Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crafty Crafters: Baptism of Jesus






So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for the Baptism of Jesus?



Here is a craft I make with my students for the Baptism of Jesus:

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).

*Every craft in this book is illustrated with materials listed and patterns provided. Very easy step by step directions that even a 1st grader can read and follow and make the craft by himself.



Please leave a comment so others can get ideas for crafts.





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Interactive Crafts for Bible Stories



Children love to make interactive crafts for Bible stories. It makes the Bible story come alive and they can reenact the story over and over again.

lambsongs.co.nz- lots of crafts posted!
Scroll down and just click on Activity 1, Activity 2, etc. for printables. Click on Instructions for directions on how to do craft (sometimes directions are posted on one of the activity sheets).


Peter Walks on Water- Glue Peter on a popsicle stick and have him reenact the Bible story.







Sunday, November 27, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Rocky Road Fudge Bars



This is the BEST fudge in the whole world. My family has been making it for years and everyone just loves it. Great for church potluck or any occasion. I even make these and give them as gifts during Christmas!




Rocky Road Fudge Bars


Ingredients-

Bar:

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
1 cup sugar
1 cup All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs


Filling:

8 -oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for Frosting)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
6 -oz. pkg. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired


Frosting:

2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
2 -oz. reserved cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla



Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 13” X 9” pan. In large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine and 1 square of chocolate. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off.
Add remaining bar ingredient and mix well. Spread in prepared pan.
In small bowl, combine 6 ounces of cream cheese with next 5 ingredients. Beat 1 minute on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, and then stir in nuts. Spread over chocolate mixture.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and sprinkle on marshmallows. Bake 2 more minutes.

In large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/4 cup margarine and 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese and milk. Stir in powered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together, Cool; cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 3-4 dozen.





Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crafty Crafters: Laundry Detergent Cap





So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make using a laundry detergent cap?



Here is a craft your students can make for the Bible story “Jesus in the Temple”.

Introduce craft: When Jesus was a little boy, where did he get his toys? (They made them.) We are going to make us a toy to play with.



Make a hole near the top of the rim using a drill prior to class. Cut twine to about 2 feet long. Have students tie one end of the twine to the lid through the hole you just drilled. On the other end of the twine tie a large bead to it (2 beads if they are small).

To play- Hold the cup letting the string hang down. Swing the bead up and try to catch it inside the cup. For competitive play, whoever gets the most catches out of 10 or 20 tries wins.



Please leave a comment so others can get ideas for crafts.





Thursday, November 17, 2011

Behavior Contracts & Behavior Charts





When behaviors become a problem in a classroom an effective strategy is to implement a behavior contract. A behavior contract is a clear, written statement of what behaviors a student agrees to exhibit and the positive consequences (rewards) that will result from fulfillment of the contract. Behavior contracts also state who will deliver those rewards as well. Often the negative consequences of not fulfilling the contract are also specified. Contracts can be a positive way to provide a role for families in improving classroom behavior. Before implementing the behavior contract it should be discussed thoroughly and all involved persons must agree to it and sign it. Anyone can deliver the rewards (the teacher, parent, DRE, etc.), but it must be the same person each time as stated in the behavior contract. Remember to be consistent and praise the child for good behavior choices. When the child does not make a good behavior choice, do not be apologetic; if needed, pull out the contract and review the terms that were agreed upon with the child. Emphasize the positives that come along with good behavior choices and help the child to get used to new habits of good behavior.

The behavior contract should be revised when it is not producing satisfactory results. Therefore your contract should be open to renegotiations at any time. If needed, a new contract replacing the previous one would be written up and signed.



Steps for Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring a Behavior Contract

1. Meet with concerned parties- Everyone who will be supporting the contract need to meet to discuss one target behavior.

2. Determine conditions- The parties determine when, where, and under what specific conditions the behavior occurs. The contract will be written to address these conditions.

3. Determine who will use the contract and where it will be used- All persons who will be responsible for contract implementation must know their responsibilities.

4. Determine reinforcement- Students should be allowed to participate in developing a set of choices of reinforcers (rewards). Reinforcers should be manageable but powerful enough to evoke the desired response (behavior). The list of rewards should be rotated often to make sure that the student motivation remains high.

