Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Entering the Church





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)




When you enter the church, near the doors you will find a holy water font or stoup. The water is blessed and it is the first thing you should do when you come into the church. Dip your forefingers of your right hand into the blessed water and make the Sign of the Cross. As you make the Sign of the Cross you should say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

As you walk down the aisle to sit, be mindful of the Presence of God. We should be quiet while we find a seat and try not to distract others. When you finally choose a row to sit at, genuflect toward the front of the church to where the tabernacle is which contains the Blessed Sacrament. When you genuflect you lower yourself onto your right knee until it touches the floor. At the same time we make the Sign of the Cross. If the tabernacle is not in the main body of the church or if the sanctuary lamp is not lit, signifying that the tabernacle is empty (on Good Friday and at the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass) you should make a profound bow toward the altar. A profound bow is when you bend forward at the waist completely.

If there are kneelers where you are sitting you make the Sign of the Cross and kneel. If there are no kneelers you sit in a prayerful posture with your hands resting on your lap. Prepare yourself and clear your mind for God. Sometimes it is helpful to pray a few memorized prayers, but these should always be followed by a real conversation with God. Tell Him what is on your mind and reflect on where God is in your life as you kneel or sit in the church.



Questions:

What is the first thing you do when you enter the church? (Dip your fingers into the holy water font or stoup and bless yourself and say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”)

Why should we be quiet in church? (We should be mindful of the Presence of God and try not to distract others.)

What do you do before you enter the row where you will sit? (You genuflect toward the front of the church to where the tabernacle is which contains the Blessed Sacrament. At the same time we make the Sign of the Cross.)

What do you do if the tabernacle is not in the main body of the church or if the sanctuary lamp is not lit? (You should make a profound bow toward the altar.)

If there are kneelers what do you do? (You make the Sign of the Cross and kneel.)

What do you do if there are no kneelers? (You sit in a prayerful posture with your hands resting on your lap.)

What do you do after you kneel or sit? (Prepare yourself and clear your mind for God. Sometimes it is helpful to pray a few memorized prayers, but these should always be followed by a real conversation with God. Tell Him what is on your mind and reflect on where God is in your life as you kneel or sit there in the church.)



Crafts:

Make a prayer book to take with you to Mass.

ehow.com- Prayer Crafts for Kids (scroll down to Prayer Book)

emmausroad.org- Page 7. This craft will make a decorative prayer book. You can also put more prayers inside the book. Suggestions on how to make the book using other materials is posted on page 8.



Games:


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


Introduce game: Let’s see how well you have been listening. See if you can answer the questions correctly by acting out what you should do.


What Should You Do Game

Directions- Have the students stand beside their chair or desk. Ask the questions below and the students must act out what they should do.

What is the first thing you do when you enter the church? (Dip your fingers into the holy water font or stoup and bless yourself and say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”)

What do you do before you enter the row where you will sit? (You genuflect toward the front of the church to where the tabernacle is which contains the Blessed Sacrament. At the same time we make the Sign of the Cross.)

What do you do if the tabernacle is not in the main body of the church or if the sanctuary lamp is not lit? (You should make a profound bow toward the altar.)

What do you do if there are kneelers? (You make the Sign of the Cross and kneel.)

What do you do if there are no kneelers? (You sit in a prayerful posture with your hands resting on your lap.)

What do you do after you kneel or sit? (Prepare yourself and clear your mind for God. Sometimes it is helpful to pray a few memorized prayers, but these should always be followed by a real conversation with God. Tell Him what is on your mind and reflect on where God is in your life as you kneel or sit there in the church.)





Introduce game: How well do you know your prayers? Let’s find out!



Name That Prayer File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers. Review all or just a few of the prayers.



Puzzle:


The puzzle below is free, however it can 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.


