Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What do students like to do in CCD?





What to do with the students in your CCD classroom depends upon their age. Coming up with activities that excite your students and invites them to learn about our faith can sometimes be overwhelming. Keeping students involved and engaged in activities that have them moving, working in groups, and discovering information for themselves allows students to become excited about their learning and they are motivated to come to class. Having engaging and fun activities for your students to do each week can also keep absenteeism down to a minimum. The students will know they will do something fun in the class and want to be there.

The key to being a good catechist is to have your students anticipate activities that are fun and challenging so they will want to come to CCD each and every week. A good way to accomplish this is before you dismiss your students give them a little teaser of what they will do in class next week. Make it sound fun and exciting.

Example: “Why do problems come into our lives? People face problems each and every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? Next week we will play a game to see if you can choose the right thing to do.”



So what do students like to do in CCD?


All Students
How To Review Material- You just completed a chapter with your class and you need to review it to make sure your students understand it and/or get them ready for a test. What should you do? How can you make it interesting and fun and the students will learn? Try to incorporate a game to review the material in your classroom.


Pre K – K students like singing and doing finger plays, coloring, making simple crafts, and playing games. The more movement the better so that the catechist can burn up some of their never ending pent up energy. Changing activities about every 15 minutes is also a good idea since their attention spans are extremely short. Interest Centers are important for any Preschool or Kindergarten classroom. These center activities: Art, Block, Book, Creation, Home Living, Manipulative, etc. gives the students a chance to “Learn by Doing”.

Having a God’s Helping Hands Chart encourages teamwork and self-esteem as students take responsibility for their classroom. This also builds community and dependability and it could also get the children to help more around the house as well. By assigning students various tasks to do will keep them busy and they will not get bored. It will also cut down on behavior problems because they will be moving and not sitting so much.


Pre K – K lesson plans- with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles

hubbardscupboard.org- lessons for ages 2 - 6

dltk-bible.com- Old and New Testament lesson for preschool posted. Lessons include memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- lessons for preschool (click on Lessons on the left side and then click on Old or New Testament Lessons)

missionarlington.org- Sort by Scripture. Each lesson has a preschool lesson

sermons4kids.com- Index of Coloring Pages

walzingm.com- saint coloring sheets. You can find all of her coloring pages listed up at the top of her blog by clicking on the tab called Coloring Pages.

paperdali.blogspot.com- Saint paper dolls that you can download for free. Scroll down the right sidebar and click on the saint you want. The link will take you directly where you can download a black and white PDF file of the saint.

Bible Story Mini Books- Bible Story Mini Books are a great way to review a Bible story or concept with young students. Here are some online for free to print out for the students to take home. Students can read these to their parents or the parents can read them to their child.

FREE One Page Printable Bible Stories- Short on paper and need some printable Bible stories? You can print these out in color or black and white, whichever you prefer. Great for review and for your children to read.

Interactive Crafts for Bible Stories- Children love to make interactive crafts for Bible stories. It makes the Bible story come alive and they can reenact the story over and over again.



Bible Wheels To Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo- Bible Wheels are Bible stories on wheels that help reinforce Bible stories. Children ages 4 to 7 can make the Bible Wheels easily by cutting them out, coloring, and assembling. Each wheel is made from two reproducible patterns that you can print out on cardstock and are secured with a brass fastener. A window in the wheel reveals what happens in the Bible story and the children can turn the wheel dial to retell the Bible story they just learned over and over again. Bible Wheels are a great way to supplement your Bible stories and help your students to remember the lesson. Children are fascinated by how they work and the Bible Wheels in this book will surely keep the children’s attention and spark their imagination. The book contains 30 (14 Old and 16 New Testament) Bible Wheels that have limited text with the title of the story, the Bible reference and pictures telling the Bible story on each one. Cutting is simple but for younger students you might want to cut out all or some of the craft prior to class. Bible Wheels are a great take home activity for children to do with their parents and they are an excellent way to help the children remember the Bible story.

Click here to see some of the book then click on Excerpt.






Elementary age students enjoy crafts, games, and creative puzzles such as hidden pictures, word shape, word jumble decoder, spiral, etc. Usually boys at this age absolutely despise coloring and as soon as you whip out a coloring sheet for them to do, discipline problems immediately erupt. Students at this age like object lessons and activities that involve movement and learning. Nothing is more fun than doing activities that use all the students’ senses and challenges them.

