So I bought, brought, and read Fiona French’s Easter to CCE last Wednesday. Melanie recommended it (thanks Melanie!) and it really delivered… with one exception.
We’re reading, and looking at the pictures, and everyone is interested and quiet so it’s all going smoothly even with my on the fly slight updating of the KJV language (even to evening, that sort of thing). Then we reached the Last Supper.
At this point, Fiona French seems to have been a little squeamish with her verse selections. We get the verse about Jesus handing out the bread saying "This is my Body." But only the briefest mention of Him passing around the cup. And my class promptly exploded.
"What about the Blood???"
They were furious. I actually had to put the book down and spend five minutes calming them down and reassuring them. Yes, that verse belongs there. No, I don’t know why she left it out. I’m so proud of all of you! Who can tell me why it’s important? (Answer: all of them!)
I have kindergarteners, so some are closer to 7 and others closer to 6. The almost 7 year olds are generally better at listening and answering, and they could give me a completely adequate description of what was happening and who was acting.
And this, boys and girls, is why a shallow CCE curriculum is a bad, bad, thing.