Today the children heard about St. Matthew at circle time. They learned that today was a Martyrs feast day and that today the priest wears red for the martyrs who spilled their blood for Christ. Then one of the children got to put a miniature sized red priest vestment on "Fr. Pine", our little wooden priest model. They also learned about how St. Matthew went from collecting coins for taxes to collecting souls for Christ, as Jesus told Matthew "Follow Me". During the work period, the children took turns wrapping up little stacks of coins to donate to Project Defending Life. They learned that money is not what brings one happiness and peace in this world, but that following Jesus will bring us peace in this world and happiness in Heaven. At Project Defending Life, the children were able to see pictures of babies in need that would be helped by their donations and prayers. Afterward, the children made a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.Above: Primary & Lower Elementary Class paying a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
The 3-6 year old Primary class had a wonderful day back after the weekend. The children all seemed to be very focused and stayed very busy choosing various practical life works from the shelves. It was very exciting to see them so concentrated and remembering to practice class etiquette such as carrying their trays carefully, rolling up their work rugs, and keeping low voices so as not to disturb others at work.
The 6-9 lower elementary class got to enjoy the feast day activities along with the 3-6 primary class today. They also got to dive in a little deeper into St. Mathew as an evangelist. They learned about how he wrote his Gospel to, "convince the Jews that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus". The children brought up how the parable of the publican and the pharisee made them think of St. Mathew, and a very great discussion was held about humility and hearing the call of God.
To end our day, the moms/teachers were very blessed to receive a visit from an actual Montessori art teacher who volunteered her time to share techniques and ideas for presenting art activities to the children
Above: The children donating their coins at Project Defending Life and receiving holy cards from the staff.