When I teach Catholic ABC’s at our homeschool co-op, my class always finishes by putting together a prayer table and saying our Rosary prayers with our beginner Rosaries. Check out what goes on our prayer table.
Here are the basics you’ll need to put together your own prayer table:
- Table of some kind
- Standing crucifix
- Any other religious trinkets you have around: small statues, holy cards, rosaries, religious medals, statues from incomplete nativity sets, etc.
First of all, I travel back and forth to my co-op class with this tub.
It holds everything I need for circle time and closing prayer. That way, when I am sitting in the circle with my preschoolers, I have everything I need with me. My snacks, crafts, coloring pages, etc are stored and carried in seperate bags. There’s a list of everything you need for circle time and closing prayer in my book. I use the tub itself as the prayer table. You could use anything, but wooden stools or fold up tv trays would both make great portable prayer tables!
First, I remove the bag of my prayer table stuff from the bucket. Then I put the currently correct color of Liturgical cloth over it. This is just fabric I picked up at the store- it hasn’t been hemmed or anything, which works out just fine.
You need more objects for your prayer table than you have children in your class. Each child is called 1 at a time to choose an object and place it on the table. Again, there’s more specifics about how to do this in Catholic ABC’s the book.
I made some tiny plastic vases out of plastic campaign cups from the Dollar Tree. Just use regular scissors, and cut off the tops. This takes a little patience, and I did ruin a few cups before I got it exactly right, but I couldn’t find anything that did this well and was small enough to be portable. Also, they come 4 for $1, so no big deal if you break 1 or 2 of them.
I got some fake roses at the Dollar Tree, and cut the stems short enough to fit in my tiny vases.
I luse this stand up crucifix from Autom, and I really like it! I thought that the kids would be able to hang the special intention medals, but it’s too hard for preschoolers to do. Still, it’s a great crucifix.
This is my prayer candle for our table. I got the glass kind with a lid.
When I take the lid off, it becomes our holy water bowl. I pour a tiny amount of holy water in and let ach child bless themselves before we begin praying. They love this! When class is completely over, I use the remainder of the holy water to bless my classroom, then put the lid back on the candle.
I let the kids put together the table however they want to, so it rarely ends up looking all tidy like this, but that’s ok. Sometimes they just like to lay the flowers right on the table, or prop the Bible up, or whatever.
I love this Catholic Picture Bible! It looks like a real leather Bible with golden page edges and everything. I adore this mature look even though it’s a children’s Bible. I think it’s so much nicer than something with cartoons on the front- plus, it’s really affordable!
Inside, each Bible story is 1 page, and across from a beautiful illustration.
I think the stories in this Bible are better for older children (maybe 6-10 year olds?) but I don’t read out of this children’s Bible to my preschool class. If I’m actually reading to them, I’m more likely to use my Beginner’s Bible.
I always turn out the light the candle and turn off the lights before we begin praying. This really helps kids with the “mood” of prayer. (I don’t let the kids light or blow out the candle- that’s a job just for me.)
Using this method, I can get 12+ two year olds at at time to sit quietly through a Hail Mary, Our Father, and Glory be. Seriously. Kids eat this hand-on stuff up with a spoon. So that’s my prayer table! If you’re interested in seeing how I lay out my preschool class, check out Catholic ABC’s. I walk you through everything!
Even if you’re just going to use this at home, it might be nice to have something that can be put away. This could be especially true if you have young kids or you don’t have enough space to leave out a family altar all the time.Pin It