Monday, September 25, 2017

Fill In Activities






Fill In Activities:

Your lesson is done, the students have finished with all their activities and there are a few more minutes until class is over. Or these infamous scenarios crop up: schedules get disrupted for one reason or another or the dismissal bell has ten more minutes to go. The minutes slowly tick by and meanwhile your students are getting restless and total mayhem will surely result if something doesn’t happen and soon. What ever the reason, this phenomenon happens way too often and it is enough to fill any teacher's heart with fear. How do you keep your class occupied and keep them productively engaged? While many teachers immediately pull out busy work or drills, it is much better to try to keep the class on its toes with learning games and activities. Here are a few teacher tested fillers that can help you avoid a classroom revolt.



These activities are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Liturgical Objects Used In Mass- Several games to help review liturgical objects used in Mass.

People At Church- Who are the people at church? What do they do? Here are a few games for students to learn about the people at church.

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

The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions. Cube Signs (To use with The Holy Mass Game). Print, cut out, and glue on die.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.

Ten Commandments File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.

WWJD?- 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.

Moral Dilemmas Card Game- 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. (Scroll down to this.)

Activities, Games, etc. for Prayers and Scriptures- ideas to help your students memorize prayers and scriptures

Bible Story Review- Review the Bible stories that the students have done using these games. Several different kinds are posted.





Friday, September 22, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 10/22/17- Matthew 22:15-21








*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 22:15-21



Activities

catholicmom.com- 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.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

ministry-to-children.com- “No Right Answer?” Sunday School Lesson From Matthew 22:15-22

Lesson 15: Our Gifts- Children learn about supporting the Church through collection. The Church uses this money to help pay for Church expenses and also for the community and around the world. (Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 54 for lesson and page 67 for craft).

childrensministrytoday.com- Tithing object lesson

lds.about.com- Tithing lesson

sermons4kids.com- The Tithe object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Tricky Questions object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Kids Pay Taxes Too! object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- People Pay Taxes to Caesar lesson

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 22:21

religiousdoodles.com- Tithing

religiousdoodles.com- Blessings From Paying Tithing

religiousdoodles.com- I'm glad to pay a tithing, 1/10 of all I earn. It's little when I think of all God gives me in return.

maxvision.us- I Can Pay Tithing

media.ldscdn.org- I Can Pay Tithing



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Kids Pay Taxes Too (group activities) crafts

sermons4kids.com- Tricky Questions (group activities) crafts

mssscrafts.com- Offering Craft

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Offering Can

lds.org- Never Forget One-Tenth for Tithing
Cut out elephant bank to help you remember to put one-tenth of all your earnings inside for tithing.

catholicicing.com- Church Tithing Bank for Kids

shereebirrell.blogspot.com- I Can Pay Tithing, Budget, and Save Money craft

christiancrafters.com- Tithing Bank

thehometeacher.org- Tithing Box


*Craft for Tithing- Have the students make envelopes and play money. Put play money inside for a simple craft to emphasize tithing.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Kids Pay Taxes (group activities) games

sermons4kids.com- Tricky Questions (group activities) games

The Catholic Toolbox- Tithing (file folder game)
A simple game to help reinforce tithing to young children.

The Catholic Toolbox- How Much Do You Tithe? (file folder game)
Try to figure out how much you should tithe as you move around the board.

The Catholic Toolbox- Christianopoly (file folder game)
The object of the game is to learn the responsibility of good financial stewardship; making the right decisions about the money we have and managing it wisely. This includes being able to pay necessary bills at home, putting aside for the things you want, and taking care of your family. Not only do you have bills to pay, mortgages, insurance, etc. you must pay taxes, make donations and do tithing as well.



Puzzles and Worksheets

ministry-to-children.com- “Learn about Tithes and Offerings” Bible Worksheet

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

4catholiceducators.com- Give To God What Belongs to God (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Thursday, September 21, 2017

How To Improve Church & CCD Attendance





Statistics show that church attendance is at its all time low. Some say it is due to difficulty in believing in the existence of God. Others say it is because of the many scandals surrounding the churches in recent years. Then there are some that just say they are just too busy and that they have more important things to do such as their job, work around the house, shopping, sports, relaxing, etc. People think even if they have nothing else to do, the weekend is their only chance to sleep in. To them the day of rest does not include getting up early to attend church.