Play a game that reviews previously learned material. These activities make the Bible stories and aspects of the Catholic Church more concrete and easier for the students to understand and also a lot of fun.

Lesson Plans for 1st Grade On Up- with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

dltk-bible.com- Old and New Testament lesson for preschool through 3rd grade. Lessons include memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- lessons for 1st through 8th grade (click on Lessons on the left side and then click on Old or New Testament Lessons)

missionarlington.org- Sort lessons by Scripture

sermons4kids.com- find various kinds of puzzles for your students to do that are posted in alphabetical order

sermons4kids.com- Click on Sermon Index to find the subject or sermon you want. Tons of object lessons for you to choose from.

Bible Story Mini Books- Bible Story Mini Books are a great way to review a Bible story or concept with young students. Here are some online for free to print out for the students to take home. Give these to your students every week so they can read these to their parents.

FREE One Page Printable Bible Stories- Short on paper and need some printable Bible stories? You can print these out in color or black and white, whichever you prefer. Great for review and for your children to read.

catholicicing.com- Embrace your amazing Catholic Culture by "icing" your Catholic Cake with all of these yummy "extras"! This is a place to find Catholic Arts and Crafts, Fun Food, Feast Day Celebration ideas, and much, much more!

thereligionteacher.com- Scroll down for: Feast of the Epiphany in the Modern Day- Lesson Plan Activities, Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as “Thanksgiving”, Teaching the Mysteries of the Rosary to Elementary Students, etc.



Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade 1 - 3 (Fun Faith-Builders) by Linda Standke- Children will absolutely love the fun and creative Bible story based hidden picture puzzles in this book! My students are just wild about hidden picture puzzles and ask for them every week at CCD. The students start these puzzles by looking up the scripture reference to answer the question about each story. Then they find and circle the story related items hidden in the picture. Each puzzle has a list of 8 items to find. To make it easier for the students, drawings of the 8 items are next to each word and these look exactly like the ones in the puzzle. The book has 27 (13 Old and 14 New Testament) hidden picture puzzles and also an answer key for each. These hidden puzzles are a fantastic fill in activity for CCD or great to do just before the parents come to pick up their children.

Click here to see some of the book then click on Sample.





The Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry by Group Publishing- This book is a collection of 175 creative and entertaining games that will add fun and enhance your lessons for your class, vacation Bible school, retreats, etc. The games get students involved and allows them to learn through activities that will help reinforce Bible stories or various Bible subjects. The activities are broken down into 9 categories: Bible Story Games (75), Jesus Is… Games (10) that connect your students to Christ, The Bible Is… Games (10) to teach the truths, Holiday Games (10), Wild ‘n’ Wacky Games (10) to get your students up and moving, Total Silence Games (10), Travel Games (10) to try when you are going from here to there, Icebreaker Games (20), and Group Builder Games (20). Each game specifies the scripture, the Bible theme, energy level with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussions. All supplies that are needed for each game are found easily around the home or church. You can also search the indexes by type of game, Bible point or passage, and energy level. The games can be easily adapted for all ages, class size, indoor or outdoor, etc. and a suggestion page is in the book to help you with any situation so all children can enjoy playing the games. This is must have in any youth ministry!

Limited preview- To see some of the book.






Older students enjoy discussions and a variety of activities that lets them manipulate the information physically and mentally. They like breaking off into small groups to work together for a common goal and present it later to the class. Group projects are a hit as well as field trips to places they have previously studied about. They also like playing games that involves the whole class reviewing previously learned material that is fun and educational too.

thereligionteacher.com- How To Get Students To Participate In Class Discussions

Catholic Lesson Plans For Teens- FREE Catholic lesson plans for small group study or classroom covering a variety of issues for today's teens.

Play a game show that quizzes your students about the subject. Make it fun and exciting by using a game that is created on PowerPoint. Download the template and modify the game to fit your curriculum needs.

Play a game that reviews previously learned material. These activities make the Bible stories and aspects of the Catholic Church more concrete and easier for the students to understand and also a lot of fun. (There are several games posted here that can be used for older students.)



