Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Church Building Crafts





daniellesplace.com- “Here’s The Church” envelope craft

prekinders.com- Envelope Church

mssscrafts.com- Matching Pieces Church

almostunschoolers.blogspot.ca- Milk Carton Easter Chapels

artistshelpingchildren.org- Making Cut Out Foldable Paper Churches

catholicicing.com- Craft a Church Tithing Bank for Kids

craftingthewordofgod.com- The Church (template provided)

daniellesplace.com- Church Activity Sheet with stain glass windows you make inside

auntannie.com- Milk Carton Church with cut outs you can put on church craft

littleglitterhouses.com- Bonus: Church Conversion Plans (scroll down to bottom) with full directions

papercraftsquare.com- Little Paper Church Free Paper Model Download

papercraftsquare.com- Kaplnka sv. Anny Mojš Church Free Building Paper Model Download

paperscraftsquare.com- (Give Me That) Old-Time Religion Free Paper Model Download

plushpossumstudio.blogspot.com- Family Fun Project: A Church Model Out of Paper with printable template





People at Mass Crafts





justlikemary.blogspot.com- Paper Doll Priests

massexplained.com- Fr. Alejandro Vests for Mass (scroll down to this)

catholicicinspired.com- Vestments Craft

catholicextension.org- Father Peter and Altar Boy Cut Outs

catholicicing.com- Priest Peg Dolls

jsha2415.blogspot.com- Priest Peg Doll (be sure to make some colored chasubles out of felt to correspond to the liturgical year)

catholicicing.com- Altar Server Peg Dolls





Parent-Teacher Communication Forms/Letters/Templates





Communication with parents is key to having a good CCD classroom. Keeping parents informed is an excellent way to keep in touch and help parents be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom and would love to help out whenever they can.


Here are some forms/letters/templates you can use in your classroom:

teachersprintables.net- Parent Communication Forms

thecornerstoneforteachers.com- Tips for Parent-Teacher Communication (tips & forms)

teach-nology.com- Printable Forms For Contacting Parents

brighthornizons.com- Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference & Relationship (tips & forms)

tips-for-teachers.com- Parent Communication (tips & forms)

educationworld.com- Communicate with parents by snail mail or e-mail with these editable and/or printable forms and letters.

scholastic.com- Lots of ideas and forms to use in your classroom

teachervision.com- Parent-Teacher Conference Resources

teachervision.com- Teacher-Parent Collaboration ideas and forms

teachertools.org- Free downloads of forms and letters for Discipline, Academic, Communication, etc. Tons of forms and letters provided. Just click on "Forms and Letters" on the left and it will take you right there.

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.

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

Assignment Sheets and Grade Sheets- Keeping accurate records of student assignments is necessary for good parent/teacher communication. It also helps students be more organized and be able to turn assignments on time. Here are a few free assignment/grade sheets that might come in handy.

Introductory Letter To Parents- It is a great idea to take the opportunity to introduce yourself by welcoming the child and the parents in a letter the first day of CCD. It provides the parents with information of what is expected in the classroom and what the children will be doing during the year. It can also inform parents of the expectations and rules of the class that will help in making the classroom productive, creative, and enjoyable year for all (this can be a separate page that parents must sign and return to you). Teachers can also ask if parents are interested in volunteering and for any information that can help aid them in better understanding their child and their needs.

Agenda Book/Student Planner- An organized student stays current on assignments and will achieve success in school. Agenda books help students develop sound organization skills that will teach them a successful lifelong journey through school. *Printable Agenda Book page with directions on how to fill it out. Place for parents/teachers to communicate on form.





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Catholic Faith Crafts





Need crafts that are about the Catholic faith? Here are some I found that might come in handy. If you know of any Catholic faith crafts, please comment and share!

loyolapress.com- A Monthly Craft Idea to Help Children Grow in Faith

loyolapress.com- Activities and Crafts

catholicicing.com- TONS of Catholic crafts for kids posted on this blog!

catholicinspired.com- Catholic Crafts

The Catholic Toolbox- Celebrating the Mass Lesson Plans (lessons about Mass with crafts and activities)

ewtn.com- Catholic Craft Corner

The Catholic Toolbox- Catholic Prayer Crafts (look under each prayer for crafts)

The Catholic Toolbox- Saint Crafts (scroll down to this)

The Catholic Toolbox- Pope Crafts (scroll down to this)

The Catholic Toolbox- People at Mass Crafts





Reading Comprehension & Assessment Activities





You gave your students a reading activity from the class textbook, but how do you know they understood the material? How do you assess your students to see if they learned the information taught in class? Most teachers give various worksheets or written tests asking questions about what they read or learned, but that can become repetitious and boring for students. So what can a catechist do to make sure their students understand the material?