Some congregations have dwindled because at one time a priest said something to a parishioner that they didn’t like so they never came back. Or the priest was going to transfer to another church and some parishioners leave before they even meet the new priest. Whatever the reason, how to improve church attendance is one of the biggest problems most churches face. Thousands of churches each year have to close their doors forever due to lack of attendance. Churches are frantically trying to come up with ideas and solutions to draw more people into their parish and the CCD program. How should churches proceed with this overwhelming predicament?


Here are a few suggestions that might be useful:



Church


• Advertise in the local paper about your church and the programs it provides. Welcome others to your church and how much the congregation is looking forward to meeting them. Have the advertisement be colorful and enticing to grab anyone’s attention and make them want to come to your wonderful church.

• Put door hangers on homes and leave a positive invitation so others will want to see and be part of your church. Have enlightening and pertinent informative on it that will encourage people to come to your church.

• Tell your current members to invite friends and family. New visitors can become new members and they can also invite others to come to your church.

• Have an Open House so prospective church members can attend Mass and meet the priest and the congregation. Create an uplifting atmosphere that is welcoming and engaging. Encourage members of the church to invite friends to the Open House. Make sure you advertise the event in the local paper and provide refreshments at the gathering.

• Provide food following Mass to build community and relationships. Church goers are more likely to regularly attend your parish if they feel connected to the people of the church. Create a hospitality committee to coordinate refreshments for after the service. You can also hold special fellowship luncheons or dinners once a month. You can use seasonal events, feast days, etc. as themes for your special luncheons or dinners.

• Have a church website. Research has shown that a large percentage of Internet users use the Internet to search for spiritual or religious information, including locating information on churches to visit in their local area. Make sure your church website grabs everyone's attention and informs others of pertinent information about your church and the programs it provides. If money is an issue, you can do a blog and allow several authors to post on the blog about your church and the various activities. Many Internet users visit multiple search engines when looking for a church, so it is important to submit your site to several search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) to find your church website easily and quickly.

ehow.com- How to Create Your Own Church Site

wikihow.com- How To Create A Church Facebook Page


• Form a Knights of Columbus council at your parish and help make your community a better place, while supporting your Church.

• Have a church meeting and/or survey to ask the people what it is they want or need from your parish. Having an accurate knowledge and understanding of their wants and needs will help guide the church council to decide what changes need to be done at their parish.





CCD

• Write about CCD in every church newsletter or bulletin. Include in it what your class has been doing, what’s coming up, what the children liked and why, perfect attendance, pictures of classroom happenings, samples of student’s work, etc. At every opportunity, remind people of WHY you are doing things a certain way, not just the fact that you're "being creative." The "why" is what is on people's mind when they think about their church. WHY should I do/go/give more.

ehow.com- How To Encourage Sunday School Attendance

What seemed to be the most difficult problem in your CCD class this year?- Tips and Suggestions

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 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.

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 and their students will want to come to CCD. 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.

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.


*Can you think of any more ideas on how to improve attendance at church and CCD? Please leave a comment and add to the list.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Progress Reports





Keeping parents well informed is key for any teacher. Here are some Progress Reports that you can use in your classroom.


teachervision.fen.com- A ready-to-use form for assessment of students' class work and participation is a quick and easy way to keep your students' evaluations organized. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable when preparing for parent-teacher conferences.

teach-nology.com- This generator creates a report that can be used to communicate a student's weekly progress with the parent/guardians. The student should be held accountable to make sure that all designated teachers sign or initial the report on a daily basis and then have it signed by a family member at the end of a week. This should save you many phone calls.

teach-nology.com- This generator can be used to create a progress report that can be sent home to parents. The document that you generate contains 20 common indicators of student performance.

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Classroom Printables and Charts

sampletemplates.com- 8 Sample Progress Report Templates

a2zhomeschooling.com- Templates for Homeschool Report Cards or Progress Reports (scroll down for this)

CCD Student Monthly Progress Report- Individual student monthly progress report that will let parents know exactly how well their child is doing in class (work habits, attendance, prayers completed, etc.). 2 pages and editable. (Scroll down for this.)




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How Can You Keep Your Child Occupied During Mass?





You are in church and your child is having a hard time keeping still and being quiet. What can you do?

Behavior Expectations- Does your child know how he/she is expected to behave during Mass? When establishing rules you should identify behavioral expectations for your children. Tips and examples posted that can be used for one child or several.

Visual Schedules- Having a chart or visual schedule displayed of what they are going to do and activities in advance can provide security and keep inappropriate behavior down to a minimum.

Behavior Contracts and Behavior Charts- Steps for Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring

Good Behavior Classroom Strategies & Games- These suggestions can be used with one child or with a group.