5. Determine whether negative consequences will be used- Contracts are written in a positive way to increase behaviors. Negative reinforcers may not be necessary or even desirable if the positive reinforcers are motivating for the student.

6. Take baseline data- Determine the frequency in which the behavior occurs. Data should be taken over at least 3 to 5 days to make certain that the behavior is typical for the student.

7. Determine reinforcement schedule- Everyone who is involved should determine how often the student is to receive reinforcers (rewards). The contract should be structured so that the student has a successful experience; this will prompt the student to further work toward the contract goals.

8. Determine goals- Everyone who is involved should determine the criteria for successful completion of the contract. Realistic and reasonable goals should be set, even if those goals do not represent the final level of expectation for the student. When the student consistently reaches the goals, the contract can be modified to target a higher goal.

9. Write the contract- The contract should be written in terms that specify task and time demands, criteria for accuracy, and available reinforcers.

10. Discuss and sign the contract- Everyone that is involved should discuss the contract to ensure understanding. It might be necessary to supplement a discussion with drawings or icons for some students. All concerned parties should receive a copy of the contract.

11. Monitor the contract- Everyone that is involved with the contract should set up a plan to evaluate and modify the contract if needed. All concerned parties should remain in constant contact with each other to ensure that student progress across setting is monitored. If the contract is unsuccessful, the parties need to address task appropriateness, time allotment, and student or environmental factors that could have impeded student progress (Smith, 1998).



Example: John has been erratic in turning in his homework for CCD. Sometimes John completes his homework and turns in it in on time. Other times John does not turn in his homework and acts defensive and is very irritable when questioned about it. In a written, dated, and signed contract, the parents agreed to take John to his favorite restaurant for dinner if John turns in his homework on time for the next 4 weeks. If John does not turn in his homework assignments, he will lose some of his video game privileges, according to the severity of his lapses (how many assignments missed equals how much video game time is taken away which is stated in the contract).

*Families can be a strong support for CCD. Just ask for their help and you will be surprised on how much they will do.




How To Do Behavior Contracts and Samples

k6educators.about.com- How To Create Behavior Contracts

specialed.about.com- A Behavior Contract and Behavior Monitoring Tools

interventeioncentral.org- Steps in Implementing This Intervention, How to Deal With Common Problems in Using Behavior Contracts

worksheetplace.com- Behavior Contracts and Tracking Sheets

teachervision.fen.com- Behavior Contracts
Blank Behavior Contract, Sample Behavior Contract #1 & #2, Student Contract Form





Behavior Charts

Behavior Charts are a good way of keeping track of behavior. Here are a few online that might help.

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Check out the left side bar for several different kinds of behavior charts to print out.

latitudes.org- Behavior Modification Charts for Home and School

child-behavior-guide.com- Behavior Charts for Kids

teachervision.fen.com- Charting Behavior (3 charts to choose from)

chartjungle.com- Scroll down for lots of different kinds of behavior charts.

empoweringparents.com- These customizable behavior charts are available for free. Each chart includes detailed instructions on how to use them.

rewardcharts4kids.com- Free Behavior Charts





Sunday, November 13, 2011

Download Your Mass Response Card for Advent




On November 27, the First Sunday of Advent, the Roman Missal, Third Edition will be implemented in Mass across the United States. As our gift to you, we have developed a Mass card with the new prayer and response translations to assist you in this transition.

*Download comes in a bright four color version, and a simple one color version.



sadlier.com- Download Your Mass Response Card for Advent





Monday, October 31, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Tortellini Salad






I wish I had a picture of this tasty dish. Here is an easy tortellini salad recipe that my friend makes that everyone enjoys!



Tortellini Salad

1 lb. tortellini cooked (cheese or meat stuffed)
Cubed cheddar cheese,
Green pepper, diced
Green onions
Black olives
Green olives
Cherry tomatoes, halved

Mix the above together in a large bowl. Then add the following and mix well. Chill overnight.


