Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kids activity books in English, Spanish, Romanian & French

(OCA) - With the blessings of His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée of Ottawa and Canada and His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo of Mexico City, three new activity books for use in Sunday school, vacation Church school and summer camp programs are now available from Lengua Viva Publishers, Ottawa, ON.

Author Ioana Dimitriu, a Romanian-Canadian member of Ottawa’s Annunciation Cathedral, began writing the activity books after working with youth in rural Orthodox communities in Mexico during the 2014 missionary trip organized by the Orthodox Church in America and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Being a Spanish teacher and a native speaker of Romanian, Ioana was inspired to use her language skills to develop catechetical materials that would benefit Orthodox children in multilingual parishes or who worship in Spanish, French, or Romanian, as well as English.

The first volume—The Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church—includes accounts of the feasts and numerous engaging activities, illustrations, word games and projects for elementary school children. The Creed Explained: Brief Introduction to the Orthodox Christian Teachings with Activities for Teenage Readers, introduces tweens to various aspects of the Church’s early history while providing concise explanations of the main doctrinal elements found in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Activities include study questions and written reflections, crossword puzzles, and assessment activities. Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha Activity Book for Children presents a wealth of information and activities primarily geared to the eight to 12-year-old audience.

The books contain beautiful illustrations by Ana-Maria Lemnaru, a young Romanian artist who drew her inspiration from the Byzantine iconographic tradition.

The activity books may be ordered on-line from Lengua Viva. Additional information is available by writing to info@LenguaViva.ca.

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