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





Saturday, February 19, 2011

Story Wheels



A story wheel can be used with any lesson you are teaching. They are also a great way to supplement your Bible stories and help your students to remember the lesson. Children turn their story wheel dial to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. Story wheels can be made with 2 paper plates or you can use cardstock or tagboard. Just print out small coloring pictures for the student to color and glue on to the story wheel. Or you can use stickers to help tell the Bible story.

ehow.com- How To Make A Picture Story Wheel

Story Wheel templates (large and small) are found at: hennypenny.ourjunction.com




Here are a few I made.

These activities are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Directions: Print the top and bottom wheels out on cardstock. Cut out wheels. Cut out the window on the top wheel so you can see the pictures as you turn it. Have children color wheels. Attach a brass fastener through the center of both wheels. On the back of the bottom wheel attach a strip of cardstock (at least 1 inch wide and 6 inches long) leaving half extended over the side (so you can turn the wheel). You can also draw an arrow on the top side of the strip on the end to indicate which way to turn the bottom wheel.


Adam & Eve-

Adam & Eve Story Wheel (top)- (Do not cut out the stem and leaf, just the apple.)

Adam & Eve Story Wheel (bottom)



Fishers of Men-

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (top)

Fishers of Men Story Wheel (bottom)



Good Samaritan-

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (top)

The Good Samaritan Story Wheel (bottom)







Books with Story Wheels


Bible Wheels To Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo- Bible Wheels are Bible stories on wheels that help reinforce Bible stories. Children ages 4 to 7 can make the Bible Wheels easily by cutting them out, coloring, and assembling. Each wheel is made from two reproducible patterns that you can print out on cardstock and are secured with a brass fastener. A window in the wheel reveals what happens in the Bible story and the children can turn the wheel dial to retell the Bible story they just learned over and over again. Bible Wheels are a great way to supplement your Bible stories and help your students to remember the lesson. Children are fascinated by how they work and the Bible Wheels in this book will surely keep the children’s attention and spark their imagination. The book contains 30 (14 Old and 16 New Testament) Bible Wheels that have limited text with the title of the story, the Bible reference and pictures telling the Bible story on each one. Cutting is simple but for younger students you might want to cut out all or some of the craft prior to class. Bible Wheels are a great take home activity for children to do with their parents and they are an excellent way to help the children remember the Bible story.

Click here to see some of the book then click on Excerpt.








Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke- (pages 37 – 46)

Directions on how to make a story wheel and patterns are included in this book for various Bible stories.

• Garden of Eden
• Resurrection
• Noah
• Birth of Jesus
• Daniel in the Lion’s Den
• Jonah





Friday, February 18, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- People and Liturgical Objects at Mass





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



These activities can be reviewed several times during the year to help students remember and comprehend all the people and liturgical objects at Mass.




There are many people working together to celebrate Mass. We combine many voices and talents to make each Mass special. We have all seen men, women and some children help during Mass. These are usually people who have volunteered to read the readings, psalms, and help with other parts of the Mass on a more or less regular basis. At many parishes, these volunteers take turns, rotating during the course of a week or month so everyone has a chance.

Who are these people? What do we call them? What are their job responsibilities?



These activities 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.



Games:


People at Church Cards- Show each card 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). They can also play Memory or Go Fish with these cards.


Who am I? (card game)- Children can play Memory or Go Fish with the cards by matching the pictures of people from church with the correct name.





Who am I? File Folder Game (for younger students)- Place your markers on START. The player rolls the die and follows the directions. If you land on a space with a person’s job description (even if you were told to go back) you read it out loud and you must say who that person is. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces and read that job description and say who that person is. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces, etc. If you land on a picture of a person(s) you must say who that person is. Same rules apply for the picture identification as well. The first person to move around the board and land on FINISH wins. Continue playing to find out who comes in second, third, fourth, etc. place.







Who am I? File Folder Game- Identify the person at church by their job description.

Place your markers on START. The player rolls a die and follows the directions. If you land on a space with a person’s job description (even if you were told to go back) you read it out loud and you must say who that person is. If you are correct you stay where you are. If you are not correct you go back two spaces and read that job description and say who that person is. If you are correct you stay where you are. If you are not correct you go back two spaces, etc. The first person to move around the board and land on FINISH wins.