Dressing:

¾ c. oil
¼ c wine vinegar
2 t Grey Poupon Mustard
Salt and pepper to taste





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Books I Use In My Classroom




I have a few books I use in my first grade CCD classroom that I can’t live without. I have worn some of their book covers to nothing and the others are pretty dog-eared.

Books I Use In My Classroom- a short list of what I use



What books do you use in your classroom or home that you cannot live without? Please comment so I can add them to the list or the link to your blog to this post.





Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Broccoli Salad





A friend of mine gave me this recipe 20 years ago and I am crazy about it. There are many ways of fixing Broccoli Salad, but her simple version is always so good and everyone just loves it at any church potluck.


Broccoli Salad

1 bunch broccoli
½ red medium onion, chopped
½ c. mayo
¼ c. sugar
1 T vinegar
½ lb. bacon, fried and in pieces
1 pkg. shredded mozzarella


Cut up broccoli and onion. Blend together mayo, sugar, and vinegar for dressing. The day before serving pour dressing over broccoli and onion; cover. Stir in bacon and cheese just before serving.





Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catholic Prayers In Latin





Below are some of the traditional catholic prayers in Latin and links to websites that have additional prayers that your children can learn. I also posted some games, songs, and worksheets that might help your child to learn the prayers in Latin.




Signum Crucis (The Sign of the Cross)

In nomine Patris, et Filii,
et Spiritus Sancti.
Amen.



Gloria Patri (Glory Be to the Father)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.



Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.



Pater Noster (Our Father)

Pater Noster,
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo.
Amen.



Links:

catholic.org- Prayers in Latin

fisheaters.com- Traditional Prayers, Creeds, and Ejaculations in English and Latin

ewtn.com- Prayers of the Rosary in Latin



Audio:

boston-catholic-journal.com- Audio of Catholic prayers in Latin



Games:

Write the prayers on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the prayers 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 prayers. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.



Songs:

youtube.com- Gloria Patri

youtube.com- Hail Mary in Latin (song) with English translation

youtube.com- Our Father in Latin (song) with English translation



Worksheets:

The 2 worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Sign of the Cross (Latin)- handwriting sheet in manuscript

Glory Be (Latin)- handwriting sheet in manuscript




*Make your own personal manuscript or cursive handwriting sheets for your classroom or home:

Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers- 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- Click on Paragraph Cursive Worksheets and make your own. Just type in sentences and make a beautiful cursive paragraph worksheet appear before your eyes.

worksheetworks.com- This generator lets you create handwriting practice sheets with the text you provide. Enter the words you want to practice with in the large text box below and practice writing words in cursive by tracing.





Monday, September 26, 2011

My Classroom Monthly Newsletter



Yesterday I sent out via email my classroom’s newsletter for September. Many of you have asked what mine looks like and what it consists of. Well, I made up a simple newsletter since I teach first graders and I try to incorporate all my students names on it in a positive way.

Here is a DRAFT of my classroom’s newsletter for October-





What does your classroom newsletter look like? What does it consist of?





Monday, September 19, 2011

Road To Emmaus (file folder game)



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.




Road To Emmaus File Folder Game: Be the first one to Emmaus and back to Jerusalem and win the game!


Directions: Place your marker at the Upper Room in Jerusalem. Put the game cards in a small basket near the game board. Roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. If you land on “Jesus is Alive” the player to your left will draw a game card and ask you a question about the story “Road to Emmaus”. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back where you were. If you land on the picture of a loaf of bread, you may move ahead 2 spaces. If you land on the picture of a cross you may change places with the leader. If you roll doubles, you may roll again. Work your way to Emmaus where Jesus broke the bread with the disciples. Then you must go back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples in the Upper Room that you saw Jesus. The first person who gets back to the Upper Room first is the winner.

Note: You do not have to land on the picture of Jesus breaking the bread in Emmaus with the exact number, but you must stop there and continue playing from that position on your next turn.


Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

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

Game Cards- (Use these cards or make your own.) Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities. (Questions from: The New American Bible)



*If the students cannot read use the directions below:

Directions: Place your marker at the Upper Room in Jerusalem. Roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. If you land on “Jesus is Alive” the teacher will ask you a question about the story “Road to Emmaus”. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back where you were. If you land on the picture of a loaf of bread, you may move ahead 2 spaces. If you land on the picture of a cross you may change places with the leader. If you roll doubles, you may roll again. Work your way to Emmaus where Jesus broke the bread with the disciples. Then you must go back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples in the Upper Room that you saw Jesus. The first person who gets back to the Upper Room first is the winner.



Use your own questions or use the ones below:


1. How many of Jesus’ friends were walking along the road? (2, 3)

2. Where were the men walking to? (Emmaus, Jerusalem)

3. What were the men doing as they were walking? (Singing, Talking)

4. Soon _____ caught up with the disciples and walked along with them. They did not recognize him. (Judas, Jesus)

5. The disciples were sad because _____ was dead. (Jesus, Judas)

6. When they got to Emmaus, the disciples invited the stranger to stay and have _____ with them. (lunch, dinner)

7. When they sat down to eat, the stranger picked up a loaf of bread, said a prayer, _____ the bread into pieces and gave it to the two disciples. (cut, broke)

8. Then the disciples knew that the stranger was Jesus. They stared at him for a moment and then he was _____. (dead, gone)

7. The disciples ran all the way back to _____ and found the other disciples and some of Jesus’ other friends and told them what happened. (Jerusalem, Bethlehem)

8. At first, the disciples did not believe them, but one said, “It must be true; _____ has seen him.” (John, Peter)

9. The _____ they were in was locked because they were afraid of the Roman rulers and chief priests. (tomb, room)

10. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the room with them and they thought he was a _____. (soldier, ghost)

11. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. Look at the wounds on my hands and _____.(feet, arms)

12. Jesus said, “Touch me and see that I am made of flesh and _____." (blood, bone)

13. Have you anything to _____?” asked Jesus. (eat, drink)

14. What did they give Jesus to eat? (Fish, Lamb)

15. Were the disciples finally convinced that Jesus was really alive? (Yes, No)





Saturday, September 17, 2011

Supplementing the Curriculum





No curriculum is perfect and CCD teachers need to from time to time supplement with activities to help teach their students. Using various resources provides your students with a variety of activities that helps enhance the lesson and allows them to understand more and have a lot of fun in the process.

I teach first grade CCD and I use several books to supplement our curriculum. Below are some of the books and links that I use most.


The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery- A collection of 44 favorite Bible stories, all very accurate retellings from Scripture that are easy for children to understand and enjoy. Very colorful and beautiful illustrations.

Limited preview- See some of the book.



The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book by Toni Lind- Lots of great mazes, dot-to-dot, color by number, picture puzzles and more for children to do and learn about the Old and New Testament.



Hidden Pictures: Grades Grade 1 - 3 (Fun Faith-Builders) by Linda Standke- Fun and creative Bible story based hidden picture puzzles that the children love to do. A great fill in activity for CCD.

To see some of the book then click on Sample



Bible Wheels To Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo- A great way to supplement your Bible stories and help your students to remember the lesson. 14 Old Testament and 16 New Testament Bible Wheels that the children can make. Cutting is simple but for younger students you might want to cut out some of the craft prior to class.

To see some of the book then click on Excerpt.



More 365 Activities for Kids- 365 puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, put in the correct order, find the mistake, etc. of Bible stories activities from the Old and New Testaments. Tons of fun for the kids!

Limited preview- See some of the book.



Mini Bible Story Books: (children make and color)

christianpreschoolprintables- Several to choose from (5 pages).

dltk-bible.com- Adam & Eve, Creation, Life of Jesus, Lord’s Prayer, Men of the Bible, Noah and His Ark

psscentral.com- 20 Old and New Testament mini books

lambsongs.co.nz- Several Old and New Testament mini books. Click on black & white cover and booklet to print out for the children to color.



What do you supplement your curriculum with?





