A Feast (p. 50)
Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) might prefer to describe verbally how their families celebrate, instead of drawing a picture. In this case, the catechist or an aide may want to note what each child says in the space that is provided in the Child Book.
“In Memory of Me” (p. 53)
Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) and children with visual impairments might find this activity challenging. An alternative activity that you may want to consider would be to go to the church to visit the altar, and then talk about the words the priest says during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Another option would be to review the account of the Last Supper with the children. Have the children place felt or magnet figures on a board to describe the people in the story as you read or tell it. Remind the children that at every Mass, we continue to celebrate this special meal.
Celebrating the Mass (p. 54)
Create a picture book using the names and descriptions of the steps in the Liturgy of the Eucharist to help children with intellectual/developmental delays (such as autism) learn the steps of this part of Mass. They will see what to expect as it happens. Another option is to have each child create a paper doll figure to symbolize him or herself, and then “walk” the paper doll through the steps in the My Mass Book.
Christ Is Present (p. 55)
Children who have difficulties with attention problems or impulse control and children with intellectual/developmental delays (such as autism) might need to hear or see the various responses for the Mystery of Faith in order to remember the words that appear in each one. Print the words of each form of the Mystery of Faith on a large piece of poster board or chart paper. Read through the words with the children, and ask them to name the words they hear or see in each form. Another option is to have the children learn and sing with you a response of the Mystery of Faith from “We Proclaim Your Death O Lord” (track 10) of And With Your Spirit.
We Are the Body of Christ (p. 57)
Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) and children with intellectual/developmental delays (such as autism) might prefer to give their responses verbally and have you or an aide write them in the spaces provided in the Child Book. Children who have difficulties with attention problems or impulse control enjoy movement and might prefer to act out ways in which they can be Christ to others.