1. The Sign of the Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

   The Sign of the Cross is the most basic Catholic prayer though we don't often think of it that way.  We should teach our children to say it with reverence before and after their other prayers.  The most common problem that children have in learning the Sign of the Cross is using their left hand instead of their right.  The second most common is touching their right shoulder before the left.

2. The Lord's Prayer, or Our Father.

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

   We should pray the Our Father daily with our children.  It's a good prayer to use as a short morning or evening prayer.  Pay close attention to how your children pronounce the words; there are a lot of opportunities for misunderstandings and mispronunciations, such as "Howard be thy name."        


3. Hail Mary.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

         A useful technique for teaching the Hail Mary is for you to recite the first part of the prayer (through "the fruit of thy womb, Jesus") and then have your children respond with the second part ("Holy Mary")


4. Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world with out end. Amen