Worksheet:

People at Mass- Match the words in the first column to the best available answer in the second column. (Say a word from the first column and then give your child two choices to pick from in the second column).







Liturgical Objects Used at Mass

There are also several items use using during Mass. We used certain items during Mass to remind us of the holiness of the celebration. Can you name some of them? What do we do with these?



Activities:

Treasure Hunt- Take the students on a tour of the church and point out and discuss items found there. Divide the students into small groups. Give each group a clipboard with a list of objects. The students have to locate each item and write down where it is located in the church.






These activities 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. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these games are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Games:




3 pages of cards


Liturgical Objects Used in Mass Cards- Show Liturgical Objects Used as Mass cards to the students and have them identify the object. *Children can play Memory or Go Fish with the cards (make 2 copies) by matching the pictures of liturgical objects.


What am I?- Have your class work together to make riddles for objects used in Mass. Then have the students take turns reading their riddles to the class. Or you can play this game using the riddles provided.






What Am I? (file folder game)- Identify objects used during Mass by description or picture. Place your markers on START. The player rolls a die and follows the directions. If you land on a space with a description of an object used at Mass (even if you were told to go back) you read it out loud and you must say what that object is. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces and read that description and say what that object is. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back two spaces, etc. If you land on a picture of an object used at Mass you must say what that object is. Same rules apply for the picture identification as well. The first person to move around the board and land on FINISH wins.








Liturgical Bingo- Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about Liturgical items used at Mass.







Picture Liturgical Bingo- Students play Liturgical Bingo, but with pictures.








Mass: Participants and Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- The ultimate objective is to move all of your game pieces off of the board before your opponent does and to have the largest number of game pieces remaining in your possession. This game can be played individually or in teams.



Puzzle:

Items Used at Mass- Word Scramble



Quiz:

Liturgical Quiz (hard)- Fill in the missing blanks with the correct word. Word bank provided.



Worksheets:

Liturgical Chart- Cut out the picture and paste in the correct box.

Liturgical Chart- Fill out the definitions of each object. Cut out the picture and put in the correct box.

Liturgical Chart Pictures- Pictures to cut out and paste on the Liturgical Chart.

Liturgical Objects in Church (6 objects)- Write the name of the object in the blank. (Ideas for younger students are given).

Do You Know What These Are? (9 objects)- Match the answer with the correct picture.

Liturgical Objects in Church (12 objects)- Do you know what these are? (Ideas for younger students are given).

Liturgical Objects in Church (12 objects)- More Objects Used at Mass. Write what the object is in the space provided. For younger students you can use a word bank on the board.

Objects Used in Mass Handwriting Worksheet #1- chalice, ciborium, altar, stoup, pew

Objects Used in Mass Handwriting Worksheet #2- cruets, tabernacle, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ

Liturgical Objects Used at Mass- Directions: Write the correct number of the object in the blank. For younger students: Teacher will write on the board a word from the list. The teacher will then read the word and definition to the students and they will answer out loud during class the correct number. Have students write down the correct number beside the word. Answers





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lessons





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. With that said I will attempt to produce various 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.


*These lessons can also be used to supplement any curriculum that you already use. I plan on using these lessons as part of my curriculum. Since our CCD classroom time is rather long at our church (one hour and fifteen minutes) I will use one lesson from Celebrating the Mass each week then continue with a Bible story lesson.



Wish me luck on this endeavor. I am sure going to need it. Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.


*Lesson #1 will be posted on Friday. There will be 22 lessons in all.





Friday, February 11, 2011

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter Y






Y- Young Ruler


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story The Rich Young Ruler
- identify that they should put God first above anything else
- identify who they should love with all their heart



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

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



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “The Rich Young Ruler” from your own story book.

Then ask questions from below.

What did the young man ask Jesus? How to get to heaven.

What did Jesus tell him? That he had to obey all the commandments.

What did Jesus tell the man to do with all his things? To sell everything he had and give the money to the poor.

Why did the man not follow Jesus? He did not want to give up all the things he had.

Which did the man love more- his things or God? His things.

What should you put above anything else? God

Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom. What did he compare it to? A camel going through the eye of a needle.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What should you put above anything else? God

sermons4kids.com- some songs are posted that can go with this lesson (scroll down to these)

godsongs.net- Love the Lord your God (round)

Sing “If You Love God and Know It” to the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It”



Activities:

Introduce activity: What did the young man ask Jesus? How to get to heaven.

missionarlington.org- Jesus and the Rich Man (scroll down to Preschool Lesson) Matthew 19:16-26

missionarlington.org- The Rich Young Man (scroll down to Preschool Lesson) Mark 10:17-27

sermons4kids.com- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The God of the Impossible

mssscrafts.com- "The Rainbow Fish" and "The Rich Young Ruler" (scroll down to this)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Does Jesus want us to share our things with others? Yes

mssscrafts.com- This craft involves making a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others. It can be adapted for both preschool or primary (elementary) aged children by changing expectations for the inside content.


Introduce craft: Who should you put first above all things? God


I Love God Above All Things

Need: Paper plates, markers or crayons, paper punch, and yarn.

Directions: Give each child a paper plate on which you have written the words on the bottom of the plate: loves God above all things. Have each child write their name at the top of the plate (write their names if they need help). Then have them draw pictures of themselves below their name (in the middle of the paper plate) and decorate the plate using the crayons or markers (glitter would add that special touch). Punch a hole in the center top of each plate and add a piece of yarn to hang.



elmers.com- Change this craft to: I love God


Love God With All Your Heart

Write “Love God with all your heart.” inside the heart to make these crafts.

dltk-holidays.com- Heart Lacing Project (scroll down for heart template)

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Heart Decoder



Games:

Introduce game: Why did the man not follow Jesus? He did not want to give up all the things he had.

sermons4kids.com- Walking In His Steps (scroll down to this)


Introduce game: What rules did Jesus mention in this story that we must always obey? The Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments Memory Game (Catholic)


Directions: Cards are laid out in a grid face down, and players take turns flipping pairs of cards over. On each turn, the player will first turn one card over, then a second. If the two cards match, the player scores one point, the two cards are removed from the game, and the player gets another turn. If they do not match, the cards are turned back over.

The object is to match more pairs of cards than the opposing player. (One point is scored for each matched pair, and the player with the highest score after all cards have been matched wins.) When cards are turned over, it is important to remember where they are for when the matching card is turned up later in the game.





Snacks:

Introduce snack: Who do you love above all things? God

pillsbury.com- Thumbprint Heart Sugar Cookies (make these cookies but decorate with the message “I ♥ God”


Letter Y Snacks-

food.com

Yogurt/Yumsters or Yellow-colored snacks



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

sermons4kids.com- Mark 10:21 (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Young Ruler (coloring)

I Love- (booklet for the children to color)

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

Young Ruler- (handwriting)

kidzone.ws- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter Y

superteacherworksheets.com- Letter Y Practice Sheet





Thursday, February 3, 2011

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter X






X- Xerxes

*The name Ahasuerus is equivalent to his Greek name of Xerxes, both deriving from the Old Persian language Khashayarsha.


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Queen Esther
- identify Esther as the woman that was chosen to be queen
- identify Xerxes as the king
- discuss that Esther was courageous and obedient
- discuss ways to be obedient even when it is difficult



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

Xerxes 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:

Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating the salvation of the Persian Jews from Haman’s evil plot to have them all killed. It is tradition to use noise makers (gragger as they are called in Hebrew) to make as much noise as possible whenever Haman’s name is mentioned when you read the story. The purpose is to stamp down or blot out Haman’s name which comes from the book of Deuteronomy which says, “You shall blot out the memory of the Amalekites (Haman’s people) from under the heavens.” Encourage the children to boo or hiss when the name of Haman is mentioned and cheer when Esther and Mordecai are mentioned.

*Have the children say “X” whenever King Xerxes is mentioned for added fun.


Read story: “Queen Esther” from your own story book.

Then ask questions from below.

