Thursday, July 23, 2015

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities




Teaching children prayers can be hard, but incorporating a craft or activity can make it easier and a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorite Guardian Angel prayer activities.

catholicicing.com- Guardian Angel Feast Day Activities

thelittleways.com- Guardian Angel Prayer Craft

catholicinspired.com- Guardian Angel Printable Page for Kids

autom.com- Guardian Angel Color Your Own Prayers

kareninmommyland.blogspot.com- Guardian Angel Craft

autom.com- Guardian Angel Prayer Craft Kit





Thursday, July 2, 2015

Crafts for Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary




When we say the rosary, we reflect on the life of Jesus Christ. We remember the stories of his life, or the mysteries of our Lord. These stories are called mysteries because every time we reflect upon them we learn more about the Lord, our world, and our selves. Additionally, we refer to them as mysteries because we can never fully understand all there is to know about his life. This is why it is so important to continue to reflect and pray on these stories.

The mysteries are divided into four parts of Jesus’ life. They are joyful mysteries, luminous mysteries, sorrowful mysteries, and the glorious mysteries.


General Crafts for Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:

catholicicing.com- Make a rosary book. A fun way to help teach your children the rosary. Visuals to teach them about all the different mysteries of the rosary (you can just make the joyful mysteries of the rosary).

equippingcatholicfamilies.com- Revolving Rosary

catholicinspired.com- Rosary Prayer Sheets

mommyerin.blogspot.com- Mysteries of the Rosary Box



The joyous mysteries are five stories about the birth and young life of Jesus Christ.

Annunciation
Visitation
The Nativity
Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple


The Annunciation

catholicinspired.com- Annunciation Prayer Craft

Introduce crafts: Who told Mary that she was going to have a baby and he was going to be the son of God? The angel Gabriel.

books.google.com- Jacob’s Ladder
Just make the angel that is in this craft using cupcake liners and construction paper. You can also make the angel into a magnet by putting sticky-backed magnets on the back of the angel. (Crafts from Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 16 & 17).

Christmas Angel- A cute craft of an angel that is made from using the child's handprints. (From The Hands Of A Child by Anthony Flores, page 25).

frugalupstate.com- Easy Children’s Christmas Craft: Paperclip Angels

mssscrafts.com- Angel Crafts (lots of angel crafts posted here)



The Visitation

google.com- Hail Mary Crafts

ehow.com- Hail Mary Prayer Crafts for Kids



The Nativity

Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 44.)

Christmas- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 33 & 34.)
sermons4kids.com- A Promise Is A Promise group activities (crafts)

Holy Family crafts: If you have younger children, consider doing one of these crafts to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family: Holy Family scrapbook; Holy Family tree; Holy Family nativity set; Holy Family puppets.

pinterest.com- Family Trees

genoaschools.net- Family Tree Templates

pinterest.com- Simple Nativity Crafts for Kids

catholicicing.com- Feast of the Holy Family (crafts)

scrapbookscrapbook.com- Free Printable Christmas Nativity Children's School & Church Craft Project

designdazzle.com- Printable Nativity Set

noelladesigns.com- 3-D Nativity Printable

papergiftsforestefany- Nativity Crafts

catholicicing.com- Printable Nativity Set
This nativity craft was originally designed to be printed, colored, and glued around toilet paper tubes to make the pieces stand up. Since then, many readers have discovered that it’s just as good to print the pieces on card stock, and then use tape or staples to make them into a cylinder.

sarahanestudios.com- Nativity Puppet Theatre
To make and color with stage and background; free printable

lifeyourway.net- Popsicle Stick Nativity Puppets

hartofthemountain.blogspot.com- Printable Nativity Finger Puppets



Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

catholicinspired.com- A List of Crafts for the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple


Have children create their own candle crafts to celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the temple. The candles symbolize that Christ is the light of the world, just as Simeon had said.

homemadeserentity.blogspot.com- Rolled Beeswax Candle Tutorial

abeautifulmess.com- Homemade Beeswax Candles

naturalsuburbia.com- Candlemas in the Southern Hemisphere

goldensunfamily.blogspot.com- Candlemas

makingfriends.com- Glowing Flowers
When you press flowers and leaves, they become thinner and light can shine through them. In this project, you simply decoupage pressed flowers and leaves to a votive cup and cover with tissue paper.

lonestarcandlesupply.com- How To Make Ice Candles

craftsbyamanda.com- Epson Salt Luminaries

sheknows.com- Stained Glass Candle Holder (scroll down to this)

marthasteward.com- Stamped Glass Candleholders



Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus in the Temple (scroll down to Craft/ Activity on page 5)

greaterbirminghamchurch.org- Jesus in the Temple (scroll down to CRAFT on page 7 & 8)





Friday, June 19, 2015

Planning Ahead For CCD





Another year of CCD is behind us and now is the time to think about what you will do next year. Preparation is necessary prior to CCD starting and during the summer it is the right time for the catechist to begin. With thorough planning before hand, the catechist will have an easier time and the students will learn to their fullest potential.