Social Stories For Church- Social stories are an effective method of providing both guidance and direction to promote self-awareness, self-calming, and self-management in responding to social situations. The technique involves creating a short story that describes the situation and includes appropriate actions and expressions. By creating a short story, the situation is described in terms of relevant social cues, anticipated actions and information on what is occurring and why. The stories are written according to specific guidelines based on Gray’s extensive use of this technique. The story is also customized for the individual and their circumstance.

Children at Mass- Suggestions and tips

DIY Mass Bag- Do you have problems getting your kids to behave during Mass? Well, Alicia at through-my-is.blogspot.com came up with a great idea for this problem that might help you.

Free Religious Coloring Pages- Free and printable

Free Children’s Worship Bulletins- Have your child do these activities that correlate with the day’s Gospel Reading.

Free Catholic Printables- Worksheets, Games, Bulletins, Puzzles, Booklets, etc.

Behavior at Mass Worksheet- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Activities, Crafts, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets for Prayers or Scripture






nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Memory Verse Activities

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities to use for Prayers (some great ideas here)

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers- Here are some memory activities that you can use for prayers or scripture.

catholicicing.com- Printable Prayer Starters for Kids- Teaching Independent Prayer

craftingthewordofgod.com- I can pray . . . (prayer spinner craft that reminds children that they can pray at any time)

handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com- Memory Verse Reward/Tracker

christiancrafters.com- What’s Wrong
A fun game to that you could have the students learn prayers or scripture.

Bedtime At Our House/Prayers- How we learn prayers at our house.

Prayer Memorization Ideas- to use in your classroom or home

*Write the prayer on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the prayer in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the prayer. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

Worksheets for Prayers- for all ages

Act of Contrition Activities- activities, games, puzzle, worksheet

Apostles Creed Activities- lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

Glory Be Activities- coloring, craft, games, puzzles, worksheets

Grace Before Meals Activities- crafts, games, worksheets

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities- activities, crafts, coloring, etc.

Hail Mary Activities- coloring, games, mini book, posters, puzzles, worksheets

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.

Nicene Creed Activities- crafts, games, lesson, puzzles, worksheets

Our Father/Lord’s Prayer Activities- coloring, crafts, games, lessons, puzzles, worksheets

Sign of the Cross- crafts, coloring, worksheets





Friday, September 15, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 10/15/17- Matthew 22:1-14








*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 22:1-14



Activities

catholicmom.com- 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

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- A King Gives A Wedding Banquet lesson

word-sunday.com- Equal Dignity for All lesson

pinterest.com- Parable of the Great Banquet Activities

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 22:9

supercoloring.com- Parable of the Wedding Feast

4catholiceducators.com- Clip art



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited (group activities) crafts

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) crafts


Have the children find their favorite verse in today’s Gospel and make a banner of it.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner



Games

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited (group activities) games

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) games


How worthy are you to sit at the table? Play Musical chairs.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Special Events for October







*This month’s special events are: Respect Life Sunday, Our Lady of the Rosary, World Mission Sunday, and I have quite a number of activities for you to check out.



Respect Life Sunday

Pro Life Activities- Stumped for activities concerning Pro Life? Here are a few that your students might enjoy.







Look Who’s Growing Dominos- A fun way to educate young students that babies grow into adults to help promote Pro Life (4 pages of dominos).






Look Who’s Growing- This game provides an entertaining way to educate students about pregnancy and fetal development to help promote Pro Life.




Our Lady of the Rosary

The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.


catholicculture.org- Catholic Activity: Our Lady of the Rosary

catechistjourney.loyolapress.com- Free Rosary Powerpoint

americancatholic.org- Our Lady of the Rosary

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Our Lady of the Rosary (coloring)

catechist.com- Mary’s Many Titles- We know, of course, that Our Lady of the Rosary is Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Mary is known by many other titles as well. Beneath each statement below, write the title of Mary to which the statement refers. Select the title from the column on the right. Correct answers are listed below.

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the feast of Mary




World Mission Sunday

childrensministry.com- Teaching Kids About Missions: Object Lesson

dba.net- Mission Games & Activities

lds.org- Mini Mission

wycliffe.org- These activities are related to "Around the World with Kate & Mack" and are easy to download and print.

propfaith.net- A Program for Mission Awareness for World Mission Sunday and Mission Month (Grades K – 12)

cms.org- Mission Activities for Kids

truthforkids.com- Mission Awareness Booklet
A 12-page activity booklet to make children aware of the important role of a missionary. Downloadable and easy to make.

desiringgod.org- 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson about Missions

sandiegomissionoffice.org- Mission Activity Ideas
This resource will assist leaders to bridge games and activities into helping children discover the needs of people around the world and in responding to those needs. This resource will also encourage children in a commitment to Christ as well as their growth as Christians.





