we learned about Saint Romanos the Melodist since we commemorate him on October 1st and he is part of our 4th grade GOA curriculum. The main goals for this week were to learn about the life of Saint Romanos, find where he lived on the map, listen to the...
Week 3: The Septuagint & Symeon the God-Receiver

Week 3: The Septuagint & Symeon the God-Receiver

This week, I wanted to present a basic introduction to the Bible for my students. Some of my students knew a little bit about the Bible and some had zero experience with it, other than what they hear in church. One of my students told me, “I don’t think we...
Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

Week 2: Patron Saints & Namedays

This week, I put together an introductory lesson on patron saints and namedays in preparation for our year-long project on our class’ patron saints. The goal of this lesson was to review, or introduce (depending on the student), the celebration of namedays and...
Classroom Prep & Week 1: Welcome to Class!

Classroom Prep & Week 1: Welcome to Class!

After creating a rough outline of my lessons for the year, I was able to start planning how I wanted to set up my classroom. The classrooms at our parish were recently re-painted. The teachers were asked to only hang visuals on the bulletin board and not to use any...
Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Church School Year

Planning Our Upcoming Orthodox Church School Year

This coming school year, I am thrilled to be returning to the church school classroom! I haven’t taught Sunday church school since having my youngest two children, so I’m pretty giddy about teaching again. I’ll be teaching 3rd and 4th grade at our...