Time To Think- Since CCD is over for most it is time to think of what will be needed for the next school year. What will you be doing? What will you need? What worked, what didn’t? Did you learn from your mistakes? These questions and more will inundate the catechist the next few weeks. Before you know it, classes will be starting again and you need to be prepared. This overwhelming task is examined and planning should be done way before so you can be ready and prepared.


CCD Program Parent/Student Handbook- To establish what the responsibilities are for the CCD student and the parent(s) it is a good idea to have a CCD Program Parent/Student Handbook. The handbook can specify the rules and regulations that the students and parent(s) must follow so there will be no misunderstandings. Having a handbook allows the CCD program to run smoothly and without any problems. It can also inform how the CCD program plans to educate your child and answer many questions that the parents might have.


CCD Registration Form- Before a student can attend CCD, the parents must fill out a registration form. The form differs from parish to parish, but most are relatively the same. Posted are what registration forms may consist of as well as some tips and suggestions.


CCD Volunteer Form- Before a person can volunteer to help in the religious education at your parish, they must fill out and sign a Volunteer Form. By having prospective volunteers fill out this form it will let them know what help is needed and what the responsibilities are for that particular job. It can also inform them what is required to be able volunteer at the parish. Tips and suggestions of what can be included in this form are posted.


Catechist Handbook- It is a good idea to have a Catechist Handbook to acquaint volunteer catechists with the policies and procedures in the Religious Formation Program. The Catechist Handbook will clearly define what the responsibilities are for the catechist and the procedures that they are to follow.


Catechist Training- Most dioceses and/or parishes require some kind of catechist training before they can teach a class each year. By providing assistance and training to all catechists before CCD starts it will prepare the catechist so they can be an effective teacher. Certified catechist should also participate in the training because no catechist can know everything and they could also benefit from new ideas and activities. Suggestions of what can be in the catechist training is posted.


CCD Open House- Before CCD starts it is a good idea to have an Open House. The ideas posted should be helpful and allow you to have a great CCD Open House.


Parent Volunteers in Your Classroom- Volunteers in your CCD classroom can be a blessing IF done correctly and IF it is planned ahead. Nothing is worse than having a volunteer not know what to do or be in the way. Here are tips that should be done to have a good volunteer program in your classroom.


Classroom Newsletters- Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom and frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.


Parent Involvement in CCD- Since parents and guardians are the primary teachers of the Faith their involvement in CCD is vital. Without it the child will not learn to their fullest potential. Tips are posted on how to get parents involved in CCD.


Classroom Assignment Sheets- An organized student stays current on assignments and will achieve success in CCD. Assignment Sheets help students develop sound organization skills that will teach them a successful lifelong journey through school and CCD. Parents and students like having assignments written down so they can keep track of them and a good way of doing it is having a Classroom Assignment Sheet.


What should a catechist do when they are absent?- From time to time a catechist must be absent for various reasons. When this happens a substitute must take over your classroom and be able to teach your students. Here are some tips and suggestions that every catechist should do if they are absent so your class can run smoothly and your students will learn to their fullest potential.


What makes a good catechist?- Tips on how to be a good catechist.


What do students like to do in CCD?- The key to being a good catechist is knowing what your students like to do in CCD. Here are some tips and suggestions for activities to do in the classroom that are age appropriate.


Teacher Tools- A teacher’s time is limited and to be an effective teacher you must be prepared for any situation. Here are some of my favorite free teacher tools that just might come in handy in your classroom.





Sunday, May 31, 2015

Catechist Self Examination





It is generally conceded that much of a teacher’s expertise- some would say most- comes from real classroom experiences. However, although experience is a necessary condition for teacher expertise it is not a sufficient one (Lambert & Clark, 1990). If teacher experience heightens a teachers expertise and understanding then it must be reflected on, analyzed, and used to improve practice. It is the constant cycle of experience, reflection, and improvement that marks a teacher’s growth and development; teachers do learn by doing, but only if they reflect upon, critique, and base future actions on knowledge gained by past experiences (Airasian & Gullickson, 1994).

It is that time of the year again, time for you as a catechist to do a self-examination to see how well you are teaching. To find out whether or not you are a good teacher, researchers say that one of the best ways is to use evaluative questions that force catechists to evaluate themselves. In doing this catechists can assess what they know, do not know, and what they would like to know so they can become better teachers. After they self-evaluate they will be able to set goals that they feel they can attain with the new knowledge they have about themselves.