National World Youth Day (U.S.)

nfcym.org- Preparing for the National Celebration of the 29th World Youth Day from the Center for Ministry Development





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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. 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.

A weekly or monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping parents informed and it strengthens parent/teacher communication. Put together a newsletter for your students to take home to their parents. Include in it what you have covered in class in the previous few weeks, what’s coming up, and your contact information. You can also post student’s birthdays, important reminders, list of things that are needed for class projects, perfect attendance, volunteer information, missing assignments, Student of the Week/Month, homework assignments, individual student behavior, samples of student's work, classroom pictures, etc., whatever you feel that needs to be in your newsletter. Try to get the students involved in making the newsletter by having them write articles, draw pictures, etc. and be a reporter for the classroom. You could also ask the students to tell you one fun thing they did in CCD each time you prepare to write new newsletters. It's a great way to incorporate kids' opinions while at the same time sharing with parents the many fabulous things you do in the classroom that their child may not be telling about at home. You can even include a place at the bottom of the newsletter for the parents to sign saying they read the newsletter - they tear that off and return it to the teacher.

During CCD Open House ask the parents if they are interested in having the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. Have a Class Contact List at the door for the parents to sign their name and their contact information (email address). Most parents prefer the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. The most common comment from parents is usually "Most of the time, Johnny doesn't even get home with the newsletters!”


Tips:

corkboardconnections.blogspot.com- Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter

scholastic.com- Teaching Tip: Newsletters Made Easy



Make your own newsletter template or use the ones below:

kellyskindergarten.com- Each newsletter document is designed as a template so that you can easily modify it for your classroom. Simply type your information in the boxes. You can change the "headlines" by highlighting them and then typing your own headlines. Two newsletter documents are provided for each month. You can choose to use one or both depending on how long you want your newsletters to be. The graphics used for each month coordinate so that you can use both formats together.

educationworld.com- 2 regular newsletter templates as well as a back to school, and monthly templates with themes.

readingrockets.org- Editable weekly newsletter template

k6edu.com- Monthly newsletter with: Teacher, Student's Name (to make each newsletter personal), This Month’s News, Looking Ahead, Reminders, Something Special, and Behavior Box (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Preparation. A rating scale is provided as well.)

preschoolprintables.com- Using the menu on the left you can chose between monthly, weekly and blank classroom news. We have classroom news for several holidays and seasons.

coloringcolorado.org- Create your own classroom newsletter by having the students do it. Suggestions and links provided.

worddraw.com- Editable Preschool Newsletter Template (2 provided)

2care2teach4kids.com- Several preschool templates are posted

brighthub.com- Ten Places to Find Great Microsoft Word Church Templates

amazingclassroom.com- Create your own custom classroom newsletter

templatform.com- Classroom Newsletter Template

teacherspayteachers.com- This is a set of free editable newsletter templates for use in your classroom. All documents were created with Microsoft Word and include Microsoft Office clip art.

worddraw.com- Free class newsletter templates that teachers download and use to create a classroom newsletter in micro soft word format.

doctemplates.net- Free newsletter templates

teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Editable Newsletter Templates

inewslettertemplates.com- School Templates

abcteach.com- Newsletter Forms

sampletemplates.com- 7 Sample Classroom Newsletter Templates to Download

My Monthly Newsletter- Here is my simple newsletter for my 1st grade students that I send home every month.





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bible Memory Verse Crafts






It is important to learn verses from the Bible and apply it to our lives. One of the most important things for our children to learn are Bible verses. The verses your child memorize will help guide our children throughout their lives.

These crafts below will help your children memorize Bible verses that will teach them about God and what He expects from them.



*I add to this list when I find new activities. Be sure to check this post often.



Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the Old Testament

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the New Testament

mssscrafts.com- The following templates can be used for creating your own memory verse activities or mini-crafts.

books.google.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (limited preview)

dedicatedteacher.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (sample)

orientaltrading.com- Bible Verse Crafts (scroll down for this)

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Crafts

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Craft Ideas




Banners

Make a banner saying “____” or your favorite verse from today’s lesson out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner




Bookmarks & Door Hangers

Make a bookmark or doorhanger of your favorite verse.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.

dltk-cards.com- Custom printable doorknob hanger

*Or Google door knob hanger templates and use ideas from above.



