Over the years, we have built quite a collection of teaching resources on Great Lent. We thought it would be helpful to have them all listed on this page, together with some of our favorite external resources. We plan to keep creating more Great Lent teaching material, so please check back for new additions!
Free lesson plan: All you need to teach young children about Great Lent.
Our very first physical – not digital – product: a Lady Lent hanging calendar made out of fleece fabric, to help count down the weeks from Clean Monday to Pascha.
Free lesson plan: Background and printables on Orthodox fasting.
Templates for making one craft each Sunday of Great Lent.
Free printable packet: Worksheets and fact sheets to help teach about the Sundays of Great Lent.
Free printable packet: Templates and instructions to work on a lapbook about the Sundays of Great Lent.
Free pen pal program: Sign up with your class or homeschool group to exchange Pascha greetings with Orthodox friends around the world.
All about icons – First Sunday of Great Lent
Free lesson plan: Animation video and activities for teaching about holy icons.
Free lesson plan: A selection of icon crafts to combine Orthodox catechism with Byzantine art appreciation.
Prayer and St. Gregory Palamas – Second Sunday of Great Lent
Free lesson plan: Activities to help teach about the different types of prayer and about St. Gregory Palamas
Veneration of the Cross – Third Sunday of Great Lent
Free lesson plan: Printables and activities for the Veneration of the Cross and to coordinate with Week 4 of Great Lent at the blog Tending the Garden of our Hearts.
The Annunciation of the Theotokos – March 25
Free lesson plan: Activities to help teach the feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos – includes a variety on interactive online acivities!
A hands-on teaching resource made out of soft fleece fabric to help teach about two Great Feasts that are celebrated one after the other: The Meeting of our Lord and the Annunciation of the Theotokos.
St. John Climacus and the virtues – Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Free lesson plan: Printables and activities for the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, focusing on St. John Climacus and the Christian virtues.
St. Mary of Egypt and the Holy Hermits – Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Free lesson plan: Printables and activities for the fifth Sunday of Great Lent, focusing on St. Mary of Egrypt, Orthodox monasticism, and the Holy Hermits.
Free lesson plan: Printables and activities to coordinate with Week 6 of Great Lent at the blog Tending the Garden of our Hearts.
Free lesson plan: A lesson plan on the Raising of Lazarus.
Free lesson plan: Resources for teaching about the Great Feast of the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem.
Free lesson plan: A comprehensive list of teaching resources to help explore the Orthodox Holy Week.
Free resource: A collection of creative activities to help teach about Holy Week.
Templates and instructions to make one craft each day of the Holy Week.
Free lesson plan: Using four icons in sequence to teach about Pascha.
Soft fabric learning sets to help teach young ones about Pascha. Can also be used as a quiet activity during the long Pascha services.
Helpful external resources
- Lent Resource Guide for Families by Presvytera Destinie of the blog “Ascetic Life of Motherhood” – A comprehensive list of helpful resources for the whole of Great Lent.
- My Path to Pascha, Lenten Study for Kids by Sylvia Leontaritis of the blog “Orthodox Mom”.
- Tending the Garden of our Hearts, blog, podcast, and book by Elissa Bjeletich and Kristina Wenger, published by Ancient Faith.
- Love at Lent, Lenten activity card set by Michelle Bonanno Triant, Ancient Faith store.
- Draw Near Designs Lent & Pascha shop – A nice selection of useful Lent and Pascha products for children.