Self Evaluation: Are You A Good Teacher?




Friday, May 1, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/31/15- Matthew 28:16-20








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 28:16-20



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Great Commission with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, Power Point Presentation, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What to Do lesson with questions

sermonsuite.com- This sermon, Toby's Box, is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and relates to Trinity Sunday

sermonsuite.com- Joining the Team children’s sermon

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

storange.cloversites.com- Jesus Gives One Last Commandment (page 4)

church-of-god-online.com- The Great Commission (page 4)

static1.squarespace.com- The Great Commission (page 8)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (crafts)

mssscrafts.com- Use as a Bible craft or as a memory verse game.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (games)

mssscrafts.com- Scripture Sheep Memory
• Print out a number of copies of the template or alternatively, paste the template into a program such as Publisher. Print or write the first half of memory verses on sheep front card and the second half and/or the reference on the sheep back card.
• Cut out and play memory with the cards.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

magicvalleychurchofchrist.com- Carefully read Matthew 28:16-20 from at least three translations and answer the following questions.





Friday, April 24, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/24/15- John 20:19-23








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 20:19-23



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church object lesson with group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What To Do lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds a Solid Rock lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears!

biblewise.com- Peace be unto you.



Crafts

wordforlifesays.com- Blowing Tube Craft & Bubble Play, (scroll down for these about 3/4 down)

orientaltrading.com- “Peace Be With You” handprint sign

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church (crafts)

dltk-kids.com- Pinwheel Craft

daniellesplace.com- Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam (scroll down to this).



Games

wordforlifesays.com- Racing Pom Pom Balls (scroll down to this about 3/4 down)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Friday, April 17, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/17/15- John 17:11B-19








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 17:11B-19



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- Prayer lesson with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, PowerPoint presentation, worship bulletin

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to Object Lesson for About Prayer for Preschool Children (under Prayer about ¾ of the way down the page)

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 17:6-19

coloring-pages-kids.com- Children Praying coloring sheets

sundayschoolresources.com- Praying Hands



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (crafts)

biblekidsfunzone.com- Prayer Bear

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to Prayer (about ¾ down the page) for prayer crafts

bibleschoolmaterials.blogspot.com- Praying Hands Craft

mssscrafts.com- Praying Hands Memory Verse Craft

In the World, but Not of the World
Introduction to craft: sermons4kids.com

Remove all blue crayons from the container. Have the students draw a picture of themselves using the remaining crayons (be sure to tell the students to press hard with the crayons while coloring). Next discuss how sometimes it is hard to be the person that God wants us to be (Example: What kind of person does God want us to be? How can we be that person? Etc.) Explain that God wants us to remain the person he made us to be. He does not want us to become stained by the world. Tell the students the blue water color represents being stained by what is happening in the world that is trying to change us from the person God wants us to be. Have the students paint over their picture with blue water color paint. (The wax in the crayons repels the water color paint allowing the picture to show through.) Tell the students that we remain the person God made us to be. We remain faithful because we ask Jesus to help us be separate from the world and the person that God’s wants us to be shines through.



Games

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (games)

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities you can use for prayer games

The Catholic ToolboxName- Name That Prayer File Folder Game Introduction to game- What was Jesus doing during this gospel reading? (Praying for his disciples.) How well do you know your prayers? Let’s find out!



Puzzles

kidssundayschool.com- Praying Hands connect the dots

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

End of the Year Activities





Need some activities for the end of the year? Well, here is a list that your students will surely enjoy!

everydaylife.globalpost.com- Catholic Children's Religion Class End of Year Activities

ehow.com- Catholic Children's Religion Class End of Year Activities

religionteacher.com- End of the School Year Ideas and Activities

catechist.com- End of Year Thank You Notes

You can also have a graduation party for your students.



Games:

teresklassen.wordpress.com- End of the Year Review Games

ministry-to-children.com- Sunday School Games

sundayschoolresources.com- Games

applesaucekids.com- Free Christian Fun, Games, and Activities

greatgroupgames.com- Sunday School Games

sundayschoolnetwork.com- Bible Games

sundayschoolsources.com- Review Activities

childrensministry.com- 10 Indoor Active Games

The Catholic Toolbox- Free Power Point Games (make your own review questions)





Friday, April 10, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/10/15- John 15:9-17








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 15:9-17



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Greatest Commandment with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- A Heart Full of Joy object lesson with group activities page, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- A Basket of Summer Fruit lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Calls His Friends

pinterest.com- Random Acts of Kindness Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Love one another as I have loved you.

childrenschapel.org- As the Father hath loved me, so I have loved you. (John 15a)

kidsheart.com- Love one another. John 15:17



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Heart Full of Joy group activities (crafts)

ehow.com- Kindness Crafts for Kids

msssbible.com- Beginner Memory Verse craft John 15:12

akidsheart.com- Easy John 15: 17 verse craft

msssbible.com- Memory Verse craft John 15:14

dltk-holidays.com- John 15:13 mobile
Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”

familycorner.com- Love Bug Lady Bug
Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.

dltk-kids.com- Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.