Printable Bible Verse Material

kidprintables.com- Scroll down to boy cards and girl cards

hubbardscupboard.org- Free Printable Bible Verse Materials

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards

akidsheart.com- Printable Bible Verse Cards (Matthew 5:3-10)
English or Spanish

lambsongs.co.nz- Cute Bible Verses For Today’s Young Children

sundayschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Memorization Card Maker (scroll down to this)
Make several different kinds of cards.

mcscott.org- Verse Card Maker

ministry-to-children.com- Printable “Bible Verses Memory Cards” For Kids

icanteachmychild.com- ABC Printable Scripture Cards

biblestoryprintables.com- Bible Verses for Children (theme pockets, verse visuals, etc.)

wildflowerramblings.com- 10 Best Bible Verses for Children {free printable!}

catholicicing.com- Scripture Memory Cards For Catholics- Printable

catholicicing.com- Printable ABC Scripture Cards For Catholics- FREE!





Friday, September 8, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 10/8/17- Matthew 21:33-43








*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 21:33-43



Activities

catholicmom.com- 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.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son object lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- The Parable of the Evil Vinedresser lesson #223 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Wicked Tenants Steal from the Owner lesson

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

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Evil Vine Dressers

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 21:33-43

theclipartwizard.com- Parable of the Tenants coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son (group activities) crafts


Make a banner proclaiming the Lord or your favorite verse from the Gospel today out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner



Games

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son (group activities) games


Throw Away Your Sins Game

Need: scrap paper, pencils, trashcan, 2 chairs

Introduction: When we do something wrong, we are sorry for what we have done. If we are truly sorry for our sins we ask God to forgive us. When God forgives us, he doesn’t remember what we have done. He throws all our sins away when we ask for him to forgive us.

Directions: Discuss with the students sins that they have done in the past. Did they ask God to forgive them? How did they feel after they asked God to forgive them? Have the students write past sins down on the scrap paper or draw pictures of their sins if they cannot write and ball up each piece of paper when they are finished. Divide the class into 2 teams. 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 spells FORGIVE. The first team that spells FORGIVE wins.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- The Stone Rejected crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Matching





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mass Etiquette



When people think of Mass etiquette, probably what comes to mind most are the obvious: having cell phones turned off, no chewing gum, keeping quiet etc. While these are valid points to remember, Mass etiquette is not only a listing of “do's and dont’s” but an invitation to all who come to church to remember where they are and to act accordingly.


Here are a few links about proper etiquette in Mass that might be useful that you can use in your classroom or home.

marysaggies.blogspot.com- 20 Tips for Proper Etiquette In Mass

saintmonicaparish.com- Mass Etiquette

saintcatherineparishnh.com- Etiquette for Holy Mass

catholic.org- Church Etiquette Review

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions- Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.

catholic365.com- Forgotten Mass Etiquette

quizlet.com- Mass Etiquette Flash Cards

quizlet.com- Catholic Mass and Etiquette Flash Cards

Church & Respect- lesson on why and how to act in church and what it means to respect others (parents, teachers, etc.). Lesson consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



Coloring

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color)



Games

These games below are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.



The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions.

Cube Signs- (To use with The Holy Mass Game). Print, cut out, and glue on die.








What ever happened to good manners in church?- Find out if you know how to behave in church. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).






Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

dltk-bible.com- Church and Respect Puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color and circle)



These worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


The Church is God’s House- for younger students

Behavior In Mass- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.

Mass Etiquette Worksheet- Write True or False in the spaces provided.





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions





Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.



1- Are Catholics supposed to hold hands during Our Father?

catholic.com- “The Holy See has not ruled directly on this issue. In a response to a query, however, the Holy See stated that holding hands “is a liturgical gesture introduced spontaneously but on personal initiative; it is not in the rubrics” (Notitiae 11 [1975] 226, DOL 1502 n. R29). For this reason, no one can be required to hold hands during the Our Father.”

The U.S. Status: People hold hands during the Our Father (p. 161)—Discouraged (Mass Confusion Appendix Three pg. 234) In the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal the only posture specified during the Our Father is standing. GIRM: (paragraphs 43 and 160)



2- Are Catholics supposed to shake hands during the sign of peace?

vatican.va.- General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 82: "As for the sign of peace to be given, the manner is to be established by Conferences of Bishops in accordance with the culture and customs of the peoples. It is, however, appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner."

As for the sign of peace, you are not required to render it in any particular form. The bishops conference has the authority to establish a particular sign as the official form of the rite in the US, but have never done so, leaving the unofficial custom of the handshake in place. You are certainly free to bow to your neighbor and wish him peace, instead, or some other gesture.



3- Do Catholics have to go to Confession first before they receive Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Both the theology of the Church and her law oblige Confession ONLY when there is mortal sin.



4- How long must a Catholic fast before Holy Communion? Are there any exceptions?

ewtn.com- One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion. Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.



5- Does chewing gum and eating candies, breath mints, lozenges break the fast before Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Chewing gum does not break the fast, but it is disrespectful of the Sacred Liturgy and once the juice is swallowed the fast is broken. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, candies, breath mints, lozenges and anything that is put into the mouth to be dissolved or chewed meets these conditions once the dissolved contents are swallowed.



6- Can Non-Catholic Christians be admitted to sacramental communion in the Roman Catholic Church?

ewtn.com- Answer



7- Can the Eucharist be carried on their person, in a pocket or purse or even reserved in the home?

ewtn.com- Answer



8- Is talking in Church when not demanded by necessity wrong?

ewtn.com- Answer



9- If people arrive to Mass late due to culpable negligence, and especially if they do so habitually, is it considered a sin?

ewtn.com- Answer



10- What should one do if they drop the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ? What should one do if they spill the Blood of Christ on their clothes?

buchholzins.com- Answer



11- Does the Body of Christ need to be consumed immediately?

catholiceducation.org- Communion should not be received on the run, as you’re walking back to your place; it should be consumed before you leave the area below the altar.



12- Is it a sin to leave Mass right after receiving communion before the closing prayers?

fathercarroll2009.blogspot.com- Answer

courageouspriest.com- Answer



13- If a Catholic comes late to Mass can they receive Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Answer



14- Why must we kneel on our knees during Mass without leaning back on the pew? Are there any exceptions?

catholic.org- Respect for the Eucharist demands that we kneel on our knees without leaning back on the pew. If you are ill or disabled, it is acceptable to sit instead of kneeling.



15- Is it considered a sin if we do not go to Mass?

scborromeo.org- The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin (CCC 2181).



16- Do I commit a mortal sin if I do not attend Mass on Holy Days of obligation?

catholichome.webs.com- Yes. On Holy Days of obligation Catholics are obliged to go to Mass as on Sundays. The Holy Days of obligation which fall on days other than Sunday are Christmas, New Years, The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) the Ascension Thursday (though many Bishops have transferred it to Sunday), the Assumption of Mary into heaven (Aug. 15).

Given how precious the Mass is plus the Old Testament precedent which was rightly adapted by the Church, the Code of Canon Law (#1246) proscribes, "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church." Moreover, "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass..." (#1247). Therefore, the Catechism teaches, "Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin" (#2181), and grave sin is indeed mortal sin. Recently, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, repeated this precept in his apostolic letter Dies Domini (Observing and Celebrating the Day of the Lord, #47, 1998).


Are there any other questions that you can think of that I could add to this list?





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bell Work




Bell Work is class work that students are doing when the bell rings. It is always the first task the students do. Many teachers use Bell Work to keep students busy and occupied when they first come into the classroom. It can also be used when students have finished their regular work a little early. It will help these students not to rush through their work when they have a challenging activity.


Rules of Bell Work:

• Keep Bell Work simple.

• Make sure it serves a purpose in getting the day's instruction started. Use it as a warm-up activity.

• You should not have to write more than a simple instruction on the board to have the students get busy.

• Bell Work is done every day. When you describe Bell Work to your students on the first day of class, instruct them never to ask you whether there is Bell Work today. There is Bell Work every day.

• Bell Work will always be posted in the same place in the classroom.




What To Do For Bell Work:

• Review previously learned material. (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc.)

• Review today’s Gospel Reading (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc. You can get ideas from FREE Children's Worship Bulletins and/or Mass Worksheets

Journal Writing

Mass Journals

• Silent reading.

• Word games or mind benders.

• Give them a situation and ask them “What would Jesus do?”

• Have a passage reference that relates to today’s lesson on the board. Students must summarize the passage in their own words.

• Have the students write the connection between the First Reading and the Gospel Reading from today’s Mass.

• Have the students do Spelling and Vocabulary Worksheets for review or to help the students with new spelling and vocabulary words from today's lesson.

thereligionteacher.com- Bell Work Activities



*Early in the year, your students may not be able to read, but you can point them to an activity as they enter the classroom.

