Wednesday Night Sunday School has changed a lot in the last 2 years, figured it was time to update my letter to the parents:
September 4, 2013
Dear Parents of 6th Grade Religious Ed Students,
1. You are invited to come to class anytime. Parents who do come tend to enjoy it, and every additional adult in the room improves the learning environment.
2. There's no book for this class, and no homework. Isn't that great? This year we'll cover the whole Bible, from Genesis through Revelations; and follow that with the Mass, and how the Bible relates to Mass. So if you've never looked at the Bible in one big sweep, now's your chance.
3. On the other hand, every week builds on the prior weeks' information, so the more your child comes to class and participates in discussion, the easier it is to keep up and have fun learning. Encourage your child to pay attention, participate, and not interfere with other students' learning.
4. Sometimes the children will bring home color handouts of fine art that we use to spark discussion in class. Have your child explain what he or she learned about those handouts. Now that I think about, make them tell you what they learned after every class, handout or not. Explaining to you what they learn is part of their evangelization practice.
5. We take attendance; please have your child come to class regularly and on time.
6. Encourage your child to contribute to discussions, and to ask questions. At the start of each class students can ask any question about God/ religion/ Christianity/ Catholicism/ current events/ encounters with non-Catholics/ you name it. We want the kids to get answers to their faith questions; if they don't ask 'em, we can't answer 'em!
7. Encourage your child to sit toward the front; it's the easiest place to learn, and harder to be bored there.
8. You can contact me at 123-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Thanks for your support,