Friday, April 26, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 5/26/13- 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.


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 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.

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- 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

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

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Shamrock Trinity Craft

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)

books.google.com- 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

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review: The Catholic Children’s Bible by Saint Mary’s Press



Recently I received an email from Saint Mary’s Press asking if I might be interested in checking out and reviewing for my readers their new Catholic Children’s Bible and app for iPad. Alas, I do not have an iPad so I cannot review their app, but I was more than happy to review their Catholic Children’s Bible.

I have seen Bible story books for young children and I use one with my first grade CCD students. I wondered what The Catholic Children’s Bible had that would make it different and suitable for children. When The Catholic Children’s Bible arrived, I was not disappointed. I was amazed by what it contained. It is the first complete children’s Catholic Bible that is written just for children to learn about our faith and it also helps develop young readers reading skills.

*Be sure to click on the pictures below to make them larger.


Saint Mary’s Press has really taken the child’s point of view when they designed this book. Children will be able to easily locate Bible passages and stories by the color coordinated sections and tabs. These colorful tabs are also visible from the side of the book allowing children to find what they want quickly. They also kept early readers in mind as well by using larger print, child engaging fonts, more spacing between lines, colorful column dividers, bold and colorful text, etc. This makes it easier for children to read and they can do it on their own.




Included are all 73 books of the Good News Translation Catholic Edition Bible. This 2,000 page Bible is designed for second, third, and fourth grades and packed with countless ways to make it easier for your child to understand and comprehend the Bible.


• Easy to understand directions on how to find a Bible passage.
• Explains how the Bible is divided into 73 different books.
• Pronunciation key
• Introductions to the Old and New Testaments
• One page introduction for each book of the Bible explaining the central theme of the book and also highlights the feature stories that are in the book.






The Catholic Children’s Bible also has 125 featured stories which highlight key Bible passages. These featured stories are a shorter version of the Bible story and are two pages long.


These stories include:

• Colorful illustrations and borders that children enjoy and want to see more.

• Bold text vocabulary words with definitions.

• Understand It!, Live It!, and Tell It! sections help children understand the story.


Understand It! section explains what the children just read.

Live It! section helps children to relate the story to their lives with fun activities and prayers.

Tell It! section uses pictures that help children retell the story in their own words.





In the back of the book are Prayers and Bible Helps. It includes:

• Bible Pictures
• Bible Time Line
• Bible Lands in Old Testament Times
• Israel in Old Testament Times
• Bible Lands in New Testament times
• Israel in New Testament Times
• Catholic Practices
• Catholic Prayers (including the Rosary)
• Bible Passages for Special Times



The Mother Test

The Catholic Children’s Bible would be a great addition for your home to be used at story time at night with your children or as Bible study. Having your child read for story time will be a delightful change. It will enable further participation and comprehension and also help improve their reading skills. Children will also want to read it on their own because they will find it geared just for them and they will learn more about our faith.


The Kid Test

Will it pass the kid test? Will children like it as much? To find out I took it to CCD to see what my students thought.

My 1st grade CCD students are quite familiar with a Bible story book I use in class, but when I first opened the Catholic Children’s Bible they immediately found it colorful, interesting, and easy to understand. They really enjoyed the Understand It!, Live It!, and Tell It! sections.

My students also liked reading from it and asking other students questions about the story. Seeing my students become more involved and wanting to learn about our faith was so rewarding.


Conclusion: The Catholic Children’s Bible has been kid tested, mother approved. This children’s Bible is great to use with your child at home and in the classroom because children want to use it and enjoy learning from it.


*I received a free copy of The Catholic Children’s Bible in exchange for my honest review of this product. All opinions expressed are my own.





Friday, April 19, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 5/19/13- 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

gospelway.com- The Nature and Work of 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

ucg.org- Teen Bible Discussion Guides
Religious Study: The Holy Spirit

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

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

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.

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



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.)

spoonful.com- Whirly Bottles
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig.

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



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”.


books.google.com- 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)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, April 12, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 5/12/13- 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

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.

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)



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 5, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 5/5/13- 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

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

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

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



Coloring

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- If You Love Me group activities (crafts)

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

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

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



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

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice