Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sacraments






References:

americancatholic.org- The Seven Catholic Sacraments

catholic.org- Sacraments of the Catholic Church

newadvent.org- Sacraments

christusrex.org- The Seven Sacraments of the Church

loyolapress.com- The Seven Sacraments

4catholiceducators.com- Sacraments: General Resources and Articles



Activities:

studystack.com- Sacraments of Initiation Test Review (flash cards)

tes.co.uk- Seven Sacraments
A simple PowerPoint display giving explanations for the sacraments with visuals. Three differentiated worksheets included too. LA - Match Sacrament pictures with labels. MA- Give a sentence and signs and symbols for each sacrament. HA- Higher order thinking skills - Which sacrament do you think brings us closer to God?

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Sacraments and Liturgy (teaching about or preparing for the Sacraments)



Coloring:

saintanneshelper.com- Coloring pages for all 7 sacraments



Crafts:

Make a mobile using the symbols of the seven sacraments.

showerofroses.blogspot.com- The Seven Sacraments Stained Glass Window {Catechism Craft with Free Printable!}

ellisoneducation.com- Sacraments Puzzle



Games:

Sacraments Drill One & Drill Two - Two fun and educational games to help memorize, review, and drill material about the sacraments. (Faith Facts for Young Catholics by Kieran Sawyer, page 13 – 15, 57 & 59)

Sacraments Drill One, Sacraments Drill Two, and Sacrament Chant- Drill games and chants to help Catholic teens in grades six to nine learn the Sacraments. (Faith Facts for Young Catholics by Kieran Sawyer, page 13 – 16).

itsonmytodolist.files.wordpress.com- 7 Sacraments Matching Game

thereligionteacher.com- Sacraments Activity: Matching/Memory Game


What Sacrament Is It?- A fun game to review the Seven Sacraments.

Seven Sacraments Game- The object of the game is to collect 7 sacrament cards by answering questions about each sacrament. (For 2nd grade on up).



Puzzles:

wordsearchfun.com- (word search)

Seven Sacraments- (wordsearch)

faithfirst.com- (word search)

osvcurriculum.com- Unscramble the tiles to reveal the names of the seven sacraments.

mycatholicsource.com- (crossword)

Sacraments Double Puzzle- Unscramble each of the clue words. Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number.



Worksheets:

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Sacrament Symbols

catechist.com- The Sacraments and Scripture
(Scroll down to the bottom for this worksheet.)

smp.org- The Sacraments: Seven Ways of Experiencing Christ
The chart below contains a concise overview of each of the Seven Sacraments. Some information is missing. Succinctly complete the chart.

catecheticalresources.com- activities for grades 1 - 12



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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Seven Sacraments (matching)- Match the words in the first column to the best available answer in the second column.



*Individual Sacrament Info: References, Lessons, Coloring, Crafts, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets, etc.

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Sacrament of Baptism

Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Holy Orders

Sacrament of Matrimony

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist





Sunday, September 26, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter E







D- Elijah and the Ravens


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Elijah and the Ravens
- discuss how God took care of Elijah
- identify who sent the ravens to feed Elijah



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Elijan and the Ravens Word Wall
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 (scroll down to this).



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Elijah and the Ravens” from your own story book.

Then ask questions from below.

Who did Elijah love and obey? God

What did the King of Israel build to a false god? A huge temple.

Would Elijah pray to the false god named Baal? No

Who did the people forget? God

What did Elijah warn the people about? That there would be no rain for many years and they would starve.

Who told Elijah where to go for safety? God

Who brought Elijah food? Ravens



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who did Elijah love and obey? God

daniellesplace.com- 4 songs and rhymes posted (scroll down to these)



Activities:

Introduce activity: What did Elijah warn the people about? That there would be no rain for many years and they would starve.

missionarlington.org- Elijah and the Ravens (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Elijah is fed by Ravens (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

daniellesplace.com- Elijah and the Birds lesson

dltk-bible.com-Elijah Prays lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who brought Elijah food? Ravens

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Elijah Fed By Ravens Craft (scroll down to this). This is a simple craft children can color and complete during your Sunday School Lesson. When finished children can move the ravens back and forth to Elijah as he waits by the river. Talk with the children about how God sent the ravens to bring Elijah food to sustain him.

dltk-kids.com- Handprint Crow or Raven Craft

dltk-kids.com- Paper Bag Crow or Raven Craft

mssscrafts.com- Elijah is Fed by Ravens (collage)

daniellesplace.com- Jack and Jill Paper Bag Blackbird Puppet (scroll down to this). You can make this into a raven.

mssscrafts.com- Raven Finger Puppet

daniellesplace.com- Giving Raven (scroll down to 2).

daniellesplace.com- Make a picture of a raven feeding Elijah (scroll down to 3 and click on large file or small file).

daniellesplace.com- Make a sitting raven holding a sign or raven puppets from paper lunch bags (scroll down to Crafts).




Games:

Introduce game: Who obeyed God in today’s story? Elijah

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Elijah File Folder Game (scroll down to this). This is a fun file folder game that takes children through some of the key points in Elijah's life. For each point in the Bible Story there is the corresponding scripture for you to read through as you travel through the game. Watch the video to learn how to put this game together!

daniellesplace.com- Elijah and the Birds games (scroll down to Activities).



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Would Elijah pray to the false god named Baal? No

dltk-kids.com- Praying Pretzels

daniellesplace.com- Raven Cookies (scroll down and look under Crafts 3)


Letter E Snacks-

Eggs, Eggo Waffles, Easy Mac N Cheese, English Muffin, Egg Salad, Egg Roll, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

daniellesplace.com- Color a picture of The Ravens Feeding Elijah (scroll down to 3. Make a picture of a raven feeding Elijah and click on large file or small file).

coloring.ws- Ravens Bring Food For Elijah (coloring)

newchurchvineyeard.org- Elijah Is Fed By Ravens (coloring)

psscentral.com- Elijah Prays for Rain (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with E? (mini book)

preschoolpost.com- E is for Elijah (handwriting)

dltk-bible.com Elijah Prays (maze)

biblewise.com- Elijah and the Ravens (maze)





Thursday, September 23, 2010

CCD Curriculums





Each parish must choose a curriculum to use with their CCD classes. It is a hard decision to make, but one must be chosen and used by the catechists to teach their students from. The curriculums are usually approved by the diocese and is in full accord with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and all the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Church. The priest and/or the DRE usually review various curriculums and make recommendations. Finally a decision is made and the curriculum is purchased.


There are numerous curriculums out there and I was wondering what everyone was using.


What curriculum do you or your parish use for CCD?





Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Take Home Bible Story Mini Books



Bible story mini books are a great way to reinforce what you are teaching in class and also a lot of fun. Below are books that contain Bible story mini books that you can print out and have the children color. They can also read these to their parents or the parents read to them.




Bible Story Mini-Books by Alyson Kieda

Preschoolers and young readers will love to color and assemble the 33 mini-books that teach children about biblical characters and events. These stories are fun to color and easy to assemble: Just cut out and fold or staple together. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading these stories to their young children, while older children will love reading these little books on their own. Great as a Sunday school lesson, Christian school supplement, or at-home activity. The Scripture passage is included for each story.

Click here to see Table of Contents (click on Features).







Old Testament Take-Home Bible Stories: Easy-to-Make, Reproducible Mini-Books That Children Can Make & Keep! Preschool - Grade 2 by Thomas C. Ewald

Contains 62 Old Testament Bible stories for the children to color and make into their very own story book. The last page of each book contains a question about the story and a Scripture reference to one of the key verses of the story. Use this reference to teach children how to locate passages in their Bibles and read the story to them.