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bible Memory Verse Activities





Trying to teach your students or your child Bible memory verses can be quite a challenge. Here are some activities that might make it easier and a lot more fun.


kidssundayschool.com- Assorted Ideas for Memorizing Verses (Part 1)

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Bible Verse Activities

sundayschoolresources.com- Memory Verse Activities (games and handouts)

simplycharlottemason.com- Scripture Memory System

daniellesplace.com- Bible Verse Memory Games

daniellesplace.com- Bible Verse Memorization Using the Memory Cross & Bible Verse Hand Picture (scroll down to these)

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

ehow.com- Bible Verse Memorization Games

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities

hubbardscupboard.org- Bible Memorization
They have free, printable: Bible Verse Charts, Bible Verse Tune Charts, Bible Verse Copywork, and Bible Verse Strips. This scripture memory kit also has introductions and descriptions of each, suggestions for use, free printable Bible verse materials, etc.

eliab.com- Puppets Help Teach A Memory Verse

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Bible verses beginning with each letter of the alphabet



Printable Bible Verse Material

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

hubbardscupboard.org- Free Printable Bible Verse Materials

homeschoolwithindexcards.com- Various Bible verse cards that you can print out and memorize.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards

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

icanteachmychild.com- A B C Printable Scripture Cards

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

mcscott.org- Verse Card Maker



Crafts:

Memory Verse Crafts- crafts, banners, bookmarks and doorhangers, etc.

books.google.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Teacher Created Resources, Mary Tucker (preview)

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Craft Ideas



Activities, Games, Coloring Sheets for Prayers:

Activities, Games, Coloring Sheets for Prayers

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers and Scripture

childrenschapel.org- Scripture Memory Coloring Sheets & Activities



Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers:

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.





Friday, September 9, 2011

Monthly Progress Reports



Last year I started sending home monthly classroom newsletters to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. This year I will also be sending home individual student monthly progress reports that will let parents know exactly how well their child is doing in class (work habits, attendance, prayers completed, etc.). I will also send home an Assignment Sheet each month to let parents know which assignments their child has turned in. Our parish sends out report cards 4 times a year, but I think parents need more frequent feedback to keep everyone well informed.



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






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






CCD Student Monthly Progress Report- (2 pages) Editable






Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Pancit



A friend of mine makes this great dish for church potluck and it is such a hit that he makes a HUGE double batch for us to enjoy. Here is his recipe of Pancit that is a must for any church potluck!




Pancit Bihon Recipe

Estimated cooking and preparation time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) pack pancit bihon noodles
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
2 cups of chicken broth or 2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 2 cups of water
1/4 cabbage, sliced into strips
1 onion, pealed and sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
1/3 cup scallions, cut into pieces
1 carrot, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
3/4 cup diced celery
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
5 pieces of calamansi or 1 lemon, sliced



Cooking Instructions:

Soak the pancit bihon noodles to soften for 10 minutes. Grease a large pan or wok with oil. Sauté garlic and onions. Add the chicken broth, the shredded chicken breast and all the vegetables until cooked. Mix in the pancit bihon noodles and add the soy sauce, cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with sliced calamansi on the side.

Note: Calamansi or lemon is to be squeezed into the pancit bihon before eating.





Thursday, September 1, 2011

How do you organize your lessons?



Over the years I have tried several different ways of organizing my lessons that I bring to class each week. Each time I think it is the way to go, but alas, it always falls short of what I consider efficient and effective. Last year I came up with this method and I plan on using it again this year. Now I finally have something I can use that keeps me from leaving things behind and I can find what I want when I need it.



How I organize my activities:




• Large 2 inch binder with a clear pocket on the front where I store this month’s lesson schedule and activities.








• 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.




I label the pockets:


Daily Schedule

Substitute Feedback Form

Objects Used at Mass Cards

People at Church Cards

Celebrating the Mass (lesson)

• Celebrating the Mass (activity)

Lesson Plan

• Activity

• Craft

Mini Book or Story Wheel

• Game

• Puzzles/Worksheets

• Take Home Sheet (last week)

• Take Home Sheet (today’s)

Class Contact List




How to you organize your CCD activities? Please leave a comment for others to get ideas.