• Activity Tubs: Have tubs of any kind of material for them to sort. Let each student decide if they are sorting by color, by shape, etc. They can work as individuals or in groups.

• Coloring Tubs: Coloring sheets or students can “Draw a picture of _______” (make it specific).

• Activity areas: Most Pre K and Kindergarten teachers have activity areas such as a block areas, fine motor, book, etc. or a play kitchen that you already use for activities, letting the children chose the area they want to explore. Use these same areas and activities for Bell Work.

• Handwriting Sheets/Copy Work: Have the students do manuscript handwriting sheets pertaining to today’s lesson or review previously learned material. Here is a list of Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets you can print out for FREE for your classroom or home. To learn various prayers, liturgical objects used in Mass, and other church activities, having the students write it down is a good way for them to remember. Here are a few of my favorite Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets for your students.



What kind of Bell Work do you do in your classroom?





Monday, September 4, 2017

Top Things That MUST Be Done Before Every Class





What are the top things that must be done before every class? Well, everyone is different as well as their needs, but maybe sharing what we found that has to be done before class so it can run smoothly and efficiently will help others.


Here is my list of top things that must be done before class:


1. Have prepared and well planned lesson plans. Before you do anything you must plan and prepare. 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. A thorough and thought out lesson plan should include various elements to promote good learning. Using a lesson plan template will help you keep everything in mind.

2. Be prepared and know the material. Know your subject. Read, study, and learn. A good lesson depends on how well the catechist understands the material.

3. Always arrive at least 30 minutes before your class starts. To enhance your students learning prepare your classroom. A well-organized catechist and classroom is a must. Without it, your students will not learn to their fullest potential. Have all materials and equipment ready and in the classroom before class starts. The attendance list, worksheets, puzzles, coloring sheets, crafts, etc. should be within easy reach and organized on your desk or table. If crafts need to be pre-cut and/or patterns copied onto construction paper for younger students, be sure to have this done before class. Crayons, glue, pencils (sharpened), etc. should be organized in containers so you do not need to interrupt your lesson to go to search for them when they are needed. Keep these supplies nearby within easy reach. Only put supplies on the student’s desk/table when they are needed and not before. This will help keep distractions down to a minimum. Write on the chalk board vocabulary words for today’s lesson or any key words that you want your students to know before class starts.

4. Print worksheets, puzzles, crafts, etc. for your students. Make extra copies just in case you get a new student or if someone brings a friend to class.

5. All technical equipment (VCRs, computers, overhead projectors, CD/DVD players, etc.) should be ready to go and you know how to use them.



What are your tops things that you must do before class? Please comment and I will add it to the post.





Friday, September 1, 2017

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass



Activities, Coloring, Crafts, & Games

catholicdeacon.org- Items Used at Mass (definitions and pictures)

massexplained.com- Catholic Objects Definitions Sheets: Download a FREE full-color 12-page PDF featuring pictures and definitions of Catholic objects. This document was created as a companion to the Catholic Words Memory Match card game. See ad below. The Catholic Words Memory Match card game will provide parents, grandparents, teachers, homeschoolers, catechists and youth ministers a fun way to help teach Catholic vocabulary words.

holyspiritcathparish.org- Items Used at Mass

greatadventure.stpatrickork.org- Items used at Mass & Liturgies

massexplained.com- Mass Memory Match Game (color pictures and play Memory)

catholicicing.com- Craft a Mass Kit

catechist.com- A Dwelling Place for Jesus

Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Flashcards- Make your own flash cards by taking photos of the objects in your own church for added familiarity for the little ones. Make 4×6 prints and laminated for extra durability and keep them together with a binder ring.

drwn2bcsreative.com- Liturgical Objects – Handwriting, coloring and match up

studystack.com- Liturgical Items Free flashcards to help memorize facts about Items used in the Mass for altar server test. Other activities to help include hangman, crossword, word scramble, etc.

teacherspayteachers.com- Free Catholic Mass Flashcards to print (books, objects, vestments)

teacherspayteachers.com- Catholic Mass Flashcards- Spaces & Furnishings (Free!)

The Mass- Help Father get ready for Mass. Circle the things he will need. Cross out the things he will not need. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 18).

Things We See at Mass- Match the words with the pictures of things we see at Mass. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 19).

Articles Used in Worship- Match the terms on the right to the descriptions on the left. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 92).

Treasure Hunt- Take the students on a tour of the church and point out and discuss items found there. Divide the students into small groups. Give each group a clipboard with a list of objects. The students have to locate each item and write down where it is located in the church.