Click here for a limited preview of the book.







New Testament Take-Home Bible Stories: Easy-to-Make, Reproducible Mini-Books That Children Can Make & Keep! Preschool - Grade 2 by Thomas C. Ewald

Contains 62 New Testament Bible stories for the children to color and make into their very own story book. The last page of each book contains a question about the story and a Scripture reference to one of the key verses of the story. Use this reference to teach children how to locate passages in their Bibles and read the story to them.

Click here for a limited preview of the book.





*Click here for Bible story mini books that are online for free.





Sunday, September 12, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter C







C- Creation


Objectives: The children will
- retell the story of Creation
- explain what God created
- identify what God created on the first day



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

Pick the words that you want to use from below:

dltk-bible.com- Creation Theme Word Wall Words
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.

chrisitanpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Word Wall
Use these printable Word Wall cards to go through the days of creation with your children. There are also key words from the creation story in Genesis chapter 1.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- God Made Word Wall
Arrange the words according to the directions. Have “God made” already on the board and ask the children to find the correct answer.




Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: "Creation" from your own story book or read "And God Said" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 9 – 10, and do cut outs while the story unfolds. Then ask questions from below using Creation Cards to help the children remember what happened each day. Post cards on the bulletin board for future reference. There are lots of ways to use these for your students.

1. What did God make the first day? Light

2. What did God make the second day? Sky

3. What did God make the third day? Seas, land, and plants.

4. What did God make the fourth day? Sun, moon, and stars.

5. What did God make the fifth day? Creatures in seas and sky.

6. What did God make the sixth day? Animals on land and man.

7. Did God make the stars? Yes

8. Did God make the animals? Yes

9. How many days did it take God to create the whole world? Six

10. What did God do on the seventh day? God rested.




Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who created heaven and the earth? God

dltk-bible.com- Creation Song

dltk-bible.com- Days of Creation Song

perpetualpreschool.com- Creation Songs (several posted here)

kidz-under-construction.com- God Made (finger play)

awana4u2.org- Puggles Creation Finger Play

kidz-under-construction.com- You Are God’s Creation (finger play)

kidz-under-construction.com- I Have Two Eyes (finger play)



Activities:

Introduce activity: How many days did it take God to create the whole world? Six

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Calendar Printables
Calendar Numbers are printable squares you can use in your classroom calendar. Print on heavy cardstock and laminate for best results. Additionally these printables are great for making number matching games so be creative!

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Felt Set (scroll down to this). This is a felt set where you can print larger versions of the graphics for use on a story board or felt board. There are Seven Days with pictures of Gods Creation on that day.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Beanbags (scroll down to this). This is a set of Creation Bean Bags that I designed to have some fun activities to learn the days of creation. I put up an instructional video on how I choose the different fabrics, and what I made them from in our Member Forum.


hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Creation lesson plan. Additional ideas for Creation are posted.

dltk-bible.com- Creation lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- Creation lesson (click on Lessons, then under New Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Creation lesson click on preschool).

missionarlington.org- God Created the World (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- God Created The World (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did God make?

Creation- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 5 & 6. Click on Excerpt and go to page 5 & 6.)

maryricehoplins.com- God Did Creation Wheel

lapbooklessons.com- Creation Lapbook: This page is full of resources you can use to make your Creation Lapbook.

lorislittleloves.blogspot.com- Our Study of the Creation Story by Lori P. She came up with these creative ideas for creation that will help teach your children all about Creation.



Games:

Introduce game: What did God make on each day?

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Memory Match (scroll down to this)




This game 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 or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




Introduce game: What did God make?

