I am constantly looking for new ideas for my classroom. I was wondering what you do in your class (daily class schedule) so we can share ideas. I got a great idea from Elaine to print out Bible Story mini books for the students to read for homework (or the parents read to them). It is a great way to reinforce what they learned.
(In the order that I do them with my first grade students.)
Welcome- Greet each student and welcome them to class.
Attendance- Fill out the CCD Attendance Sheet and place in classroom tray for DRE. Fill out the classroom attendance sheet that is in my binder.
Homework- Check homework and fill out the proper information on the Assignment Sheet (located in my binder) to indicate the student completed the homework and turned it in on time. Students that have turned in their homework get to play HOMEWORKOPOLY. This game is like MONOPOLY with a few exceptions.
Review- Prayer and Take Home Sheet from last week’s lesson.
Objects Used in Mass Cards- Show Objects Used as Mass cards to the students (the cards we have done thus far) and have them identify the object.
People at Church Cards- Show each People at Church Cards to the students and have them identify the person(s) and what they do. (Altar Servers, Cantor, Choir, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeter/Usher, Lector, Musicians, Priest).
Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Do the lesson and activity for today from Celebrating the Mass (scroll down for this).
Vocabulary Words- Go over the vocabulary words for today’s Bible story lesson (scroll down for this) and discuss.
Lesson Plan- Do the Bible story lesson plan that is for today. Note: When I read the Bible story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. I use the book: The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery. After the students have answered the questions about the story (I use today's Take Home Sheet), I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.)
Prayers- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.
Homework- Give each student a Take Home Sheet for today’s lesson (scroll down for these) for their parents to go over with them to review previously learned material that is relevant to the objectives of the lesson. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.
What do you do in your classroom? Please comment so we can share ideas.