These activities are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.



3 pages of cards


Liturgical Memory & Go Fish Card Game- Children can play Memory or Go Fish with the cards (make 2 copies) by matching the pictures of liturgical objects. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.)


If the students need help:

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

*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the object and say the word. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.


Questions:

What is the name of the wooden bench you sit on at church? (Pew)

What is another name for the holy water fountains or fonts at the entrances of the church? (Stoup)

What is the name of the table of the Lord in the sanctuary? (Altar)

What is the name of the cup used by the priest/Eucharistic ministers for the Blood of Christ? (Chalice)

What is the name of the wine that has been consecrated by the priest at Mass? (Blood of Christ)

What is the name of the bread that has been consecrated by the priest as Mass? (Body of Christ or Blessed Sacrament)

What is the name of the cup with a lid for the Body of Christ in the Tabernacle? (Ciborium)

What are the small pitchers of water and wine for the Mass called? (Cruets)

What is the name of the podium where the lector reads the Lectionary at Mass? (Lectern)

What is the name of the large podium? (Ambo)

What is the name of the cross carried at the beginning of Mass and at the end? (Processional Cross)

What is rung during the Consecration of the Mass? (Bells)

What is the name of the ornate receptacle used to place the Body of Christ? (Tabernacle)

What is the name of the chair that the priest who presides at Mass sits in? (Presider’s Chair or Celebrant’s Chair)

What is the name of the light that burns continually when the Blessed Sacrament is present? (Sanctuary Lamp)

What is the name of the book that has the church hymns or songs in it? (Hymnal)

What is the name of the liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Masses throughout the year? (Missal)

Which book is read during the Liturgy of the Word and read by the lector? (Lectionary)

What is the name of the book used by the priest or deacon to read the Gospel of the day during the Mass? (Book of the Gospels)

Which book does the priest pray from during the Mass at the altar? (Sacramentary)




What am I?- Have your class work together to make riddles for objects used in Mass. Then have the students take turns reading their riddles to the class. Or you can play this game using the riddles provided.




What Am I? (file folder game)- Identify objects used during Mass by description or picture.


Place your markers on START. The player rolls a die and follows the directions. If you land on a space with a description of an object used at Mass (even if you were told to go back) you read it out loud and you must say what that object is. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces and read that description and say what that object is. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces, etc. If you land on a picture of an object used at Mass you must say what that object is. Same rules apply for the picture identification as well. The first person to move around the board and land on FINISH wins.


Directions- Print, trim, and put on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Answers- Answers to game.





Liturgical Bingo: (Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about Liturgical items used at Mass.)

Liturgical Bingo Directions with Questions & Answers- The teacher asks one student at a time a question or clue from the list. The student answers the question and the class looks for the word on their bingo card. The first student who gets five in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal) on their bingo card first, wins.

Liturgical Bingo Cards- 1 through 5

Liturgical Bingo Cards- 6 through 10

Liturgical Bingo Cards- 11 through 15





Picture Liturgical Bingo: (Students play Liturgical Bingo, but with pictures.)

Picture Liturgical Bingo- Directions and questions to play Picture Liturgical Bingo.

Picture Bingo Cards 1 – 5

Picture Bingo Cards 6 – 10



Puzzles

Items Used at Mass- Word Scramble



Quizzes

Easy Liturgical Quiz- Read each question and circle the correct answer.

Liturgical Quiz (harder)- Fill in the missing blanks with the correct word. Word bank provided.



Worksheets

Liturgical Chart- Cut out the picture and paste in the correct box.

Liturgical Chart- Fill out the definitions of each object. Cut out the picture and put in the correct box.

Liturgical Chart Pictures- Pictures to cut out and paste on the Liturgical Chart.

Liturgical Objects in Church (6 objects)- Write the name of the object in the blank. (Ideas for younger students are given).

Liturgical Objects in Church (12 objects)- Do you know what these are? (Ideas for younger students are given).

Liturgical Objects in Church (12 objects)- More Objects Used at Mass. Write what the object is in the space provided. For younger students you can use a word bank on the board.

Objects Used in Mass Handwriting Worksheet #1- chalice, ciborium, altar, stoup, pew

Objects Used in Mass Handwriting Worksheet #2- cruets, tabernacle, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ

Liturgical Objects Used at Mass- Directions: Write the correct number of the object in the blank. For younger students: Teacher will write on the board a word from the list. The teacher will then read the word and definition to the students and they will answer out loud during class the correct number. Have students write down the correct number beside the word. Answers