Faith Facts for Young Catholics: Drills, Games and Activities for Middle School Students by Kieran Sawyer- This is an incredible activity book of drills, games and activities for middle school students that all will enjoy. The 25 activities include: Sacraments, Ten Commandments, Parts of the Mass, Review Games, Seven Gifts, Scriptures, Gospel Trivia, etc. There are pages and pages of review cards, key word cards, flash cards, Gospel trivia cards, Scripture passage cards, etc. to go with all the activities in the book with answers included. Teachers need to from time to time supplement their curriculum with activities to help teach their students and review material and by using the creative activities in this book it will help enhance the lessons and allow the students to understand more and have a lot of fun in the process. The games will also be great in a variety of religious education settings such as religion class in school, CCD, youth group meetings and youth retreats. (*This book is spiral bound to make copying easier.)



What do your students like to do in CCD class?





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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. The veteran catechist can also be informed of new CCD policies and rules that have been introduced as well as any other pertinent information regarding CCD.


Suggestions of what can be in the catechist training:


Guidelines for Catechists- Explain fully the guidelines for the catechist so they will know what they are supposed to do and when. This will help the catechist know what they should do for class management and how to handle certain situations and challenges with students and parents. Catechist should also know and understand what the appropriate behavior of a catechist is and how to address a variety of circumstances that, if not appropriately addressed, may create a risk of incidents, allegations, claims and/or lawsuits.

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.


CCD Policies- Review and explain the CCD Policies that are in the Parent/Student Handbook so the catechist will know what they are and what the parent and student must follow so there will be no misunderstandings. This will allow CCD to be able to run smoothly and without any problems.


Know Your Curriculum- To ensure consistent progress and development the catechist must read, study, and learn the curriculum. A good lesson depends on how well the catechist understands the material. Providing essential information about the curriculum will help the catechists build their lessons on a strong foundation. The training should provide a concise overview of the curriculum and how to use it properly so the catechist will know what to do.


Tips For Planning and Preparing Your Lessons- Having a well planned and prepared CCD class is essential. Without this your students cannot learn to their fullest potential. A well planned and prepared lesson plan will also help to avoid possible behavior problems that could arise in your class as well. The catechist must write detailed lesson plans and include what is essential to be an effective teacher.

Select what activities you will be doing with your students. Find various activities (crafts, worksheets, games, coloring sheets, puzzles, etc.) that go with your lesson. Review the objectives of your lesson to determine if the activity is appropriate for your students. Remember that the activities must relate to the lesson. Only do crafts, games, and activities that emphasize the lesson and the objectives of what you want your students to learn. These activities make your lessons more concrete and easier for the students to understand and also a lot of fun. Keeping the students busy with relevant activities also helps eliminate discipline problems that might erupt due to the students being bored.

Adjust lesson plan to your students. Be sure to take into account that every year each group of students is different and can learn differently than previous classes. What activities worked one year might not work this year. Take into account the unique needs of your students or how they learn best to make your lesson as effective as possible. Example: If your students learn better when they are in small groups, make sure you have an activity planned for your students to break into a small group and work together.

Have alternative activities. Sometimes what you have planned for the class does not work out so have alternative activities to accomplish your objectives for the lesson.

Have extra activities. Sometimes what you have planned takes less time than expected. Be sure to have other activities to fill in if you have extra time in your lesson.


Discipline- Having a well behaved classroom is critical for proper learning. For the students to learn to their fullest potential they need an environment that is quiet, without distractions, and organized. Discipline procedures must be fully discussed as well as classroom rules. Tips and suggestions on how to keep disruptive behavior down to a minimum should also be examined.


How to Access Student Progress- Since students learn in different ways, they must be tested in different ways to find out if they have learned the information taught in class. Assessment must include a variety of methods that will enable the catechist to determine how successfully your students are learning to live out their faith in their daily lives and in communion with the Church.


Be Prepared- Make sure you have enough materials for all students. Have enough books, pencils, craft supplies, worksheets, puzzles, etc. for each student. Have a few extra for any new students or if they bring a friend to class.

Have materials and classroom ready before class. Make sure you arrive early to set up your classroom and to make sure all the materials and equipment you need are there, easy to access, and ready to go.


Report Cards/Progress Reports- They are usually based on attendance, work, behavior and attitude. They allow the parents and student to know how well he/she understands the material being taught in class. If your CCD program has report cards/progress reports this must be explain fully so the catechist will understand how and when to do them.


Absenteeism- When a catechist needs to be absent you follow the procedure for being absent that is written in the catechist handbook that you signed to verify that you understood what your responsibilities are and the rules that you must follow.


*What else could be in the catechist training? Please leave a comment and add to the list.





