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 They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.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 Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc. 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. Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families Resources on the Sunday Readings “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). Tithing object lesson Tithing lesson The Tithe object lesson Tricky Questions object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin Kids Pay Taxes Too! object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin People Pay Taxes to Caesar lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities? Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

Coloring Matthew 22:21 Tithing Blessings From Paying Tithing 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. I Can Pay Tithing I Can Pay Tithing

Crafts Kids Pay Taxes Too (group activities) crafts Tricky Questions (group activities) crafts Offering Craft Offering Can 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. Church Tithing Bank for Kids I Can Pay Tithing, Budget, and Save Money craft Tithing Bank 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 Kids Pay Taxes (group activities) games 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 “Learn about Tithes and Offerings” Bible Worksheet Word Search Word Search Word Jumble Give To God What Belongs to God (crossword) Crossword Crossword

Quiz 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:


• 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. How to Create Your Own Church Site 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.


• 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Classroom Printables and Charts 8 Sample Progress Report Templates 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 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 More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Memory Verse Activities 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. Printable Prayer Starters for Kids- Teaching Independent Prayer I can pray . . . (prayer spinner craft that reminds children that they can pray at any time) Memory Verse Reward/Tracker 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 Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc. 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. Resources on the Sunday Readings You Are Invited object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin Excuses! Excuses! object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin A King Gives A Wedding Banquet lesson Equal Dignity for All lesson Parable of the Great Banquet Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities? Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

Coloring You Are Invited Matthew 22:9 Parable of the Wedding Feast Clip art

Crafts You Are Invited (group activities) crafts Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) crafts

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

Games You Are Invited (group activities) games Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) games

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

Puzzles Maze Word Search Word Search Word Shape Decoder 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. Catholic Activity: Our Lady of the Rosary Free Rosary Powerpoint Our Lady of the Rosary

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets Our Lady of the Rosary (coloring) 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. Memory game on the feast of Mary

World Mission Sunday Teaching Kids About Missions: Object Lesson Mission Games & Activities Mini Mission These activities are related to "Around the World with Kate & Mack" and are easy to download and print. A Program for Mission Awareness for World Mission Sunday and Mission Month (Grades K – 12) Mission Activities for Kids Mission Awareness Booklet
A 12-page activity booklet to make children aware of the important role of a missionary. Downloadable and easy to make. 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions Preschool Bible Lesson about Missions 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.) 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: Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter Teaching Tip: Newsletters Made Easy

Make your own newsletter template or use the ones below: 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. 2 regular newsletter templates as well as a back to school, and monthly templates with themes. Editable weekly newsletter template 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.) 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. Create your own classroom newsletter by having the students do it. Suggestions and links provided. Editable Preschool Newsletter Template (2 provided) Several preschool templates are posted Ten Places to Find Great Microsoft Word Church Templates Create your own custom classroom newsletter Classroom Newsletter Template 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. Free class newsletter templates that teachers download and use to create a classroom newsletter in micro soft word format. Free newsletter templates FREE Editable Newsletter Templates School Templates Newsletter Forms 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 Memory Verse Crafts Memory Verse Activities for the Old Testament Memory Verse Activities for the New Testament The following templates can be used for creating your own memory verse activities or mini-crafts. Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (limited preview) Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (sample) Bible Verse Crafts (scroll down for this) Bible Verse Crafts Bible Verse Craft Ideas


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

Bookmarks & Door Hangers

Make a bookmark or doorhanger of your favorite verse. Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson. Laced bookmarks with templates Bible Bookmark Craft Several different kinds of bookmarks to make Make your own bookmarks and print them out. Custom printable doorknob hanger

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

Printable Bible Verse Material Scroll down to boy cards and girl cards Free Printable Bible Verse Materials Bible Verse Cards Printable Bible Verse Cards (Matthew 5:3-10)
English or Spanish Cute Bible Verses For Today’s Young Children Bible Verse Memorization Card Maker (scroll down to this)
Make several different kinds of cards. Verse Card Maker Printable “Bible Verses Memory Cards” For Kids ABC Printable Scripture Cards Bible Verses for Children (theme pockets, verse visuals, etc.) 10 Best Bible Verses for Children {free printable!} Scripture Memory Cards For Catholics- Printable Printable ABC Scripture Cards For Catholics- FREE!