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Learning through play is a key part of our Early Years unit. We use children’s interests as a starting point to plan our continuous provision, inform our topics and provide stimulating learning opportunities. We believe that through play children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and question. As such we believe it important for the adults to engage in this child initiated play; observing, modelling, facilitating and extending the play based learning. Children take part in learning times which occur twice a day and allow children to free flow, choosing their own learning within the unit.
As well as learning times; children will have phonics, math, RE and topic whole class or group sessions.
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How can we spend this day to show Mother Mary that we love her?
We might want to whisper a Hail Mary while we work or play, or spend some time saying the family rosary.
PRAYER ON MARY’S FEASTS
Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus gave you to me as my Mother when He was dying on the Cross. I want to love you as Jesus did. I pray to you in these words:
Hail Mary, full of grace!
The Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of your womb, Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour
of our death. Amen
St. Joseph of Nazareth is a great saint who totally lived by faith – a faith that made him a real hero. He was chosen by our heavenly Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, Jesus his divine son and Mary Queen of heaven. Joseph was Jesus’ foster-father and Mary’s husband.
He was poor all his life and had to work very hard in his carpenter shop, but he did not mind. Joseph was happy to work for his little family. He loved Jesus and Mary so very much. In the Holy Bible we do not find even one word spoken by St. Joseph, and yet, even without words, he shows his deep faith and trust in the Living God.
Whatever the Lord wanted him to do, St. Joseph did at once, no matter how difficult it was. He was humble and pure, gentle and wise. Jesus and Mary loved him and obeyed him because God had placed him as the head of their family. What a joy for St. Joseph to live with the Son of God himself. Jesus obeyed him, helped him, and loved him.
We pray to St. Joseph as the protector of the dying for a special reason. We believe that Joseph died peacefully in the arms of Jesus and Mary when God finally called his faithful servant to the joy of heaven. St. Joseph died before Jesus’ passion and death on the Cross.
St. Teresa of Avila chose St. Joseph as the protector of her order of Carmelite sisters. She had a great trust in his prayers. “Every time I ask St. Joseph for something,” she said, “he always obtains it for me.” St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church.
Reflection: He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’ -St. Bernadine of Siena