Friday, August 26, 2011

Mass Lessons for the New Missal





The celebration of Mass is a hard concept for younger students to understand and with the new Roman Missal being implemented on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011 makes it even harder. I posted 22 lessons to help students learn the parts of the Mass. The lessons will provide catechists, teachers, or parents with activities, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc. to use with their students or child to learn what goes on during Mass and what they should do. This will be geared for students first grade on up.

Celebrating the Mass Lesson Plans- All 22 lessons



Monday, August 22, 2011

Catholic Blogs





Who has a Catholic blog? Please comment so I can add the link to your Catholic blog. We would love to see it!



southernfriedcatholics.blogspot.com- Faith, Family and Food of a Catholic family in the heat of the lowcountry

hfclassicalacademy.blogspot.com- Holy Family Classical Academy

happymomonlinecom.blogspot.com- I am a homeschooling mom who writes mainly about the day to day life of being a Catholic, pro-life, pro-marriage mother and wife.

catholicmumma.net- My blog is the musings of a Catholic Mumma.... :)

thatresourciste.com and thatresourcsite.blogspot.com- We have a catholic blog that offers fun free printable learning resources for catechists, homeschoolers, and other educators.

catequesekids.blogspot.com- I have a catholic blog but It´s in Portuguese, because I'm Brazilian. If you don't mind to visit me, there is a translator in the page!

momn3boys.blogspot.com- My blog is "Musings of a Catholic Mom”

thewholetroubleis.blogspot.com- For the Eastern Catholic variety :-)

dairy-of-a-sower.blogspot.com- I like to share hands-on ideas for teaching the faith to our kids (either at home or in a catechism class). I'm a trained catechist (Level I & II) for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, so I try to share some of the ideas I learned in CGS plus mix in some of my inspirations.

EquippingCatholicFamiles.com- We offer Catholic teaching tools and gifts, celebrating the Sacraments, Seasons and Feast Days with activities and crafts. Check out our books, craft kits, and cards!

IblogJesus.com- Talking to Jesus on his turf from the heart with both ears and the Holy Spirit.

ArmaDei.com- Our Catholic Family apostolate

familiacatolica-org.blogspot.com- My greatest wish is that this blog will help you find practical ideas to help you celebrate with your families our Catholic faith, following the major feasts of the liturgical calendar. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

catequesisguadalupana.blogpsot.com- Is a blogger who is starting with the collaboration of some friends who we hope will be helpful for the formation of the children in catechesis. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

educacionreligiosaperu.blogspot.com- Created to share teaching experiences with teachers of religious education.

granolacatholic.blogspot.com- Blogging about Faith, Food, Family, and all things Green

siguiendoachesterton.blogspot.com- I am dedicated to spreading the thought of GK Chesterton, defender of the Catholic faith. Try to focus on the situation that exists in Spain, especially aimed at the Catholic and the current crisis. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

laschicasdelibiza2decadasmastarde.blogspot.com- Personal blog, where it has experience of everyday life in relationship with God, with family and friends. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

pequesypecas.blogspot.com- Religious Education Blog: For kids in the house who want to know Jesus in a fun, learning things from him in relation to us. This blog is also for parents and catechists who can serve as a reference. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

lucyysublog.blogspot.com- My daughter Lucia is eight years old and also has her own blog. I try to create a constancy and responsibility for it at the time of sharing and blogging is a great way to share experiences and his link is Jesus Christ. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

homeschoolingcatolico.blogspot.com- I'm Silvia del Valle. I am a homeschooling mom and my blog is about Catholic homeschooling. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

clubcatolichavos.blogspot.com- Special children who like to study at home. Resources and materials to support your work. And with games that you'll love with which you can strengthen and reinforce your knowledge. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

unavidaenconstruccion.spruz.com- I have a Catholic social network where you can make friends, share photos, videos, comments, etc. We also have an agenda of activities for the day about our faith and ministries. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

mariauxivi.blogspot.com- My blog is about the presence and action of God in my life. Eventually I put the activities I use in the School of Religious Education classes with my students in preschool and Primary Grade 4. The blog is in Spanish. (Use Google Translate if needed.)

benotafraidnancy.blogspot.com- I am a Catholic Mommy Blogger

faithloveandjoy.wordpress.com- Catholic Mom raising her girls with faith, love, and joy.

