Friday, January 31, 2014

Gospel for the Mass: 3/2/14- Matthew 6:24-34








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A 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 6:24-34



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.

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- Lilies of the Field object lesson with power point presentation, coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

thechildrenssermon.com- Waiting and Needing lesson

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Consider the Lilies of the Field



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Lilies of the Field (group activities) crafts

catholicicing.com- One God Craft- You can change this craft to fit your needs.

daniellesplace.com- Don’t Worry God Takes Care Of Us Sunday School Lesson Ideas (scroll down to this for some crafts)
- Make a Flower Collage
- Make a Flower Puppet
- Make a Bird Puppet

teamrcia.com- Eco-friendly “God Cares” Box (page 8)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Lilies of the Field (group activities) games

The Catholic Toolbox- I Love God Above All Things (card game)



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





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Class 2/2/14





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary, cruets, Sacramentary, Processional Cross, Presider’s/Celebrant’s Chair, Sanctuary Lamp) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help for any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Consecration

There are a number of Eucharistic Prayers that can be used by the priest at Mass. They all have a common form so that although they vary somewhat, there are key parts you will always recognize.


*Review with the students the Eucharistic Prayer that we use at our church.


As the priest recites the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper (this is when he shared bread and wine with his friends), we kneel and pray silently.

While you are kneeling, you should make a solemn bow during the consecration of the bread and wine. This is an act of adoration to our Lord who is now present under these forms. The consecration (write this on the board) is when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Transubstantiation (write this on the board) is the change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Consecration of the Mass. The consecration happens when the priest recites the words of Jesus over them.

Bell Ringing - The bells should be rung by an altar server at specific times during the Mass as is the local custom in your parish. Typical times for ringing the bell are:

• Once, when the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the gifts and calls on the Holy Spirit to come upon the gifts.
• Once when the Consecrated Host is raised up into the air.
• Once when the Consecrated Wine is raised up into the air.


Questions:

What do our gifts of bread and wine become? (The Body and Blood of Christ.)

What happens during the consecration? (It is the moment when the bread and wine become The Body and Blood of Christ.)

What is the change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ called? (Transubstantiation)

What do we call the special meal in which Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends? (The Last Supper.)



Celebrating the Mass Activities-


The activity below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.




Do This In Memory of Me Craft- directions and template




Lesson Plan-

The Fishers of Men and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Jesus and his Disciples” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the 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. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Craft- Introduce craft: Who said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”? What does that mean?

The students make a paper fish. They decorate the fish with sequins, glitter, etc. and attach a paper clip to the fish. Have a long stick with a long piece of yarn tied to it and a magnet attached to the end. Put the fish in a bucket. The student then try to catch a fish from a bucket.



One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “Come Follow Me” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.



Game- Introduce game: Who are the apostles? What are their names?

Disciples Memory Game or Go Fish Game- A fun way to review the names of the disciples.



Puzzles & Worksheets- 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.

lifeofacatholicteen.com- The Twelve Apostles (word search)



Homework- Give each student a Fishers of Men Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. 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 will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, January 24, 2014

Gospel for the Mass: 2/23/14- Matthew 5:38-48








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A 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 5:38-48



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.

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- Loving Your Enemies lesson with activities

sermons4kids.com- Love Your Enemies object lesson with group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Love Your Enemies lesson #183 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 5:44

sojournkids.com- Love Your Enemies



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Love Your Enemies (group activities) crafts


Introduce craft: Who are you supposed to be kind to? What does being kind mean?

honesters.blogspot.com- Gratitude Jar
Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar.


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- Love Bug Lady Bug
Paint the paper plates or use red and black paper plates to make this craft.

dltk-kids.com- Lady Bug Invite (or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock)


Introduce craft: What are some things that people have done for you that were nice? What can we make to help remind us of the many kindnesses you have received from others? Let’s find out!

Gratitude Jar-God's gifts sometimes come through other people. (Crafts For Christian Values by Kathy Ross, page 26 & 27). Have the children write down on small slips of paper the kind things others have done for them and put them inside the jar. If the child cannot write, they can color pictures of kind things people have done for them and put them into the jar.

Or make a Gratitude Jar by honesters.blogspot.com- like this one: Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar.