Books & Recordings for Catechists:




The Catechist’s Toolbox by Joe Paprocki- is an invaluable tool for catechists to use so that their students can learn to their fullest potential. The book allows the reader to dig deeper into the understanding of what makes a good catechist and what they should do.

Limited preview



Joe Paprocki has also provided recordings (videos on youtube.com) of The Catechist Toolbox Webinar that are quite informative. The recordings revolve around the theme of Getting Started as a Catechist. These Webinars, hosted by Joe Paprocki, will provide catechists, both those who are new and those who'd like to refresh their skills, with an introduction to the basic tools needed to effectively engage young people in faith formation. These videos are one part of a two week event. The videos are divided into chapters for easy viewing.


Part 1 Recording

Joe covers topics such as:

• Your Role as a Catechist
• Lesson Planning and Preparation
• Choosing Learning Activities
• Preparing the Learning Environment


Part 2 Recording

Joe covers topics such as:

• Leading Reflective Prayer
• Discipline
• Polishing Your Technique
• 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become a More Effective Catechist





Friday, June 17, 2016

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?




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.





Friday, April 29, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 5/29/16- Luke 9:11B-17








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


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Luke 9:11B-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

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds 5,000 lesson with activities, word search, etc.


sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Gives Lunch To Thousands of People lesson

sundayschoolkids.com- Jesus’ Miracle Feeding The 5,000
Children, from pre-school up through about 5th grade have very little actual concept of what 5,000 of anything really is. They may know a million is a very big number, but most likely never saw a million of anything. They may have seen, but not known by count, 5,000 of anything. The concept of feeding 5,000 men (plus women and children) with 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread may impact adult imagination, but the magnitude of the miracle may not as easily be grasped by children. This step-by-step activity will help understand how great the miracle of feeding of the 5,000 men (plus women and children) was.

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



Coloring

jesusandkidz.com- 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes (coloring)

biblewise.com- Jesus Feeding the 5,000

truthforchildren.net- page 8

colopages.top- several coloring pages posted here



Crafts


books.google.com- A Basket With Five Loaves and Two Fishes- A craft to show how Jesus turned five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed 5,000 people by unfolding the loaves and fishes to turn a little food into a lot. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 46 - 48).

daniellesplace.com- Jesus Feeds the 5,000 crafts

truthforchildren.net- Feeding the Five Thousand Craft (page 9 & 10)

catechist.com- Loaves and Fishes Craft (scroll down for this)


*Have the children make a basket and put 5 loaves and 2 fishes inside or attach them to the basket with glue.

ehow.com- Basket Template

firstpalette.com- Basket Template

msscrafts.com- Basket Crafts

dltk-bible.com- Weave a Basket Craft

5 Loaves and 2 Fishes- Print 1 page for each student. Have them cut out loaves and fishes and put inside their basket.


enchantedlearning.com- Fish Paper Plate Craft
This easy-to-make fish is a cute craft that is made from a single paper plate.

mssscrafts.com- Lots of fish crafts listed.



Games


christiancrafters.com- Fish and Loaves Relay

Feeding Frenzy (Jesus Feeds Five Thousand)- As your students explore the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, your kids will discover how God provides for them, too. (The Encyclopedia of Bible of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 81).

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Play “Go Fish” using these cards.



Puzzles & Worksheets

kidsundayschool.com- Children match the correct basket to the number of loaves and fish shown.

biblewise- maze

tlsboks.com- Funny Fish Same or Different
Identify the fish that is different.

More 365 Activities for Kids (puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc.) from October 21 - 26.

biblewise- maze

biblewise.com- After Jesus fed the 5,000 people his disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Can you find all 12 baskets hidden in this picture?

Jesus Is More Than Enough! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grades: 1-3) by Linda Standke, page 22.

biblewise.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Skit:

joanyedwards.com- Loaves and Fishes skit



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What miracle did Jesus do in this story? (Fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes.)

dltk-bible.com- Unleavened Bread and Tuna

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers

Mini Loaves- Use refrigerator biscuits to bake tiny loaves of bread. Give each child a piece of biscuit dough. Let them shape and place on a cooking sheet. Bake according to directions. Share “loaves” with class.

Fish in the Ocean Snack- Make blue JELL-O and add gummy fish to it. Children love to see the fish wiggle or swim in the JELL-O.

Aquariums- Spread peanut butter on graham crackers and top with Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers.