Here are a few suggestions for your students to do that might come in handy:


1. Draw a picture of a character in the story. List the traits of the character on the back of the paper. Collect the pictures and have the students play “Who am I?” guessing game using the pictures.

2. Make a time-line of what happened in the story using pictures or words. They can even make a comic strip.

3. Have the students come up with a skit about the story or topic. They can also use puppets and make them. They could even perform this for another class.

4. Break the students into groups and have them make a game for other students to play about the story/topic.

5. Have the students come up with a craft or activity about the story/topic.

6. Use a Venn diagram to compare characters/topics. The catechist can even do this on the board with the class.

7. Break the students into groups and have them make a worksheet or puzzle to demonstrate their understanding of what you are teaching.

8. Play games to promote vocabulary building.

Hangman- Give the students a clue about the word and have them fill in the blanks to determine the word.

Vocab Dart Board- Use a real dart board or magnetic dart board. List the vocabulary words on the chalk/dry erase board. Assign each vocabulary word a number from the dart board and write the number beside the word. Break the students into teams and have one student from each team take turns and throw a dart at the dart board. The student must give the definition of the word that corresponds to that number they hit on the dart board. If they give the correct definition of the word, they get the number of points that word is worth. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Password- Put the vocabulary words on individual cards in a pile face down. To begin, one player is chosen to be "it". That player draws a vocabulary card from the pile. Then "it" gives all other players a one-word hint. The hint must not include, or be a variant of, the target word. (For instance, if the target word was "doghouse", hints such as "houses" or "doggy" would be illegal, but "puppy" would be legal.) Incriminating hand gestures, clues which consist of two or more words, and hyphenated words were also considered off-limits. Each other player in turn attempts to guess the target word. If no player guesses correctly, "it" continues giving one-word hints until a player says the target word. That player becomes "it" for the next round.

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

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


What do you do with your students for reading comprehension and assessing what they have learned?




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Student Folders/Binders



To cut down on lost papers and to be better organized, give your students folders or binders. What teachers use for student folders depends upon the grade level and what kind of work the student does in class. It can be as simple as a folder with two pockets with or without brads and be as elaborate as a small binder with dividers.


• Two pocket folder with brads.







• Small binder







• Avery #11907 Tab Dividers. You can print your inserts on the computer by using the Avery perforated tab insert sheet that is provided in the packet to make it nice and neat.



You can label the pockets:

• Class Syllabus

• CCD Class Schedule

• Flyers/Announcements/Newsletters

Agenda Book/Planner- helps students stay organized and current on assignments.

Assignment & Grade Sheets- sheets to write down assignments, when they are assigned, when they are due, grades, etc.

• Homework

• Behavior -Behavior Contract & Behavior Chart, Behavior Report, etc.

Parent/Teacher Communication

• Prayers- Prayer Booklet, Prayer Chart (prayers that the student has completed), etc.

• Graded Papers

• Etc.



What kind of student folder do you use? How is it labeled?





Friday, August 25, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 9/21/14- Matthew 20:1-16a








*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 20:1-16a



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- That’s Not Fair! object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard lesson #215 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

missionarlington.org- The Vineyard Workers lesson with activities

sundayschoollessons.com- The Kingdom of Heaven is Like A Vineyard 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- Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:13-14a)

theclipartwizard.com- Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard coloring pages

supercoloring.com- Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

sunday-school-ideas.com- Coloring pictures in the vineyard

4catholiceducators.com- Working One Hour clip art



Crafts

Plant some plants in plastic cups or pots to take home. Plant some plants around the church.

sermons4kids.com- That’s Not Fair! group activities (crafts)

krokotak.com- Cut and Glue Grapes

lovetolaughandlearn.com- Grapes (scroll down to this)



Games

sermons4kids.com- That’s Not Fair! group activities (games)

christiancrafters.com- Vineyard Workers Game

resourcewell.s3.amazonaws.com- Fair “Foot” Ball, Grinners & Grumblers, Colors Decode, The Wave (change games according to your needs)

Junior High Ministry: A Guide to Early Adolescence for Youth Workers by Wayne Rice (page 109 & 110)


Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- The Last Shall Be First (crossword)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Thursday, August 24, 2017

How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework & Turn It In On Time





It seems to be a problem each year, but here are a few tips to get your students to do their homework and turn it in on time.

1. Only assign homework your students fully understand and are able to do by themselves. Make sure that the homework is necessary, not busy work.

2. Agenda Book/Planner- Give your students no excuse for not writing it down. By providing all students with an agenda book for CCD it will allow students to learn to become independent and turn their homework in on time. If your CCD does not do agenda books, you could ask your child’s CCD teacher if they would be willing to do this with your child. The teacher will more likely agree to this accommodation if the student has problems with turning in their homework and if the parents provide the agenda book. It should also be understood by everyone involved that it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain their teacher’s signature on their agenda book to confirm that the student had it filled it out correctly. Be sure to write all homework in the same place each time and at the close of each class remind the students to write down their homework in their agenda book/planner. At the end of class the teacher would check each and every student’s agenda book to see if they had written correctly their assignment(s). The teacher would initial it (or use a stamp) to confirm that it was correct. This step makes sure that the students had their assignments written down correctly and they would know when to turn them in on time. You can also have the parents have to sign the agenda book to verify that they had read the above and understood what their child is supposed to do.

3. Set aside a few minutes before the end of the class to review the assigned homework. Have your students look at the homework, allow them to ask final clarifying questions, and have them check to make sure they have all the materials they need. Ask your students “Is there anyone, for any reason, who will not be able to turn in their homework on time?”

4. Bible Bucks- are a great way to positively reward students for good behavior, completing memory work, completing and turning in their homework on time or even inviting their friends to church or CCD. Students can collect their Bible Bucks and they will be allowed to trade them in for assorted prizes or tasty treats from the "Bible Buck Store".

Free Bible Bucks to print out:

genejordan.com- Free Bible Bucks to print out

kidsmoneyfarm.com- Three different kinds to choose from. Use the "Word Sheets" or "Powerpoint Sheets" to customize the bills and put your church's name on them. For generic Bible Bucks, just download and use the PDF sheets.

kidssundayschool.com- Amounts of 1, 2, 5, and 10 Bible Bucks

5. Homeworkopoly- Here is a fun game to encourage students to do their homework. In order for a student to play HOMEWORKOPOLY, he or she must complete their homework and hand it in to the teacher on time.

6. Student Folders/Binders- There are many students that would turn in their homework- if they knew where it was. Teach your students that their homework is not finished until it is put away in their folder/binder, AND the homework folder/binder is put by the door to bring to class. To cut down on lost papers and to be better organized, give your students folders or binders. Make sure there is a pocket labeled HOMEWORK in the folder/binder where homework is stored.





Agenda Book/Student Planner Printable



An organized student stays current on assignments and will achieve success in school. Agenda books help students develop sound organization skills that will teach them a successful lifelong journey through school.

My son used to have an extremely hard time keeping his homework assignments organized and turning them in on time. We have found that an agenda book that is kept in his binder helps tremendously.


His agenda book consisted of the following:

1. calendar
2. daily assignment log for each subject for homework, projects or assignments, etc.
3. date due for assignment(s)
4. space for teachers and parents to communicate
5. teacher signature space for each subject
6. parent signature space on bottom of page


*When my son was in middle school the teachers would at the end of class check each and every student’s agenda book to see if they had written correctly their assignment(s). The teacher would initial it (or use a stamp) to confirm that it was correct. I thought this was a fantastic idea and it also made sure that the students had their assignments written down correctly and they would know when to turn them in on time. Parents also had to sign the agenda book daily to verify that they had read the above and understood what their child was supposed to do.


*I think it would be a wonderful idea to utilize agenda books for CCD. By providing all students with an agenda book for CCD it will allow students to learn to become independent and turn their homework in on time. If your CCD does not do agenda books, you could ask your child’s CCD teacher if they would be willing to do this with your child. The teacher will more likely agree to this accommodation if the student has problems with turning in their homework and if the parents provide the agenda book. It should also be understood by everyone involved that it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain their teacher’s signature on their agenda book to confirm that the student had it filled it out correctly.







This activity is free, however it is 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. Reproduction orretransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Agenda Book Page- print and fill out


Directions on how to fill out Agenda Book/Student Planner page:

The small blank red calendar clipart is where you write the date.

The white rectangle with lines is the area for assignments.

Due date: When the assignment is due.

Done: A place to put a check mark when homework is completed.

Teacher Initials: Teacher approves agenda book is correctly filled out.

Parent Initials: Parent approves the child’s homework.

Parent/Teacher Notes: An area for parents and teachers to communicate.



Here are some freebies I found online that you might like:

education.com- Printable Homework Planner

worksheetworks.com- Five Day Homework Planner

blessedbeyondadoubt.com- Free Printable Student Planners for Back to School

thecurriculumcorner.com- Student Planning Binder

theorganisedstudent.tumblr.com- Daily, Weekly, 24/7 Weekly Planners, Monthly, Five Page Study/Revision Planner, Essay Planner, Assignment Planner, Semester Planner, ‘Goal Getter’ Goal Tracker, Grade Tracker, Month At A Glance Planner, Definitions Page, Topics To Study, Task List, Readings, Budget Planner, Essay Checklist, Exam Checklist

printableplanners.net- Student Planner Pages

scatteredsquirrelcom- Student Planner Printables

brighthub.com- Create Your Own Personalized Homework Planner

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Homework Charts





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Decorating & Organizing Your Classroom: Considerations For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders




Every teacher wants a beautiful classroom which stimulates their students to want to learn. Having colorful and stimulating classrooms seems to be the norm today, but is it the right thing?