profesoradoreligion.blogspot.com- Blog which contains all the news concerning the area of religion and its faculty, teaching and pastoral resources, relevant news of the ecclesiastical world, ICT resources, etc. . (Use Google Translate if needed.)

hapylittlehomemaker.com- Life in general, heavy on homeschool, books and homemaking.

thecatholiccouponer.com- I blog about couponing and my Catholic faith.

rosarymom.blogspot.com- Rosary Mom
I blog about my faith, family and what's happening in the world coming from a Catholic perspective.

lostlambs.net- Married and father of 4 children. Just started back up blogging after being gone for awhile.

empowernetwork.com- My wife and I have 8 children and I like to write about arguments I have with people about Catholic culture which is so juxtaposed to the prevalent culture in the USA.

canadiancatechist.com- I am trying to provide a blog site that is less geared towards another opinion, and more focused on what The Catholic Church truly teaches. I will provide short, but thorough catechesis on all subjects Catholic, starting with The Apostles Creed. Working through all twelve articles in a systematic, ordered way. All material is available for reprint, to be copied, forwarded or used in anyway to help advance The Truth of The Church, please just give a mention if doing so. I welcome questions and comments also.





Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ideas To Decorate Your Catholic Classroom





Need FREE ideas to decorate your Catholic classroom? Well, here are a few links that might come in handy.


pinterest.com- Decorating Classroom Wall

Bulletin Boards- Religious Classroom Bulletin Boards

4catholiceducators.com- Daily Bible Poster
The posters change every day. Bookmark this page to return to it often. Click on the image to get the poster size version and print.

bibletimelines.org- 23 timelines to print out for your classroom





Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Kindergarten Worksheets





Need some worksheets for your comprehensive kindergarten classroom? Here are a few links to FREE kindergarten worksheets:


tlsbooks.com- Kindergarten worksheets for language arts, science, concepts and basic skills, thinking skills, fine motor, etc.

kidslearningstation.com- Collections of worksheets for learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, math, phonics, etc.

kidzone.ws- alphabet recognition and printing practice, math, reading, science, thematic units, etc.

lilbunnyhops.com- Free preschool and kindergarten worksheets and printables, coloring pages, activities, connect the dots, graphics and anything to help children learn their abc.

first-school.ws- alphabet, colors, handwriting practice, numbers, shapes, etc. worksheets

softschools.com- Kindergarten math and reading worksheets,

schoolsparks.com- Kindergarten alphabet, fine motor, auditory processing, visual discrimination, letter/word awareness, phonic awareness, math/number, gross motor, social/emotional, kindergarten themes, etc.

worksheetuniverse.com- math, letters and reading, concepts, etc.

kindergartenworksheets.net- math, English, general learning, holiday, etc.






Monday, August 15, 2011

Free Preschool Worksheets





Need some worksheets for your comprehensive preschool classroom? Here are a few links to FREE preschool worksheets:

tlsbooks.com- Preschool Worksheets: colors, letters, concepts, numbers and pre math, fruits and vegetables, weather, fine motor, shapes (identify, label, draw shapes. and more), thinking skills (matching, find the difference, and more), etc.

kidslearningstation.com- Collections of worksheets for learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, math, phonics, etc.

freepreschool.blogspot.com- Free printable preschool worksheets and activities that includes teacher resources on math, counting number, writing skill, alphabet literacy, reading phonics, coloring, crafts, stories, dot-to-dot, cutting skill, shapes, song, and educational games.

kidzone.ws- Alphabet recognition, hidden letter worksheets, learning letter sounds, pre-printing practice, tracer pages, colors, scissor skills, shapes, math readiness, reading (Dolch words & reading readiness worksheets), etc.

lilbunnyhops.com- Free preschool and kindergarten worksheets and printables, coloring pages, activities, connect the dots, graphics and anything to help children learn their abc.

first-school.ws- alphabet, colors, handwriting practice, numbers, shapes, etc. worksheets

preschoolactivitybox.com- Fine motor skills, pre-writing activities, counting/number, letter recognition, etc.

morecoloringpages.com- Lots of different kinds to choose from!