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A church educator's "Must reads"By Virginia Page
I wish every parent (and grandparent) would read the following four books. I listed them in my personal priority order.
Virginia Page is Godly Play Coordinator at Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls, New York, USA.
Faith at Home "Must reads"Celebrating the Church Year with Young Children, by Joan Halmo. A wonderful guide for parents, giving background and then a wealth of ideas for each season and holy day throughout the liturgical year, in order of importance: Sunday, Easter, Holy Week, and so on. Lots of great ideas! See it at Amazon.com
To Dance with God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration, by Gertrud Mueller Nelson. Another superb resource for parents. Lots of ideas for faith-based activities for daily family life as well as seasonal and yearly observances from Christmas to birthdays, Lent to St. Nicholas' Day. See it at Amazon.com
Offering the Gospel to Children, by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. Makes a great case for offering children the fullness of the religious experience without analyzing and predigesting it on their behalf, and tells stories of wonderful ways to do this. Great comments and recommendations about children's books and Bibles in the final chapters. See it at Amazon.com
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