Teachers need to take in mind that some students would find their classroom sensory alluring, but others with sensory processing challenges would find it a bit too much and could not handle your classroom. Behavior problems would result and children in your classroom would not be learning to their fullest potential.

Some children process sensory stimulation (sounds, taste, smells, touch, and what they see) differently than others. Some over react while others seem oblivious to the goings on around them. As a parent of a special needs child, teachers need to take into consideration all the senses and structure the classroom to meet children’s sensory needs.

For many students sensory overload is one of the most detrimental and critical problems in the classroom. An over-stimulating environment can cause some students to shut down, become excited, inappropriate behavioral problems can arise and may escalate which could lead to major meltdowns. Examples of an over sensory environment is: buzzing and flickering lights, clutter, decorations that are vivid in color and different kinds of patterns, loud sudden noises (fire alarm, timers, bells, etc.), students too close or brushing up against you, loud and noisy surroundings, various smells (certain foods, dry erase board markers, cleaning supplies, carpet, mold, etc.), crowded and chaotic classrooms, etc.

When designing children’s environments, it is important to consider the needs of children with sensory processing disorders and to think through the space as an experience. What will the children possibly see, hear, smell, taste, and feel? Are there things that could be designed differently in critical areas so as not to interfere with a child’s ability to learn?


Considerations for the Classroom:

slideshare.net- Sensory Considerations When Teaching And Setting Up The Classroom

sensory-processing-discorder.com- Problem Behavior In The Classroom: Dealing With Children And Sensory Processing Disorders At School

abilitypath.org- Sensory Awareness In Your Classroom

brighthubeducation.com- Activities for Hypersensitive Tactile Teens in the Classroom

sensorysmarts.com- Working with Schools from Raising a Sensory Smart Child





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What Every Catechist Needs To Know





I taught CCD for 16 years and some have asked me, “What does every catechist need to know?” Well, I’m no expert, but over the years as a special education teacher and as a catechist I have experienced a lot and have seen a lot and I try to learn from my mistakes and that of others. Here are a few things that I think every catechist should know about or do:



1. Catechist Training- Most dioceses and/or parishes require some kind of catechist training before they can teach a class each year. By providing assistance and training to all catechists before CCD starts it will prepare the catechist so they can be an effective teacher. Certified catechist should also participate in the training because no catechist can know everything and they could also benefit from new ideas and activities. Suggestions of what can be in the catechist training is posted.



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



3. Co- Teaching- How to be a good co-teacher.



4. Get Parents Involved and Have a Contact List- Give detailed information on how parents can get involved in their child’s faith education and how they can volunteer at CCD.

Have an Introductory Letter To Parents. It is a great idea to take the opportunity to introduce yourself by welcoming the child and the parents in a letter the first day of CCD. It provides the parents with information of what is expected in the classroom and what the children will be doing during the year. It can also inform parents of the expectations and rules of the class that will help in making the classroom productive, creative, and enjoyable year for all (this can be a separate page that parents must sign and return to you). Teachers can also ask if parents are interested in volunteering and for any information that can help aid them in better understanding their child and their needs.

Provide Volunteer Sign Up Sheets for parents interested in helping at CCD. Volunteers in the classroom can be a blessing IF done correctly and IF it is planned ahead. Nothing is worse than having a volunteer not know what to do or be in the way. Here are tips that should be done to have a good volunteer program in your classroom.

Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom and frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.

Parent/Teacher Communication Forms/Letters/Templates- Communication with parents is key to having a good CCD classroom. Here are some forms/letters/templates you can use in your classroom.

Have the parents fill out a Class Contact List to obtain information that can help aid the catechist to understand their child’s needs and how to contact them.



5. Inclusion of Special Needs Students in Your Classroom- What you as a catechist must do to enable your special needs student to participate in the classroom. You must also find out how you can best meet the student’s needs so they can learn to their fullest potential.



6. What Makes A Good Catechist- Tips on how to be a good catechist.



7. Know What Your Students Like To Do- 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.



8. Prepare Your Classroom to enhance your student’s learning.



9. How To Access Your Students’ Progress- Since students learn in different ways, they must be tested in different ways to find out if they have learned the information taught in class. Here are a few suggestions for your students to do that might come in handy for reading comprehension and assessment activities.



10. Discipline- Having a well behaved classroom is critical for proper learning. For the students to learn to their fullest potential they need an environment that is quiet, without distractions, and organized. Discipline is crucial in a classroom and all catechists must know how to keep disruptive behavior down to a minimum. When establishing classroom rules you should identify behavioral expectations for your classroom to promote a positive environment. Catechists must also use good behavior classroom strategies and games which is an approach to help manage classrooms behaviors with rewards to children for displaying appropriate on-task behaviors during instructional times. When behaviors become a problem in a classroom an effective strategy is to implement a behavior contract.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Word Walls





Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.


dltk-bible.com- Bible Word Wall Words

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Free printable Word Wall cards you can use in your Christian Homeschool or Sunday School classroom. These make great vocabulary lists, games, and even story time enhancers for children. Print on heavy cardstock and laminate for durability.

sparklebox.co.uk- Story Word Cards (printable word and picture cards about Bible stories)



Here are a few I have made:

Abraham- Abraham, camel, sheep, tent, stars, baby

Adam & Eve- Adam, Eve, animals, Garden of Eden

Ash Wednesday & Lent- Ash Wednesday, pray, fast, give

Baptism of Jesus- Jesus, water, river, grasshopper, honey, dove

Daniel and the Lions- Daniel, lions, king

David & Goliath- David and Goliath, harp, sheep, stone

Fishers of Men- Jesus, boat, fish, net

Good Samaritan- robber, inn, oil, bandage, donkey

Good Shepherd- shepherd, sheep, storm, pray

Holy Spirit- scared, wind, brave, flame

Isaac- Abraham- Abraham, camel, sheep, tent, stars, baby

Jesus Calms the Storm- Jesus, boat, storm

Jesus loves me- Jesus, loves, me

Jonah- Jonah, ship, storm, pray

Joseph- Joseph, coat, seven, sack of grain

Joshua & Jericho- Joshua, horn, wall

King Solomon- King, temple, ark, seven

Loaves & Fishes- loaf, fish, basket, share

Offering- offering, giving

Pray- listen, talk, pray

Sorry/Forgive- I’m sorry, I forgive you

Quail- Moses, quail, tent, manna

Red Sea- Moses, sea, red, cloud, fire, desert, chariot

Samson- Samson, lion, temple

Uzziah- King, sad, best

Virtues- Jesus, Christian

Wedding at Cana- jar, wine, water

Woman at the Well- jar, well, water, bucket

Young Ruler- I, love (When you use these cards ask the students and discuss, “What do you love?” and “Who do you love?”).

Zacchaeus- Jesus, Zacchaeus, loves





Special Events for September







*This month’s special events are: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows and The Exaltation of the Holy Cross and I have quite a number of activities for you to check out.


*Be sure to check out pflaum.com- for activities and worksheets.



Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

americancatholic.org- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

catholicism.about.com- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

catholicicing.com- Mary Garden Ideas and Crafts


*You can have a birthday party for Mary and have the students plan it. Have them bake an angel food cake, cupcakes, etc. to celebrate her birthday.

catholiccuisine.blogspot.com- A Blueberry Waffle Cake for Mary’s Birthday

catholiccuisine.blogspot.com- A Birthday Cake for Our Lady

catholiccuisine.blogspot.com- Blueberry Cheesecake for Our Lady’s Birthday

*More activities for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary below under Activities For Both Feasts



Our Lady of Sorrows

americancatholic.org- Our Lady of Sorrows

ewtn.com- Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

newadvent.org- Feasts of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

fisheaters.com- Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

catholicculture.org- info and activities

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Our Lady of Sorrows (scroll down for this coloring page)

catholiccuisine.blogspot.com- Our Lady of Sorrows recipes

catholicicing.com- Our Lady of Sorrows Crafts

catholicicing.com- Seven Sorrows of Mary- Printable Mobile Craft

traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com- Lots of great ideas that you can use with this free printable



Activities for Both Feast Days

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

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the feast of Mary



The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

americancatholic.org- The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

catholicculture.org- info and activities

catholiccuisine.blogspot.com- The Exaltation of the Holy Cross food ideas


Favorite Cross Crafts:

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make.

momontimeout.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

kindercraze.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross
*Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.




Sign of the Cross Activities


Activity:

thewholetroubleis.blogspot.com- Sign of the Cross Lapbook



Coloring:



Sign of the Cross- with hand movements coloring sheet




Craft:



Here is a cute craft I found to help little ones learn the Sign of the Cross.

loyolapress.com- Sign of the Cross Necklaces



Worksheets:

catholicmothersonline.com- Sign of the Cross Prayer Handwriting Pages (print, cursive, and D’Nealian style of printing)

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sign of the Cross copy book, print and cursive (scroll down to this)





Saturday, August 19, 2017

Assignment Sheets and Grade Sheets






Parents and students like having assignments written down so they can keep track of them and a good way of doing it is having a Classroom Assignment Sheet. This can be posted in the classroom, on the door, or even emailed to the parents and students. Keeping accurate records of student assignments is necessary for good parent/teacher communication. It also helps students be more organized and be able to turn assignments on time and lets parents know whether their child is turning in their homework. You can also give a blank sheet to each student so they can write down when assignments are due to become more independent with their CCD homework assignments. An organized student stays current on assignments and will achieve success in CCD. Assignment Sheets help students develop sound organization skills that will teach them a successful lifelong journey through school and CCD.


Here are a few free assignment/grade sheets that might come in handy.


teachervision.com- Assessment Forms

superteacherworksheets.com- Printable Gradebook

printablepaper.net- Printable Gradebook Paper

teachersprintables.net- Grading Sheets and Rubrics

teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Editable Printable Gradebook Sheet

superteacherworksheets.com- Here's a terrific gradebook template designed especially for elementary classroom teachers. Download the gradebook and open it up on Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc. Enter your student names and grades. The spreadsheet will calculate student averages for each subject. It's completely free from Super Teacher Worksheets!

vertex42.com- This free Gradebook Template for Excel started out as a very basic grade book spreadsheet, but it has evolved into something that is very useful, flexible, and powerful (and still free). The gradebook download includes 3 different types of grade books that can handle most of the major grading systems used in high school and colleges.

teachnology.com- This tool allows you to quickly create printable weekly assignments for your students.

teachnology.com- Weekly Multi Subject Assignment Maker

teachertools.org- 2 Assignment Sheets to download. Click on Forms and Letters. Look under Academic.

friendsofpr.com- Assignment Sheet

Assignment Sheet for Individual Student- Student Name, Date, Assignment, Turned In (2 pages) Editable

Assignment Sheet for Individual Student- Student Name, Date, Assignment, Turned In, Grade (2 pages) Editable





Friday, August 18, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 9/17/17- Matthew 18:21-35








*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.


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Matthew 18:21-35



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

sermons4kidslcom- Over and Over Again object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

The Catholic Toolbox- Unforgiving Servant Lesson Plan for 1st Grade On Up with Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

dltk-bible.com- The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant lesson with 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

sermons4kidslcom- Help me forgive others as you have forgiving me.

biblewise.com- The Unforgiving Servant

supercoloring.com- Unforgiving Servant Parable

bible-printables.com- The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant



Crafts

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving (group activities) crafts

orientaltrading.com- Craft is discontinued but it gives you a great idea for a craft

Jesus Always Forgives poem by Patricia Meyers (idea for a lacing craft)- Have students print this out or print out on computer and give it to your students to paste inside heart.

Jesus Always Forgives

Sometimes we hurt each other's hearts by
mean things said or done.
It's hard not to be mad or angry,
forgiveness isn't fun.
But after the "I'm sorry" if we'll say “it's okay"
and mean it deep inside our heart,
we choose the Bible way.
Jesus always forgives us,
I know that that is true.
When we say we're sorry,
He makes our hearts brand new.

By: Patricia Meyers


kidssundayschool.com- How many times should I forgive? A delightful craft to show how often we should forgive one another.

truthforkids.com- Forgiveness Craft



Games

sermons4kidslcom- Keep On Forgiving (group activities) games


Introduce games: God forgives the wrong things we have done, what should we do to others who have done something wrong? Forgive them.

Five in a Row- This game will help children to discover that when Jesus forgives them, their sins are forgotten. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 125).

Who’s Forgiven- The Really Big Book of Bible Games page 66.


Introduce game: The core lesson for the Unforgiving Servant is the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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

The Catholic Toolbox- The Unforgiving Servant (file folder game)



Movies

Forgiving: God Wants Me To Forgive Them?! (Veggie Tales)

Introduce movie: How many times are you to forgive someone? Many, many times.

The Grapes of Wrath (12 min.)

Questions to ask after movie:

1. What did the grapes do to Junior? They made fun of him.
2. Who does God want us to be kind to? Everyone
3. When someone says they are sorry and they really mean it, what should you say? I forgive you.
4. How many times are you supposed to forgive someone? Not 7 times, but seventy times seven (490). In other words, many, many times.

Larry’s Lagoon (15 min.)

1. What happened to the boat? Larry smashed it.
2. How did everyone feel about Larry? They were mad at him.
3. How doe it feel when someone says they forgive you? It feels good.
4. It is wrong to not forgive someone when they say they are sorry and they really mean it? Yes.



Puzzles

Introduce puzzle: How many times must we forgive someone? We should forgive over and over again just like God and Jesus. Nutty Numbers (How many times you should forgive maze)- Maze Mania by Viki Woodworth

dltk-bible.com- anagrams, crossword, cryptogram, mazes, word mining, word searches

sermons4kidslcom- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kidslcom- Decoder

sermons4kidslcom- Spiral Puzzle

biblewise.com- Crossword with answers

4catholiceducators.com- The Unmerciful Slave crossword

sermons4kidslcom- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kidslcom- Matching



Snacks

Introduce snack: When might you need to trust God’s faithfulness? When I do something wrong and ask for God’s forgiveness.

christiancrafters.com- Sweet Faith Crackers

pillsbury.com- Faith Cookies
Have the children make cross shaped cookies and decorate them. (Example: one large rectangle for main part of cross, and one smaller rectangle to form the cross).




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers





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 worksheet makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets (print or cursive) for your students.


handwritingworksheets.com- Make basic print, D’Nealian, or Cursive handwriting worksheets. You can make the worksheets dot trace, dash trace, hollow trace, and even separated letters by just a click of a button. Each format has starting dots for each letter.

softschools.com- Make manuscript handwriting worksheets in PDF form.

atozteacherstuff.com- Create your own custom handwriting worksheets for handwriting practice! You can choose traditional or modern print styles.

kidzone.ws/tracers/- Type in anything you like into the custom tracer pages to practice printing (standard block or script type printing fonts) or cursive handwriting. The custom tracer pages are available in a variety of themes as well.

writingwizard.longcountdown.com- Create writing practice sheets in D'Nealian or Zaner-Bloser style, in print or cursive form.

twistynoodle.com- You choose the worksheet that you want; select the font....and you have a writing worksheet along with a picture to color. You can also edit the text to make it a verse or words that go with the Bible story, etc.

worksheetworks.com- Add your own copy work to their text box and then select the create button. It will then take you to a page to download the .pdf format worksheet





Bible Alphabet Handwriting Books




I am trying to compile a list of Bible Alphabet Handwriting Books. I was wondering if anyone knew of any books that have any Bible alphabet handwriting activities using lines for the children to write on. Here are a couple of books that I found that will give you an idea of what I am looking for.


Bible Alphabet Handwriting Books (has lines for the children to write on)-


Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Each of the 26 mini-units features a letter of the alphabet and includes a Bible story with questions, an activity page, a craft, a prayer, snack, take home story, and a handwriting sheet. Click on Sample Pages to see book. Click here for another view of the book.

A Bible Alphabet by Alison Brown- Each Bible story provides a coloring/writing page that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet. Children have the opportunity to color the scene given with the Bible story and to write the word using the letter being emphasized. The sheets are perforated making them easy to remove from the book.


Do you know of any Bible Alphabet Handwriting books that have handwriting activities using lines for the children to write on? Please comment and I will add the book to the list.





Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets






Below is a list of FREE Bible alphabet handwriting sheets you can print out for your classroom or home.


biblestoryprintables.com- For children who can already write their letters, here is a set of cursive ABC's for children who are ready to write in cursive.

first-school.ws- Bible Alphabet Coloring pages & Handwriting Tracers
From A for Angels to Z for Zacchaeus (D'Nealian and Standard block). Includes links to Bible reference scripture links, additional printable resources: coloring pages and crafts.

preschoolpost.com- Free Printable Bible Coloring Pages for children to learn their ABC's. Each page has the letter for the children to color in, and for older students, there is a place to trace the letter and begin to write it on their own. These make great Bible Handwriting Worksheets to send home with children, or make their own Bible ABC Coloring Book.




Here are a few I made.

These activities 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. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.


B- Baptism of Jesus

C- Creation

F- Fishers of Men

G- Good Shepherd

H- Holy Spirit

J- Jesus loves me.

K- King Solomon

L- Loaves and Fishes

R- Red Sea

U- Uzziah

V- Virtues

W- Wedding at Cana

Y- Young Ruler





FREE Catholic Handwriting Sheets



Need FREE Catholic Handwriting Sheets for your classroom or home? Here are some that I found online.


crusaders-for-christ.com- Catholic Handwriting Books
Download handwriting books and sheets for free

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets



Mass

Liturgical Objects at Mass-

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet #1 (chalice, ciborium, altar, stoup, pew)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet #2 (cruets, tabernacle, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Handwriting Worksheet (Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells)

The Catholic Toolbox- Objects Used in Mass Manuscript Worksheet (Book of the Gospels, ambo, lectern, Lectionary)



Holy, Holy, Holy/Sanctus-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sanctus and Benedictus Latin and English translation in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)