Friday, April 22, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 5/22/16- John 16:12-15 and The Most Holy Trinity








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


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John 16:12-15 and The Most Holy Trinity



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.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

sermons4kids.com- The Unseen Power object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles

sundayschoollessons.com- The Holy Spirit Brings Us Together lesson

word-sunday.com- Tony’s Best Friend lesson (scroll down to Gospel)

kidssundayschool.com- A Heart for Jesus
The Holy Spirit can reach our heart no matter how much we may have sinned.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Trinity references and lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles

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 16:13

faithfirst.com- Download and print the activity. In the heart, list the three Persons of the Holy Trinity. Cut out the heart and keep it as a reminder to pray in the name of God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

first-school.ws- Dove coloring page

apples4theteacher.com- Peace Dove coloring page



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Unseen Power group activities (crafts)

sundayschoollessons.com- We Celebrate the Three in One of the Holy Trinity

catholicicing.com- Holy Trinity Craft

apples4theteacher.com- Hanging Trinity Shamrock

orientaltrading.com- Holy Trinity Photo Frame Craft Kit

orientaltrading.com- Trinity Lucky Shamrock Ornament Craft Kit

carolbrookebooks.files.wordpress.com- Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Shamrock Heart Craft
This is a fun way for older children to learn the song "3 in 1" which is sung to the tune of "Are you sleeping, Are you sleeping....brother John" Children cut out the hearts, and the stem. Fasten them together with a brad, and then adhere the stem to a popsicle stick.



Games

sermons4kids.com- The Unseen Power group activities (games)

Listen Up (Jesus Sends Power From God)- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).

kidssundayschool.com- Guided in Truth
Children have fun trying to duplicate a pattern of blocks hearing only verbal commands. The unseen Holy Spirit guides us in truth, if only we listen.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit File Folder Game
Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Trinity Ring Toss (scroll down to this under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Trinity File Folder Game (scroll down to this under games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Spiral

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 5/15/13- John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26 and Pentecost Sunday








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C 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 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26 and Pentecost Sunday



Resources

newadvent.org- Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit

everystudent.com- Who is the Holy Spirit?

ewtn.com- The Holy Spirit: Basic Doctrine, Reflections, Prayers, Church Documents, etc.

godonthe.net- The Holy Spirit



Activities

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

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

msssbible.com- The Early Church/The Holy Spirit with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

childrensermons.com- A Hug From God object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- A Heart for Jesus
The Holy Spirit can reach our heart no matter how much we may have sinned.

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

sundayschoollessons.com- We Live Because Jesus Lives lesson

missionarlington.org- Lesson: The Helper (John 20:19-23) with activities

4catholiceducators.com- Resources for Catholic Educators (John 14:15-21)

sermons4kids.com- The Comforter (John 14:16) object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit Pre K – K lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Pentecost 1st Grade On Up lesson with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

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

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



Coloring

first-school.ws- Dove coloring page and handwriting sheet

apples4theteacher.com- Peace Dove coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Comforter group activities (crafts)

tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com- Pentecost Windsock

The Catholic Toolbox- Tongues of Fire Headband (a fun craft to remind children what flickered around the disciple’s heads, but did not burn them)

emmanuel.org- The Day of Pentecost Craft

dltk-bible.com- Dove Crafts

daniellesplace.com- Dove Peace Sunday School Craft (scroll down to Peace)

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove craft

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)
Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence n their life. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.)

cbc.ca- Water Bottle Wind Spirals

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



Games

sermons4kids.com- The Comforter group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Unseen Power group activities (games)

daniellesplace.com- Tongues of Fire Bible Verse Review Game and Wind and Fire Relay


Who Has The Fire?

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.


Listen Up- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).

kidssundayschool.com- Guided in Truth
Children have fun trying to duplicate a pattern of blocks hearing only verbal commands. The unseen Holy Spirit guides us in truth, if only we listen.

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruit of the Holy Spirit Bean Bag Toss

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruits of the Holy Spirit (file folder game)
Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit File Folder Game
Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.



Puzzles

twopaths.com- Pentecost and the Early Church (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, April 8, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 5/8/16- John 17:20-26








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C 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 17:20-26



Activities

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

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

sermons4kids.com- We Are One object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- That May Be The One object lesson with coloring page

kidssundayschool.com- Do You Believe?
An activity to compare how easily children believe in things they cannot see to show how they can believe in an unseen God.