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.

crayola.com- Kindness Calendar Quilt Craft
You plan vacations. You schedule school work. Why not set a date for doing good deeds? Fill your colorful calendar quilt with acts of kindness!

crayola.com- Circle of Kindness Craft
Spin this Circle of Kindness for kids can be inspired to do good deeds. (Although it is suggested to make this craft for Rosh Hashanah, it can be used any time to encourage kindness.)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Love Your Enemies (group activities) games

flamecreativekids.blogspot.com- Love your enemies memory verse game (Matthew 5:44)

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness (file folder game)

The Catholic Toolbox- The Golden Rule (file folder game)

The Catholic Toolbox- How Rude! (Good Manners Game)

The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD (file folder game) and Moral Dilemmas Card Game



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Sunday, January 19, 2014

Class 1/26/14





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary, cruets, Sacramentary, Processional Cross) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

• Introduce- new objects using cards (Presider's/Celebrant's Chair, Sanctuary Lamp)
Discuss what each object is and what we do with them. Then collect the cards and show each card to the students. Have the students identify the object and what we do with them.

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Holy, Holy, Holy

At this part of the Mass we praise God with all the angels. We praise God’s power, might, and glory. We call out “Hosanna” which is a Hebrew word that means “pray” or “save us”. (Write Hosanna – pray or save us on the board.) Sanctus is the Latin word for “holy”. (Write Sanctus – holy on the board.) The name of this prayer is the Latin Tersanctus meaning “three holies,” because “holy” is repeated three times (hold up 3 fingers) at the very beginning of the prayer.

The Priest, with hands extended, continues the Preface. The People are still standing.

At the end of the Preface he joins his hands and concludes the Preface with the people, singing or saying aloud:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

At the end of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” in most churches you will kneel. What do we do in our church? (We kneel.) There are some churches in which kneelers are not present and the custom may be to stand.


Questions:

How many times do we say the word holy? (Three times.)

Who are we praising? (God)

What does Hosanna mean? (Pray or save us.)

What does Sanctus mean? (Holy)

Are we standing or sitting during the “Holy, Holy, Holy”? (Standing)

What do we do at the end of the “Holy, Holy, Holy”? (We kneel.)



Celebrating the Mass Activities-

The activity below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.




Holy (worksheet)- Have the students fill out the worksheet. Go over worksheet with students. Try playing the game below and allow students to place their worksheets in front of them to use when needed.


Game- Have students sit in a circle. Say the first 3 words of Sanctus (English or Latin version that you use at your church) and toss a small ball to one student. That student must fill in the next 3 words (they can look on the board or their worksheet). Then they toss the ball to any student. Continue game until the students have learned Sanctus.



Lesson Plan- Temptation of Jesus and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: Read story gardenofpraise.com-“The Temptation of Jesus” and ask questions from Temptation of Jesus Take Home Sheet. Note: When I read the 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. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).



Craft- Introduce today’s activity: Today we are learning how Jesus used the Bible to help him say “no” to the devil. Show the children your craft. Read the Scripture Memory Verse written in the pickle. Say: Just as we need bread we also need other nourishing types of foods such as meat and cheese. Jesus knows that the Bible is the best food for our souls. Just as it is important to eat food each day to stay healthy, it is also important to read the Bible every day to stay healthy in our souls. Today we will make hero sandwiches to remind us that true heroes are nourished by God’s word!


Hero Sandwich from Jesus Defeats Satan: Lesson 1 (page 5, & 16).
On pickle: Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

Directions:

1. Distribute the paper plates, crayons, pickles and glue sticks. Have the children glue their pickles near the bottom edge of their plates.
2. Give the children one of their bread slices. Have them glue the bread to their plates above the pickles.
3. Have the children pick three of the sandwich items (cheese, bologna, salami, turkey, lettuce, tomato slice, etc.). Have them glue each item onto their bread.
5. Give the children their second slice of bread. Help them tape the bread to the top of their sandwiches.
6. Have the write their names on their plates, and color them.



Mini Book-

The Temptation of Jesus (coloring booklet)

Have students read the mini book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color mini book.



Game- Introduce game: How did Satan tempt Jesus? (He told him to turn stones into bread. He told him that he would give him the kingdoms of the world. He told him to jump off the roof of a temple and the angels would come and lift him up so that he wouldn't be hurt.) How well can you avoid temptation? Let’s find out!

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



Puzzles & Worksheets- 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.