What did God Make? (file folder game)- Identify whether or not God made it as you work around the board. The first player to FINISH wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Who created all living things?

dltk-kids.com- Creation Cookies

dltk-bible.com- Rice Krispie Earth

Have blue jello in clear plastic cups with marshmallows (for clouds in the sky).

daniellesplace.com- 6. God Created Sky snack (scroll down to 6)

Hold up a stalk of celery and ask the children what it is. Discuss. Did God make celery? Yes. He made all the plants. Have the student spread peanut butter inside a celery stick.

daniellesplace.com- Graham Cracker Stars

(You can also spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers or regular crackers made into stars like the recipe above and sprinkle with raisins.)

Moon Cookies- Make round sugar cookies using refrigerated cookie dough (Pillsbury). Frost with white icing or sprinkle with white sugar.

enchantedlearning.com- Cup o’ Fish: Make an edible aquarium in a cup.

Animal Crackers

daniellesplace.com- Gingerbread Cookies (scroll down to: Creation Day 6- God Made Man)
Make Gingerbread Man cookies and have the children decorate them to look like themselves.


Letter C Snacks-

food.com- Cinnamon Cookies

Carrots with Ranch Dressing, Cantaloupe, Cereal, Cauliflower, Celery, Cheese, Coconuts, Cole Slaw, Corn, Crackers, Cranberries, Cranberry Juice, Cucumbers, Cupcakes, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

coloring.ws- Creation coloring pages (2 sets)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Coloring Pages (scroll down to this). This is a set of Creation Coloring pages that includes the bible story from the NIV bible. Children can take home the picture for each day, and read the bible story with their family. Bind them together and each child can have their own Story of Creation book. These match the above bulletin board set.

ministry-to-children.com- Creation (coloring)
Print these out and you will have a free creation coloring book to use in your church, home, or school.

Creation (booklet)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 16 & 17 (click on Sample Pages).

dltk-bible.com-The Story of Creation mini book

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation mini book (scroll down for this)

C is for Creation (handwriting sheet)- Color the things that God created. (Bible Stories from A to Z, page 18).

C is for Creation (handwriting)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Themed Bible Puzzles (scroll down to this). This is a set of seven different Bible Puzzles, one for each day in creation. This also includes different flashcards with the Day printed above the puzzle, if you cut these out and laminate, children can use them to play a matching game after they complete the puzzles. For older children, mix all the pieces together and have them separate them into the respective days.

dltk-bible.com- Draw a line to help each character find the place God created for it to live.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Creation Worksheet (matching the day to the correct picture)





Thursday, September 9, 2010

Church Potluck Recipe: Rum Cake






This is always a winner at any Church Potluck. People must like it because it is all gone in no time.



Rum Cake

1 pkg Duncan Hines yellow cake mix (the one that does not contain pudding)
1 small instant vanilla pudding (do not use French Vanilla!)
4 eggs
1/2 c water
1/2 c light rum
1/2 c oil

Mix above and put 1 cup of chopped pecans in bottom of greased tube pan. Pour batter in and bake at 325 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes.


Glaze:

1 c sugar
1 stick margarine
1/4 c water
1/4 c light rum

Boil 2 - 3 minutes and pour over cake while in pan. Let cool completely before taking out.





Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Daily Class Schedule



I am constantly looking for new ideas for my classroom. I was wondering what you do in your class (daily class schedule) so we can share ideas. I got a great idea from Elaine to print out Bible Story mini books for the students to read for homework (or the parents read to them). It is a great way to reinforce what they learned.




Daily Class Schedule
(In the order that I do them with my first grade students.)



Welcome- Greet each student and welcome them to class.


Attendance- Fill out the CCD Attendance Sheet and place in classroom tray for DRE. Fill out the classroom attendance sheet that is in my binder.


Homework- Check homework and fill out the proper information on the Assignment Sheet (located in my binder) to indicate the student completed the homework and turned it in on time. Students that have turned in their homework get to play HOMEWORKOPOLY. This game is like MONOPOLY with a few exceptions.


Review- Prayer and Take Home Sheet from last week’s lesson.


Objects Used in Mass Cards- Show Objects Used as Mass cards to the students (the cards we have done thus far) and have them identify the object.