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 17:20-21



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- We Are One group activities (crafts)


Introduce craft: Todays scripture- I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. John 17:22
How can we show that we are one? Make paper doll chains.

the-little-experience.com- Paper Doll Chains directions and templates (scroll down to this.)

origami-resource-center.com- Paper Dolls (scroll down for directions and templates for paper doll chain)

marthastewart.com- Paper Doll Chain directions and template (click on template to receive a pdf file)

kiddley.com- Making Paper Doll Chains (ideas and templates)



Games

sermons4kids.com- We Are One group activities (games)


Introduction to game: What was Jesus doing in this gospel reading? (He was praying.) Do you know your prayers? Let’s find out!

The Catholic Toolbox- Name That Prayer File Folder Game (scroll down for this)
The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers.


Review others prayer with these games:

The Catholic Toolbox- Act of Contrition (look under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Apostles Creed (look under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Glory Be (look under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Grace Before Meals
Grace Before Meals worksheet and/or game (scroll down to this)

The Catholic Toolbox- Hail Mary (look under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Nicene Creed (look under games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Our Father/Lord’s Prayer (look under games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Friday, April 1, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 5/1/16- John 14:23-29








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C 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 14:23-29



Activities

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

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

sermons4kids.com- I’ll Be Back object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- If You Love Me . . . object lesson with coloring, group activities, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- Peace of Mind and Heart object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Promises to Send the Holy Spirit lesson with questions

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

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



Coloring

catholicmom.com- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

sermons4kids.com- Yes, Jesus Keeps His Promises

twistynoodle.com- I love Jesus

sermons4kids.com- I want to do what is right.

sermons4kids.com- God is with me when I am afraid.



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- He’ll Be Back (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- If You Love Me group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Peace of Mind and Heart group activities (crafts)

kidsofintegrity.com- Kick Off Craft (page 5)

orientaltrading.com- “I Love Jesus, Jesus Loves Me” Cross Craft Kit

orientaltrading.com- Beaded "I Love Jesus" Necklace Craft Kit



Games

sermons4kids.com- He’ll Be Back (games)

sermons4kids.com- If You Love Me group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Peace of Mind and Heart group activities (games)

Listen Up (Jesus Sends Power From God)
This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).


Are You Listening?

Introduction to game: Jesus said, “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name- he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” John 14:26. So are you listening? Let’s see if you are!

Have the students sit in a circle. Use an empty paper towel cardboard tube and whisper something into the next student’s ear. Have them whisper what you said in the next person’s ear. Continue to the last person and they must say what was whispered to them.


Introduce game- How are we to treat others?

“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? The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have.

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- The Golden Rule File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD?

The Catholic Toolbox- Moral Dilemmas Card Game (scroll down to this)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Missing Letter

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice




Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 4/24/16- John 13:31-33a, 34-35








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C 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 13:31-33a, 34-35



Activities

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

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

msssbible.com- The Greatest Commandment with Illustrating the Story, Coloring Pages/Activity Sheets, Crafts, and Songs

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Loves Us All object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- A New Commandment object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

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

2teachingmommies.com- Memory Verse Helps (John 13:34)



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Loves Everyone

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another As I Have Loved You

churchhousecollection.com- Valentine Mice Coloring Pages (John 13:34)

blog.lifeway.com- God Is Love (coloring page)

makinglearningfun.com- Love One Another (color by number)

cookienut.blogspot.com- Love One Another (coloring page)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Loves Us All group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- A New Commandment group activities (crafts)

youngs.org/Karen- Love One Another sign that you can make out of anything.

dltk-bible.com- Love One Another bookmark

mssscrafts.com- Sharing/Helping Hands
This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content.


Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”. (Love Bug Lady Bug)

familycorner.com- Paper Plate Lady Bugs
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- Lady Bug Invite
Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Loves Us All group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- A New Commandment group activities (games)

"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).

scribd.com- Love One Another Game (look under GAME)


Introduce game- How are we to treat others?

“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?
The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have.

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness File Folder Game (scroll down to this)
Children identify Random Acts of Kindness as they move around the board.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Golden Rule File Folder Game
This game helps promote why someone would use proper manners and etiquette in our daily lives.

The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD? (file folder game)
Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.

The Catholic Toolbox- Moral Dilemmas Card Game (scroll down to this) Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do? Here is a game that has students try to solve their problems the best way.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-Dot

kidssundayschool.com- Love Is (word search puzzle)

wordsearchfun.com- Love One Another (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks