Following research with parents in five pilot primary schools the Archdiocese of Liverpool has produced a new resource for Reception Class children which seeks to strengthen the home-school-parish partnership in a simple and enjoyable way.
Maureen O’Brien (Coordinator for Marriage & Family Life and Assistant Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation) has produced the four bright, colourful books for parents, siblings and grandparents to read with young children. They are engaging enough to read to a pre-schooler and accessible enough to use with a learner reader.
In one Liverpool primary school, where the books have been used by Year 6 pupils who are prayer partners with younger children, the feedback has been positive. One Reception Class child said: ‘The books are very precious because they’re about God.’ A parent also reported back: ‘As a non-Catholic family, we thought this was a lovely way for us to start introducing the Catholic faith and God into our family, and it was a lovely opportunity for our child to tell us all they had learned about God and Jesus in school. We read the book as soon as we got home from school, and enjoyed looking at the colourful pictures before bedtime. The book even took pride of place on the bedside cabinet.’
The packs contain a ‘Passing on the Faith’ information card and 4 child-sized books:
• God Is Very Clever
• Advent: Will You Help Me Build A Stable?
• Professor Know It All: Do You Know The Way To Heaven?
• Will You Teach Me How To Pray?
The books are available to purchase for £5 per pack. For more information please visit http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/formation-shop