If you’re new to Family Formation at the Church of Saint Paul, you may have wondered about that furry, red greeter when you came to your first Classroom Lesson time. Meet the W.O.G. He is our mascot who shows up each month to encourage kids to keep up with daily reading of the Word of God.
To help keep track of their reading, your kids should each have brought home a little spiral-bound booklet of W.O.G. Logs. There is one for each month of the year and the purpose is for you to simply fill out the card and put an X on each day where they have spent any amount of time reading the Bible. Easy right?
Then, to further encourage them in establishing this habit, we invite all students with any number of days marked to bring it back to class the next month so it can be entered into a drawing for a prize!
A few things to remember:
- Any time your kids pick up any version of the Bible to read, it counts. Children’s Bibles, storybook Bibles, following along as the lector is reading during Mass, etc. The ideas is to encourage them to read the Bible.
- Having said that, I want to point out that while Bible story DVD’s or audios can be good and pious activities, they do not count. (The idea is to form the adult habit of picking up that book each day.)
- What if your kids aren’t proficient enough readers yet? You can read to them (or an older sibling can read to a younger one). Again, this would be reinforcing the idea that reading Holy Scripture is something Catholics should do every day! Actually, even if your kids are great readers, this would be a fantastic daily activity for your family. Seeing a parent reading Scripture will send a strong message about how important it is! You can access the daily Liturgical readings from may sources including Church of Saint Paul’s website, or from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site.
- Also just a little administrative detail – It’s really important that each W.O.G. Log is completely filled out with the child’s first and last name, the month, catechist’s name, etc. It helps us with record keeping as we track the total number of days all the students have accumulated, and it ensures that if your child’s card is drawn for a prize, we know what his/her name is.