People at Church Cards- Show each People at Church Cards to the students and have them identify the person(s) and what they do. (Altar Servers, Cantor, Choir, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeter/Usher, Lector, Musicians, Priest).


Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Do the lesson and activity for today from Celebrating the Mass (scroll down for this).


Vocabulary Words- Go over the vocabulary words for today’s Bible story lesson (scroll down for this) and discuss.


Lesson Plan- Do the Bible story lesson plan that is for today. Note: When I read the Bible story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. I use the book: The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery. After the students have answered the questions about the story (I use today's Take Home Sheet), I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.)


Prayers- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.


Homework- Give each student a Take Home Sheet for today’s lesson (scroll down for these) for their parents to go over with them to review previously learned material that is relevant to the objectives of the lesson. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.



What do you do in your classroom? Please comment so we can share ideas.





Sunday, September 5, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter B






B- Baptism of Jesus


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of the Baptism of Jesus
- identify who baptized Jesus
- identify who was pleased that Jesus was baptized
- discuss why you get baptized



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Baptism of Jesus Word Wall- 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Baptism of Jesus” from your own story book.

While you are reading the story you can use lambsongs.co.nz- John the Baptist (under New Testament): Click on Activity 1, 2, & 3


Then ask questions from below.

Where did John baptize the people? (In the Jordan River.)

Who baptized Jesus? (His cousin, John.)

What hovered over Jesus head after he was baptized? (A white dove.)

Why do you get baptized? (To wash away your sins.)




Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays:

gardenofpraise.com- John the Baptist (song)

gardenofpraise.com- The Baptism of Jesus (song)



Activities:

Introduce activity: Who baptized Jesus? (His cousin, John)

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clclutheran.org- John the Baptist lesson for pre school (click on Lessons, then under New Testament click on download lessons and levels. For John the Baptist lesson click on preschool).

missionarlington.org- Jesus is Baptized (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Matthew 3:13-17

missionarlington.org- Jesus is Baptized (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Mark 1:1-11

missionarlington.org- Jesus is Baptized (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Luke 3:1-22

missionarlington.org- John Baptizes Jesus (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
John 1:29-34



Crafts:

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

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove Craft

mssscrafts.com- Raven Finger Puppet (you can turn this into a white dove)

auntannie.com- Make soap doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that their sins are washed away. Note: You can use a slightly greased cookie cutter to help children make the soap into the shape of a dove. Or the children can just make it into any shape they want.

Jesus’ Baptism Story Wheel- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 39 & 40


Introduce craft: The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.

docthelmaskitchen.blogspot.com- Sunday School Baptism Craft (change this to Jesus being baptized)



Games:

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

The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing - Shoe-Tie Guy (John Baptizes Jesus)
Kids will play a high-octane game to discover what it means to serve Jesus (page 72).


Jesus Basketball

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

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


Introduce game: Who did Jesus ask to baptize him? (John) Did John obey him? (Yes) Let’s see if you can obey just like John did.

Play Simon Says but play “Jesus Says”



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did John the Baptist eat while he was living outside?

dltk-kids.com

John the Baptist Snack

Grasshopper Legs

Honey Spread


Letter B Snacks-

Bananas, Blueberries, Bacon, Bagels, Banana Bread, Barley, Beans, Beets, Biscuits, Bread, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butter Cookies, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

sermons4kids.com- John Baptizes Jesus (coloring page)

coloring.ws- John the Baptist baptizes Jesus (coloring page)


lambsongs.co.nz- “John the Baptist” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with B? (mini book)

Baptism of Jesus (handwriting)

kidzone.ws- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter B

John Baptizes Jesus (dot-to-dot)- Dot-To-Dot Bible Pictures: Grade PK – K by Linda Standke, page 18

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus (dove dot to dot)

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized (maze)

Jesus Is Baptized (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grade PK – K by Linda Standke, page 20