What was the name of the girl? Esther

Was Esther Persian or Jewish? Jewish

What was the name of Esther’s cousin? Mordecai

What was the king’s name? Xerxes

Was King Xerxes Persian or Jewish? Persian

What did Mordecai warn Esther many times never to do? Never to tell anyone she was Jewish and not a Persian girl.

What did Esther become? Queen

Why did King Xerxes choose Esther to be his new queen? Because Esther was beautiful.

Mordecai heard about two men plotting to kill King Xerxes. How did Mordecai warn King Xerxes? He had Esther tell him.

Haman was an important man. Why was he so mad at Mordecai? Mordecai would not bow down to him. Mordecai would only bow down to God.

Who planned to have all the Jews killed? Haman

What lie did Haman tell King Xerxes so he would allow him to kill all the Jews? Haman told King Xerxes that the Jews did not respect him or his laws.

Why couldn’t Esther see King Xerxes whenever she wanted to? She has to wait for King Xerxes to invite her.

What could happen to Esther if she went to King Xerxes without permission? He may become angry and have her killed.

How did Esther get to see King Xerxes? She invited him to dinner.

What did Esther do to save her people? She asked King Xerxes to save her people.

Was Esther was courageous and obedient? Yes. How was she courageous and obedient? She faced her fears to save her people. She did what her cousin told her to do.

Can you name some ways to be obedient even when it is difficult? (Example: You come home from school and your friends want you to come out and play. You have chores you must do before you can play. What do you do?)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What was the name of the girl? Esther

daniellesplace.com- Haman was a Mean, Evil Man (scroll down to Songs)


perpetualpreschool.com- P-U-R-I-M (to the tune of Bingo)

There is a holiday I love and Purim is its name-o. P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M and Purim is its name-o.


perpetualpreschool.com- Purim Song: (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet. (stomp feet twice). Repeat. If you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet (stomp feet twice)
If you hear the name of Esther clap your hands......
If you hear the name of Xerxes turn around.....
If you hear the name of Mordecai shout hooray....



Activities:

Introduce activity: Was Esther Persian or Jewish? Jewish

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

southfloridachurch.org- Queen Esther

southfloridachurch.org- Esther Obeys

missionarlington.org- Esther Saves Her People (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Xerxes and Esther lesson, page 126 – 130



Movie:

Introduce movie: Who saved her people? Queen Esther

Movie- Veggie Tales: Madam Blueberry & Queen Esther Double Feature DVD

Watch Queen Esther and ask questions after movie.



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What was the king’s name? Xerxes

dltk-kids.com- King TP Roll Crafts

dltk-kids.com- Paper Crown

firstpalette.com- Craft Foam Crown

bry-backmanor.org- Purim Crown

The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Preschoolers by Group Publishing- King Xerxes Golden Scepter (page 109)

daniellesplace.com- King Ahasuerus’ Golden Scepter Craft for Kids (scroll down for this). Have the students make a scepter like King Xerxes had.

dltk-kids.com- Purim Gragger Ideas

holidays.net- Make your own Purim Noise Maker (Gragger)

emanuelnyc.org- Make Your Own Purim Kazoo

emanuelnyc.org- King Mask


holidays.net- Purim Masks

King

Queen

Haman



Games:

Introduce game: Who planned to have all the Jews killed? Haman


Throwing Sponges At Haman

Paint a backboard with a Haman face. Players try to hit the face with wet sponges.


Pop Haman

Blow up balloons and draw "Haman" faces on them. Attach the balloons to a backboard such as drywall or thick Styrofoam. Players try to "pop Haman" with darts



Introduce game: What was the king’s name? Xerxes

Play the game called "If I Were King or Queen". Children sit in a circle and tell what they would do if they were King or Queen.



Pin the Crown on King Xerxes

Draw a picture of King Xerxes’ head. Make crowns. Blindfold children and have them try to pin the crown on King Xerxes’ head.





Xerxes- Be the first player to collect 4 Xerxes cards and win!