Introduce craft: How can we help others? Here is a craft to help to remind us to help others.

mssscrafts.com- Sharing Hands craft

studyathomemama.ca- Paper Chain of Kindness

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Loving Thoughts Group Project

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Send A Hug

Love Notes- Cute magnet craft to put on your refrigerator to leave loving messages to the people in your family. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, pages 54 & 55).


Loving others demands respect, consideration, cooperation, care, etc. Love is about giving. Fill these chore charts out or have the students come up with their own chores to do and color. These can be given to parents or friends/family etc. to show they are serious about their respect for them, care, etc. They are to bring the chore charts back signed next week and receive a small gift as a reward for their good deeds.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Custom Chore Chart Generator

alennkasprintables.com- Editable Chore Charts

dltk-cards.com- Custom Chore Chart

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Look on the left sidebar to choose the age appropriate chore chart to print out.

chorecharts.net- Dozens of free printable chore charts, behavior charts and reward charts you can download and print for free.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Heart Full of Joy group activities (crafts)


Introduce game: How does Jesus want us to behave? Discuss. Well, here are some questions and let’s see how well you can.

Win or Lose by How You Choose

Need: Book- “Win or Lose by How You Choose” by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Directions- Divide the class into teams and do questions out of “Win or Lose by How You Choose!”


sundayschoolresources.com- What Do I Do? (look under Bible Story Activities)
The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have.


"How to Love" Ball Toss- A fun game for all ages on how to show love to others. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 120).

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- Back Talk Game (Honor Your Father & Mother)
Gospel John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (One of the ways you show that you love God is to obey your parents and honor them with respect.)



Movies

Veggie Tales: Accepting and Helping- Are You My Neighbor?

The Story of Flibber-o-loo or The Tale of Two Cities (15 min.) and ask questions:

1. What does loving your neighbor really mean? Help others whenever they need help even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Why wouldn’t the mayor and the doctor stop and help Larry? They said that they were too busy.
3. What should the mayor and doctor do? Help Larry.
4. Who helped Larry? A fellow from the other town.
5. Should we help people in need? Yes.
6. How can we help others?


The Gourds Must Be Crazy (14 min.) and ask questions:

1. Why wouldn’t Jr. invite Fernando to his party? Because he was different.
2. What did Jr. learn about people that are different? Being different can be good. It’s the inside that counts.
3. Should we make fun of people who are different? No.
4. How should we treat others? We should treat everyone how you would like to be treated.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Snacks

Introduce snack- How can we say “I love you” to others? Have the children bake cookies and give to someone they love.

pillsbury.com- Chocolate Dipped Heart Cookies

pillsbury.com- Sweetheart Cookie Bouquet

pillsbury.com- Thumbprint Sugar Cookies





Friday, April 3, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/3/15- John 15:1-8








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 15:1-8



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- A Branch on the Tree or a Stick in the Mud? object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The True Vine lesson #232 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Is The True Vine lesson

missionarlington.org- The Vine and the Branches lesson for older children and preschool. Activities are also posted.

newchurchvineyard.org- Parable of the Vine lesson (John 15:5-8) with activities for ages 3 - 18

ministry-to-children.com- Vine and the Branches Object Lesson from John 15:1-8

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 15:5

first-school.ws- V is for vine coloring page. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener." "I am the vine, and you are the branches..." John 15:1-5



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine group activities (crafts)

first-school.ws- John 15:5 craft with snack

dltk-holidays.com- Make this mobile and put your favorite verse from today’s gospel in the center.

danillesplace.com- Vine and branches crafts

newchurchvineyard.org- Scroll down to
III. Enrichment Activities
C. Project: I am the vine and you are the branches.



Games

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine group activities (games)

newchurchvineyard.org- Treasure Hunt

newchurchvineyard.org- I am the Vine Game (scroll down for this)

newchurchvineyard.org- Growing in the Lord Game (scroll down for this)



The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD File Folder Game and Moral Dilemmas Card Game
Introduction- Listen to what Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

If we keep our life connected to Jesus, we will grow. Our life will produce beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. But if we are separated from Jesus, our leaves will wither and die and we will never put forth any fruit. So how does Jesus want us to live?



Puzzles

biblewise.com- Maze (hard)

newchurchvineyard.org- Maze (page 6 are directions and on page 7 is the maze)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword