Friday, August 17, 2018

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?





Thursday, August 16, 2018

First Communion Activities





Need ideas or activities to help your students for First Communion? Here are some activities that might be helpful.


Resources

catholicculture.org- Catholic Activity: Preparing for First Holy Communion

pinterest.com- First Communion Ideas

ehow.com- Class Activities for Catholic First Eucharist Kids

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Resources

thereligionteacher.com- First Communion Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Resources, lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheet

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Mass Activities

catholicicing.com- First Communion Resources for Kids
Preparing, journal/notebook activities, crafts, ideas for the big day, ideas for first reconciliation, etc.

saintanneshelper.com- First Communion Resources

pinterest.com- First Communion Prep
First Communion Preparation, Patterns, Worksheets, and Activities eBook Bundle

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Preparation, Patterns, Worksheets, and Activities eBook Bundle

reallifeathome.com- Holy Communion and Reconciliation Worksheet and Activity Packet

foreverforalwaysnomatterwhat.com- First Holy Communion Resources

sacredhearthouston.org- Home Resources for Sacramental Preparation of Children



Coloring

edupics.com- First Communion

apples4theteacher.com- Body and Blood

apples4thteacher.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Eucharist

elitedresses.com- Communion Chalice and Host (scroll down for this)

supercoloring.com- Communion coloring pages (scroll down for these)

stanneshelper.com- First Communion Coloring Pages

twistynoodle.com- My First Holy Communion



Crafts

familyatthefootofthecross.blogspot.com- Corpus Christi Mosaic Craft
Beautiful chalice craft

A Framed Picture- Making a sparkling picture of communion will be a reminder of the special time we put aside to remember Jesus. (Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget: Paper Plates & Cups, page 12 & 13).

Do This In Memory of Me (craft)- An easy craft that students can make emphasizing “Do this in memory of me.”

Jesus in the Holy Eucharist Craft- Neat activity for the Holy Eucharist. A template is also provided for the craft.

catholicinspired.com- Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Art Project

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily

catholicicing.com- Craft A Mass Kit for Kids

catholicteacherresources.com- My First Communion Frame

triparishfaithformation- First Communion Plate Craft

orientaltrading.com- First Communion Crafts

funexpress.com- First Communion Cross Sign Craft Kit

pinterest.com- First Communion Bulletin Board Ideas



Make a Holy Communion Banner:

orientaltrading.com- Holy Communion Banner Craft Kit
You can buy this or get ideas from it to make your own.

reallifeathome.com- First Communion Banner Resources for Catholic Kids



Games

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (file folder game)
Students collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Eucharist Bingo
Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Holy Eucharist.

The Catholic Toolbox- Act of Contrition Board Game
The idea is to answer questions about the Act of Contrition so players can roll the dice and move their pieces up and down the road attempting to capture their opponent’s pieces.

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



Lessons

saintanneshelper.com- First Communion Catechism
First Communion Catechism questions and answers (scroll down for this)

sdc.me.uk- RE Resources: First Holy Communion
The table below provides links to our resources for a FIRST COMMUNION and RECONCILIATION program. The program is made up of 16 sessions. For each unit there are session plans for catechists, a worksheet for children as well as other resources such as flashcards, images and also PowerPoint presentations.

The Catholic Toolbox- Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Holy Communion

flickr.com- 2nd Grade CCD First Communion Preparation Lesson Plans
2nd Grade CCD First Communion Preparation Lesson Plans

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Reconciliation lesson

thereligionteacher.com- The Liturgy of the Eucharist Lesson Plan

storage.cloversites.com- Holy Eucharist Lesson Plans



Puzzles:

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (word scramble)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

mycatholicsource.com- Holy Eucharist (word search)

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (crossword)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

reallifeathome.com- Holy Communion Crossword Puzzle



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


Holy Communion- (word scramble)

Holy Communion- (crossword)
For younger students you can do this together on the board.



Retreat Ideas

pastoralplanning.com- Get Ready! Get Set! The final retreat and rehearsal for parents and their children before first holy communion

catechesisinthethirdmillennium.wordpress.com- Forgiveness Day – 2nd Grade Retreat

usccb.org- First Communion Retreat: Embracing Jesus’ Loving Sacrifice Present in the Eucharist

teacherspayteachers.com- First Communion Retreat - Eucharist knowledge
A retreat day for your class or your own children that combines church vocabulary, knowledge about the mass, a Bible story play, matching game, bingo game cards, and a cooking activity with the special sacrament of Eucharist in mind. Spend the day with your children preparing for Communion.

amazingcatechists.com- First Communion Retreat



Worksheets

catholicicing.com- First Communion Countdown Calendar (Printable!)

books.google.com- 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Elle Rossini, page 21 & 22
Receiving Holy Communion: A Practice Session

sacredhearthouston.org- Reconciliation activities and worksheets as well as Penance and Eucharist activities and worksheets (look under Documents)

printableworksheets.in- First Communion worksheets

catecheticalresources.com- Catholic worksheets that can be used for First Communion


This worksheet 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.

Eucharist worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.





Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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

• Class Rules

• 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?





Monday, August 13, 2018

Gospel for the Mass: 9/23/18- Mark 9:30-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 9:30-37



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

msssbible.com- Who Is The Greatest? with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

msssbible.com- The Rainbow Fish lesson

sermons4kids.com- Who Is The Greatest? object lesson with crafts, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- A Topsy Turvy World object lesson coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- A Key To Greatness object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

word-sunday.com- Judy Babysits Her Younger Brother (scroll down to Gospel)

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples To Become Slaves lesson

ministry-to-children.com- “First and Last” Sunday School Lesson from Mark 9:30-37

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- Jesus and the Children

heroes.999coloringpages.com- Rainbow Fish coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (crafts)

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Coffee Filter Craft

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (games)

mssscrafts.com- Play musical chairs and at the end reward the child who was out first! (Wait until the end of the game until you tell the children that that this is the way you will be playing!) Discuss how being the winner or first to gain something is not always the best way.



Puzzles

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup Puzzle
sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice Quiz

sermons4kids.com- ABC Order Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Gospel for the Mass: 9/16/18- Mark 8:27-35








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 8:27-35



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

sermons4kids.com- Playing For Keeps object lesson with groups activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Who am I? object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds A Solid Rock lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells The Disciples That He Must Suffer 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- Peter’s Confession

sermons4kids.com- Take Up His Cross and Follow Me

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (crafts)

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

daniellesplace.com- Cross Crafts- Several cross crafts listed

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross (easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make)

momontimeout.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

happyhomefairy.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Playing for Keeps activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Who Am I?



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Spiral Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Gospel for the Mass: 9/9/18- Mark 7:31-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 7:31-37



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- He Does All Things Well object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- A Greek Woman Asks Jesus' Help for her Daughter lesson

wordsunday.com- Bobbie’s Hope

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus Heals A Deaf & Mute Man lesson with activities

kidssundayschool.com- Help Me Get Well (activity for preschoolers)

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- Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus Heals A Deaf & Mute Man page 4

Emmanuel-windows.blogspot.com- He Hath Done All Things Well clip art to color

bethanybible.org- THE MASTER’S REMARKABLE METHODS – Mark 7:31-57 (Click on picture to print out and color)

designdroide.com- Mark 7:31-37 coloring sheet



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (crafts)

hebidsthemcome.com- Jesus Heals a Deaf Man craft

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- booklet to put together and color (page 6 & 7)



Games

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (games)

resourcewell.s3.amazonaws.com- Silent Hunt (page 3) and Speak His Praise Balloon Bounce (page 8)

missionarlington.org- Hands-on Activities for Jesus Heals a Deaf Man (page 5)

daniellesplace.com- Bandage Relay and Play A Memory Game



Puzzles

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Dot-to-dot page 8

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword



Quizzes &/or Take Home Activity Page

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Take Home Activity Page with questions and fill in the blanks (page 9)




Gospel for the Mass: 9/2/18- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23



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- True Worship object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Skin Deep or From the Heart object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, quiz, maze, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Clean or Unclean object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus’ Disciples Eat Without Washing Their Hands lesson

ministry-to-children.com- “Wash Up – What Makes You Clean?” Sunday School Lesson from Mark 7

sundayschoollessons.com- What Is Clean in the Sight of God lesson

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson: What Defiles a Person

intervarsity.org- Mark 7:1-23: Tradition! (Bible Study with questions)

sermonnotebook.org- Mark 7:1-23 sermon that can easily be made into a 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- Mark 7:6b

sermons4kids.com- Let’s praise Jesus!

sermons4kids.com- Clean or Unclean?

4catholiceducators.com- From Within Comes Evil Thoughts clipart

mscperu.org- Mark 7:1-23 clipart



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Skin Deep group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Clean or Unclean group activities (crafts)

reflectionary.org- A Bright Heart (craft)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Skin Deep group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Clean or Unclean group activities (games)



Puzzles & Worksheets

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

docs.google.com- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Worksheet



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





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





Friday, August 10, 2018

Social Stories for Church



Carol Gray has developed a technique called social stories to help a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) understand cues and actions for specific social situations. 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 (Attwood, 1998).

Adams et al. (2004) found that social story intervention decreases a variety of undesirable behaviors exhibited by children diagnosed with ASD. Results of their study support the notion that social story intervention is a useful too in decreasing inappropriate behaviors. Although the problem behaviors decreased, the participant’s use of oral language to express his needs/concerns increased. Furthermore, this study demonstrated that multiple behaviors serving one function can be successfully addressed in a single social story. Using one story instead of four stories to address behaviors appears to be more efficient and effective.






<=My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray









The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray=>
Limited preview







Social Stories for Church:

autismsocialstories.com- Going To Mass (with pictures)

autisminspiration.com- Going to Mass (scroll down to this)

creativelearning4kidz.com- Going To Mass Social Story
This social story is about going to Mass. Things you might do at Mass. How to behave during Mass. This book also comes with a set of 12 PECS cards.

positivelyautism.com- Going To Church on Easter (scroll down to this)

autismrelgiouseducation.net- Mass Book, Prayer Book, Confirmation Book, etc.

teacherspayteachers.com- Social Story Going to Mass Book + PECS Autism

simplycatholic.net- social story about attending mass and receiving Communion




Websites that have Social Stories:

autismteachingstrategies.com- Free Social Skills Downloads

adders.org- Social Stories by parents

depts.washington.edu- Social Stories Downloads

kansasasd.com- Social Narratives

kidscandream.webs.com- Social Stories (look under Website Menu for more different kinds of social stories)



How to write Social Stories:

vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu- How to Write a Social Story

child-autism-parent-café.com- How to Write a Social Story

penandthepad.com- How to Write Social Stories for Children With Autism

classroom.synonym.com- Examples of Social Stories



Free Pictures to Make Social Stories:

do2learn.com- FREE Picture Cards to use to make social stories.

practivalautismresources.com- Browse through more than 100 pages of free printable items suitable for Social Stories (scroll down for these)

lessonpix.com- Social Skills pics

viuals.autism.net- Search the gallery

friendshipcircle.org- 12 Computer Programs, Websites And Apps For Making Social Stories

touchautism.com- Free Social Stories Creator & Library



*Some children do better with real pictures that can be taken with your digital camera.