More 365 Activities for Kids- Jesus was Tempted by Satan spot the difference puzzle on August 18



Homework- Give each student a Temptation of Jesus Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. 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 will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, January 17, 2014

Gospel for the Mass: 2/16/14- Matthew 5:17-37 or Matthew 5:20-22A, 27-28, 33-34A, 37








*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.




Matthew 5:17-37 or Matthew 5:20-22A, 27-28, 33-34A, 37



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.

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- Forgive and Forgiven object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

The Catholic Toolbox- Ten Commandment Activities

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



Coloring

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- 10 Commandments Coloring

sermons4kids.com- I will be kind to others, even when they hurt me.



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Forgiving and Forgiven (group activities) crafts

crayola.com- Ten Commandments Tablets

daniellesplace.com- Ten Commandments Crafts

dltk-bible.com- Moses and the Ten Commandments Paper Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Forgiving and Forgiven (group activities) games

books.google.com- Beach Ball Madness (The Ten Commandments)
This game will help your students discover that life is much easier with guidelines, rules, and standards such as the Ten Commandments. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 36).

The Catholic Toolbox- Ten Commandments Memory Game

The Catholic Toolbox- The Ten Commandments (file folder game)

Ten Commandments In Order Game (Catholic)- Mix up cards and place them on a table face up. Students then put the commandments in the proper order lining them up from top to bottom. The first student that can put the commandment cards in the correct order wins. This game can be played individually or in teams.

The Catholic Toolbox- Are You Ready To Clean Up Your Act? (6th Commandment)

The Catholic Toolbox- Liar, Liar Pants On Fire! (7th Commandment)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, January 10, 2014

Gospel for the Mass: 2/9/14- Matthew 5:13-16








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A 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 5:13-16



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.

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- Let Your Light Shine object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Plugged In and Turned On For Jesus object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

missionarlington.org- Be Salt and Light lesson with activities

word-sunday.com- Billy’s Victory (scroll down to Gospel)

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 5:13

ministry-to-children.com- Matthew 5:14

makinglearningfun.com- Matthew 5:14

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 5:16

tpcnc.org- Jesus tells about salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16 (page 13)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Plugged In and Turned On For Jesus group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night group activities (crafts)

catechist.com- Salt Craft Activity



Games

sermons4kids.com- Plugged In and Turned On For Jesus group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night group activities (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Sunday, January 5, 2014

Class 1/12/14





This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


Review-

• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary, cruets, Sacramentary, Processional Cross) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards

*If the students need help for any of the cards give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.



Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Preparation, Prayer, Dialogue

There is an order to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. First, the priest prepares the gifts. Then they are blessed. Next we share Holy Communion. (Write this on the board.)

As the priest prepares the gifts the people are sitting. Then he stands at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says:

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.

The people rise and reply:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings, at the end of which the people acclaim: Amen.

Then the Priest begins the Eucharistic Prayer. Extending his hands, he says: The Lord be with you.

The people reply: And with your spirit.

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: Lift up your hearts.

The people: We lift them up to the Lord.

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

The people: It is right and just.



Questions:

Are the people standing or sitting when they say:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.
(Standing)

How do we respond after the priest says the following:

Extending his hands the priest says, “The Lord be with you.”

People: (“And with your spirit.”)

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: “Lift up your hearts.”

People: (“We lift them up to the Lord.”)

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.”

People: (“It is right and just.”)



Celebrating the Mass Activity-


Preface Dialogue Matchup- Match what the priest says (the blue cards) to what the people say (green cards). Glue the cards next to each other in the proper order onto construction paper.



Lesson Plan-

Jesus is Baptized and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Jesus is Baptized” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. Note: When I read the 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. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.). Follow lesson plan and discuss ‘What does baptize mean?’ with the class.



Craft- Introduce craft: What hovered over Jesus’ head after he was baptized? (A white dove.)



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).



One Page Bible Story-

lambsongs.co.nz- “John the Baptist” by Jill Kemp

Have students read the one page Bible story out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color one page Bible story.



Game- Introduce game: Who was baptized by his cousin? (Jesus)

Jesus Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Jesus. The first team that spells JESUS wins.



Puzzles & Worksheets- 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.

Jesus is Baptized- Hidden Pictures: Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word Grade 1-3 by Linda Standke, page 18



Homework- Give each student a Jesus is Baptized Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. 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 will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!