Lord, Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)-

The Catholic Toolbox- Lord, have mercy (Kyrie, eleison) in manuscript



Mystery of Faith-

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #1 in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #2 in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Mystery of Faith acclamation #3 in manuscript



Lamb of God-

The Catholic Toolbox- Lamb of God in manuscript
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

crusaders-for-christ.com- Agnus Dei in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Our Father: the Blessed Trinity)



Prayers

Act of Contrition-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Act of Contrition in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)



Apostles Creed-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Apostles Creed in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)


Glory Be-

The Catholic Toolbox- Glory Be in manuscript

crusaders-for-christ.com- Glory Be Copywork, Glory Be in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Catechism)



Grace Before Meals-

The Catholic Toolbox- Grace Before Meals Handwriting Sheet in manuscript

The Catholic Toolbox- Grace Before Meals Handwriting Sheet in manuscript
Traditional version: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Hail Mary-

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary in manuscript

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary in cursive

crusaders-for-christ.com- Hail Mary Copy Work, Hail Mary in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Memorare-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Memorare in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Our Father/Lord’s Prayer-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Our Father Copy Book, Our Father manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Catechism)

crusaders-for-christ.com- Pater Noster in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Our Father: the Blessed Trinity)



Rosary-

crusaders-for-christ.com- Mysteries of the Rosary & Last Prayer of the Rosary in manuscript or cursive
(Scroll down to Marian Handwriting)



Sign of the Cross-

The Catholic Toolbox- Sign of the Cross in manuscript.

reallifeathome.com- Sign of the Cross in print, cursive, and D‘Nealian Print

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sign of the Cross Copybook, Sign of the Cross in manuscript and cursive
(Scroll down to Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)






Or make your own:

The Catholic Toolbox- Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lesson Plan Templates





Lesson Plans come in all shapes and forms. What you should use depends upon your principal, DRE, etc. and what you need as a teacher. Teachers must also take into account inclusion of special needs students into their classroom. Keeping all the needs of everyone in mind while doing a lesson plan can sometimes be overwhelming.


Here is the lesson plan template I use and it is editable. (I got this from a class I took years ago at Johns Hopkins or Notre Dame.)


And here is an example of what it looks like all filled out.




Below are some lesson plan templates that I found online that might be helpful:

thereligionteacher.com- Click on the links below to download your free copies of the lessons planning templates from The Religion Teacher’s Guide to Lesson Planning.

lessonplanspage.com- This lesson plan template was designed to make lesson plan writing easier to do while ensuring that all lesson plan components are met. Copy and paste below into your authoring program.

lessonplans4teachers.com- Every teacher has a unique way of completing lesson plans. Some are based on strict district guidelines, while others come out of years of experience and successful practices. The following is a list of generally accepted lesson planning templates. These are all Free Lesson Plan templates.

nwlink.com- Lesson Plan Template (rtf)
This template is intended to be the ultimate lesson plan. If you only use a quarter of the learning techniques within the template, you will still have a great lesson plan. This template uses Outlining to keep the numbers correctly sequenced. By pressing the [Enter] key within the outline or deleting an outline number, the numbers will automatically resequence themselves.

k6educators.about.com- Blank 8-Step Lesson Plan Template

personal.psu.edu- Lesson Plan Template



What kind of lesson plan do you use? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you use!





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Make Your Own Mini Books





Mini books are a great way to help reinforce various Bible stories and topics. You can find some that you can buy and there are some that are free at various websites. But sometimes you want to have your mini book to go with your version of a Bible story or emphasize certain aspects of a topic. Or you may want your students to make their own mini book. Here are some templates that might come in handy:


homeschoolshare.com- Several different kinds of booklets you can print out for free

practicalpages.wordpress.com- One Page Mini Book Templates

vickiblackwell.com- Several different kinds of booklets you can print out for free

brighthub.com- learn how to make mini books in MS Publisher without using a template

sparklebox.co.uk- Editable Fold Over Mini Book Templates

eslprintables.com- This template is a ready minibook to be fill in. You need to add your pictures and text.

melzwritingwiki.pbworks.com- Mini Book templates are created in MicroSoft Office. They are templates which include text boxes for you to include any question or instructions at the top of each page of the Mini Book. Clip-art can be inserted on any page. Instructions for folding.

ehow.com- How to Make a Mini Book Off of Word 2007

dedicatedteachers.wordpress.com- Here is a template for you to start preparing your own minibooks. It’s fully editable.

practicalpages.wordpress.com- MS Word (editable) and PDF mini book templates




Coloring Pages- you can add various black and white pictures that your students can color

Free Religious Coloring Pages


Clip Art/Graphics- clip art you can add to your mini books

Free Bible Clip Art and Graphics