Directions: Place the Xerxes cards near the game board. Each player places a marker on “START”. Players take turns rolling the die and moving clockwise the number of spaces rolled on the die. Players follow the directions on the space they land on. If a player lands on a picture of a crown that player takes a Xerxes card. If a player lands on “LOSE A CARD”, they must put one of their Xerxes cards back into the pile. If a player lands on a picture of Haman all players boo and hiss. The player that landed on Haman gets to take a Xerxes card from any player they choose. If you land on LOSE A TURN you lose your next turn. When a player has collected four Xerxes cards, that player is the winner.



Optional: Play may continue until every player collects the four Xerxes cards.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Who planned to have all the Jews killed? Haman

jewishrecipes.org- Hamantaschen (a triangle shaped biscuit said to be in the shape of Haman's hat)


Introduced snack: What Jewish holiday celebrates the salvation of the Persian Jews from Haman’s evil plot to have them all killed? Purim

perpetualpreschool.com- On Purim, it is customary to send baskets (containing at least 2 different types of food) to friend's and family. I like to use strawberry containers. Decorate with ribbon (weaving is a great activity for 3's and 4's!) and fill with colorful tissue paper and treats! The children are always excited to exchange their baskets!


Letter X Snacks-

Rice Krispie treats cut with a large "X" cookie cutter

pillsbury.com- Mini Soft Pretzels and Dip
Shape pretzels into the letter X and bake. Serve with or without the dip.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

coloring.ws- Esther is taken before King Xerxes (coloring)

ourpreciouslambs.files.wordpress.com- Esther and the King (coloring)

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Xerxes and Queen Esther (booklet for the children to color), page 128


lambsongs.co.nz- “The Very Brave Queen” by Richard Gunther (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with X? (booklet for the children to color)

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- X is for Xerxes (handwriting), page 129

first-school.ws- X is for Xerxes (handwriting)

kidszone.ws- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter X

superteacherworksheets.com- Letter X Practice Sheet

dltk-bible.com- Esther on her way to King Xerxes (maze)





Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Xerxes (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.


Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating the salvation of the Persian Jews from Haman’s evil plot to have them all killed. It is tradition to use noise makers (gragger as they are called in Hebrew) to make as much noise as possible whenever Haman’s name is mentioned when you read the story. The purpose is to stamp down or blot out Haman’s name which comes from the book of Deuteronomy which says, “You shall blot out the memory of the Amalekites (Haman’s people) from under the heavens.” Encourage the children to boo or hiss when the name of Haman is mentioned and cheer when Esther and Mordecai are mentioned.


Xerxes: Be the first player to collect 4 Xerxes cards and win!




Directions: Place the Xerxes cards near the game board. Each player places a marker on START. Players take turns rolling the die and moving clockwise the number of spaces rolled on the die. Players follow the directions on the space they land on. If a player lands on a picture of a crown that player takes a Xerxes card. If a player lands on LOSE A CARD, they must put one of their Xerxes cards back into the pile. If a player lands on a picture of Haman all players boo and hiss. The player that landed on Haman gets to take a Xerxes card from any player they choose. If you land on LOSE A TURN you lose your next turn. When a player has collected four Xerxes cards, that player is the winner.



Optional: Play may continue until every player collects the four Xerxes cards.


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- Print a few pages of Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Grits Casserole






I know what you are thinking . . . grits? Yes! These grits are THE best in the world and are great to serve during a church potluck breakfast. To keep it warm put in a casserole dish with a lid. They can also be easily heated up in the microwave.


Grits Casserole

1 c grits
4 c boiling water
1 tsp. salt
¾ c grated cheddar cheese
1 small roll garlic cheese
¼ stick butter
2 eggs
2/3 c milk
dash Tabasco
salt to taste
corn flakes, buttered, crushed
paprika


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook grits in boiling, salted water until done (about 25 – 30 minutes). Add cheddar cheese, garlic cheese and butter and stir until melted. Beat eggs with milk, add Tabasco and salt and mix together with grits mixture. Pour into a well-greased 2 quart casserole and sprinkle with buttered, crushed corn flakes and paprika. Bake about 45 minutes.